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9 days in London...

What sort of budget? What kind of atmosphere?

Aug 02, 2013
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Smoked Salmon in London

Hansen & Lyderson, who usually have a stall on Maltby Street Market (Saturdays) are really good.

Aug 02, 2013
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Chef change @ Golden Day, Chinatown, London

I went in Dec. 2010 and while the food was good, I thought Ba Shan's was much better, though pricier. It would be interesting to see if the chef change was after then; it's cheap enough to warrant a return.

May 04, 2011
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Chaconia, Trini on Deptford High St - London

So many great places in deptford to explore! Thanks for the heads up - looking forward to trying it.

May 04, 2011
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L'Anima (London)

Having never been to L'Anima, I can't really comment but I think with the advent of new and really great Italian restaurants (Zucca, Trullo, Tinello) which are a fraction of the price, L'Anima has gone off the boil a bit.

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May 04, 2011
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Cheap and delicious [London]

Moolis in Soho is excellent; indian roti wraps with delicious fillings.

Tayyabs in Whitechapel is cheap, amazing Pakistani food; it's very very popular though so get there early, around 6pm or be prepared to queue. Nearby Needo Grill is supposedly as good.

Chilli Cool is in Bloomsbury and it does excellent Sichuan food. Similarly, Golden Day in Soho does Hunanese food.

Jan 13, 2011
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If you could only eat one meal in London...

Yashin Sushi in Kensington - I've never been as it's so expensive but I've heard nothing but rave reviews. Otherwise, definitely the Ledbury - I've been three times this year and it's been nothing short of excellent.

Dec 30, 2010
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(SE LONDON) Old Kent Road eateries

There seems to be a lot of weird and wonderful places in Elephant & Castle and the Old Kent Road - does anyone have any recommendations in particular? I've been to Dragon Castle a fair few times; keen to explore the area further.

Nov 30, 2010
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M & Z, Fitzrovia, London

Salted duck was just a bit like cold salty duck. Perhaps I didn't 'get' it. The sauce for the pork was quite sweet, no heavy flavourings other than soy and sugar.

Nov 30, 2010
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Critique my list please! Montreal chowhounds in London for a week

The Ledbury does one of the best value lunches in London, and is my favourite place ever - £33 for three courses I think. I would go there over Robuchon / Claridges any day.

Nov 29, 2010
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Iberica, Gt Portland St, London

I really enjoyed the croquetas there but the black rice was undercooked and the service was hilariously bad; we had to play a game of charades for tap water as our waiter seemingly couldn't understand a word of English.

Nov 29, 2010
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M & Z, Fitzrovia, London

I tried this place out for lunch today after reading this - it was unquestionably a complete disaster.

Arriving at 1:15, we asked for a main menu instead of the £4.80 one plate rice or noodle dishes. Salted duck, grandmother's braised pork, three slivered vegetables and steamed rice for two of us. The salted duck appeared after 15 minutes, and after having eaten that, we proceeded to wait 40 minutes. the pork appeared, 10 minutes passed and I asked where the rice was. The answer was that they had run out of steamed rice but could give us egg fried rice instead.

I asked why it had taken so long. They told us there were too many people there. I asked why they had that many seats (all of about 20...) and they were stumped.

We had to leave to return to work. To be fair to them, they boxed up the pork for us to take away and didn't charge us for it.

Oct 14, 2010
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Lithuanian Food in London

Hi everyone,

I'm taking part in Eating Eurovision, whereby 25 bloggers drew countries out of the hat and has to go research that country's cuisine, preferably from a primary source.

I drew Lithuania.

I know nothing about Lithuanian cuisine, so can anyone recommend anywhere for me to try? I have to go tonight!

Many thanks in advance.

May 15, 2009
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IN PRAISE OF TOMOE

Sadly I must've ordered wrong. The deluxe sushi set, while tasty and fresh, was only 11 pieces and I left £18 lighter and still hungry.

Apr 03, 2009
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St. John or Bread & Wine

I've only been to St John and not the bread and wine, but I'd say the latter. More informal (not that St John is formal), tapas-sized plates so you get to try more on the menu, and cosier.

Apr 02, 2009
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GastroPubs

The Albion (N1) is said to be very good, as is Marquess Tavern (N1).

Apr 02, 2009
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Two Izakaya (Tomoe and Asakusa), London

Excellent! Thanks for the report - I'm having lunch at Tomoe tomorrow.

Apr 02, 2009
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Chilli Cool - Oh my God the Service is Bad

Do you think the chinese diners had maybe booked a table?

Mar 15, 2009
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WANTED: Unusual London restaurant. Dead or alive.

Brilliant. I've been dying to go for AGES!

Mar 10, 2009
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WANTED: Unusual London restaurant. Dead or alive.

I went to Hibiscus for lunch on Thursday, and it's not particularly different or wacky.

How about Chilli Cool, or Snazz Sichuan? They're both Sichuanese restaurants, and they both do hot pots - so you get wire baskets, an array of meat and seafood and you cook it yourself in a bubbling pot of broth. (Let me know if you do go cos I'd love to join).

Mar 07, 2009
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[London] Trip Report (Tayyab, Alounak, St. John, L'Autre Pied, Hereford Road, La Petite Maison, and more)

Vegetarian or no, it's a shame you didn't try the tindi masala - it's a favourite of mine. Thanks for the reports, they've been great.

Mar 07, 2009
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[London] Best Bloody Mary?

I had a pretty good one at Le Caprice; pricy though.

Mar 07, 2009
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Cupcakes in London?

I have to say I was extremely underwhelmed by Lola's when I had one in Selfridges; dry, sickly sweet and I couldn't finish it.

Mar 07, 2009
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My London list

You can book a table at Tayyabs too, thus skipping the queue.

Mar 07, 2009
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London with a group, on a Saturday

I've heard that whilst Snazz Sichuan is good, Chilli Cool in Bloomsbury is better, but I haven't been to either.

Mar 07, 2009
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Easy vegetarian soup

I recently made a minestrone style soup by sweating down a soffrito, adding chunky peppers and a bit of chilli, passata or tinned tomatoes and some veg stock. Chunk a handful of broken pasta bits, stock and then I finished it off with shredded savoy cabbage.

Feb 15, 2009
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"British" Restaurants & Cookbook Stores [London]

I've been to Launceston Place, and it was my most fondly remembered meal from 2008. The presentation (we had the tasting menu) was beautiful, and the staff look after you incredibly well. It does come at a price, but for the chef (Tristan Welch, ex Petrus) it's still a good price. Lunch is a good deal at £18 for three courses set menu.

For something a bit cheaper and a bit more rustic, I'd recommend the Anchor & Hope in Southwark. It's a gastro pub and the food is excellent, although you can't book and sometimes have to wait for a table (we waited an hour on a Saturday night). Still, the waiting staff are lovely, the food generous and delicious.

St John's is also very good - I haven't been the any of the others on your list but I know of people who have raved about Wild Honey.

Feb 15, 2009
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Chez Liline, Finsbury Park, London

Thnks for the recommendation - I have many friends who live in Finny P and we always struggle to think of where to eat. What are the prices like?

Feb 15, 2009
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Good Beers on tap in South London

Ah good point - I missed the NYC-hound bit. Nevertheless, the Brew Dog beers are very good, Punk IPA is my favourite.

Feb 14, 2009
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West [London]

I've heard a lot of good things about Petersham Nurseries in Richmond: http://www.petershamnurseries.com/caf...

Feb 14, 2009
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