London city trip - Where to eat? Page 2

  • Deleted user 13 March 2018 17:51:14
    I love Rules for proper old style English - game etc.

    pizarro is really good tapas near tower bridge.

    neither of these are cheap mind.
  • Armoured_Bear 13 Mar 2018 17:55:59 22,625 posts
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    Fatiguez wrote:
    Wow, an [anywhere] food thread, I wonder if ecosse will pop in to be obnoxious...

    (Just kidding, I already knew)
    :-*
  • Armoured_Bear 13 Mar 2018 17:58:53 22,625 posts
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    ultratemp wrote:
    I love Rules for proper old style English - game etc.

    neither of these are cheap mind.
    The 'Wine Buying Trips' page makes me what to murder someone.
  • cowell 13 Mar 2018 20:50:24 1,519 posts
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    Rules Restaurant in Covent Garden is legendary. London’s oldest restaurant serving game and amazing roast meat.
  • Ienjoysquid 13 Mar 2018 22:03:07 186 posts
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    Chettinad serves very good South Indian food for cheap. If you have never had a dosa they do a good lunch set for £7.50.

    If you have had a dosa youll want to go anywhere you can get another one.

    It’s near where you’ll be also.

    http://www.chettinadrestaurant.com/
  • Ienjoysquid 13 Mar 2018 22:13:38 186 posts
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    Rogueywon wrote:
    All true Londoners know that the Angus Steakhouse is the city's true hidden gem. If the restaurants always look empty, it's because we dissuade the tourists from going there so we can keep them for ourselves. It's definitely not because they're a front for the Russian Mafia.
    I did hear a rumour that a stag do from Rotherham went into the Tottenham Court Road one in the mid 90s.

    I believe they’re in Chechnya now.
  • elstoof 14 Mar 2018 07:19:02 20,064 posts
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    I went in one in Praed Street years ago, Jesus that was a fucking rough “meal”
  • elstoof 14 Mar 2018 07:25:27 20,064 posts
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    They charge you a few quid just to sit down, presumable because most people get up to leave as soon as they realise the mistake they’ve made
  • Red_Bool 14 Mar 2018 08:10:34 1,647 posts
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    ultratemp wrote:
    I love Rules for proper old style English - game etc.

    pizarro is really good tapas near tower bridge.

    neither of these are cheap mind.
    No kidding about the prices at Rules! :eek:

    Pizarro does look nice (and not too expensive for tapas) and quite near the hotel we want to book...

    Meanwhile, my wife was suitably impressed with the suggestions I brought home. So thanks all!
    She did ask where I got these from, so I said "from an internet gaming forum, of course" ;)

    We had a quick look through some of them, but we'll have more time during the weekend.
  • Alastair 14 Mar 2018 09:29:27 22,135 posts
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    Red_Bool wrote:
    Meanwhile, my wife was suitably impressed with the suggestions I brought home. So thanks all!
    She did ask where I got these from, so I said "from an internet gaming forum, of course" ;)

    I guess it's a sign of the ages (or of my age) that I rarely use 'a bloke down the pub said' as the source of some piece of information, but instead say 'a bloke on Eurogamer said' ...
    :)
  • Vortex808 14 Mar 2018 09:43:44 12,366 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    Red_Bool wrote:
    Meanwhile, my wife was suitably impressed with the suggestions I brought home. So thanks all!
    She did ask where I got these from, so I said "from an internet gaming forum, of course" ;)

    I guess it's a sign of the ages (or of my age) that I rarely use 'a bloke down the pub said' as the source of some piece of information, but instead say 'a bloke on Eurogamer said' ...
    :)
    :D

    same here. Times have changed.

    My wife despairs I'm sure!
  • Tonka 14 Mar 2018 10:05:27 27,960 posts
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    Rogueywon wrote:
    Tonka wrote:
    Try and find a genuine greasy spoon and have a full English breakfast.
    That's actually not a bad idea. The Regency Cafe is rightfully famous. The food will give you a heart attack and the service is legendarily brusque, but the food is basically the fantasy of what a greasy spoon should be like (and at sensible prices), rather than the often-disappointing reality.
    One of my most memorable meals was when a bunch of locals took me to their favorite café behind a tube station. It was furnished like the one from episode 1 of SPACED, dirt cheap and no worse than what you get at a four star hotel.

