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a little bit old but still hip

I agree that some of the dishes can be a tad underwhelming.Though I enjoyed the pork and fennel meatballs last time I went and they do make a mean Aperol spritz.

1 day ago
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[Chorlton, Manchester[ Chapati Cafe

Like you I don't like my daals too soupy. I always make mine quite thick. I've tended to get thicker daals at North Indian places as opposed to South Indian one. Not entirely sure if there is a regional difference in styles or just that I've had different types of daal or it's just the chefs style at each place.

1 day ago
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Bratwurst

I use smoked Polish sausage when making red lentil soup. I cut them into discs and fry off. Then take them out of the pan & fry some onions in the same pan. Once soft add chicken stock and the lentils. Once cooked I blitz and add vack the sausage. Not sure why you couldn't use bratwurst the same way.

Sep 29, 2014
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The Cooks House , Good Burmese- Herne Hill (London)

I had a quick chat with the chef about the food and the fact that I'd been to Burma and given the conversation I'd say she was although I didn't ask her the question directly.

Sep 26, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Regional Egg Roll Styles

I'm in the UK and have never seen an egg roll in a Chinese restaurant. Having said that I don't go to Chinese places all that often. I was under the impression that egg roll was just another name in the US for what we call a spring roll. Seems I was wrong but if I saw the egg roll in your photo I'd definitely order it.

Sep 25, 2014
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The Cooks House , Good Burmese- Herne Hill (London)

I passed this on the bus on the way from Brixton. Not sure why it piqued my interest but I’m glad it did. Ostensibly it’s an Indian takeaway but it has several Burmese dishes. I tried the Shan noodle dish. Big fat rice noodles with succulent chicken, crushed peanuts and pickled mustard greens which gave it some bite. The sauce had good chilli heat and had that savoury funkiness(I assume from fermented fish/shrimp paste) that I associate with Burmese food. Not really anywhere to sit apart from a ledge with a few stools but there’s always Brockwell park close by if the weather’s good.Much preferred it to the stuff from Madalay on Edgware Road

The Cooks House
143 Dulwich Road
Herne Hill
London
SE24 0NG

Sep 25, 2014
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Delicious dosa and Chettinad game curries at Anjappar in EastHam

Looks really good I wish I still worked nearby. The fact that it has game it especially interesting. How does it compare to Suvai Chettinad? (think it's either closed or relocated). It could be hit and miss but their fish curry was excellent.

Sep 23, 2014
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Dinner Menu for Wine Club Gathering

As I don't know what wines there are going to be I won't offer suggestions for the main course and dessert. For the cheeses however a pecorino and a soft goats cheese would be good matches for the honey.

Sep 21, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

I do this quite a lot when I want something quick and tasty. Usually use mackerel fillets and heat up some daal (usually have some in the freezer or buy some ready made) and bung some spinach into the daal to wilt down.

Sep 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

There's mushrooms, coriander and chillis that need using up. It says veg curry, probably pick up some cauliflower and add frozen spinach. Also have creme fraiche left over so some sort of fruit/creme fariche/shortbread dessert.

London - place to eat

One more thing occurred to me. If you want Indian food and something that says London go and have breakfast at Dishoom. Their bacon naan rolls are great and I doubt many other places do them. Rest of the menu's not bad either.

Sep 20, 2014
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London - place to eat

I do like St John but as for the rest of your list I'd echo Phil's comments. I assume you've chosen Old Bank of England for the pies. I've drunk in there but never eaten there, you may want to look at the Newman Arms instead.
Brick Lane is a tourist trap but I believe Gram Bangla is good. Was rated by JFores on here who knows his Indian food, was some time ago though.

For Euston I would suggest Rot King (Malaysian) very good roti canai and curries, North Sea Fish Restaurant for fish and chips or Ravi Kebab on Drummond St, very good kebabs and curries.

Sep 20, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

The missus cooked tonight. Pan fried wild salmon with linguine and and a creme fraiche , chilli and coriander sauce (they were out of parsley) A bottle of white Burgandy to go with ( a bit meh, I think it clashed with the coriander). She got a Shake n Make ice cream maker for her birthday and was going to make blood orange sorbet. I did inquire during NCIS where it was and was told that after two glasses of wine that she couldn't be arsed, which is fair enough.

Jet-lagged Lunch in Central London v2014

It's still good, I was there only a couple of weeks ago. If you want somewhere else you could go to the Green Man and French Horn. It's not far from Terroirs and part of the same group. Similar concept but centres on wines from the Loire Valley. I prefer the food menu there to Terroirs (not sure if they still do the radishes and smoked cod roe -so good) but I like the wine list and the vibe better at Terroirs.

