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this has probably been done before. but can people say their favourite restuarants in London. in the next month i'll be going out for a few meals (including the house christmas meal!). i'm not sure where to go. small&beautiful (hey, proximity!) and rasa have been mooted so far.

so, any others. North or Central preferred.

gareth, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

La Forchetta or La Porchetta on Upper Street, yum yum yum, with pleasing proximity. Or that amazing vegetarian curry house behind Euston Station whose name I can never remember.

kate, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

w/o doubt the best quality/value vegetarian proper restaurant is The Gate in Hammersmith. out of your way i see, but there you go.

Alan Trewartha, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Wait, I assumed that the vegetarian option was necessary due to your housemate's soy milk in the fridge. Is this a necessity or are you lot not bothered?

kate, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Pollo (super cheap but yummy pasta'n'pizzas) on Old Compton St, Soho. It was our Max's Kansas City for a while. Super cheap and has KEG WINE! I actually back up Kate here with La Porchetta (Upper St, pizza place) whot RickyT took me to and larffed at my face when PIZZAS THE SIZE OF THE TABLE ARRIVED. Num. The W-Bar, Harringay Green Lanes. I'm obvious. I'm SORRY, I'm BROKE and a PLEB, OKAY?

Sarah, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

OOOH that Oyster Bar/pub somewhere near Cork St. That's classy. The CAVIAR shop on Picadilly!!! You can sit in a bus shelter and eat £10000000000 caviar!!! Yesssss!!!!

Sarah, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oh, and the place we went to last night in Crouch End or wherever the fuck that was, was actually the original La Porchetta. You'll have to ask Ed or Suzy, cause I have no idea where I actually was, except we passed yours on the way back, so it must be quite near.

kate, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

There used to be a fabby viet place in lisle st. called pho, closed long ago — or DID IT MOVE!? (i need to know this too)

when you asked for small noodle soup it was as big as yr head (if yr head was liquid and in a bowl); i never dared ask for large noodle soup, in case the seas ran dry and it was my greedy fault

mark s, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

souk, just round the corner from the ivy. not particularly cheap, but wicked moroccan stuff and very cosy inside. like being in a cave or something .nice tagine/meze and lush peppermint coffee.

ambrose, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

the other La Porchetta is on Stroud Green Road, up from Finsbury Park station, and just round the corner from my humble abode.

michael, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Citrus - where else can you get a three course meal for under 15 quid in the Park Lane area? Their French menu is unsurpassed, and they do the best honey glazed roast duck I have *ever* tasted.

Trevor, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Thats not actually the other Porchetta as there is another other La Porchetta in Muswell Hill too. But the Stroud Green Road is the original. The Pizza as the size of a cow but I am not convinced of the well cooked nature of the centre (which still tastes like sloppy dough to me).

As the WCDS is starting soon I will be able to give more info, but Ethiopian Merkato on Caledonian Road is good, Crouch End (wherever the fuck that is) is full of top restaurants but latest discover of BYO curry house just off Marchomont Street in central London has had me going back 4 times in 2 weeks.

Pete, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

i lived in london for 6 months after university. i still miss "new culture revolution" in camden town. americans don't have chinese food like that. we don't have good curry anywhere, either. you guys have it good over there.

kristen, Tuesday, 4 December 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

ten months pass...
has anyone been to the ethiopan restaurant in tufnell park? i think i am going there later this week, wondered what it was like...

gareth (gareth), Sunday, 27 October 2002 21:43 (nineteen years ago) link

w/o doubt the best quality/value vegetarian proper restaurant is The Gate in Hammersmith. out of your way i see, but there you go.

The Gate in Hammersmith is better than the one next to my house. Rasa in Stoke Newington is better than the one near Oxford Circus. But the best vegetarian restaurant in London is Manna, on Erskine Road, near Primrose Hill. I love this place (it equals The Gate for tastiness of food, and has a much better atmosphere).

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 27 October 2002 22:22 (nineteen years ago) link

i am in love with cafe lazeez in soho. great atmosphere, yummiest indian food EVER and nice location. apparently, the other ones are not as good as the soho location.

sand.y, Monday, 28 October 2002 00:37 (nineteen years ago) link

All the ethiopian restaurants in the Kentish Town / Tufnell Park area are great. Have the honey wine and Derek Tibbs.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 28 October 2002 10:31 (nineteen years ago) link

Cheap restaurants I'm willing to go public with:

Kulu Kulu sushi in Brewer Street.

