BETTER RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

Nov 5th, 2000, 11:25 AM
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desmond
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When i visited could not get a table at the ivy.i've been told that if you stay at a very expensive 4 or 5 star hotel the concierge can get you a reservation at any restaurant or tickets to any show.once again the rich get richer.say it ain't so...
 
Nov 8th, 2000, 04:22 PM
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jayson
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going to london in december and would like to eat at the "new" restaurants.we would like to know if we need to make reservations before we travel.the previous comments by others on the site are very helpful, would love to hear more. thanx
 
Nov 9th, 2000, 12:43 AM
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Mike
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Judy,
If you're going to The Waterside, there is another good restaurant in the village of Bray (both have four stars from the AA, www.theaa.co.uk, for comprehensive if a bit prissy reviews)! Called The Fat Duck, it's much trendier/more modern than The Waterside. You could stay at the Waterside for a night (they now have rooms) ...
 
Nov 9th, 2000, 03:29 AM
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Circus is nice, I like it because it is light and airy and not stuffy and the tables are spaced enough to allow privacy but still get the gentle buzz.

Also they have an astoundingly inexpensive pre theatre dinner set menu

Criterion is expensive but delicious and the decor is out of this world


Kavey
 
Nov 9th, 2000, 01:47 PM
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I have seen so many posts about the restaurant Criterion.Most comments are about the stunning atmosphere,though one reader complained about the blinding brightness of the lighting.I would be very interested in any comments about the restaurant from those who have eaten at Criterion.
 
Nov 9th, 2000, 01:56 PM
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Tom Scott
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Depends on:

a)What type of food you like.
b)Your budget.

Some recommended web sites might help! These are the best ones I know for London restaurants:

http://www.hotelsandflights.com/lond...urants-uk.html

http://www.londonrestaurantreview.co.uk/

http://www.londoneats.co.uk/

http://www.thisislondon.com/html/foo...op_direct.html

http://www.timeout.com/london/eat/index.html

Regards,

Tom.
 
Nov 9th, 2000, 09:48 PM
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In London you have to try SanQuentin -it is fantastic - their wines are super-The Italian restaurant in the Grosvenor is 4star and is really 4 star!
good luck
larry
 
Nov 10th, 2000, 01:57 PM
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Rena
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My personal favorite is "The Capital". New Chef, Eric Chavot took over earlier this year. For more on London restaurants, the following website is a must:
www.squaremeal.co.uk.
Have fun!
 
Nov 12th, 2000, 05:30 AM
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I have eaten at Criterion and am going there this coming Wednesday evening.

I ate at L'Escargot last week and Circus the week before.

(I am not rolling in it, I go for the pre theatre dinner menus)

I did not find Criterion blinding in any way but if I had been given a table where a light was causing me any trouble I would ask to be moved.

The service was unobtrusive but fine, the food was wonderful

Kavey
 
Nov 14th, 2000, 08:48 PM
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xxx
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Mirabelle or Criterion?
 
Nov 15th, 2000, 04:04 AM
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betty
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We were there 3 yrs ago, and had not a bad meal one. Used the travel books
recommendations and just ate sometimes in the upstairs of the pubs....fun and good. However, very expensive, the most special was at the Oak Room in the
Le Meredian Hotel, I believe on Picadilly. A fantastic meal, wonderful service and great atmosphere. reservations recommended. Pricey, but, a memory we still talk about. When we returned there was a magazine article in one of the upscale food mags on how
great the restaurant was...and we agree.
Have fun whatever you do.
 
Nov 16th, 2000, 07:19 AM
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I,m curious what Londoners would suggest as to what are the "better restaurants in london".
 
Feb 25th, 2001, 11:05 AM
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Kavey
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Topping for Hal Small, who asked about London restaurants recently.

Hal there are some great recommendations here, but you might want to buy a london restaurant guide book to check all the opening times, email and fax details etc?

Kavey
 
Feb 25th, 2001, 12:33 PM
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jhm
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Churchill Arms == best Thai food I've ever had outside of Thailand in an English pub.
 
Feb 25th, 2001, 03:13 PM
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Melissa
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I loved Criterion, and the memory of the various tastes in my mouth lingered for a long time in my mind. Everything we ate there was delicious except for the dinner rolls. (Big deal!) I was also a little surprised that none of our waiters spoke English very well. But the food was delish, I would go there again.
 
Mar 9th, 2001, 07:30 PM
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Arlene
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The River Cafe. Great food, great service and beautiful views.
 
Mar 10th, 2001, 05:20 AM
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Judy, Mirabelle and Criterion are both great. I found the food and service to be better at Mirabelle. If you can afford the fried lobster(one of the pricier items)it is wonderful. The service is superb. I don't know how they manage to be so attentive yet so unobtrusive. They anticipate very well. Criterion has a beautiful room. Although more brightly lit than most restaurants, it was not an issue for me. I get the sense that people at Criterion are not sure what it is "supposed to be". They tend to watch the room and take a little longer to become involved with the people in their party. The food is very good, as is the service- but not as good as Mirabelle.
 
Dec 11th, 2001, 12:47 PM
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Amy
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Anyone have any updates?
Thanks!
 
Dec 11th, 2001, 01:05 PM
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Amy,

I was just in London in November and we ate at The Square and Mirabelle. (Both are mentioned by people above.)

We had outstanding meals at both of them, as well as outstanding service.

The lounge/bar as you enter Mirabelle is glamourous, yet romantic. We went there after the theater for dinner and the place stlll had a great buzz.

The Square was very upscale and very expensive, but we had a most memorable meal there. The room and decor is very simple ... I think it's because they want you to focus on the food!

I loved both places.
 
Dec 11th, 2001, 08:05 PM
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My husband and I ate at Mirabelle earlier this year. We went at lunch, and enjoyed a prix fix menu. The food was outstanding and the service wonderful!
 

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