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Moderate Restaurants around Covent Garden, Strand, and Leicester Square

Moderate Restaurants around Covent Garden, Strand, and Leicester Square

Sep 23rd, 2003, 11:21 PM
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A belllini is a vile drink, as is any fruit juice and champagne combination - except perhaps a bucks fizz at breakfast. The martinis are still good, and the Savoy isn't what it used to be - hence it's up for sale.

Pizza Express isn't very good - try Bertorelli in Convent Garden or Charlotte St. for really light, flavoursome pizzas!
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Sep 24th, 2003, 03:27 AM
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hansikday - Your initial list is a very good start, and some of the previous posts offer good advice as well....

Let me add my thoughts (Hope it will be of help!): 1)Lamb and Flag is a good choice for pub grub, and quite an authentic tavern as well.....(Be advised tho, that if you can't find it right away, you may run into more than a few "locals" who don't know where it is either!)

2)Scotch the Rock and Sole Plaice,,,,very convenient in Covent Garden, but not really a top-notch F&C shop. Better to try a spot that's not quite so touristy. Tho its very "down-market", I prefer Gig's Fish Bar/Kebab House on Tottenham Street, just off Tottenham Court Road.

3) For Indian you can no doubt do better lots of places outside of Covent Garden, but I have eaten (and enjoyed) The Punjab on Neal Street. They have a website, and for between theatre meals, where a jaunt to the east end just won't do....I'd recommend it.

4)Finally, one of the other posters recommended Charlotte Street....which I'd second in a minute. Many small, intimate, and reasonable places, mixed in with a few VERY expensive ones. Worth your while to see what appeals to you there.

Have a great time!! Best wishes, Dave
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Sep 24th, 2003, 03:51 AM
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Thanks again for all the additional comments. I used Great Eats London by Sandra Gustafson for my initial choices.

I often like to wander an area and see what turns up, but its also good to have a listing to use in a pinch or when you are in a hurry.

I was amazed at how you had to jump up to 35 pounds a person at many places. Maybe my food budget needs to be adjusted upwards. Either that or eat real cheap one night and bump it up the next night.
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Sep 24th, 2003, 04:40 AM
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Funny how we can all have different opinions. I've eaten at Bertorelli's twice -- the second time only at the urging of friends. We split a pizza -- the most leaden, chewy, and horrible tasting pizza ever -- like tinny canned tomato paste smeared on it. Hated their pastas too, overcooked and underseasoned.

But I think the pizzas at Pizza Express are amazing -- light and flaky crust, flavorful and good.
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Sep 25th, 2003, 08:25 AM
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While exploring the Covent Garden area this past summer my husband and I tried a place called the Mongolian Barbeque. It is a restaurant where you can pick the meats and spices you want your meal to contain, and the chefs cook it up for you and it is brought to your table. You can return to the food bar as many times as you want. They also have help yourself starters included in the price of the meal. We enjoyed it very much. It was different from any restaurant we had gone to. I've never heard of it mentioned here, but we had fun.
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Sep 25th, 2003, 09:19 AM
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The Devereaux pub. Just west of the Inns of Court and just south of the Law Courts on the Strand. Nearest tube is Temple. Good for visits to Covent Garden (where things are touristy and expensive), to the Courtauld Gallery, and to Dr Johnson's house. Much used by lawyers.

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Sep 25th, 2003, 09:30 AM
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I would recommend the "Cork And Bottle Wine Bar" just of Leicester Square as a good value, good food choice restaurant.It has a great wine list and cozy atmosphere you can enjoy for your pre,or after theatre needs.You order your food at a bar and the waiter delivers it to your table along with any wine ,or drinks you want.The only drawback is that it is in a celler so it can get a little bit crowded.
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Sep 26th, 2003, 08:13 PM
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Note to Patrick: It was on the 'queueing' for turnback tickets at the National that you sent helpful to me, rather than on the fast ferry to Ireland; I knew it was one or the other. Thanks again.

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