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London Fine Dining Dinner Around £50pp

I'll be visiting London in a week and was looking for assistance in picking between several fine dining options for a nice dinner with my father. We'll be staying near the Waterloo station and would like somewhere within central London or no more than a 30 minute ride on the Tube. Our budget is about £50 per person for food (i.e. not including alcohol).

My first choice would be one of the Michelin 2-star places like The Ledbury, Marcus Wareing, The Square, Le Gavroche, or Pied a Terre (we already have lunch reservations at Hibiscus), but none of these places seem to fall into our budget for dinner, unless anyone knows of any special deals I might be missing.

Of the places that do fall into our budget, I was hoping any locals or frequent visitors might offer input as to which one is best, in terms of the food (or if there's some place I'm missing, I'd be open to other recommendations): Galvin at Windows, The Glasshouse, Chez Bruce, The Greenhouse, Club Gascon, or Tom Aikens.

Thank you, very much, in advance!

May 07, 2010
Foodie 4 Life in U.K./Ireland

Restaurant Week Recommendation

We ended up at Rivera and had a wonderful experience. We were seated at the counter overlooking the kitchen, which wasn't our preference, but they claimed all the tables were for bigger parties. It ended up being kind of nice, watching the action (similar to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon). The service was terrific and the food was phenomenal. We tried the piquillos rellenos, choros al vapor, trucha, duck enfrijolada, estudio en flan, and torta de aceite de oliva. All were truly stellar. This is Latin cuisine elevated to its finest. Thanks for everyone's input and hope you're all enjoying your Restaurant Week experiences!

Oct 08, 2009
Foodie 4 Life in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Week Recommendation

Hello, all. I've got one night to take advantage of this fall's dineLA Restaurant Week and would love to hear your recommendations for the best restaurant in terms of food quality. The full list of participating restaurants is here:

http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/di...

I've already been to Drago Centro, Grace, Josie, Mr. Chow, The Bazaar, and a few others, so I don't want to repeat. I would like to go somewhere that you normally couldn't eat at for a comparable price. For example, Gordon Ramsay would normally cost $46 for three courses, so $44 for RW isn't a big savings. Ji-Raffe has Monday $38 dinners, so why would I pay $44? Campanile has $45 Monday night dinners, so again, not saving much with the $44 RW deal.

Any standouts? Spago is probably the "biggest" foodie place on the list. I've had a couple mediocre experiences at Puck restaurants in other cities, but I know Spago is his signature restaurant.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Oct 02, 2009
Foodie 4 Life in Los Angeles Area

Help with Beach Cities Birthday Dinner

I'm looking for a place to take my mom for her birthday in one of the beach areas (Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan, etc.). She'd really like Northern Italian or Mexican, but would also consider American/contemporary/seafood. Water views would be a plus but not a requirement...the food is most important, as we can always grab a drink overlooking the water before dinner. We'd like to spend no more than $50 for the two of us, without alcohol and before tax/tip (i.e. looking for a place with entrees in the $15-20 range or less)...we typically share one appetizer, two entrees, and maybe a dessert.

Any great restaurants come to mind for places that fit these criteria? All suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Aug 02, 2009
Foodie 4 Life in Los Angeles Area

Help Selecting One Vegas Fine Dining Choice

Wow, I wasn't aware of the $89 option at JR. However, it seems you only get two courses (entree and dessert), plus an amuse bouche and coffee or tea. Is JR that much better than L'Atelier that it's worth spending $89/person for two courses vs. $75/person for five courses?

May 30, 2009
Foodie 4 Life in Las Vegas

Help Selecting One Vegas Fine Dining Choice

Thank you for your reply!

May 30, 2009
Foodie 4 Life in Las Vegas

Help Selecting One Vegas Fine Dining Choice

Thanks for your reply! I was aware of the deals at Alex and Guy Savoy, but they both require very early seatings (before 7), and I'm not an early diner...so I'm definitely considering trying one of them, but I may decide I don't want to eat that early, which is why I'm asking for the best out of these other ones without time restrictions.

May 30, 2009
Foodie 4 Life in Las Vegas

Help Selecting One Vegas Fine Dining Choice

Each trip to Vegas, I try to experience at least one fine dining spot. I've already dined at Picasso and Mix. At the top of my list are Joel Robuchon, Alex, and Guy Savoy, but I think they're a little out of my price range for this next trip. However, the following are fine dining places that have special prix fixe deals right now and are within my budget. What one restaurant would you recommend out of the following?

Michael Mina
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Fleur de Lys
Sensi
Aureole

Thank you, in advance, for your input!

May 30, 2009
Foodie 4 Life in Las Vegas