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London Restaurants

Where are you staying?

Jan 28, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Sorry, I meant 6 (the Friday) not 7.

I can do this Thursday as well :-)

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

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Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

I'm interstate for the work week next week and the week after, so please go ahead without me. (I could do the 7th and the 12th-13th through the week, or the weekends). Back in town the following week if it's horrifically booked out.

FYI - Winners of the 2015 Fish and Chips Awards

They have to make special categories to get anything south of Burton on Trent in :-)

I wonder how many people go 'I must make a week trip to Shetland for fish and chips'

Jan 24, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Dinner in Melbourne in Prahran, South Yarra?

Borscht vodka and tears would be my suggestion. France soir for a meal with wine (is near da noi), you can just order oysters and muscadet if you want a light meal

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

I am available any night next week. Can you do the booking in case it needs to be another date? My email is Mr underscore gimlet at Hotmail dot com

[Manchester, city centre] Northern Quarter Restaurant

What does 'poky piccalilli' mean?

Jan 20, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Tasting Menu in Edinburgh?

I'd go to the Anstruther Fish Bar then. You could get the bread and butter early and call it a degustation

Jan 20, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Tasting Menu in Edinburgh?

Can't disagree with either of those suggestions Harters.

Jan 17, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

beer, beer, beer, we love beer (Melbourne)

I need to add on my current food haunt, Northern Git in Thornbury. Small but well curated selection, including always one on hand pump.

[Windermere, Cumbria] Gilpin

I've been to the Pencil Museum as well, it was great. It was cold and snowy when we were there, so we just had a nice walker-style lunch in a pub nearby. It was goulash, the thick stewy style, if I recall.

Jan 13, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

How to get breakfast in China outside your hotel

I worked there for a while a few years ago, and it was very light on western expats. Shanghai it isn't. There is a large Russian expat population

That said, it is a city of 5m people over a large area so I am sure everything is available.

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

I don't think we'll get a large group, but seems polite to invite.

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Reopens 20th January. What evenings work for everyone?

How to get breakfast in China outside your hotel

Lots of small food shops will sell one plate items, and will have pictures. But for many Chinese, breakfast is just another meal (international students complain about KFC not being open). You should find buns, dumplings and soups easily accessible. I normally have noodle soup. Could always go to another western hotel like the Holiday Inn.

It sounds like Haerbin has expanded since I was there as I don't remember a mall.

REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

I remember a long lunch at a wine bar in the Lonely Planet. There was a bar downstairs, but lunch was upstairs. It was weekday and we arrived about halfway through work lunchbreak. The wine list was on a chalkboard and just described the region and classification which set the price. The place was very busy but workers were on dessert. Of course, they all lit up, and I remember our food arriving carried by a small female figure who appeared in the fog with light glinting off her glasses.

It was like gorillas in the mist with food.

Oh, and our premier cru burgundy was opened by clamping it between her knees and pulling on the waiters friend.

Jan 04, 2015
mr_gimlet in France

2015

I've always liked the look of the Gilbert Scott, but never made it.

Jan 02, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Stoke On Trent - Newcastle area

Radley does a cheapie on weeknights as well. I heard second hand reports of Michael Caines which didn't encourage me to rush there but I'd appreciate an informed view.

Dec 28, 2014
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Stoke On Trent - Newcastle area

Don't hold your breath for Chester, for somewhere with so many visitors it is pretty poor. Though it is probably the only SpudULike with a hypocaust. I quite like Chez Jules just inside the north walls, and a recent post said there was a good place in Hoole - but that is a short drive away, depending where you are staying.

Also in the surrounding 'villages' there are smatterings of good food pubs - I would head there rather than stay in Chester - as John has said regularly, you can rarely go wrong with a Bunnings and Price.

However, you can definitely sate any oatcakey desires in Chester at the Albion, Chester's family hostile pub inside the walls, and all their menu is excellent pub lunch food. Just don't order lager there.

Dec 26, 2014
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Sydney Restaurants

Probably the first thing to do would be to look at the many previous posts in response to where to eat in Sydney and put together a shortlist.

Once we understand what appeals to you, we can add some more suggestions.

Pre-Opera Dinner Reservations in Sydney

Melbourne one is still excellent - underrated in my experience

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Chowmeet?

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Have to wait for them to reopen

Edit: website says closed from 25th, does that mean they are open Tuesday?

Pre-Opera Dinner Reservations in Sydney

I was thinking the Thais because they start early, you could eat at 5 and be out by 6

Pre-Opera Dinner Reservations in Sydney

Did you want something upmarket? If not, I would go for a late afternoon meal at one of the better thais in the CBD, or Spice I Am.

I really like Spice Temple - go for the more unusual Hunanese on their menu. I love the firewater beef.

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Brilliant. Will be there after Christmas.

Is the sushi bar the place to sit?

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Was it OK getting a spot?

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Think it closes tomorrow for a month. Report back on Japan when you get back

Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

I was one who commented. The micro neighbourhood (pub plus high rise) looks dodgy, but I'm sure is safe. Doesn't stop me going. I work in Paddington and Heron is always on the list for dinner.

Dec 17, 2014
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland