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Restaurant Le Taliet [London]

I go past pretty much every Tuesday lunchtime and have never seen it open. So if it _is_ still open, evenings are a better bet than lunchtimes.

Oct 24, 2014
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Eating in Lewisham

Thanks! I'm finding myself in that area more often than usual, so I'll give it a go.

Jul 25, 2014
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Eating in Lewisham

There seem to be two Levante restaurants in Lewisham — did you go to Levante Pide on Lewisham High Street or Levante on Lewis Grove?

Jul 22, 2014
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Sunday Dinner rec., near Canary Wharf

Boisdale is also closed on Sunday evenings, unfortunately.

How about Byblos Harbour? Lebanese restaurant with a charcoal grill, open until 10:30pm on Sundays. http://www.byblos-harbour.com/

Or Turkish food at Hazev, also open until 10:30pm on Sundays: http://hazev.com/

Or Cantonese food on a boat! at Lotus (open until 10:30pm on Sundays): http://lotusfloating.co.uk/

(Guess who recently did a survey of Canary Wharf for the Worldcon restaurant guide...)

Jul 10, 2014
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Budget Recs for Lewisham, South East London

Do you know roughly when Le Taliet tends to be open? Every time I've been past, it's had the shutter down, but that's usually around lunchtime or in the afternoon on a weekday.

(I can't make phone calls, so giving me the phone number won't help.)

Feb 03, 2014
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London - Fakruddin in Stratford. Anyone been?

Went looking for it today and couldn't find it! The website says it's at 113, Queensway House, 275-285 Stratford High Street. I found Queensway House, but it seemed to just be an office block with no obvious restaurant presence.

Feb 01, 2014
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bubble tea places in London

They do. For recent prices, here's a photo of a flyer I picked up there last week: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug...

Jan 18, 2014
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Lunch in Romford

My trip to Romford was postponed a couple of times but I finally made it there a couple of days ago.

I had lunch at the Kenya Coffee House, which turns out to be a restaurant as well as a coffee shop. It has a few Kenyan specialities like ugali and mukimo, plus various curries. I had fried tilapia with ugali and creamed spinach — the tilapia was nicely seasoned though a little over-fried in places. I'd not had ugali before, and found it similar to fufu/pounded yam but with a less-smooth texture. The spinach was delicious and I would happily eat a bowlful of it right now.

Photos of my lunch and the menu: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug... and http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug...

I also dropped in to the fishmonger recommended by jeremyh1 (its name turns out to be T Bush) — sadly they'd sold out of the cockles by the time I got there! I'll be in Romford again at some point next month and will try again.

Nov 30, 2013
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Lunch in Romford

Thank you! I'll take a look at the fishmonger at least.

Elsewhere I've been recommended the Romford BBQ House (formerly Fig Leaf) at 100 South Street, for Turkish barbecue and other dishes.

Oct 17, 2013
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Lunch in Romford

Indeed. I'm not enormously hopeful that I'll find somewhere. The Kenya Coffee House ( http://kenyacoffeehouse.eu/ ) is the most likely suggestion I've had so far, but I don't drink coffee so its main selling point is lost on me.

Oct 12, 2013
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Lunch in Romford

Is there anywhere interesting to have lunch in Romford? It doesn't have to be fancy, and I'm open to any style of food at all — just something a bit more interesting than e.g. Wetherspoons (which is my Plan B).

Oct 11, 2013
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Croydon - current recommendations

You're welcome — glad you find it all useful!

Chinese food is the one thing Croydon lacks. The dim sum at Wing Yip is good old-school stuff, and Royal Garden in Addington ( http://www.rgrestaurant.com/ ) looks promising (and I plan to try it at some point) but I haven't found anything non-Cantonese at all.

I used to live near Royal Palace at Surrey Quays, and miss it sorely (I have resorted to getting a takeaway from there when I'm passing through, but the journey home is just a little too long for it to stay good).

Aug 19, 2013
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Croydon - current recommendations

What sort of thing are you looking for? In the London Road area, I like Spiceland ( http://london.randomness.org.uk/wiki.... ) for Sri Lankan, Finger Licking ( http://croydon.randomness.org.uk/wiki... ) for Ghanaian, and Mazi ( http://www.mazirestaurant.com/ ) for shish kebabs (done over a charcoal grill and served in fluffy Turkish bread rather than pittas — try their yoğurtlu shish too).

Caprice ( http://london.randomness.org.uk/wiki.... ) does Balkan food — nothing refined, but I've had good tripe and good fish here. Albert's Table ( http://www.albertstable.co.uk/ ) does modern British. And Uncle Lim's ( http://london.randomness.org.uk/wiki.... ) is still there for Malaysian. They added a few new dishes to their menu recently, including Fujian mee (nice chewy noodles in that).

Aug 19, 2013
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Best Hot Chocolate in London....

I was going to comment on the sweetness too. I had hot chocolate from the Paul A Young branch at the Royal Exchange last year, and it was much too sweet for me; I couldn't actually finish it.

Nov 14, 2012
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Dish of the month

Whoops, sorry, yes — I'm being confusing. Adana kebab is minced meat, shish is cubed. Mazi do both yoğurtlu adana and yoğurtlu shish. I prefer their shish, but the one I had this month was actually adana, so I thought I'd best nominate that to stay within the rules!

Oct 28, 2012
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Dish of the month

The chilled hispi cabbage at Dabbous was my second favourite dish of the month; perfectly cooked, and the slight bitterness of the cabbage offset by the tangy mayonnaise.