Mandola in Westbourne Grove.

Churchill Arms pub thai in Kensington.

suzy (suzy), Monday, 28 October 2002 11:21 (nineteen years ago) link

is there more than one ethiopian restaurant in tufnell park then? i thought there was only one (which is the best one to go to?)

gareth (gareth), Monday, 28 October 2002 11:27 (nineteen years ago) link

I can't remember the names of all of them but there are a couple on Fortess Road at least.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 28 October 2002 11:47 (nineteen years ago) link

I am now dating a lovely Italian woman, and since Italian is also my favourite food, I think we will be going to many Italian restaurants, so recommendations are welcome - I knew of Pollo already, and where is La Forchetta on Upper Street, because if it's at the Angel end that would be very convenient, because she works around there?

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 28 October 2002 19:35 (nineteen years ago) link

the ethiopian restaurant was quite nice, i had a chicken/peppers/onion/tomato thing qhich was nice, but S had lamb and pumpkin and the pumpkin was cold. the bread it was served with was weirdly like loft insulation and wasnt palatable at all (if you go, get the rice instead).

gareth (gareth), Friday, 1 November 2002 19:10 (nineteen years ago) link

it's closer to the highbury and islington end, martin, but only marginally

mark s (mark s), Friday, 1 November 2002 19:17 (nineteen years ago) link

We went to La Porchetta on Thursday, which was okay. She is unimpressed with La Forchetta!

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 3 November 2002 11:31 (nineteen years ago) link

u shd try la aorchetta but avoid la borchetta

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 3 November 2002 13:57 (nineteen years ago) link

La Corchetta is in Ireland, so inconvenient. La Dorchetta is full of nerds.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 3 November 2002 16:41 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
the masala zone is absolute shit. i've now been to both the soho and upper street ones. they are equally dire. do not go there

gareth (gareth), Friday, 6 December 2002 10:38 (nineteen years ago) link

Its the kind of thing that gets on LDN when they talk about 'trendy modern asian fast food'. You want good asian fast food there are many good places to go but the masala zone is not one of them its not even that cheap.

Ed (dali), Friday, 6 December 2002 10:49 (nineteen years ago) link

Not a restaurant at all, but a friend recently took me to a bar called Positively 4th Street on Hampstead Road between Mornington Crescent and Euston. Great bar food, cocktails, excellent jukebox, and motorized leaf-imitation ceiling fans! Does anyone else know this place?

Big Hogleg, Friday, 6 December 2002 10:53 (nineteen years ago) link

i wanted to try the afghan restaurant but they wouldnt listen

gareth (gareth), Friday, 6 December 2002 10:54 (nineteen years ago) link

That Positively 4th St place is wacky as. Amusing fans (look like they should be running off steam hydraulics or something), kind of pricey pints according to my semi-drunken memory. Didn't try the cocktails, but hey! Whatever burns yr Bunsen. They have *jazz* occasionally, I believe. Could be fun, could be Euston-corporate-tit hell.

Liz :x (Liz :x), Friday, 6 December 2002 11:00 (nineteen years ago) link

When I stayed with my brother in Drayton Park near Arsenal tube station a few years ago, we walked to a Thai place which I think was called Cats. He used to go there all the time and I have to say it was really really nice, a lovely place aswell as great food (and thai beer). We ended up going there a few times over the years when he lived there.

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 6 December 2002 11:04 (nineteen years ago) link

i used to live round the corner from drayton park!

gareth (gareth), Friday, 6 December 2002 11:06 (nineteen years ago) link

Cats (or Cafe des Artistes), if it's the same one, is up Stroud Green Road a 1/2 mile or so down from La Porchetta. Finsbury Park is heaven for cheap and grebt restaurants. Mmmmm curry.

Liz :x (Liz :x), Friday, 6 December 2002 11:08 (nineteen years ago) link

Did you go to the Drayton Arms or whatever the pub was called? I remember I went there and all the people were like "orlroigh' mate my parents is cawed o'donoghue".