    I've no fucking idea where it was though.
  • Tonka 14 Mar 2018 10:06:40 27,960 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    I guess it's a sign of the ages (or of my age) that I rarely use 'a bloke down the pub said' as the source of some piece of information, but instead say 'a bloke on Eurogamer said' ...
    :)
    My wife is so used to it she has even asked me to ask people on my "nerd forum" for recommendations.
  • Alastair 14 Mar 2018 10:16:52 22,135 posts
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    I have a feeling it was my wife who christened the first ever EG meet up as a 'geek meet'.
    :)
  • Dougs 14 Mar 2018 10:33:57 85,761 posts
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    Yeah, The Regency is pretty fantastic.
  • mrpon 14 Mar 2018 10:43:17 34,430 posts
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    £11 train to London, sales starts tomorrow
  • wobbly_Bob 14 Mar 2018 17:35:37 4,473 posts
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    RawShark wrote:
    Recommend HotBox if you're down for some beefs.
    I really don't rate Hotbox and not only that I had the worst restaurant dining experience of my life. The only time I have ever had to walk out. The food is... it's ok. As somebody who has eaten a fair bit of BBQ in the US South and here in the UK as well I highly recommend Smokestak. Not just great BBQ but an amazing restaurant in it's own right. Next level cooking. The skill on display is amazing. They also do some fantastic cocktails. https://smokestak.co.uk/ Also if have haven't tried it Texas Joe's is also really really good.
  • wobbly_Bob 14 Mar 2018 18:11:17 4,473 posts
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    As for the OP. I spend a lot of time eating out. I love food. Yes. I am a biffa or the more polite term "foodie" I eat out at on average once a week... so now I feel like all that wasted time, money, and calories can be put to some actual use!

    London has so many great places to eat it's so difficult to narrow it down. I could be here all evening recommending you places to eat across so many cuisines! To narrow it down I'll focus on Indian food.

    You mentioned you were going to Hamleys? There's the Darjeeling Express in Kingly court. That's not far at all from Hamleys. https://www.darjeeling-express.com/ppdwcr6pksws3ic6en53vofiulp73w

    A bit further away is Hoppers in Oxford Street and also Soho. It's a small plate sharing Sri Lankan dining. They are famous for the hoppers which are pancake sort of things (similar to a dosa) that are in the shape of a cone you can put curry into. Has a great menu of tasty stuff. It's a very buzzy and warm place. They don't do reservations though so I advise go there early. They'll give you message you when a table is free if they don't have one right away. https://www.hopperslondon.com/

    There's Kricket which is another small plate indian place. It's a bit formal than hoppers with mostly counter dining. It's a great place. I think they have 2 locations but the one I know is Soho. Think it's closed on Sunday so might one to check that. https://kricket.co.uk/soho/

    Tayyabs is a cafe type of vibe place and the food is cheap but very good. The lamb chops are what it's famous for and rightly so! Though that's in East London. It is good but I wouldn't say really worth trecking really far out of your way for but if you are near then a great shout. It can get really busy though. http://www.tayyabs.co.uk/

    Again in East London is Gunpower which for me is really worth trecking out for. It's pretty small and noisy but I love a nice buzzy place! Food is absolutely amazing. It's closed on Sunday. http://www.gunpowderlondon.com/

    Dishoom are pretty good too and have quite a few places dotted around London. They are good but I wouldn't say, imho, it's fantastic. It's not quite up to the other places I have mentioned but worth a shout if that's what you are near and it's convenient. The breakfasts need a special mention. They do a indian take on the British "Full English" and the bacon naan is a thing of joy. Oh and the fire toast is also really really good. http://www.dishoom.com/

    Apart from curry here are a few really good places in the London Bridge area.

    Just down from Tower Bridge is The Draft House. It's a pub that serves food too. You can either get bar snacks at your table or sit down to a full proper meal. I have only eaten the buffalo wings but they were great. Bufallo wings are pretty simple and so many places fuck them up so it makes me hopeful the rest of the menu is also good. It read really good! I have wanted to go back and try some of it but so many places to eat so little time and money... They are specialists in craft beer so if you enjoy that you'll have a good time. They do a 1/3 pint selection of 3 different beers. http://www.drafthouse.co.uk/

    There's also Texas Joe's which do amazing BBQ. I would say the second best here in London after Smokestak. It's run by an actual american! It's really close to London bridge station. https://texas-joes.com/

