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Glasgow report: breakfasts, dim sum, French, Malaysian

Thanks again to everyone who replied to my question about food in Glasgow (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012636). Here is my report.

Martha's, 142A St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5LQ
Casual cafe style but a nice space with plenty of light. Well-designed vegetarian breakfast roll with contrast of flavours and textures, and the tattie scone made it substantial enough to last me until lunch. Lovely roll too.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...
http://www.mymarthas.co.uk/

Cafe Wander, 110 West George St, Glasgow G2 1Q
In a basement with very little natural light and a very noisy fridge. Great porridge, not gluey or stodgy, served with a jug of milk if you want to customise it. Berries just the right amount to brighten up the flavour without overwhelming it. Full breakfast on a later visit was OK without being anything special - would have preferred more baked beans and/or tomato, as it was a bit meat-heavy, and the yolk of the poached egg was almost entirely solid.
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http://www.cafewander.com/

Lauder's, 76 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3DE
Cheap pub fry-up available from 8am. Absolutely fine for what it is.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...
http://www.thelaudersglasgow.co.uk/

Chinatown Restaurant, 42-46 New City Road, Glasgow, G4 9JT
Competent if unexciting dim sum in a large room with a wall-length fishtank and a spectacularly chandeliered ceiling. We arrived at opening time (11:30) on a rainy Sunday and were one of only three parties at that point. It filled up more over the next hour, but never to the point of queues. Staff were friendly, greeting many of the other customers as regulars. Nothing was particularly outstanding, but I did like the resilient-but-not-too-thick wrappers on the ha gow, and the sweet, winey Chinese sausage in the lotus leaf rice. Turnip cake featured large chunks of daikon, a style I'm less keen on than those with a more subtle daikon presence, and there were only sparse additions of other fillings, but it was well fried.
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http://www.chinatownglasgow.com/

New City Palace, 84 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3DE
Didn't eat here but noticed they have a Chinese-language menu which looks more interesting than the English one.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...

Le Bistro Beaumartin, 161 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UQ
Salmon rillettes competent but unexciting - served with good bread though, nice chewy crust with plenty of flavour. Rabbit in mustard cream sauce with sauteed potatoes (a daily special addition to the pre-theatre menu) was a touch too rich for my taste, but the rabbit was well-handled and not overly dry. Service was helpful and welcoming.
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http://www.lebistrobeaumartin.co.uk/

Banana Leaf, 67 Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G3 6QX
Plan B after Mr Sun's Hotpot, the Korean place a few doors along, turned out to be closed. Prices a little higher than I'd expected for Glasgow. I perhaps chose badly, but my hotpot seemed a little bland, though the balance of ingredients was well-judged. Rice was fine.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...
http://www.bananaleafglasgow.com/

Jun 06, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

New Malden recommendations, please

I'm up for either or both! Though I'm pretty busy until August (at the earliest) now.

Jun 05, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

[Glasgow] Solo dinner near Glasgow Central Station

Martha's definitely looks trying, and I'll keep Cafe Wander in mind too. Thank you!

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

[Glasgow] Solo dinner near Glasgow Central Station

Thank you! I like the look of the pre-theatre menu at Le Bistro Beaumartin, and unless my train is very delayed I should be in time for it.

Martha's will definitely get a visit.

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

[Glasgow] Solo dinner near Glasgow Central Station

Thank you — I like fish and seafood very much! Rogano does look good. Possibly more than I want to spend that evening, but I'll keep in it mind and see how I feel when I arrive in Glasgow.

May 09, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

[Glasgow] Solo dinner near Glasgow Central Station

Thank you! Banana Leaf's certainly a possibility.

I forgot to mention that I'm also interested in a breakfast option for Friday and Monday (will probably eat hotel breakfast with the others on Saturday and Sunday).

May 08, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

[Glasgow] Solo dinner near Glasgow Central Station

I'm off for a long weekend in Glasgow soon! Although I'm meeting friends there, I'm arriving the evening before everyone else does, so will want somewhere to have dinner on my own on the evening of my arrival (a Thursday night).

I don't need to sit at a bar and have someone talk to me. In fact, I'd prefer not to — somewhere I can read a book over dinner would be ideal.

I like all kinds of food, but generally prefer vegetables to big lumps of meat. I'm coming from London so if possible something Scotland-specific would be very nice.

I'm arriving by train at Glasgow Central Station and staying at a hotel near Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, so somewhere in between those places would be ideal. I'd rather have dinner on the way to the hotel than have to go out again once I've checked in. (I'll be travelling light so no bulky suitcases.)

Any suggestions?

May 07, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

Greek style pan pizza?

