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Post-theater dinner - Palladium

Thank you! If we end up there, I'm sure we'll find something we like..........Leaving tonight, so again, thank you all for your help!

Feb 01, 2012
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

Post-theater dinner - Palladium

PhilD, thank you so much - this is a big help!

Jan 28, 2012
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Post-theater dinner - Palladium

Thanks, Gembellina - sounds like an interesting option ; it's on my list. Most likely we'll just have to play it by ear.

Jan 28, 2012
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Post-theater dinner - Palladium

Someone else mentioned to me just last night that places in London are closer than they appear on maps - good thing, too, lol.

Princi is definiteley a good option it seems. I went onto their website, though, and they don't list a menu. What kind of food do they serve? Thanks!

Jan 28, 2012
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Post-theater dinner - Palladium

That's a good idea, thanks!

Jan 28, 2012
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Post-theater dinner - Palladium

Gembellina, thanks! On the map, it looks further than that - but 10 minute walk would be ok, I think. I'll check out Princi as well...thanks again!

Jan 27, 2012
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Post-theater dinner - Palladium

That looks intriguing - in fact, I have a dinner reservation at St. John on my last night in London. However, it doesn't look like it's that close to the Palladium - especially when it will be late at night. I will mention it to my friend, but I suspect she's going to want something that's closer. Thank you!

Jan 26, 2012
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

Post-theater dinner - Palladium

Hi to all - hope you are doing well.

I'm off to London on Wednesday (I can't wait) and I hope you can help me just one more time. I'm seeing Wizard of Oz at the Palladium on Friday, February 3rd. The show will probably end around 10:30 or so, but whatwith hanging around trying to get autographs, we'll be through later than that. I had been thinking about Dehesa, but I don't believe there is any way that we can make it there before closing. Are there any decent (I'd prefer a lot better than that, but this late at night, beggars can't be choosers) places near the Palladium that are also open late? We're open to any suggestions at this point.

Thank you!

Jan 26, 2012
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

London in February

Hi Don Julio

Thanks so much for the tips. I don't really have any wiggle room at this point - the only dinner I really have free is February 5th and that's going to have to be a quickie as I have a matinee at the Palladium and then a tour at 7:30 pm. I do have one night open for Pizarro, but they don't take reservations. I'll take a look at Cambio de Tercio's menu in case it appeals to me even more - I do love Spanish food. Are there any particular dishes you would recommend?

Thanks again!

Jan 18, 2012
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London restaurant itinerary - thoughts?

Phil, thanks! I was on the website last night so I have no idea how I misread that., lol

Jan 09, 2012
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London restaurant itinerary - thoughts?

Harters, I think I got that recommendation from you - I'm really glad you mentioned it as it sounds delish and it's not the kind of food I can easily find where I live.

I specifically wanted to have a decent selection of British restaurants on my list because after all I'm in London. Maybe people still have the notion that the British don't do food well? In any case, I had to be careful not to overload my list with TOO many British restaurants - it was easy to do as the food is appealing to me anyway.

Thanks!

Jan 09, 2012
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London restaurant itinerary - thoughts?

Hi Limster

Hmm, the September menu for Bull & Last looks pretty interesting - but I don't think I want to trek all the way to Hampstead on my first night in town since I want to try and make that a relatively early evening. Then again, maybe I'm overestimating the travel time via the underground to Hampstead?

Oops, lol. I do love tapas, but I'm just fine with the 3 course meal. Jose didn't appeal to me for some reason I don't remember - I believe it just didn't seem like a comfortable place to dine. I'll get there by 6 or so no matter what day I go - if I think I can get there after the Palladium by that time, then that's when I'll go as long as they are open on Sundays. I'd hate to really rush my meal, though.

I have to say that I don't really like Japanese food and Chinese food is not a priority, but if I decide not to do Moti Mahal, I'm ok with trying another interesting ethnic cuisine. There are no (to my knowledge) Ethiopian or any African restaurants in NYC; if there are, they are few and far between. I do want to take advantage of London's diversity to be sure - I find it fascinating. I don't drink coffee, but nonetheless, what can you tell me about Lalibela, Queen of Sheba and 805? I will research them on my own, but since you have personal experience.......

Bistro Loubet is sort of "out there" for me as a possibility, but I can't help keeping in mind that I can get that type of cooking where I live and also in NYC.

I think I might add Maltings Cafe to my lunch list - arrival day, I plan to go to St. Paul's and Tower Bridge and so this would be right up my alley.

Thanks so much!

Jan 08, 2012
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London restaurant itinerary - thoughts?

