Dinners in London

Old Mar 20th, 2016, 03:27 AM
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Dishoom is an excellent choice! And they have several locations.

Our favourite Indian is Bengal Clipper in Shad Thames, a lovely area too. http://www.bengalclipper.co.uk
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 08:35 AM
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PalenQ - your statement is a hangover from the past .>

Yes but those stereotypes tend to linger on - If I were in England I'd go for English food -just like in Italy I go for Italian, etc - yet many of the recommendations to the open-ended question the OP asks are ethnic places it seems.
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 08:57 AM
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There are tonnes of fabulous English pubs that serve great pub fayre:

Princess of Shoreditch
The Garrison in Bermondsey
Hare and Billet in Blackheath
White Hart in Whitechapel
The Culpepper on Commercial

These are just off the top of my head.

The food scene is alive and well in London.
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 08:59 AM
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The Andover Arms in Hammersmith has the most ridiculous lamb shoulder in London. Worth the trek across town on a Sunday.
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 09:03 AM
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Yes and pub grub need not be poor grub it seems - pubs are fun in themselves and a real English experience for the atmosphere and increasingly good food it seems from comments above - in England eat English for me anyway. Thanks for the recommendations jamikins.

Even some fish and chips places can increasingly offer very good fayre I hear.
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 09:05 AM
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To tag on: we've been mourning the loss of the Red Lion pub in Mayfair on Waverton Street and haven't yet found a substitute... if anyone can recommend a pub with a nice restaurant in the same area it would be wonderful.
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 09:10 AM
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I had excellent woodfired pizza at Sartori near Leicester Square on my last trip (about a year ago.) It was extremely reasonable too.

http://www.sartori-restaurant.com/
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 09:18 AM
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I hate it when I hear about people eating crappy pub food - no reason for it!!!

If you are in Greenwich, the Spanish Galleon has cheap and old school chippy fish and chips.
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 09:25 AM
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Thank you for the list of good pubs jamikins. I will be in London for 12 days late May and early June and will check some of them out. Love cheap and old school!
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 09:46 AM
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Glad to help! Life is too short to eat bad food!!!
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 09:51 AM
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Thanks Jamikins!
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 03:52 PM
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To save you the time of finding and reading my (ridiculously long) trip report, as suggested above, I can tell you the two best restaurants we ate at in November. One of them was Medlar, where you have already eaten. The other was John Doe, in Notting Hill. John Doe was great for meat cooked in their own smoker. I would go back to either one in a heartbeat.
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 04:05 PM
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We are definitely interested in British food, but so many of the places I hear about are very pricey. St John Bread and Wine a few years back was OK, but didn't thrill me.

As I said, on our last visit, our favorite meals were at Medlar and The Harwood Arms. Id go to either again, but was hoping for similar recs.

Medlar has a Monday night special of 20% off the bill and we found it to be a great value even at regular prices.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 05:53 PM
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Bookmarking . . .
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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 08:05 PM
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Nikki

Thanks so much. I appreciate that you took the time.

I think we should go back to Medlar, too. We are in London on Monday so it would be perfect.

I'm going to read about John Doe now.

Palomar is pretty much on the list unless I read something really negative.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 03:10 PM
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OP, I will need to check my trip notes later when I have time, but off the top of my head can recommend for Indian food:

Dishoom (casual and very fun; loved the black dal and the chicken/pomegranate salad and the lamb biryani; hear the bacon naan at breakfast is delicious but haven't tried yes; also enjoyed their chai)

Gymkhana, where we walked in and got a table (but you should book) and had a fantastic, amazing lunch. We hoped to return, but didn't make it; I would return with no hesitation. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, and the service was very good, but nothing was stuffy. Check out the toilets and the excellent cocktails.

The Cinnamon Club (another walk-in, this time after a service at Westminster Abbey), where we enjoyed the prix-fixe lunch, which I thought was very good value. The cocktails were excellent, as was the food, and the service was perfection. If I recall correctly, they have one Michelin star and we were very well treated, especially not having a booking.

Again, later, when I have time, I'll find my notes and give you some recommendations.

We had one very, very good "gastropub" meal, I think Anchor and Hope, but I'll check my notes. Lovely, lovely fresh seafood (the most tender mussels I've ever had, and enormous, and sweet scallops and tiny, tasty little brown shrimp), very nice service, got us to our curtain on time, and I'd definitely go back. However, I think you cannot book (we just arrived early and took our chances).
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Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 03:37 PM
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Hakkasan for Chinese. You will probably need to go for one of the offers or set menus to be able to afford it but it's worth consideration nonetheless.

Also try Wardour St for cheaper Chinese eats.

Oh, and Opium for dim sum and cocktails
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