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Ledbury, or something else?

If you open up lunch, there are lots of options, and you might want to have a look by searching simply because there are so many options. Personally, if I were visiting London from India, I would go to Le Gavroche for lunch.

Ledbury does online bookings by the way.

Jul 16, 2014
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[Oban] Waterfront Fishouse

Is that the place that has a small takeaway space downstairs - it's almost next door tot he ferry terminal?

Jul 13, 2014
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Best Chinese restaurant in Broome

Yes.

Jul 12, 2014
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[West Didsbury, Manchester] Lime Tree

Wow, is the Lime Tree still going! I went there 25 years ago!

Jul 09, 2014
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Better steak: Rockpool or Chophouse

So where did you go and what was it like?

Jul 09, 2014
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Better steak: Rockpool or Chophouse

Assuming you mean Rockpool bar and grill, it has good sourcing pedigree for wagyu, less so for the other steaks.

I'd also say that, as an Australian, I think it is highly inconsiderate to hold two dinner reservations for busy restaurants less than a day out.

Jul 08, 2014
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Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

whats a puce?

Jul 07, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

I forgot you were a Japan regular. Izakaya Den seems to reflect a Melbourne speciality: take an inexpensive cuisine, preferably street food, and then make it really, really expensive. I was dragged to a place in Brunswick last week and it was $8 for a taco. One. Taco. And I had a $15 pho as well in Preston.

Jul 02, 2014
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Daughter and finace in town for 3 days. What should they eat?

There is a lot of information already here as @coliver has not very subtly intimated. We get lots of visitors from the US so I really would recommend you sit down and have a look at a few of the most recent threads.

Be aware Sydney prices are expensive by most country standards and factor that into your thinking.

If there is anything you want a view on then ask specifically, but otherwise it's difficult to help - it's a bit like going to the France board and saying "I want a nice meal in Paris"

That said, can I ask where your daughter and fiance live/ are from? That might help us a bit.

Jul 02, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Thank you for taking the time to write things up. Reviews are always a matter of opinion, but I appreciate the time you've taken to explain why you enjoyed or didn't enjoy something.

I have always said that Sydney can support more great restaurants than Melbourne. Both cities do mid range well, but it's easier to travel between suburbs in Melbourne and so catchment areas are bigger. the downside is you almost always have to travel for something, because we don't have these little villages of solid local eating like Sydney. So in Sydney there is always a good thai within ten minutes; in Melbourne there is a great thai in twenty.

Jul 02, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

The Japanese comment is valid for Melbourne. There is really good stuff, but it can be a little hidden in that blink and you'll miss it kind of way. For example, the couple of best sashimi in Melbourne are obscured: one is a small frontage between a laundrette and a bed shop, and the other is in a bland Eastern suburbs shopping centre. (Think Attica). There is also the added complication in Melbourne that it will be an expensive meal - for people whose price expectations are set by their local sushi lunch spot. I still enjoy Yoshii in Sydney, but i suspect Sydney tastes have moved to the more flamboyant celebrity chef model (don't get me started on the abomination that is Sake).

The ramen craze never really hit Melbourne, but there are good, still popular lunchy places with broad menus of various katsus and ramen. But, again, they pitch at the $10 lunch market.

Jul 02, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Many years ago, in their old old location, they were basically a French restaurant aiming for 1* territory with all that entailed in terms of napkins and stuff. Then they moved to a better location to do all the frippery with nice tables and stuff, and then started to introduce a more Australian feel to the food with the French classics going to Bistro Vue.

It's a special occasion restaurant in a stunning location that can't be too avant garde because of its clientele and so I tend to avoid it: I'd rather go to Quay or Brae

Jun 30, 2014
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Sydney - 13 Days

For me, you just prompted a broader discussion about Sydney (and Australian) prices - no offence taken.

Jun 30, 2014
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Sydney - 13 Days

The markup has moved disproportionately to wine. Food prices haven't changed a lot in five years. I remember Ampersand in Sydney had a fifty dollar dessert.