Hi again

Thank you all for the help you gave me in planning my trip to London in February. I've made several reservations, but still have a couple of dates open.. I'd appreciate your thoughts and advice again - thanks!

Feb 2 - arrival day

Dinner: will be making reservations at Great Queen Street

February 3

Lunch: probably Borough Market
Dinner: Wild Honey (pre-theatre)

February 4:

Lunch: somewhere in Greenwich

Dinner: This is open. I was thinking of Moti Mahl because I love Indian food, but I'm not sure now - it gets good, sometimes very good reviews, but there must be a reason I've held off on making a reservation.

February 5:

Lunch: Noura (?) - I believe it's a Lebanese place not far from the Palladium (I have matinee tickets this day).

Dinner: I have no idea - I'm going to have to have a relatively quick meal after the show because I have a tour starting at Tower Bridge area at 7:30. If anyone can recommend someplace in that area that is decent , that would be fantastic.

February 6:

Dinner: J Sheekey

February 7:

Dinner: Launceston Place

February 8:

Lunch: Rasa Samudra

Dinner: Pizarro (? ) I put a ? there because it has not been reviewed a lot - it is new. The reviews have been great, but this is a place I'd have to show up probably pretty early as it doesn't take reservations. I do LOVE tapas, though.

February 9:

Dinner: Zucca

February 10:

Dinner: St. John (I do consider myself a carnivore, but I do not eat offal; I thought the menu they had on their website as of a few weeks ago had enough items that I would eat - I hope it's the same thing when I get there, lol).

I was thinking at one point about Pollen Street Social - and I had also thought about Bocca di Lupo, but I figured that get alot of Italian food in NY and that I already had Zucca on my list. I'd also been thinking of Bistro Bruno Loubet.........

Any thoughts would be appreciated - I take my food and restaurants very seriously as I just love to eat. Thanks again!

Jan 08, 2012
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Moti Mahal - any recent reports?

I was going to make a reservation here for my upcoming trip to London as I love Indian food, but I wonder now if I should given that it is obviously pretty expensive and I only have a limited amount of time in the city (9 full days). The expense isn't necessarily a turn off, but I wonder if there are better options for Indian food? Food is really the most important thing to me - decor means little and service, as long as it's not rude, doesn't mean much either (at Indian restaurants or other types). There's so much information on this board about Indian restaurants it's almost overwhelming. I do plan to try Rasa Samudra for lunch - possibly that is sufficient for my Indian fix? I'll post my itinerary in another thread to see if there's anything I can do to "improve" it.

Jan 08, 2012
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

London in February

MnMNYC, thanks for the tip! I'll check out the website now. I'm going to have to narrow down the choices so that I can book it as soon as possible. There's nothing like scones and clotted cream.......yum. I hope you had a great time!

Dec 26, 2011
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London in February

Zuriga, yes - that is what I'd like to do. It's odd - I don't even really drink tea, but I do love the whole experience. If I could do a tea around 2pm, then it would replace my lunch, but if it's really at 4pm and onwards, then I'd have to have just a quick bite for lunch, the tea - and then a late-ish type dinner. The Mandeville sounds interesting because I don't know that I want to be travelling around in fancy clothes, which is what I presume you need to wear to Brown's, etc....(Brown's was a place I was considering; my mother had gone there years ago, but I'm not sure it will work for me this go round). I'm going to wind up on one of my days at Fortnum and Mason, so that's also a possibility. There's nothing like a good tea - nevermind the tea, the food, lol. Clotted cream, scones and jam? Yum - and to have it in England? Nothing better. Thanks for the tips - I'm going to go check out the Mandeville website now.

Dec 17, 2011
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London in February

Hi Zuriga

That sounds yummy. I'm starting to run out of meals, though, lol. I have two current meals open on my schedule (made reservations at St. John and Zucca yesterday ): dinner on Sunday, post-theatre and pre-Jack the Ripper walk (that's going to have to be a quickie - can't do a sit down that night; any recommendations for that sort of thing, either around the Palladium or near Tower Bridge?) and Wednesay lunch, after Windsor Castle. I'm thinking, however, that that will be a good day for afternoon tea- if I could just decide where to have it, lol.

Dec 17, 2011
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London in February

Thanks!

Dec 16, 2011
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London in February

I'm not familiar with Nyona cooking........but I love curries. In terms of location, where is this near?

Dec 16, 2011
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

London in February

There's a chain called Penang in the US that had a restaurant near where i live - yummy curry with very thin pancakes. Sedap's menu looks absolutely delish.