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 6 December 2002 11:17 (nineteen years ago) link

If you ever find yourself with some extra money, Gareth, go to Gaudi on Clerkenwell in EC1. It was one of my favorite meals ever. And the decor is nice too. If you go for lunch, you won't have to get too dressed up.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Friday, 6 December 2002 18:16 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...

gareth (gareth), Monday, 27 January 2003 12:54 (eighteen years ago) link

ok im out with some people to try this Pollo place out

but then im with some other people later in the week and we need another recommendation.

gareth (gareth), Monday, 27 January 2003 17:25 (eighteen years ago) link

The new brisket and ribs place in soho looks good. I can't remember the name though.

Ed (dali), Monday, 27 January 2003 18:10 (eighteen years ago) link

After a friends glowing review, I'm pondering trekking to Willesden Green (!) to go to Sushi-Say...

Sarah (starry), Monday, 27 January 2003 18:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Bah, murasaki has closed.

They recommend the place you mention sarah

Alan (Alan), Monday, 27 January 2003 18:19 (eighteen years ago) link

sushi-say is closed at the mo. actually maybe it reopens tomorrow? we were going to go there a couple of weeks ago but went to cafe japan in golders green, which was pretty good.

sushi-say is like 15mins walk from my house...

toby (tsg20), Monday, 27 January 2003 18:21 (eighteen years ago) link

pollo was good! but the wine was bizarre, it had like flakes of something in it when you got to the bottom. luckily i was drinking beer

gareth (gareth), Thursday, 6 February 2003 13:24 (eighteen years ago) link

Ed was thinking of Bodean's and their pulled Pork.

Sarah, sushi-say is fantastic, and the chef thre is very very cool.

chris (chris), Thursday, 6 February 2003 13:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Pollo? That's the place my friend found a large chunk of metal in her pasta and the staff seemed to regard as her fault. I've never been back. Loathe as I am to recommend anything whatsoever about our already overpublicised capital, the best London meal I've had recently was Gallipoli in Islington. Fantastic Turkish food and very amiable staff.

Tag, Thursday, 6 February 2003 13:40 (eighteen years ago) link

mmm, Gallipoli is lovely.

I've heard far too many stories about Pollo ever to go back there, which is a shame as I used to like it.

chris (chris), Thursday, 6 February 2003 13:49 (eighteen years ago) link

I've only been to Pollo once. Friendly staff, fast service, a lengthy menu, cheap, and better food than you have a right to expect at the price. I'll go again.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 6 February 2003 18:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Gallipoli is grebt and I've never had anything that wasn't lovely at Pollo either.

RickyT (RickyT), Thursday, 6 February 2003 18:25 (eighteen years ago) link

We're trying Bodean's tonight, I'll report back.

Ed (dali), Thursday, 6 February 2003 19:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Bodean's is great. We sat in the upstairs fast food/order at the counter bit. We ate ribs and chicken wing. The food was perfect. Nice smoky taste good marinade an sauce, great beans and pickles on the side. Let down by poor beer selection, Becks, Budvar, Miller G Draft. Downstairs looks nice but upstairs sets the right mood, Food is served on plastic trays with a greaseproof sheet no ceremony. Quality fast food.

Ed (dali), Thursday, 6 February 2003 22:03 (eighteen years ago) link

Is Mr Nunn the unsigned voice of Vittles, then?

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 27 August 2020 13:27 (one year ago) link

Never got anything out of reading Whyman (don't follow either of them on twitter). The piece he did on dril is one of those things that are better joked about than actually written up whereas Nunn I do like but then again I've never read much writing on food, and I like how it's a gateway to all sorts of life and matter.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 27 August 2020 13:30 (one year ago) link

Had dinner in a Shoreditch restaurant on Saturday. Quiet when we went in so felt fine, started filling up when we left. Shoreditch itself was pretty busy as you'd expect Saturday evening by now but there are so many places to eat it felt low enough risk.

nashwan, Thursday, 27 August 2020 13:32 (one year ago) link

Nunn is just such a good meeting of writer and subject (I've only read the odd bit from Vittles, assume he is the main contributor but also editor of other pieces). Seeing Whyman try and do culture industry takes is just really not needed and it's just painful in the end. Then again I don't have any patience for post Mark Fisher type writing.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 27 August 2020 13:37 (one year ago) link

