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    R.e. Mere; if you are after eating at the pricier end of the market (?) that will certainly help narrow down recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkaholic View Post
    Im surprised no one has mentioned......... RULES maiden lane (iv not eaten there) oldest restaurant in London.

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    Eaten at 'Rules' a few times late in the evening, love the place, hearty food, good portions and excellent service,
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    Asadal, Holborn. For the food, not the service.

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    Goodman, Mayfair

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    A few I've enjoyed recently.

    Berners Tavern. Great food and service, but I wasn't paying and not sure I would.
    The Jugged Hare.
    The Wolseley. Probably my favourite, good food, done well with great service.
    Pied a Terre, had a really good lunch there.
    Jack's Place Clapham, now closed. A very quirky, very English spot.

    If I was to choose one, The Wolseley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Morgan View Post
    Maureens Pie & Mash Shop, Chrisp St Market, Poplar.

    Pie, mash and liquor par excellence.
    Forgive my ignorance of some of the traditional London fare - is liquor just mint sauce or is it something different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paw3001 View Post
    Not unless itís double pie and from Manzies in Tower Bridge Road!


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    Sadly as a South Londoner, I have to admit Maureens knocks Menzies into a cocked hat...

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    The missus and I try and eat out somewhere (without kids) for birthdays and anniversaries and inevitably these are in London...

    My absolute favourite (in London) is still Gordon Ramsey at Royal Hospital Road although Core by Claire Smyth is pretty close. Marcus Waring is great and Dinner still has an air of theatre about it which is a lot of fun... plus it is a little more relaxed. That said, none of the above are that stuffy, they all have a way of making you feel relaxed and enjoy the experience.

    La Gavroche was wonderful as well... Michel Roux made a point of coming over to each table to say hello and check everything was ok.

    The next one on the list (when I've saved enough up) is The Araki - 15 covers, 2 sittings an evening, a set menu of sushi and more sushi...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_the_UK View Post
    Forgive my ignorance of some of the traditional London fare - is liquor just mint sauce or is it something different?
    I used to work as a Saturday boy helping cook the food in the Pie & Mash shop on Crisp St Market for a few years when I was a teenager belive it or not! Back in the late 90ís when I was at sixth form, it paid for my beer and Ben Shermanís😂 There were two P&M shops in the market, I think the one I worked in has changed ownership now as my old guvnor must be retired. Could be Maureenís - or Maureenís could be the other, Iíve not been back for quite a while.

    Pie & mash is a brilliant cheap hot meal on a cold day - when West Ham were at home we used to have queues out the door and round the corner before the match, and then again after the match for people getting take homes.

    Liquor is basically a parsley sauce with bright green food dye in it, which gives it its iconic colour. I canít recall the exact recipe, but I remember we used to put a big slab of the spare jelly from our jellied eels into every batch.

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    Away from Pie & Mash, my addition to the list would be Locanda Locatelli, Italian in Marylebone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidj54 View Post
    I used to work as a Saturday boy helping cook the food in the Pie & Mash shop on Crisp St Market for a few years when I was a teenager belive it or not! Back in the late 90ís when I was at sixth form, it paid for my beer and Ben Shermanís😂 There were two P&M shops in the market, I think the one I worked in has changed ownership now as my old guvnor must be retired. Could be Maureenís - or Maureenís could be the other, Iíve not been back for quite a while.

    Pie & mash is a brilliant cheap hot meal on a cold day - when West Ham were at home we used to have queues out the door and round the corner before the match, and then again after the match for people getting take homes.

    Liquor is basically a parsley sauce with bright green food dye in it, which gives it its iconic colour. I canít recall the exact recipe, but I remember we used to put a big slab of the spare jelly from our jellied eels into every batch.
    Just google imaged it to satisfy my curiosity and the one I worked in is now called Eastenders Pie & Mash.

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    Couldnít pick just one.

    For me it would be The Wolseley for breakfast, The Ivy for lunch and Sushi Samba for dinner.

    What a day that would be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_the_UK View Post
    Forgive my ignorance of some of the traditional London fare - is liquor just mint sauce or is it something different?
    Now days itís a simple parsley sauce, traditionally it would have used the stewing liquor from cooking the eels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albellisimo View Post
    Good choice, I had a great lunch there last week

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    Pinar Kebab in Walthamstow. I'm not into fancy places so this is my absolute favourite.

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    Mandarin Kitchen Queensway. Order the lobster noodles. Youíre welcome.

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    Ormers Mayfair, tasting menu. Due a Michelin star soon and quite simply brilliant.


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    Another for The River Cafe although my last visit, for the first time ever, was below par so under review.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex L View Post
    Good choice, I had a great lunch there last week
    One of a few restaurants I keep returning to, love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-P View Post
    'Le Caprice'. (Not being pedantic, just that that ensures you'll get the right one via google.)
    Good point

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    Yet to have a bad meal in Langans
    I used to work above that. Never had a bad meal either but also never had a great meal. Feels like it still trades on the Michael Caine connection


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    I think the best eating experience I have had in London was a long Sunday lunch at the Ritz,

    I recently had a nice meal at Daphnes but no way was it worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meesterbond View Post
    The next one on the list (when I've saved enough up) is The Araki - 15 covers, 2 sittings an evening, a set menu of sushi and more sushi...
    You are in for a treat. Iíve eaten a fair bit of Japanese food here and in Japan. Iíve never had sushi quite like this before, possibly the best food Iíve ever had. Incredibly, it is actually worth the ridiculous cost.