Dec 16, 2011
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London in February

I doubt I'll be eating breakfast outside of my hotel as I've already booked room/breakfast so I wouldn't have to go searching for it. I didn't really understand their menu - they have a whole bunch of dishes listed for 6pm and then a few for 7pm. There wasn't all that much on there that I'd eat - except for the desserts, which sound yummu.

Dec 16, 2011
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London in February

I'm going to book it right now, Paprikaboy - and I could never forget puddings because I live for them (ok, in the US it's desserts, but I kind of like calling them puddings - either way, they are the part of the meal I generally enjoy the most). I think I'll try to make it for my last night in London - as sort of one last hurrah.

Dec 16, 2011
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London in February

Thanks for the tip - I'm off to check it out now!

Dec 16, 2011
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

London in February

I remember going to EMP some years ago - I enjoyed it very much. Frankly, the best meal I ever had in my life was at Alinea in Chicago (but that is not the type of food I'd try very often ). One of the next best was Tru, also in Chicago. I don't recall being blown away by EMP, but that was awhile ago, admittedly.

I think I'm going to try St. John instead.......

Dec 16, 2011
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London in February

Pirzarro is it for me, I think. I've never really eaten ham - the ham I know is the kind you find at a deli counter (sandwich meat -not exactly prime stuff). I ingredient in that dish that stands out to me is piquillo peppers because I love peppers. That is a must order for me, though - because I'm sure the ham is spectacular. I think these types of places are best when there is a happy buzz, so even if I have to wait some, I think I'll head over there closer to 7 or 8 than 6pm. I'm on holiday - waiting won't kill me.

Thanks for the tips about the Chinese restaurants to look out for. If I don't get a chance to try them this go round, I will do so next - and I intend to return to London for sure.

Dec 16, 2011
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London in February

You're probably right - I'll e-mail them just to check. If so, then dinner is probably out. I'm dining solo and I don't drink, but while I don't mind spending $$$ on a fine dinner, I'm not sure I want to spend close to $200.

Assuming this doesn't work out, I'm either going to keep Ledbury as my big deal dinner or maybe St. John. I looked at the latter's menu again and there's several things that look appealing to me. Even if the menu changes, I feel like I would be fine eating there - if I can even get in.

Dec 16, 2011
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

London in February

Oh I'm going there for sure - I'm convinced (and after looking at the menu, I didn't need a lot of convincing). Though I can get good Middle Eastern food around my neck of the woods, we can't get Lebanese - I like trying new things, so thanks again for the tip!

Dec 16, 2011
Betsypaige in U.K./Ireland

London in February

Now that is funny because I love seafood and I was just about to go searching this board to read some reviews about it. The menu looks yummy - and given that I will be eating quite a bit of meat during this tript, it will be a nice change of pace. I'm going to scratch Bocca di Lupo off my list. I already have Zucca on it and one Italian is enough, esp. when I can get very good Italian at home. I'm sure it's delicious, but I think I'm making the right call.

Thanks, Nancy - appreciate your help!

Dec 15, 2011
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London in February

One more question - I may need to accept the fact that I'm not going to have time for a real sit down mean after my 3pm matinee at the Palladium on Sunday 2/5 if I'm going to do the Jack the Ripper tour at 7:30 (meeting by Tower Bridge). It means I probably need a place that's at least halfway decent for a quick bite. Any recommendations? I suppose it would be better if I found a place closer to Tower Bridge so I wouldn't have to worry about getting to the tour meeting place on time.

On another note, thoughts on Le Gavroche? I'm kind of thinking that I'd like that to be my splurge, but they don't show prices on the website. I'm sure it's expensive, but I'd be by myself and I wouldn't drink at all - any idea of how much a meal there would cost? Thanks!

Dec 15, 2011
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London in February

Phil, that's true that I basically said I didn't have a budget, but what I meant was that I wasn't going to worry about the prices in London when there's nothing I can do about it. I do enjoy splurging on restaurants for sure - but there does have to be a limit. When I saw 180 pounds for the menu, I sort of reeled back. I'm not knocking Fat Duck by any means- there are restaurants in NY where you can absolutely spend upwards of $200 without even thinking.

You raise some very good points and I appreciate it. Just to clarify, it was not the simplicity of the menu that surprised me - I don't need to read poetic descriptions of the dishes - more just the relatively few dishes. I look at menus because it's the only way I know to judge whether the restaurant will serve the kind of food I like. I love food boards and blogs - this is the only place I go to when I travel because it's important for me to get locals' opinions.

In any case, it appears (at least from checking on line) that Fat Duck is all booked up. I have Ledbury tentatively penciled in as my sort of splurge restaurant, but it's by no means a must do. Would you agree with this or would you recommend another restaurant? Thanks!

Dec 15, 2011
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