Vittles really has been a consistently fascinating read. JN is seemingly slimming down his intro sections in favour of writing a weekly article of his own only available to people who are paying. He may well be planning to use that to carry on some of his personal beefs if the evening standard debacle of the last couple of days is anything to go by - long may he continue imo

crisp, Thursday, 27 August 2020 13:48 (one year ago) link

Yeah, Nunn selects the articles and writes intros but none of the articles are actually by him. Also they tend not to be about restaurants. So you're safe on both of your worries, Matt.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 27 August 2020 14:01 (one year ago) link

No he definitely does write some pieces, it’s just not done by him alone. The two parter about which restaurants get reviewed and why(the one snidely referred to in an ES review this week) was by him. It’s a good piece too.

beef stannin’ (gyac), Thursday, 27 August 2020 14:16 (one year ago) link


— someone on twittter (@demarionunn) September 2, 2020

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 16:01 (one year ago) link

hello London people, how's eating going?

We ended up taking advantage of EOTHO a few times, and it got us to a few new places, which is good. We ended up eating out a lot more than normal for us. Neither of us is up for eating inside a restaurant yet, so it's exclusively been places that have outdoor seating. We've managed to go out for lunch most Wednesday afternoons, as it's a day we can both book time off work. Long post, but thought it was worth mentioning a few places as I don't think I've seen them on this thread yet.

In August we went to:

Rochelle Canteen, which had been on Toby's list for probably a decade or more. It was that super hot week, so I was a bit grouchy, but it was a nice meal. I suspect that, like at St. John, vegetarians who are happy to cook from scratch at home will feel a little underwhelmed-- the veggie main was great, but very similar to what I'd been cooking after shopping at the farmers' market (braised courgette, tomato, and beans). The setup was smooth, and I don't know if it's rain-proof, but sitting outside there was really

Koya City in Bloomberg Arcade wasn't new for us, just arranged differently, they now take your order at the door and bring you your food sitting outside. This will be a repeat for sure after EOTHO, it's rain-safe and the outside seats are well spread out. Plus, the food is great as always.

We went to Spitalfields Market a few weeks, which obviously has lots of air flowing, but sheltered from the rain, and loads of food choices.

First time we both went to Bleecker Burger for the first time. I'd been wanting to try the "Symplicity" vegetarian burger, and Toby got a double bacon cheeseburger. Both great, I went again the following week. EOTHO definitely helped, it was a little on the pricey side for a fairly small burger and fries. But it was a very different veggie burger from anything else I've had in the UK, and Toby said his hit the spot.

The next week, Toby went to Dumpling Shack, we managed to go when the queues weren't insane, and in fact he managed to eat all of his soup DUMPLINGS! before my Bleecker order came out. He liked it and says he will eat there again, and is especially interested in trying their weekly dinner specials. I was disappointed that they don't have any veggie options other than a scallion pancake and pickles, so can't recommend it if you don't eat meat.

We also went back to Spitalfields on Bank Holiday Monday, I figured I would see what's open and Toby would aim for Dumpling Shack. But the queue for DUMPLINGS! was crazy, I think it could have been close to an hour to order? Luckily Pleasant Lady Jian Bing Trading Stall was open. We'd been to the Soho branch once, and it was a good choice for a nice lunch-- filling but not too heavy, and would be a good price even without EOTHO, felt silly that we both ate for £8. Lovely mix of textures and flavours. Toby had the pork and I had the veggie, and we were both very happy with those.

And yesterday, partly on the Eater recommendation, and partly due to this thread (thanks!), we went to Keu for banh mi, which was new to us both. I haven't had one for months, my go-to spot on Exmouth Market re-opened a few weeks ago, but only noodles, no banh mi. I was skeptical about the aubergine with tofu, but it was basically cooked down and used instead of the pate. Toby had the pork traditional one (I will recommend the mackerel next time), and we both enjoyed it sitting in Hoxton Square. I think this will be one we repeat, and if I end up back in the office, the City location is really close.

Oh, and we went to dinner at Lina Stores at Granary Square, partly because you can book outside tables, and partly because it was halfway between us and the friends we were meeting. Food was really good, and it was nice to be able to sit outside and well spread out, although it isn't rain safe (we were there during the wind storm and couldn't have stemmed wine glasses because they kept nearly blowing away!) Lots of outdoor options around there.