Sep 19, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Jet-lagged Lunch in Central London v2014

If you like wine and want something that's easy transport wise I'd suggest Terroirs. Great to sit at the bar and good wines by the glass- it's an easy 10 mins on National Rail from London Bridge (after Borough Market) to Charing Cross. Terroirs is about 2 mins from there. Then jump on the Northern line at Charing Cross back to Euston. Makes it easy if you've got jet lag.

Sep 19, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

I was talking to a new person at work (happens to be an Aussie) about the referendum and said London should be an independent city state like Singapore. She told me I was such a Londoner. Seems it would be a win win all round.

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

Quite appropriately I'm having a scotch egg ( and yes I know they're not Scottish) Marks and Spencer's have started doing soft set ones where the yolk stays soft when you heat them. Having that with pickled cabbage.

Tincan: the restaurant serving only tinned fish

I'm a big fan of tinned fish but even I'm not sure about this. Window looks great though.

Sep 17, 2014
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First Time in London

Your user name made me smile as I was listening to that particular Coltrane album on the way home from work last night. You've already had some good recs and I'll add mine to the chorus for the V&A cafe. Always stop for at least a cuppa, one of the most beautiful rooms in London to have a bite to eat.
For lunch near the British Museum I'd suggest Gails Kitchen, only a couple of minutes away of Bayley St. Good baked goods and small plates. I enjoyed dinner there but always thought it more suited to lunch.

Sep 17, 2014
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Breakfast marylebone area

You're very near Cocomaya on Connaught St. I've not been personally but it's well rated by quite a few people on this board.

http://www.cocomaya.co.uk/

Sep 16, 2014
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a jetlagged celebratory dinner?

I'll second the general rec of Roti King.
For your celebration meal. As already stated Sunday is a bit tricky. If you want somewhere close to where you're staying then Plum and Spilt Milk in the refurbished Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross station may fit. It's a lovely space with a bit of old world glamour, won't mistake it for a NY place. Only issue is the menu isn't all that light (though they do a fair bit of fish) and prices are a little on the high side. Only been for breakfast but a lovely space with good service. Jay Rayner reviewed it a few months ago.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

Sep 15, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

The great noodle soups of the world roundup

Can't argue with ramen and pho, two of my faves. Would also make a case for Mohinga from Burma.

Sep 13, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Ealing, Gastropub, pre-theater?

For pre theatre I would suggest Terroirs, one of my favourite places in London and very near the Adelphi. Good wines by the glass. I was there only a week ago and the Welsh lamb chop and chard dish was really good. Not open on a Sunday though.

http://terroirswinebar.com/

Sep 13, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Now that is what I call a menu. Especially the potted shrimps, never made them myself though.

Sep 13, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Mrs Ellwood was the one I using :). I switched to the Polish brand Smak but didn't really like them so dedcided to start making my own.

Sep 13, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

You were right about having both legs H.I normally have duck legs as confit and one always seems enough.
As for the pickling onions I've only started pickling after discovering that my favourite bought pickled cucumbers had sweeteners added ( I'd been eating them happily before this and can normally taste sweeteners but I object to them on principle). Haven't really thought about pickled onions so haven't been looking for pickling onions but definitely going to make some soon.

Sep 12, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

Can you pickle celery?

I recently started pickling and have had some success with this recipe for cucumbers.

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-...

I really only use celery for mirepoix and end up wasting a lot. I assume given it's crispness it would work but wonder if anyone has had any success using celery and if they have any recipes.

Thanks

Sep 12, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Roast duck leg with chips and my home made pickled cabbage, which I don't think is at it's peak but after three weeks is maturing nicely. Only problem is- I'm on my tod and the duck legs come in packs of two. As I see it my options are: freeze one or cook both and use one later shredded for a ragu or just eat both of them myself.

What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

I arranged a surprise birthday party for my missus and left early to cook a Malaysian curry. Three hours later and no one has turned up. I spent three years finding the perfect curry mix. Am I pissed of? No. I spent a long time finding skin on peanuts. Am I pissed of? No. I spent ages finding pandan leaves. Am I pissed off? No . Someone has thrown our my ikan bilis (dried anchovies). I am so annoyed you won't believe how pissed off I am about this. Weird but that that's the way it is.

What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

Maria,

For Toulouse I would recommend Chez Emile without hesitation. I am writing up my trip and will post on the France board now but have emailed you Chez Emile report. One of the best meals I've had in a long time.

P

Sep 05, 2014
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