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Started by congoiration on Mar 6, 2011 1:22:34 AM
London Restaurants

Restaurants. Not in the Provinces. Although eateries in Foreign are acceptably off-topic.

Carry on.

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AppleCatcher - 06 Mar 2011 01:54:12 (#1 of 13039)

There's already a restaurant thread. Cunt.

AppleCatcher - 06 Mar 2011 02:12:23 (#2 of 13039)

Ah no there isn't. I am a cunt. Carry on.

I'm thinking of booking a table at Pied a Terre in April.

Simonethebeaver - 06 Mar 2011 21:13:20 (#3 of 13039)

We had the tasting menu at Pied a Terre on our wedding day and it was superb. I can't recommend it enough.

We had another amazing meal at the Sportsman in Seasalter last night. I know it's not London but it got an utterly glowing write up last weekend as, like, the best restaurant evah. I had mussel and bacon chowder, pork loin and crackling and chocolate mousse with salt caramel and milk sorbet. Other half had smoked widgeon, sea bass with bouillabaisse and cream cheese and pear ice cream crumbly thing. Plus cheese course, pre-dinner drinks and wine and water, and 15% tip, total was £100. Michelin star, people, a la carte dinner on Saturday night.

Spuds_I_Like - 07 Mar 2011 11:24:35 (#4 of 13039)

Anyone got a recommendation for an ultra-cheap place to eat in the West End please?

Avonlea - 07 Mar 2011 11:25:54 (#5 of 13039)

How cheap is ultra-cheap? Chinatown is probably your best shot, presuming you're not aiming at Happy Meals levels of cheapness. Busaba Eathai, in Soho, is a thread favourite and bargainous.

Sorcha65 - 07 Mar 2011 11:34:07 (#6 of 13039)

Or Gaby's on Charing Cross Road, for excellent felafel, or any of the Korean places on St Giles' High Street for bibimbap for about £6.

Avoid the all-you-can-eat buffets in Chinatown, Mr Wu's et al, as they are rank.

sendev1 - 07 Mar 2011 11:50:12 (#7 of 13039)

Any reccommendations for a decent chinese in chinatown? Budget to £25 a head sort of price.

Sorcha65 - 07 Mar 2011 11:54:16 (#8 of 13039)

I like Ba Shan, the Cafe de HK, and Yming. Or the Baozi Inn for buns and noodles and that kind of thing. There's nowhere that stands out as unmissable though, IMO.

sendev1 - 07 Mar 2011 11:58:32 (#9 of 13039)

Ta Sorcha, might give one of those a go this evening and report back. I guess I'm trying to avoid dreadful tourist trap with crap food, which I suspect are numerous.

Sorcha65 - 07 Mar 2011 12:00:56 (#10 of 13039)

I think all of the above are decent, and not particularly tourist trappy.

congoiration - 07 Mar 2011 12:09:06 (#11 of 13039)

I went to Bincho recently (Cambridge Circus end of Old Gaylegs Street) and it wasn't bad at all. Best yakitori I've had outside Japan, although I was most disappointed at the lack of chicken hearts.

I believe that it was fairly cheap as well, though I didn't pay as is my wont. 25 squids a head should get you fairly far.

I don't think that it runs to carpet though, should that be an issue.

FrauleinWein - 07 Mar 2011 12:09:10 (#12 of 13039)

the Cafe de HK

That's just reminded me - we went there a few years ago and my husband accidentally ate a chilli that was so hot it almost made him cry. I still snigger when I think about it.

Spuds_I_Like - 07 Mar 2011 12:09:49 (#13 of 13039)

Cheers Avonlea&Sorcha - Often just wander around Chinatown so know the, umm, crack there. Guess ultra-cheap means nothing more than about £40ish for the lot (with minimal spend on booze).

Sorcha65 - 07 Mar 2011 12:14:35 (#14 of 13039)

Spuds - oh, I was thinking a lot more ultra-cheap than that (like under a tenner). Try the Gioconda in Denmark Street in that case: very nice, good wine list: http://www.giacondadining.com/

Or dim sum at Hakkasan - a la carte is expensive, but £25 will buy you an insane cocktail and loads of dim sum at lunchtime in a 30s opium den atmosphere.

sparafucile - 07 Mar 2011 12:17:10 (#15 of 13039)

Any reccommendations for a decent chinese in chinatown?

Was wondering this too. Planning a dim sum trip. Any suggestions?

Has our resident expert on these things (smallbigtoe?) not made it over here yet?

Sorcha65 - 07 Mar 2011 12:17:59 (#16 of 13039)

HAKKASANDIMSUM. You will not regret it. More expensive than the rest of Chinatown but really not extortionate, and much more imaginative.

congoiration - 07 Mar 2011 12:41:24 (#17 of 13039)

I have found chinatowndimsum most disappointing in the main.

I may have to venture to Hakkasan then...

(The place in the Holiday Inn in North Greenwich was awesomes mind - I have no idea whether or not it's still there)

chillisauce - 07 Mar 2011 13:01:51 (#18 of 13039)

The best chinese in London is actually the restaurant inside the Wing Yip supermarket on the Edgware Road. If it wasn't for the red buses going past the window you could easily believe you were actually in China.

Only problem is that the dim sum menu is printed only in Chinese for some reason. So you either have to get help from a waitress or take a native...

sparafucile - 07 Mar 2011 14:02:22 (#19 of 13039)

the dim sum menu is printed only in Chinese for some reason

They want to keep the gweilo out.

congoiration - 07 Mar 2011 14:06:31 (#20 of 13039)

Good old hung mo gwei.

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