Jun 29, 2014
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Sydney - 13 Days

Charging for bread is my preferred test for a hateful restaurant, one that sullenly tolerates your presence to pay their operating costs.

I have been waiting for a correction for a while now. I think it will take an economic shock though; restaurants face high rents, staff costs which are inflexible, and a fickle dining public that doesn't honour reservations. That said, they can also harbour the avaricious and mean-spirited who shouldn't be in hospitality.

Latest chicken little article in today's SMAge is the introduction on PIN-only card machines ('PIN only law may end tips')

Jun 29, 2014
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Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

So you didn't get out until 1am!? Wow.

(And it's Shewry, not that it really matters)

Jun 26, 2014
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The Bamboo Flute, Cleveland St, London

Or small seafood....

Jun 25, 2014
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Sydney - 13 Days

Many Australians have a late brunch and like really, really sweet stuff - so its probably a reflection on Australian brunch rather than the cafe. There'll always be something like that on a brunch menu, at my local it's pancakes with blueberry jam and cream and maple syrup

Jun 25, 2014
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Corkage in France

Actually, it is quite common here in Australia as well.

Jun 18, 2014
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Corkage in France

I'm backing Phil on this one, as I am used tot he same language.

A restaurant that allows alcohol on its premises is not halal. It may serve halal food, but the restaurant is not halal. Many restaurants where I live are fully halal.

Jun 17, 2014
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breakfast

Yes.

Perhaps a little more information might help?

Jun 12, 2014
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Corkage in France

How is it halal if it allows alcohol?

Jun 10, 2014
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Hong Kong Dim Sum at 8 or 9am on a Monday morning?

I am a big Chilli Fegara fan as well, especially their black chicken baked with chillies, which is a nice respin on a Chongqing classic.

I've also been a couple of times to one on the Kowloon side, near the park in a shopping centre which was quite good as well. Yunyan I think?

Jun 03, 2014
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[Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester] Pointing Dog

I think Russian is different, as it always has horseradish in it. I think it also used to be based on sour cream whilst Thousand Island is mayo, but I suspect that difference has melted away.

Jun 02, 2014
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Anyone been to Le Parc Les Crayeres?

Plenty in the centre. I really enjoyed Le Bocal, and Eveil des Sens

Jun 01, 2014
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Anyone been to Le Parc Les Crayeres?

It's very easy to visit, 45 minutes on the TGV and then ten minutes by taxi. I think at the moment it is overshadowed by its newly anointed 3* neighbour.

I was planning on lunch in the Jardin but booking was a nightmare.

May 31, 2014
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Yorkshire Dales

Yes, that's why I didn't mention it earlier. It's almost in Hull.

May 30, 2014
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Yorkshire Dales

No, you're right. it's Quayside. I went and had a look but the Magpie still has a bit more ambience (unless you're getting takeaway and have to sit in the rain outside the fish market).

May 29, 2014
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Yorkshire Dales

I was there a couple of months ago. The weekly markets in the various larger towns (Leyburn etc) have some great producers - excellent fish, bacon, cheese. There's a couple of posh pubs - obviously the Star at Harome, but there's also the Black Swan in Oldstead and the Yorke Arms near Harrogate. I had heard that the Yorke is a bit up itself, but I think it's a restaurant in a pub building and people expect to turn up with their dogs and have a beer.

I was planning on taking family to the Swan but got a typical Northern frosty response (even though we were paying). We went to a few pubs and most of the ones in the pub guides had above average food, you can eat early and save quite a bit of cash.

My standout meal of the trip was at the Star in York. I would happily have spent all afternoon there.

We also did a nice scenic drive across the Moors to Whitby, over-ordered lunch at the Magpie, walked around a bit to fight off the dripping-induced coma, got cold and wet, and came home.

Edit: if you don't know the area, Harrogate is posh. It's full of people who work in Leeds but don't want to live there, and old people on coach trips. Food is disappointing considering the wealth. Skipton (and Ripon) are old, big market towns with wealth built on the land and farming, so they have a different kind of affluence to them.

May 28, 2014
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Yorkshire Dales

Where are you going? It's a big area.

May 28, 2014
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