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    Kerridge's.

    I went in July and can't stop thinking about it.

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    It's Indian, but not as you know it. Not a pilau, basmati rice or any of typical curries found in the usual Indian restaurants.

    Kricket, Denman street, Soho.

    Try the Masala Kulch, Bhel puri, lamb Haleem, Duck kathi roll..

    And the superb Tandoori Monkfish.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdh1 View Post
    Simpsons In The Strand.

    Hardly cutting edge but beautifully historic and atmospheric with great food, if you like traditional English fare.
    Like Simpsons. Then nip over to Kaspars in the Savoy, always had a good lunch there

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Eaten at 'Rules' a few times late in the evening, love the place, hearty food, good portions and excellent service,
    I am going to ruin your day, I totally agree with you. Rules is brilliant,

    I averaged one meal a month there for over 15 years and every lunch was tops.

    There is a special room upstairs where Edward V11 entertained his lady friends and the decor is as was but the satorical cartoons have been sadly updated. I had the best Christmas dinner in there in my entire life. Twelve of us pigging into a massive turkey and christmas pud.

    If you just fancy afternoon tea, get ye to The Ritz, that is also something special.

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    Day not ruined Mick,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Morgan View Post
    Now days itís a simple parsley sauce, traditionally it would have used the stewing liquor from cooking the eels.
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    Toss up between the Lahore Kebab House (Pakistani) or The Regency Cafe in Westminster (English)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Toss up between the Lahore Kebab House (Pakistani) or The Regency Cafe in Westminster (English)
    Ha ha, both brilliant. The Regency is quite simply an institution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tertius View Post
    Ha ha, both brilliant. The Regency is quite simply an institution.
    Best Cafe in London
    Their liver and bacon is tasty.

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    Well if nothing else I've got a few extra places to add to my extensive Snack Map of London...thanks all.

    Hope you have some inspiration OP!

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    Another vote here for Ledbury! Tends to get booked up fast so ideally you will need to reserve a table up to 3 months in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davide View Post
    Another for The River Cafe although my last visit, for the first time ever, was below par so under review.
    Indeed. Reputation currently in decline.

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    Clove Club, Shoreditch
    Frog, Hoxton

    More central:
    Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bondurant View Post
    Well if nothing else I've got a few extra places to add to my extensive Snack Map of London...thanks all.

    Hope you have some inspiration OP!
    Indeed, I will prob add a few of these to a saved list on Google maps for myself. Will have to look them up first as no doubt some will be way too fancy for me.

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    Ha...I've done exactly the same thing. Love finding new places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhhh View Post
    What a day that would be!
    An old boss of mine once spent the entire day in Simpsons-in-the-Strand; went there for breakfast, adjourned to the bar, lunch, bar and then dinner. God only knows what sense he was making when his dinner guests turned up.

    I'm rather fond of Wiltons in Jermyn St but, at the more affordable level, I have a soft spot for Andrew Edmunds in Soho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    100%. Half chicken. Always a winner
    Half chicken? Do they say what the other half comes from?

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    Hakkasan in Mayfair is worth a visit, try the black cod

    But if I had to put my neck out for an authentic Thai I would recommend, just off Great Portland Street

    The Great Thai restaurant
    14 Riding House Street
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    Only has 6 tables but a hidden gem

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    Jack's Place Clapham, now closed. A very quirky, very English spot.
    Battersea, not Clapham. Jack (Talkington), the owner (now dead), would've given you a clip around the ear for daring to suggest his restaurant was in Clapham.

    When i first went to Jacks, in 1979, he had a motorcycle, a Kawasaki Z1 hanging on the wall. A customers who'd scared himself silly and refused to ride it.

    Sadly, there's now a money exchange/transfer shop on the site.


    A review from 2007.
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    Bone Daddies for ramen noodles or Needoo Grill for some great Punjabi cuisine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Yet to have a bad meal in Nandos, Hammersmith.

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    Yet to have a bad meal in any Nandoís to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steptoe View Post
    Battersea, not Clapham. Jack (Talkington), the owner (now dead), would've given you a clip around the ear for daring to suggest his restaurant was in Clapham.
    Please accept my apologies. :)

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    Haven’t been back in years but Franklin’s on Lordship Lane in south London has always been a treat. Still remember the roast ox heart, surprisingly soft, yum.
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    If I wanted the best steak I've ever tasted, where woud I go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    If I wanted the best steak I've ever tasted, where woud I go?
    I suspect this is an impossible to answer question as everyone has their favourite however, I was impressed by The Guinea Grill last time I went (though a couple of years ago now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tertius View Post
    I suspect this is an impossible to answer question as everyone has their favourite however, I was impressed by The Guinea Grill last time I went (though a couple of years ago now).
    I've had a look at the Guinea menu, and it looks mighty tasty.



    In all my many years, I've have had two steaks that I'd call nice. One at a local restaurant just after it opened (presumably while they were still making an effort and buying decent meat), and one at a Holiday Inn in Halifax!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    If I wanted the best steak I've ever tasted, where woud I go?
    Zelman meats is good, not an Ďoccasioní restaurant but a good place to try different steaks.

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