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Cape Town and around again

Planning a trip to Cape Town in October, we have four nights, Sat-Tues, then Friday. We are going to Franschhoek in the middle. Have already tried, and failed, to get reservations for Test Kitchen one night, so may try for lunch. Any other tips or recommendations? We live in London and eat out quite a lot, so willing to try things. I am hoping to fit sightseeing around eating (or perhaps the other way around...)

Jul 27, 2015
BritInDC in Middle East & Africa

Oxford - any lunch reccs, please

The restaurant on the top of the Ashmolean is very good for lunch. If Olives on the High Street is open, their sandwiches are great - but take away only. There's also the Rose cafe on the High Street or the Jam Factory nearer the station. I quite like the Cape of Good Hope on Magdalen Roundabout, or G&Ds do a decent bagel if you are looking for something light.

Jul 27, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Hackney eats

I'm afraid I don't know much around Homerton, but you are just a few stops from Dalston, so quite easy to travel to that area.

Jul 17, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Hackney eats

I went a few weeks ago and it was really good. Busy, but amazing service despite that and good food.

I'm a big fan of Sager and Wilde for a glass of wine (and cheese) and they also have a restaurant called Mission which is good. Great wine selection, not cheap of course.

I also really like Berber and Que - good option for dinner or brunch. It's Middle Eastern, and I think the chefs are ex-Ottolenghi.

Dukes is US-style food so I wouldn't necessarily prioritise that. You could, however, go to Berber and Que, but your name down for a table and then go across the road to get a drink from Dukes before dinner.

Dalson is great for Turkish food, with Mangal being the classic option. Lots of good Vietnamese around Shoreditch, but I suspect you get enough of that in NYC. Rotorino in Dalston is great for Italian.

Jul 16, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Help me plan my London food itinerary...

Westminster itself isn't great for food options, but fortunately you are not too far from much better areas, such as Covent Garden and Soho. You might want to try Polpo in Covent Garden, and you could sit at the bar at Opera Tavern. I still haven't been to the Palomar but everyone raves about it, and again, there's a bar that you can sit at. Macdog's Barafina recommendation is a great one! I'm a big Nopi fan, but no aware of the others you mention.

Jul 13, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

5 night stay near British Museum mid-September

I agree that you will struggle to find much open in Bloomsbury after midnight. There will be a few late night take aways open, but unlikely to be much.

The Phoenix and the Savoy theatres are both in areas surrounded by restaurants. I'm unclear if you are looking specifically for pre-theatre deals but there are places near by that will allow you to eat in time. You might like Ceviche in Soho if you are gluten free. It's near the Phoenix. Opera Tavern is near the Savoy and is good tapas, you are also near Polpo.

You are quite near a couple of supermarkets, but nothing special. In terms of markets, it depends on what area of London you are in. If you are going out of London, you may be best to go to an M&S at the station on the way.

A good last dinner in London is a pretty broad question!

Jul 08, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

5 Days in London before heading off to Paris. I need help!

The Princess Louise is right by the Hoxton Hotel which has a good restaurant inside, plus the Chicken Shop underneath. There are a few places around there to get a decent sandwich for lunch if that's what you are looking for. Alternatively, as Zedman says, you are very close to Covent Garden.

Jun 17, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Positano report

Thanks all, we had a wonderful few days, it all feels so far away now! A few photos are on my blog - https://juliettethinks.wordpress.com/...

Jun 06, 2015
BritInDC in Italy
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Positano report

After much advice and research on these boards, we spent four days in Positano last week on our honeymoon, and ate incredibly well. Thanks for all your tips.

We arrived late on Tuesday night and after checking in went straight to the champagne and oyster bar at Sireneuse, which was helpfully just a few minutes from our hotel. Beautiful view, lovely drinks, and the oysters were fabulous.

Wednesday we spent on Capri and had lunch at Il Riccio. The beach club was lovely, again amazing views, wonderful service, and everything beautifully plated. Highlights of the tasting menu were the vermicelli with sea urchin and of course the tasting room! My new husband decided we still needed dinner that evening, so we headed to Le Tre Sorelle for a casual dinner, with the mozarella starter a clear highlight.

Thursday we had dinner at Bruno, having booked a table at lunch time when we walked past. This was our one real meat meal of the week, he had steak, I had veal. Again lovely, they were very helpful with wine recommendations.

On Friday we managed to eat a huge amount of food! Lunch was at Buca di Bacco, where the starters were amazing - swordfish carpaccio and a grilled squid and mozarella from the specials menu. Dinner was at Zass and was just amazing. The hotel is beautiful, they took photos for us as we appeared, and all the food was amazing (although they served a slice of pizza pre-dinner and that was perhaps a bit heavy!). Real stand outs were the bread soup and my husband's chocolate desert.

Saturday we spent at Da Adolfo. It was a lot of fun - they obviously like everyone to eat at the same time, and there was a lot of running around and excitement. It was full of Italian families. The grilled mozarella was superb!

All in all, a pretty good week of eating!

Jun 01, 2015
BritInDC in Italy
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Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

We went about six months ago for dinner and the food was wonderful. Very keen to go back again. I would describe the service as formal, but not stiff. But I have had friendlier service elsewhere.

May 11, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

First Trip to London coming up - recommendations appreciated.

Day 3 - There's a new Dishoom at Kings Cross so that would be perfect. You can't book, but their bar is always good!

Day 4 - it sounds like you will be pretty close to Soho, so a huge range of restaurants to choose from. It slightly depends what kind of food you want, and whether you want to have booked or are happy to queue.

Day 5 - I'd second St John or Hawksmoor. Both great choices. I'd personally go for St John because I think it's more interesting.

