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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
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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
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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
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London

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

Mar 04, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Special Lunch in London

Fera would be a great option, except that I'm actually going in two weeks (I know, tough life), with my family. The boyfriend is not coming, so we could go, but my selfish preference is for somewhere different!

But I will look at the Square, thanks!

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

Honeymoon location help

Thanks Allende, that looks like a great option!

Nov 11, 2014
BritInDC in Italy

Special Lunch in London

I think that wouldn't work timewise, as he wont be able to leave London before 12.30.

Any views on Hibiscus? They have a very good lunch deal.

Nov 10, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Honeymoon location help

Hi all,

While I know this is a broad question, I would really welcome any views/opinions.

We are planning a 'minimoon' - a few days away straight after our wedding in May this year. Unfortunately, it's actually the UK May half-term which usually means flights and things are much busier. We would like to go to Italy, but we are currently very undecided as to where.

Our plan is to have a few days where we can just relax and not do much, so Rome or big cities are out. Ideally we would like to be relatively near the beach/sea, and somewhere that is warm in May. Key focus for us is food - we would like one Michelin starred restaurant at least within driving distance. We don't really want to be in a hotel where you have to have a car to get anywhere, so somewhere that we can walk to a town would be good.

Current options are (broadly) Amalfi, Tuscany and Sicily. Any thoughts/views? Or just a single amazing restaurant to base our plans on would also work!

Nov 10, 2014
BritInDC in Italy

Special Lunch in London

Oh that does look like a good option.

Also considering St John, but I know that people on this board have mixed feelings about it!

Nov 10, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Special Lunch in London

Hello, I would like to take my partner for an amazing lunch in London for his birthday in early December on a Monday or Tuesday. We both really love food - when he proposed he arranged a weekend in Copenhagen including a meal at Geranium.

Obviously, it's now just a month away, and Hedone and the Ledbury are both out because they are too booked up. We also don't want any Christmas themed menus, and I don't want anywhere too formal like La Gavroche. Any thoughts on where would be really amazing for lunch? I'm thinking of somewhere that is either really difficult to get into in the evening or has a better value lunch menu. Location is not an issue, as long as it is reachable on the tube.

Thanks :)

Nov 07, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

London dinner near Whitehall Gardens

You are really very close to both Soho and Covent Garden, so there are a huge range of options around!

Nov 07, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

a jetlagged celebratory dinner?

I'd agree that you want somewhere with a view over the river or London. Duck and Waffle may be a good option, or there's a brasserie at the Oxo Tower that may have lighter options than the main restaurant. The Globe is a great idea because it's so amazing English. One completely different option would be to go for a proper English tea, somewhere like Fortnums, which would certainly be enough to leave you to full for dinner - and includes champagne. Worth checking the timing though.

Sep 16, 2014
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London restaurants for next month please

Grainger & Co in Nottinghill and Clerkenwell is good, and very fish/vegetarian friendly. We had a really great meal there a couple of weeks ago. Also Grain Store in Kings Cross is very good for non-meat eaters. It's not too far from Islington, so could work for your night there, depending on the timing. Alternatively, Le Coq near Highbury and Islington is great for chicken, and there's the Fish & Chop Shop and Prawn on the Lawn all in Islington.

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Fortnums for tea is pretty amazing, but really very filling!

Jul 03, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Opera Tavern [London]

I haven't eaten at Opera Tavern, but we have tried a couple of their sister restaurants - Ember Yard and Salt Yard, and I'd highly recommend them.

Jun 10, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

lunch and dinner itinerary with 11 y.o. DS

Lunch at EAT on Monday seems like an odd choice if your son doesn't eat sandwiches. Eat is fine as a sandwich shop goes (it's a chain) but I wouldn't rush there. You could try Machiavelli on Long Acre if you want something relatively light.

Westminster isn't great for food - there's a cafe in there that's open to the public but it's not amazing. You may be better to head over to the South Bank after, which is a nice walk on a sunny afternoon, and has some decent chain restaurants and places you could get lunch after the House of Commons.

Jun 10, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Cheap Groceries in London?

There's a really big Sainsburys in Angel, on the Liverpool Road, which has a huge range of things, and often is quite good for reduced to clear things. You may not want to go all the way down to Brixton for food shopping.

The market at Dalston Kingsland is also pretty good, and not too far away.

If you are coming from the US, you will probably find grocery shopping, particularly fresh produce, is relatively cheap, although eating out is more expensive.

Jun 03, 2014
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London: meals that can only be ordered by a group

Bocca Di Lupo has some amazing sounding feasting menus!

May 12, 2014
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