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Kaosarn chowdown, Brixton, London

Are you going to do a meetup again? I live in Brixton and go here about once a week so am always looking for an excuse to go...

Oct 10, 2011
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The Hide, Bermondsey, London

I went there on Friday and had the Sazerac. I suppose it depends on your palate+how much you like absinthe, but to me it just tasted of absinthe that was sweetened and toned down.

To me, absinthe is like amaretto in a cocktail-the taste tends to be overpowering. However, if you're an absinthe lover/afficiando then it's worth a go.

Sep 22, 2010
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Not that I'd buy a house on the basis of food ;) Sarf London reccs

To be honest, if you don't like Franco manca, and considering it's apparently (have never been) one of the best pizzas in London, then I'm not sure that Brixton is for you. Lots of places to eat, but no real stand outs at all-is more the cheap and decent end of things (and some not so cheap and npt so decent) rather than anything spectacular, but then that's pretty much South London all in all. The Caribbean restaurants ain't up to much either (recent experience-over 1 hour wait, £10 mains and pretty bland too). The best place to eat is probably the Coach and Horses (Clapham end of Acre Lane), but like I said, if you're real foodies, you'll be disappointed I reckon.

Sep 22, 2009
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Indian or other fab food near a Northern Line stop (London)

Try a place called Ragam, it's a 5ish minute walk from Goodge Street. The stuff on the left hand side of the menu are their specialties, the dosais are amazing (vegeterian/chicken/minced lamb) .The ginger chicken curry is damn good too. Went there on Sunday, have been a few times before as well, it's a great place, pretty small inside, mate of mine who is a curry hound says it's his favourite Indian restaurant in London and I can't argue on the evidence so far.
Have just seen pj26's reply, I swear we're not the same people:)

Sep 22, 2009
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Thattukada in East Ham

Apologies, just seen the recommendations in the middle of all the posts. Will do a print out of everything that's recommended, both in that one and others:)

Aug 26, 2009
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Thattukada in East Ham

Am heading here tomorrow night thanks to the great info on this post. Can anyone recommend a greatest hits selection-there will be approx 5 blokes or more going, and we'll be starving ourselves for most of the day:) Will do a full report on Friday, if I can get my stuffed self out of bed before noon!

Aug 26, 2009
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Best Sunday Dinner in London?

I think I have the place for you. It's called Racine, and it's traditional French cooking-steak tartare as a starter or a main course is highly recommended. It's fantastic traditional French cooking, not overly fussy, just great food, great wine list and it's smart and discreet as you would expect (the smartness doesn't really come out in the photo on the link provided). It also has the bonus of being near Knightsbridge, so you can wander round, pop into the landmarks that are Harrods and Harvey Nichols (if your wife to be is a fan of Absolutely Fabulous then she'll appreciate that). Then a 15 min walk, or a 2-5 min cab ride to Racine for dinner.
http://www.london-eating.co.uk/237.htm

Jan 29, 2009
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NYC Hound looking for best cocktails in London

I would recommend the Player in Soho but it's shut on Sundays-sorry:(
The Soho Hotel is good (pricey), as is the Charlotte Street Hotel.
As someone has mentioned, the cocktail scene is different here, we really do trail New York by quite a long way unfortunately.
If you want to see the gap, then by all means go to Dirty Martinis in Covent Garden. Cocktails taste fine, but they come in tiny cocktail glasses and it smells a bit! Not that it's reflected in what you pay of course...

Jan 28, 2009
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Thai in London

I can recommend another plaqce in Hammersmith, it's called the Hammersmith cafe, here's the link.
http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/director...
I know what you're thinking-"what the hell is this?" It's a greasy spoon cafe that is run by Thais (Hammersmith is a very Thai area I think), and they do fantastic thai food in the evenings, not sure if it's just a normal cafe in the day. There's always a lot of people in here though, the locals know about it, so here's a tip from a local:
)It's also BYO-stands for "bring your own"-you can bring your own alcohol with you and pay a small corkage fee-you pay for soft drinks in there however. There's a few off licenses nearby for beer, or bring your own good bottle of wine etc.
The seafood Penang curry is awesome, the Green Thai curry is the nicest one I've had in London. I did have a takeaway Pad Thai from there but wasn't so impressed with that, I think Pad Thai is very hit and miss wherever you go.

Jan 28, 2009
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Only ONE night in London for a special meal, not TOO pricey, but nice, maybe romantic, etc….good food is a MUST.

I can recommend 2 places. The first is the Chancery, just round the back of Chancery Lane tube station. Fantastic food, have been many times and it's always excellent, and also has a good wine list. Beware being sat downstairs if you can.
The second place is Patterson's in Mayfair, and this place would be my vote due to the uncertainty of where you'd be sitting in the Chancery (unless you were guaranteed a room upstairs). Quiet, refined, and wonderful food-true quality.
Oh, and here's the best bit, and a top tip for anyone coming to London. They both have special offers on www.toptable.co.uk (Patterson's 40% off food, Chancery I can't remember).
Signing up is free, us Londoners use it a lot! And don't worry, it doesn't affect the quality of food that you receive. Look up both restaurants on there and see what you think. Both of those places are some of the nicest I've been too here in the big smoke, and both are value for money (that;'s not to imply that they're cheap), something which good food in London, thanks to expense accounts, is quite hard to find.
Someone mentioned Andrew Edmunds-yes it is very nice in there, it's a bit quirky and individual, but their prices have gone up to about £80-90 for two. It's appeal was that it was good food in a nice, if slightly cramped, atmosphere, it's romantic, and it would cost £50-60 for a lovely meal. WIth the recent hike in prices, it's competing against a different class of restaurant, and as such I wouldn't be in such a rush to recommend it as I would have been previously.

Jan 28, 2009
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