Oct 27, 2012
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Dish of the month

Yoğurtlu adana kebab from Mazi on London Road in Croydon. Lamb cubes cooked to the bare minimum over a charcoal grill, then mixed with pieces of fluffy Turkish bread and covered with a rich, tangy tomato and yoghurt sauce. I love the way they cook their lamb, but this particular kebab preparation is my new favourite. The knifework on the accompanying salad is good, too; paper-thin slices of onion, red cabbage, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and parsley.

I didn't take a photo, but here's one of their lahmacun from earlier this year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug...

Oct 27, 2012
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Chennai Dosa, Tooting, London

Photos from a recent dinner at the West Croydon Chennai Dosa: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug... http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996583...

I was preoccupied by the company so couldn't pay too much attention to the food, but I do not remember being disappointed.

Apr 12, 2012
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Blooming onion in London?

I had one at the Texas Embassy Cantina a few years back: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug... but (a) it was pretty terrible (still raw in the middle) and (b) it doesn't seem to be on their menu any more: http://www.texasembassy.com/foods.html

However it might be worth asking them!

Feb 19, 2012
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Tierra Peru, Islington, London

Quick notes from a recent visit:

Tamalito de pollo - chicken seemed a bit overcooked, but good texture and flavour in the corn coating

Cebiche mixto - nice sourness and chilli heat, seafood perhaps cured a bit
more than I'd have liked

Papa a la Huancaína - very good texture to the sauce, glossy and well
emulsified, mild flavour. Boiled egg a tad overdone (black line around the
yolk).

Parihuela - good flavour to the broth but they hadn't removed the membrane from the squid. White fish cooked perfectly. Also liked the fresh
citrus-marinaded onion in this.

Arroz chaufa de mariscos - a Chinese-Peruvian dish, fried rice with seafood. I liked that it wasn't too oily.

Lomo saltado de carne - loved the chips soaked in the sauce, and the accompanying plain white rice went well with the sauce too. Beef could maybe have been trimmed a little better, as there were some overly chewy bits.

Yuca frita - great texture, not greasy.

Feb 14, 2012
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Foody London Visit

I ate at Salloos a couple of years ago. The meat (lamb chops and haleem) was good, the veg (chickpeas and okra) competent but nothing special. Overall, I felt it was priced a little above its quality level. My fuller writeup is here: http://london.randomness.org.uk/wiki....

Jan 06, 2012
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Best supermarket xmas buys

Here are some tasting notes on the 24-year-old Aldi whisky (not by me — I don't like whisky — but by a friend of mine): http://bbblog.org.uk/2011/11/aldi-whi...

Nov 22, 2011
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Suggestions for Cambridge?

I liked Little Seoul on Regent Street: http://www.littleseoul.co.uk/
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug...

Nov 11, 2011
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Hot out of the oven stuff at Tetote, Wembley, London

Tetote Factory has now reopened in Ealing: http://dokiltd.co.uk/tetotefactory.html

Sep 15, 2011
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Crystal China, Bermondsey/Southwark, London

Is this the place where Super Nova used to be? Next to Tower Tandoori?

Sep 07, 2011
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Manchurian Legends? [London]

Menu photos now here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug...

I didn't find what we had to be too oily, but then we had one stewed dish, two cold dishes, and some boiled dumplings, so they'd have had to mess up quite badly for those to be oily.

There do seem to be a fair few Sichuan dishes on the menu; for example if you look at this page - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug... - number 81 is 魚香肉絲 (fish-fragrant/sea-spiced shredded pork), number 95 (which might be what you had) is 水煮牛肉 (water-boiled beef), number 99 is kung po/gong bao chicken. Also, I thought number 106 (剁椒蒸魚頭/steamed fish head with chopped chillies) was a Hunan dish (though I could be wrong, but 剁椒 is usually the Hunan chopped salted chillies, isn't it?). It's a bit confusing to see these in a section headed "Manchurian fried dishes".

Worth trying would be the "mixed vegetable and shredded pork with glass noodles" (number 13; 東北大拉皮/Dongbei dalapi) — I've only seen these at one other place in London, Royal Palace in Surrey Quays. Also the "special mixed vegetables" (number 1; 老虎菜/tiger salad) — another not-hugely-common dish in London, though the best rendition I've had here was in Sanxia Renjia on Goodge Street.

Aug 30, 2011
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Manchurian Legends? [London]

Sorry this isn't in time for your visit: but I really enjoyed the red-cooked pork with glass noodles. I think the noodles were made with sweet potato starch, and they had a great texture. The pork was braised really well, too, to the point where the skin was almost as soft as the fat.

Also had shredded kelp, cucumber with pork, and pork and suan cai dumplings, all good.

(Apologies for imprecise dish names, haven't sorted out my menu photos yet as I had to take them on my phone.)

Aug 27, 2011
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Two newish Vietnamese places in London, anyone been?

Cẩm Phát has now closed. I was in the area last Wednesday and saw a new poster go up on the hoardings re a forthcoming "Café de Chine/Maison Chinoise": http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pug...

Looks Hong Kong ish to me, but I'm not an expert.

May 23, 2011
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New Aroma, Chinatown, London - promising Fuzhou cuisine

Yeah, I really have no idea what that one is, and Googling doesn't help. I'll ask next time I go!

May 15, 2011
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Saraswarthy for South Indian veg food in Wembley? [London]

Probably Sarashwathy Bavans: http://www.sarashwathy.com/

They have another branch in Tooting.

Apr 29, 2011
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