Foodie seeks London assistance

May 15th, 2003, 04:30 AM
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The Fat Duck is an excellent suggestion if you can make it - it's becoming quite famous.

Borough Market is a must for foodies - go Friday or Saturday morning, and have a venison burger while you shop there.

If you like innovative, Malaysian influenced food, then near Borough Market is a fabulous, small restaurant called Champor-Champor - it's starting to get a lot of press for it's impeccable food, service and atmosphere. Book ahead (as with all these places mentioned)

(look it up, along with all the others mentioned, on www.hardens.com - the must have guide for foodies in London)

Gordon Ramsey is reputedly one of the world's top 5 restaurants according to some survey I read recently. Haven't been yet, just waiting for my lottery win to come in.

Mirabelle is old-world elegance combined with 2 star Michelin food.

Nobu (sister to the NY restaurant) has amazing food, fashionable rich and famous cusomers. So-so decor.

The Ivy is a London institution. Book 6 months in advance, but you might end up sitting next to Madonna, Alexander McQueen and Alan Rickman all on the same night (I did). Cosy, club like atmosphere, pretty good and reasonably priced food.

The Bleeding Heart (the restaurant downstairs, not the brasserie upstairs) is a gorgeous, romantic French restaurant in fashionable Farringdon (home and office to designers and financiers).

Skip the above mentioned Oxo Tower - great views, but very average food at horrifying prices.

If you like seafood, go to J Sheekeys - another old institution that attracts the gliteratti. Very cosy, and great Fruit de Mer. Again, book well ahead.

For Oysters and champagne in a casual, atmospheric, tiny cafe style place with tiled walls and shared tables, go to Randall & Aubin, in Brewer Street, Soho. A great place to just drop into pre or post Theatre, or mid-way through a heavy shopping trip. Always packed, but worth the wait.

I could go on and on.
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