Apr 23, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

London with six year old

I like Kopapa - I went for a great small plates dinner a few weeks ago. It was a Wednesday night and not too busy. I think I probably slightly prefer Opera Tavern, but tough call - depends on the type of food you want I guess!

Apr 14, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Spring, London

I went a few months ago, and had a great lunch there. But agreed about the weird outfits the staff wear!

Apr 09, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

I am a big fan of the Quality Chop House. We had a really great meal there, good service.
Bubble Dogs I'm less sure about. When I went we queued for ages, and I didn't think it was anything too exciting.

Apr 01, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Dining in Brussels Belgium

Ok, a few suggestions for you in that area. Colonel on Rue Jean Stas/Rue Dejoncker does very good steak and will be very close to where you are staying. Mamie Louise is a great place for lunch. There are also lots of good restaurants on Rue Jourdan. Louise/Stephanie is a pretty central location so you can quite easily get to other places, and Le Clan de Belges is a good Belgian restaurant a 10 minute walk away in a nice area.
You are only really a 20 minute walk from the Grand Place, so most things are in pretty easy access. A guide book will give you suggestions of the best museums etc to go to - you may want to go to the Victor Horta House which is near where you are staying.

Hope that helps!

Mar 19, 2015
BritInDC in Europe

Dining in Brussels Belgium

Anything particular that you are looking for? Brussels has endless restaurants so cuisine/price/location etc might help. In terms of activities, again a bit more information on your group/interests would be good!

Mar 18, 2015
BritInDC in Europe

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Depends what kind of thing you are looking for I suppose. A few options... I always think that Wahaca is good value, and has good small plate options. Tapas at Salt Yard/Dehesa might be a good option, or Italian at one of the Polpo chains. Yalla Yalla has a couple of branches and is good for Lebanese food, and there are some good, inexpensive Turkish options in Dalston. Franca Manca or Homeslice for pizza.

Mar 18, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Thoughts on London Trip

If you are High Holborn, I suspect you are also near Freestate Coffee, which is good, and the Holborn Grind. Hubbard and Bell at the Hoxton Hotel does good coffee and pastries. The Rosewood London also has a decent breakfast, as does Bills.

Mar 04, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

London

Polpo in Covent Garden is a good Italian option. You can't book there, but the food is very good.

Mar 04, 2015
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Positano: Zass or La Sponda

We were thinking of maybe going to the champagne and oyster bar at Le Sireneuse and then dinner at Zass (on another night) to cover both!

We are there Tuesday-Saturday, and food will be a key part of our trip so I think we should manage both. Would we need to book the champagne and oyster bar?

Jan 14, 2015
BritInDC in Italy

Positano: Zass or La Sponda

Hello, you may remember that some time ago, I debated 'minimoon' locations with you, and picked Positano. We are going in a few months and were looking into the need to book places ahead. It looks like most places should be fine when we get there, but we wondered about trying to book one particularly good meal in advance. Zass and La Sponda look like the two Michelin star places, but it's hard to find menus anywhere. Any preference for either?

We will also be looking to go to Capri one day so any must go places would be welcome, although I see there are quite a few posts already.

Jan 11, 2015
BritInDC in Italy

Time Out's List of London's 20 Best New Restaurants

I've been to Ember Yard, and I thought the food was really great. I like all of the restaurants in that group - Salt Yard, Dehesa etc.

I've also been to Barrafina (only the Soho one) and the tapas was wonderful. Worth the wait.

Quite a few others on there I've been meaning to get to!

Dec 18, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Special Lunch in London

A blog with lots of photos here http://juliettethinks.wordpress.com/ if you are interested :)

Dec 16, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Restaurants and pubs in Chiswick during Christmas week?

The High Street Brasserie may work for 24th or 26th (it's also closed 25th).

Dec 15, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Special Lunch in London

Hello all, just wanted to update as we finally went for that lunch yesterday! We went to Hibiscus, which was really lovely, and very much appreciated by my fiance who thought it was a great birthday treat! I thought the dining room was really beautiful, the service was great, and it had quite a busy, buzzy atmosphere at lunch time, which was great for what we wanted.

We went for the £50 lunch menu, which was three courses plus half a bottle of wine. We also had olives and salted nuts (which were really good!), an amuse bouche of mushrooms, coconut milk and curry powder in a quail's egg, and petit fours. The standout dish was the pork pie ravioli, which was very creative, and an amazing mix of flavours, although everything was great. I'm hoping to get a blog post up at some point and will share the link to the photos.

By way of comparison, I went to Fera a couple of weeks ago with my family for dinner. We had three courses a la carte, as well as various additional tasters. Fera was probably slightly more creative, with the focus on herbs and flowers, and a slightly quieter atmosphere. The food at both was really good though - I'm lucky I got to try both!

Dec 11, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Help! Forgot to book restaurant for Sunday night!

Lots of options around the theatre. Great Queen Street is good, and you are near Opera Tavern which is great tapas, or Polpo for Italian.

Nov 26, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Honeymoon location help

We are now leaning towards Positano, having spent some time searching. My fiance had a preference for the more dramatic coastline, over the beaches of Forte dei Marmi. Not sure Sireneuse is quite in our hotel budget, but it sounds like we will eat well there!

Nov 16, 2014
BritInDC in Italy

Honeymoon location help

Thanks for all your thoughts, obviously lots of good options out there!

We will do some more looking this weekend, and, once we have finally picked a place, we will definitely come back for specific restaurant recommendations.

Nov 14, 2014
BritInDC in Italy

Special Lunch in London

I really, really, really want to go. I love Indian food. But I think he is less enthused than me (he prefers French/British). I need to figure out a way to subtly ask him (and see if they have any tables).

Nov 13, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Special Lunch in London

You got me! :)

Nov 13, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland