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Looking for a mod-expensive place for dinner in London

Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:25 AM
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Looking for a mod-expensive place for dinner in London

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Help me to figure out where I should go for dinner in London on a Saturday night! Here are the facts:

1. I'll be dining alone
2. I'm female in my early 30s - so no stuffy place
3. I'm willing to pay £75-80 for dinner
4. I'm game for any cuisine, as long as the food is delicious!
5. It'll be a Saturday night in late November

Thanks in advance!
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:57 AM
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veraswamy on swallow street has wonderful, innovative (and expensive) Indian food. As a teaser, I recently had a pile of lightly batter dusted leaves ( all types of herbs and others) simply scrumptious!
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:56 PM
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I travel alone & if you like Indian food in a nice setting, you'll love Shezan:

http://tinyurl.com/rlalw

For French, Racine on Brompton Road is good.

For Chinese, also in Knightsbridge Good Earth is also a favorite of mine.
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Sorry, that was a map for the location of Shezan. Here's a description:

Having opened its Knightsbridge doors 40 years ago, Shezan remains the only Indian restaurant in the UK to receive a star rating from Egon Ronay, The Gold Plate Award, and win Restaurant of the Year. Impressive, wouldn't you say? It's physically arresting too. Diners descend into an ornate cocktail bar filled with an atmospheric array of native objects and trinkets...
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Old Oct 4th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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yk, I think I would go to Zuma and sit at the sushi bar. I loved the food there, and I always like sitting at a bar when I'm on my own; you can watch the chefs prepare the food. And you can just keep ordering food until you've had enough (or money runs out!). E&O in Notting Hill might be fun too.
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Old Oct 4th, 2006, 07:12 AM
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Another vote for Tulips' Zuma suggestion. I've dine there alone several times, always had good service and food. The bar gets quite busy...good cocktails, I'm addicted to their raspberry passion fruit martini.
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Saturday night will always be hectic, so you might prefer somewhere cosy. My two favourites of the moment are:

Champor Champor, near London Bridge/Borough on the South Bank
http://www.champor-champor.com/

and Archipeligo

Both very cosy, very quirky in both food and decor, magnificent service and stella food.
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Old Oct 4th, 2006, 08:04 AM
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Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

I'm starting to think that with my budget, I can probably afford to eat at a 1* Michelin restaurant. I'm going to start a new thread on that.

But if there are any other gems, pls don't hesitate to suggest them here.
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When we were in London last month, we went to The Wolseley for an after-theatre supper, and liked it very much. <http://www.thewolseley.com/>

It's at 160 Piccadilly, next to The Ritz -- a big high-ceilinged room, buzzing with activity at 10:30 on a Saturday night (we had no reservation, had to wait about 15 mins for a table). Good service, friendly staff. There's so much bustle that I think you would not be uncomfortable eating alone.

They are open all day, from 7 am to midnight -- menu is very varied. We wanted to eat light, so I had a very good omelette and DH had a sandwich, and we shared a salad and bottle of wine. I heard of it here on the forum, so a search should bring up other reviews.
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I liked the Wolseley too; you can spend a lot or much less there, depending on what you eat. Desserts were great. For dining alone I would prefer a place like Zuma though.
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Loved Zuma for sushi.
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