I think there is a pretty noticeable drop off in restaurant business since the promo ended. We'll probably keep going out for lunch once a week if we can make it work in terms of schedule/weather, and getting out to new places is fun.

colette, Thursday, 3 September 2020 11:26 (one year ago) link

(um, what the heck happened there-- is there some weird automatic dumpling function that I'm not aware of? I did not type them as all caps and exclamation mark)

colette, Thursday, 3 September 2020 11:27 (one year ago) link

lmao indeed there actually is

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 3 September 2020 11:32 (one year ago) link

it's interesting that it works for DUMPLINGS! but not dumpling

colette, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:02 (one year ago) link

!! hi colette !!

I've only been doing outside seating so far too, but feels like that's gonna quickly stop being an option with the Summer over. Might just collect and eat at home.

(I've also only been meeting friends outdoors, and that's a more difficult one to adapt to once it's cold and rainy)

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:15 (one year ago) link

I haven't been to a restaurant since March, when we were going out pretty much all the time, so this is all from a prehistoric age, but the last few places we went:

The Coal Office in King's Cross, Israeli/Middle Eastern place with a superstar chef, and, on a Friday night a real party atmosphere. Largely sharing plates and the food was incredible. I guess it's considerably more restrained now. Also savouring the weirdness of having dinner somewhere where we used to go dancing 13-15 years previously (pretty sure it used to the The Cross). At the time it felt like an illustration of changing eras, we didn't really guess it was the end of another era.

Then the following night, Ekte Nordic Kitchen, a Scandinavian place in the Bloomberg Arcade in the City, pickled herring and dark meats and vodka, that sort of stuff. It was great, but totally empty and I'm guessing it's really struggling right now. We went immediately after sitting in an airless downstairs room in an underground gin distillery, thinking about it it's a miracle we didn't get covid.

Another place from this year I would go back to in a heartbeat is Namak Mandi in Tooting, it serves Pashtun food and straddles both Afghanistan and Pakistan, you sit on cushions on the floor with the 'table' in between you, basically with a small room to yourselves, and they bring up absolutely truckloads of incredible food. The evening ended with six of us literally lying horizontally on the floor unwilling to move. (NB every single aspect of this meal is very unsuited to our new reality but when this is all over I am absolutely going back).

Have a feeling that the changing of the seasons is going to be harder on restaurants than the end of the Treasury scheme, I'm not sure the extent to which people are ready to move back inside yet.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:32 (one year ago) link

Oh also I forgot about Peckham Bazaar, I know people have been hyping Peckham Bazaar for years but it's with good reason.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:39 (one year ago) link

Couple of agrees from the places we've been since the lockdown:

- Peckham Bazaar, which we go to from time to time but this time we were outside under an awning in a massive rainstorm. The awning worked, the food was outstanding and the whole thing was a pleasure.

- Koya City which was as good as ever and is a really good place to go if people are feeling nervous about eating inside, because it's in that high and airy arcade and all the tables are outside, also they have their sewing and ordering in good order. (Ekte seemed to have people in it that night also, Matt will be pleased to hear).

We also went to Kiln - the food was as spectacular as the food there always is, and they spaced us customers out along the bar well, but the space felt a bit cramped given the circumstances.

Tim, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:56 (one year ago) link

This thread is rapidly becoming 'restaurant reviews that will continue to haunt your thoughts' (at least until the covid era is over).

Namak Mandi sounds like my ideal restaurant. I've long had fantasies about recreating the similar sounding Baghdad House restaurant in the Fulham Road that appears in a few 1960s memoirs, but otherwise seems completely undocumented excepted for a Linda Eastman picture of the Yardbirds outside it.

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:59 (one year ago) link

Namak Mandi also has a more conventional downstairs, with tables etc. It's very much a community hub kind of place, with unidentified football on so you could take the option to sit there amid the grill smoke while old Afghan blokes argue with each other about the game.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 September 2020 13:30 (one year ago) link

Namak Mandi has absolutely mahoosive chapli kebab, I think I made sandwiches with the half I didn't eat for a couple of days.

My EOTHO lunch was at Noble Rot, of course.

santa clause four (suzy), Thursday, 3 September 2020 13:40 (one year ago) link

I am hopeful that we will be able to keep enjoying Bloomberg Arcade and Spitalfields places for a good few months, just need to wear layers, maybe we'll bring our own little blankets and pretend like we're in Berlin?

