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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.

about 24 hours ago
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

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
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

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
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

London: meals that can only be ordered by a group

Bocca Di Lupo has some amazing sounding feasting menus!

May 12, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Pre-theatre in Dalston, post theatre near Barbican

Mangal is great, but if you want something other than Turkish, there's a new Italian called Rotorino near by, which has had great reviews. Salvation in Noodles is also new, and also near by, and Huong Viet on Englefield Road is great for Vietnamese, and really inexpensive. Breddo's Tacos are doing a residency at Trip Space Kitchen in Haggerston that is also supposed to be good.

May 12, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Single Diner East London: Questions

I'd check about Viajante, I head it might be closing soon. Towpath Cafe is usually closed in the winter, I'm pretty sure it's not open at the moment. There are some other places on the canal in that area though, including Proud Archivist, pretty much next door, where you can definitely sit and have a drink or a coffee at any point right by the canal. Not sure how the food compares to Towpath though.

Feb 05, 2014
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Tea Place -- Lapsang Souchong

I'm sure it will be, I don't think many places insist on more than one, but you may want to think about booking as places will be very bust just before Christmas. Most places that do afternoon tea will have lapsang on their menu.

Dec 16, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Tea Place -- Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang should be relatively easy to get at any 'tea' places. Are you looking for a full afternoon tea, or just a cup of tea?

Dec 12, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Is fortnam and mason good for high tea?

I also assume you mean afternoon tea. Fortums is very good for this. I went for a family occasion a few years ago, and it was really wonderful. Lovely sandwiches and scones, and a seemingly unlimited supply of cake (they actually gave us extra cakes in a box to take home!).

Dec 09, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Pre theatre and celebration meal - London

You'll find lots of pre-theatre menus near Drury Lane, which will offer good value and quick food. There are loads of places around - it depends what you want! Otherwise, Wahaca is near by if you like Mexican food, but you can't book so there can be a queue. In Covent Garden, Homeslice Pizza does quick, good value slices of pizza.

What sort of budget are you thinking for the Saturday and any thoughts on an area?

Sep 12, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Exciting Brussels restaurants

Hello chowhounds, I wonder if you can help me. My partner is currently living in Brussels, which so far we've found is great for traditional Belgian restaurants, as well as Congolese, Thai and Vietnamese food, but we are looking for something a bit more exciting.

When not in Brussels we live in Dalston, east London (no longer in DC, despite my user name) and we enjoy going to pop-ups and new restaurants in Dalston/Hoxton/Hackney, as well as in Soho, Shoreditch etc. We are looking for any suggestions of more 'interesting' dining in Brussels - pop-ups, street food, different cuisines etc, anything out of the way or unusual, and ideally not too expensive... In Paris, for example, we found lots of little hidden away restaurants that served various plates of whatever they had that day, anything like that would also be good!

Any help appreciated!

Sep 09, 2013
BritInDC in Europe

solo bar dining in London

The Hawksmoor at Spitalfields would be the nearest one to Shoreditch, and their bar food is usually very good. Not a problem to go there as a solo diner.

Sep 09, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Brixton and Broadway Market/London Fields! gifts! [London]

Broadway Market is very near to Mangal, as ManInTransit says, along with a whole host of other Turkish places, which are good value - and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I think the Turkish breakfasts at Evin Cafe on Kingsland Road are great. Also around there is Dukes Brew & Cue in Haggerston, Lardo in Hackney, and Lardo's pop up in London Fields, which is called Copa. That's only open Thursday-Sunday. I loved Lardo, and haven't been to Copa, but I've heard good things. The E5 Bakehouse in London fields is meant to be good also. Hope that helps!

Aug 27, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Four Restaurants Chosen -- Three More Needed

I'd definitely agree with the Madgalen Arms. There are other good places in Oxford, but this is my absolute favourite.

Aug 15, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland

Please critique my 'old favourites' (London) for this weekend

You've got loads of choices near Village Underground as you are in Shoreditch, lots of mid-rangey offers. Pizza East is nearby, and great. There's a Dishoom if you want curry, or Yalla Yalla's pop up is there. You could go to the bar at Hawksmoor Spitalfields which is not too bad price-wise. On the Kingsland Road there are loads of Vietnamese places, including Tay Do.

Jul 16, 2013
BritInDC in U.K./Ireland