Lahmacun doesn't really involve "loads of cheese" though, does it? At least, I've never had it with any cheese on at all. Pide might fit the bill better.

Apr 12, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

Weekday breakfast in Horsham, West Sussex

Reporting back: I did go to Bill's, so thanks for the comments on that. Breakfast tea was teabag not loose leaves but very good regardless — I didn't notice brand but it had a very clean taste. (I wonder if they used filtered water or if it's just that I'm too used to London water.)

Eggs florentine was also good. Nice runny yolks and a velvety but not too thick hollandaise. I liked the addition of toasted pumpkin seeds for texture contrast. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...

I had lunch at Carmela, a Sicilian restaurant on Denne Road. The daily special was squid ink spaghetti with mussels, prawns, clams, squid, fennel, and cherry tomatoes — nothing outstanding, but perfectly competent. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...

For those into real ale, the Malt Shovel and Piries Bar are both worth a visit (the former is in the Good Beer Guide).

Apr 11, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

Update Needed for Hampstead Area Picks

I revisited Jin Kichi in August 2014 (my first visit there was in 2009) and can report that standards have been maintained. They specialise in kushiyaki; the ox tongue we had last time was nicely judged with just the right amount of chew. I also particularly like their nasu dengaku, which has a very well-balanced miso topping, not too sweet.

See also Limster's report from 2011: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825058

Apr 07, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

New Malden recommendations, please

I could get there for 6pm, though I can't do Monday or Tuesday evenings at all.

Apr 07, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

New Malden recommendations, please

How about organising a Chowdown? I'd be up for it.

Apr 06, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

New Malden recommendations, please

If you're a seafood fan, I thoroughly recommend the spicy raw crab at Palace, 183-185 New Malden High Street. Photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...

Mar 25, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

Weekday breakfast in Horsham, West Sussex

Thanks! The breakfast menu doesn't look enormously exciting, but it'll be a good fallback if I don't find anywhere else.

Mar 13, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

Weekday breakfast in Horsham, West Sussex

Is there anywhere interesting to have breakfast on a weekday in Horsham?

Mar 11, 2015
Kake in U.K./Ireland

[London] Anywhere interesting for lunch in Uxbridge?

Reporting back: I went to Martin's Place. Prawn cocktail starter was exactly as you'd expect it to be; nothing exciting, but competently done. Disappointing omelette for main; a bit too dry and rubbery. Great chips, though.

Dec 14, 2014
Kake in U.K./Ireland

Restaurant Le Taliet [London]

After several failed attempts to get in[0], I made it into Les Delices de Tresor yesterday — this is the Ivorian restaurant in the Star & Garter mentioned by usualsuspect above. Here's a photo of the menu on the wall (I don't know if there's a paper menu too): https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pu...

I had the fufu with lamb stew. Plantain fufu, a little bit too lumpy and crumbly to use as I'm accustomed to using swallow (form into ball, dip into soup), but good flavour and not too sweet. Soup rich without being greasy, and nice tender lamb. There was a vegetable in the soup I couldn't identify, possibly a type of aubergine — it was peeled and quite soft and had the texture and seeds I would expect from an aubergine.

[0] The owner told me that if there's nobody else in the restaurant and she's busy in the kitchen, she keeps the door locked as the kitchen is a fair distance away within the building. Her mobile number is on a sign next to the door so you can call her if you can't get in.

Oh, and on a side note, the building that Le Taliet used to be in, opposite Deptford Bridge Station, has now been completely demolished. This happened over the past couple of weeks.

Dec 10, 2014
Kake in U.K./Ireland

[London] Anywhere interesting for lunch in Uxbridge?

Gareth_UK: Afraid I can't work out how to reply directly to your answer — perhaps it's not possible with the "Q&A" format, in which case I wish I hadn't chosen that instead of "Discussion" — but yes, your thread about Biggles was one that came up while I was searching! (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992762 for those who haven't seen it.

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FeastFinder: I may be misunderstanding your answer, but it doesn't seem to be related to my question — should it have gone on another thread?

Nov 28, 2014
Kake in U.K./Ireland

[London] Anywhere interesting for lunch in Uxbridge?

Is there anywhere interesting to have a weekday lunch in Uxbridge? I've seen the 2011 thread on Uxbridge ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780184 ) but the recommendations there are a bit further out from central Uxbridge than I'm looking for. It's a constrained walking project, so I have to be careful not to stray too far from my path.

I'm pondering Rucola (http://www.larucola.co.uk/ — I've been to their Little Chalfont branch and thought it pretty good) or Martin's Place (http://www.martinsplace.co.uk/ — looks wonderfully old-school, and sometimes that works very well) — but are there any other options?

Nov 27, 2014
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland

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
Kake in U.K./Ireland