Our last meal in the beforetimes was our first visit to 40 Maltby St in mid March. I knew it would be great, and it was. I think things were already dicey enough that it was much quieter than normal, and its the business that has been putting me off for so long.

This weekend, we'll check out this temporary market up in Islington where the big post office used to be. It feels a bit "ick," this is developer-led and part of the problem of private/public space, but then again I do like a St John's donut.

colette, Friday, 4 September 2020 08:53 (one year ago) link

That Boulevard Market indeed has an uncanny valley edge to it, totally fake "town square" vibe, with a handful of vendors. I mean, I did get a donut and some cheese, but it's not worth a journey unless you are happy braving the hell of Upper St.

Any recommendations for in or near Chinatown? We're meeting Toby's sister and family this weekend, and they fancy dim sum. So, ideally we're looking for somewhere with outdoor seating, dim sum, and at least a couple vegetarian things (I would be OK with somewhere that does something like a generic veggie dumpling, crispy seaweed and rice). Moon on a stick would be the ability to book that outdoor table, since we'll be with two little kids who don't love queuing. Any ideas?

colette, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 09:12 (one year ago) link

Leong's Legends on Gerrard Street is reliable and the menu is HUGE so if you have young and/or fussy eaters you should have more than enough options. No idea re: booking or even eating outside but I'm guessing Chinatown has gone big on outdoor eating?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 11:04 (one year ago) link

From Private Eye.

i knew i would be in private eye one day and i absolutely knew it would be for something as dumb as this

— someone on twittter (@demarionunn) September 9, 2020

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 13:28 (one year ago) link

Thanks, Matt, I'll add that to the list, wondering about doing a recon walk later this week to see what has outdoor seating (and maybe try to book).

I guess Din Tai Fung is also an option, they apparently have some outdoor seating as well, and I know they have stuff I can eat.

colette, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 15:01 (one year ago) link

We ended up eating at Gerrard's Corner at their family's request, and it worked out in the end. All of Gerrard St restaurants have tables outside, and Gerrard Place has a ton of picnic tables available for eating food you've picked up from takeaway. It was pretty busy, I have to say!

We also got pizzas from ASAP pizza this week, after reading the Vittles interview we realised that you can buy by the pie, not just the slice. Duh. Glad we went on Wednesday, it's basically sold out soon after we collected, and then has apparently been a madhouse every day since then. So we'll have them once, but got enough for three meals of pizza.

Now starting to think about food for our "holiday" near High St Kensington next week. Ideally we'll have either an outside sit-down or takeaway meal on Monday lunchtime somewhere in the Bloomsbury/Fitzrovia/Marylebone area (so we can have a leisurely bike ride there, stop for lunch, ride the rest of the way), as well as a few lunch/dinner ideas in W8 for dining outside, or takeaway/delivery. Any brilliant ideas?

Toby was hoping to try Normah's, but they seem to have disappeared from Deliveroo, and don't have any veg options anyway, so we'll see. I'm wondering about Master Wei in Bloomsbury for Monday lunch, maybe? Haven't been and have wanted to for ages.

colette, Friday, 18 September 2020 16:11 (one year ago) link

Master Wei is great and plenty of vegetarian options 4u.

If you want a fab/special dinner in W11 (but not far from W8 really) try Orasay. I will ask Notting Hill people for recs tomorrow at the farmer’s market - I’ll see my college pal Dodi (her family’s only vegetarian) there so I expect she will have some good ideas.

santa clause four (suzy), Friday, 18 September 2020 16:22 (one year ago) link

thanks, Suzy! Yeah, anywhere we could easily get to on a Santander bike from W8 is fair game, I'd say.

And Master Wei is definitely on our list, if not next week, sometime soon.

colette, Friday, 18 September 2020 17:16 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

i'm eating at Cay Tre tonight. feelsgoodman

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 14:48 (seven months ago) link

eating on the Prince Regent tonight as part of a shared birthday celebration.

and in a couple of weeks time taking my mum to the quality chop house also for a shared birthday celebration.

shared birthdays. winner.