    There's Padella if you like Italian. Again it's really close to London Bridge Station. The food is really cheap for London but insanely good. All the pasta is hand rolled. If you sit upstairs you can watch them making the pasta. https://www.padella.co/

    For Tapas I really rate very highly Lobos. Very close to London bridge station. Fantastic menu of high quality tapas. It really felt like I was back in Spain again. http://lobostapas.co.uk/

    If you are in that area and don't want a sit down meal then borough market is just a stone's throw from London Bridge station and packed full of great food stalls. It's an experience in itself. It is also really packed with people though so if you hate crowds I would give it a miss. There's also Maltby Street Market which is not too far from London bridge. It's about 15 minuets walking and is full of street food stalls. It can get busy but no where near Borough market though.

    Beyond London bridge. If you are after a traditional English roast dinner then you it's gotta be BlackLock. It's just amazing. The meat is cooked other fire. The prices are unbelievable for the quality and amount you get. You need to book pretty far ahead if you want to go there though because of the quality of the food and the prices it's sold at this place is popular. I had to book almost a month in advance the last time I went! It's in Soho. There are so many places that do great roasts in London that could be a whole 'nother post so i'll leave it at Blacklock.

    Phew. That lot should keep you going :) Have a great trip!!
  • oldskooldeano 14 Mar 2018 18:12:48 2,910 posts
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    Someone said Borough Market? I think that's a good shout. It's a tourist attraction by itself, and in the heart of London. Walk round to the Golden Hind, walk along the riverside to South Bank, pass the globe theatre..its perfect.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Mar 2018 18:37:33 22,625 posts
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    Wobbly_Bob >>>>>> everyone else
  • senso-ji 14 Mar 2018 18:42:12 8,468 posts
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    Borough market is great, but make sure your wallet is heavy before you go. Lots of amazing things to try but none of them come cheap.
  • Load_2.0 14 Mar 2018 18:44:29 26,734 posts
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    Only issue with Pardella is the queue. Its usually a good 30 people queueing outside at lunch and starts again early evening.

    I guess it's pretty quick turnover but the kids might get a bit bored.
  • Red_Bool 15 Mar 2018 08:07:04 1,647 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob I'm speechless...just...wow!

    I really didn't know what to expect when I posted my question, but the response has been overwhelming.

    I was already wondering about Padella as it's quite close to the hotel. My kids will be disappointed that they don't have pizza (for them Italian = pizza ;)), but the menu looks really good.

    It's actually quite funny: Instead of not knowing where to eat, we now have to decide where not to eat ;) (or we'll just take the whole list and decide on the spot)
  • smoothpete 15 Mar 2018 09:10:32 34,769 posts
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    Trust whatever wobbly_bob says regarding food.
  • jimnastics 15 Mar 2018 09:14:42 1,357 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob do you have any recommendations walkable from the Royal Albert Hall? Always struggle to find anywhere decent near there!
  • Armoured_Bear 15 Mar 2018 09:15:48 22,625 posts
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    Red_Bool wrote:
    @wobbly_Bob I'm speechless...just...wow!

    I really didn't know what to expect when I posted my question, but the response has been overwhelming.

    I was already wondering about Padella as it's quite close to the hotel. My kids will be disappointed that they don't have pizza (for them Italian = pizza ;)), but the menu looks really good.

    It's actually quite funny: Instead of not knowing where to eat, we now have to decide where not to eat ;) (or we'll just take the whole list and decide on the spot)
    Just go to all of wobbly_bob’s places, every one.
    Then go back to the NL and sleep it off.
  • Alastair 15 Mar 2018 09:56:18 22,135 posts
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    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    As for the OP. I spend a lot of time eating out. I love food. Yes. I am a biffa or the more polite term "foodie" I eat out at on average once a week... so now I feel like all that wasted time, money, and calories can be put to some actual use!

    London has so many great places to eat it's so difficult to narrow it down. I could be here all evening recommending you places to eat across so many cuisines! To narrow it down I'll focus on Indian food.

    /snipped a load

    Phew. That lot should keep you going :) Have a great trip!!
    One of my work colleagues is coming to London in a couple of weeks - I will send her this recommendation..
    Top work!
  • Goban 15 Mar 2018 10:30:22 9,939 posts
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    w_B 's post makes me want to jump on a plane and have an eating holiday.
  • jimnastics 15 Mar 2018 11:46:06 1,357 posts
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    He just got his own bookmark folder this end, outstanding work!
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