Fizzles, Thursday, 27 May 2021 06:32 (seven months ago) link

Loved the Quality Chop House meal box! Also really good in that department: Lyle's.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 27 May 2021 11:02 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 December 2021 21:13 (one month ago) link

lot of places shutting for christmas right now. was hoping to get to 40 Maltby Street next week but it’s only doing home orders. Local Lewellyn’s closed likewise Quality Chop House. Really feel for them - dedicated staff who’ve worked incredibly hard throughout the uncertainty and financial strains of the pandemic.

Fizzles, Sunday, 19 December 2021 08:52 (one month ago) link

Indeed. Although if 40 Maltby St manages to stay open for takeaway I can say that both of the sandwiches, the mince pies, and the cep/celariac gratin are all superb, though.

toby, Sunday, 19 December 2021 09:12 (one month ago) link

great. great. i will be getting those things.

Fizzles, Sunday, 19 December 2021 10:16 (one month ago) link

yes, the veg sandwich was the best "christmas" sandwich I've had, despite not sounding appealing when just reading the ingredients. that's pretty consistent with them, I've learned to just give it a go and it's usually excellent.

gratin was surprisingly filling and delicious, enough for a meal for two with a salad, which made it good value.

colette, Sunday, 19 December 2021 11:53 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Currently in Mes Amis, a Lebanese restaurant in Fulham. It has the greatest interior of any restaurant in the world, I think

imago, Saturday, 8 January 2022 19:09 (one week ago) link

Yeah this is the best restaurant in London I think

imago, Saturday, 8 January 2022 19:31 (one week ago) link

Opposite the River Cafe if I recall. Any thoughts on the food and service?

mmmm, Saturday, 8 January 2022 20:23 (one week ago) link

Very close to it, yes. The food was extremely good and the service was both pleasant* and attentive. Some would have found the constant tea refilling a bit much maybe? I was a big fan

*at one point the elderly proprietor told me I was eating the mezze too fast, and that 'mezze' is Arabic for 'slow', but I accepted it as entirely fair criticism

imago, Saturday, 8 January 2022 22:06 (one week ago) link

They did a tabbouleh but with beans instead of tomatoes. It was insanely great

imago, Saturday, 8 January 2022 22:07 (one week ago) link

'mezze' is Arabic for 'slow'

lol no it isn't

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 9 January 2022 02:11 (one week ago) link

I have a cousin in london who, when asked by American tourists what the English call umbrellas, deadpanned "clooglehoppers".

I think elderly proprietor (who sounds rad btw) was similarly yanking your chain. afaik 'mezze' means the same thing to him that it means to you.

'slowly' in Arabic is 'ye'wash'.

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 9 January 2022 02:18 (one week ago) link

You were right by here Louis!

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Sunday, 9 January 2022 19:12 (one week ago) link

Reminiscent of yavaş in Turkish, and seems to be the same in Persian as well. What I see when I try to go to Arabic itself though, is, ببطء, which is completely different.

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 19:17 (one week ago) link

Lots of different varieties of Arabic of course.

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 19:17 (one week ago) link

I grew up in a Persian and Arabic-speaking household. So it's possible I'm getting the two mixed up, but I doubt it. Different dialect is much more likely.

Alas, I can't read the script. Mived here when i was like 5.

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 22:27 (one week ago) link

Anyway I do think the proprietor was kidding around :)

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 22:28 (one week ago) link

More good sandwiches from 40 Maltby St today, I don't love eggs but the fritatta sandwich was still pretty good. squash salad was excellent. Toby rated the fish finger salad.

Other places we've been that were really good recently were Tofu Vegan on Upper St (this place is so exciting to me and I want to try everything on the menu eventually), and also finally made it to Master Wei in Bloomsbury, which was also great (and we both noted that one bowl of noodles would have been plenty of food for a lunch, so potentially a nice weekend combo with the British Museum)

colette, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:40 (one week ago) link

Interested to learn as I need a replacement noodle place in Bloomsbury. I made a nostalgic visit to the Hare and Tortoise at Brunswick Square- a staple of the early 2000s for me - and wasn't too impressed.

Luna Schlosser, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:53 (one week ago) link

The laksa at H&T is still better than it has any right to be.

Try Chang’s Noodle on New Oxford Street too.

the thin blue lying (suzy), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 20:02 (one week ago) link

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