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Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2013 12:31 p.m. PST

My ex-wife and I are bringing our kids to London around the end of March, and we were wondering if, in addition to all the history and arts attractions, there was someplace that locals would recommend as a memorable place to dine?


Martin28 Feb 2013 12:48 p.m. PST

France? :)

Personal logo Midpoint Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2013 1:02 p.m. PST

Centre of London?

Try Mon Plaisir – oldest French restaurant in London and good value set meals at lunch and early dinner. Very close to Covent Garden/Leicester Square and Foyles bookshop, home to about the finest collection of military history books in the world.

Space Monkey28 Feb 2013 1:45 p.m. PST

The best food I had in London was the basic pub food. Anything that claimed itself to be 'dining' was… nothing to write home about.

Eclectic Wave28 Feb 2013 1:51 p.m. PST

I have heard that the Chiniese resturant call "Lee Ho Fook's" is good. It is situated on Gerrard Street in London's Chinatown (the nearest Tube station is Piccadilly). If it sounds familier it's because its the resturant mentioned in Warren Zevon's song "Werewolves of London", it's a real resturant in London.

"I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain
He was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's
Gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein"

It's still exists, but the person who told me it was good, eat there more then a decade ago so YMMV.

Personal logo Midpoint Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2013 2:27 p.m. PST

This being a World Mega-City, all options and prices are available. As a general rule, try not to eat anywhere very close to a key tourist spot as the price and the quality won't be there. Mon Plaisir is on a back street but still close to several tube stations.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member28 Feb 2013 2:33 p.m. PST

Try looking up reviews on Tripadviser:

Most places I use I can't remember the names of! Orjowan was a good Lebanese restaurant, 6 Kenway Road, Earl's Court, , but it's a couple of years since I've been there – just got one of their cards lying around.

Oddball28 Feb 2013 2:37 p.m. PST

I really enjoyed the Texas Embassy when I was there in 2006.

I know, strange eating American BBQ in London, but I liked the whole place.

I also liked the Mongolian Grill.

You also want to take in some fish and chips at any of the pubs. It really gives you a feel for the British social scene.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member28 Feb 2013 3:25 p.m. PST

dont miss the famous Scottih restaurant…. McDonalds.

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member28 Feb 2013 3:48 p.m. PST

Yes I also say hit the pubs.

Tacitus28 Feb 2013 4:04 p.m. PST

ex-wife? (not to derail the thread)

(I am Spam) Inactive Member28 Feb 2013 5:07 p.m. PST

I recommend a nice meal at… Tescos. If you can find one with a bakery get a crusty bloomer, English butter, smoked makerel, Ardennes Pate, full cream milk, fresh vegetables (tomatoes, carrots etc.) and enjoy some of the fullest flavor foods ever. I still miss the carrots (they were actually sweet, not bitter), pate and bread most.

Cheeses also deserve mention but most of those are already imported here so a nice Stilton or Cheddar are fairly common.

The little sandwiche shops with baguettes had some of the best fillings ever!

Now, I'm hungry.

Mr Elmo28 Feb 2013 6:43 p.m. PST

How about the Harrod's food hall?

Is Gordon Ramsay still open?

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member01 Mar 2013 8:53 a.m. PST

There's a famous fish and chip place, I can't remember the name of.

artslave Inactive Member01 Mar 2013 9:15 a.m. PST

My favorite cheese shop in the whole world, not just London is Neal's Yard. Not to be missed if you like cheese, this is a chance to experience great farmhouse cheeses.
They also carry other ingredients for a wonderful picnic, like fresh bread. Tesco is nice, and the food halls of Harrod's are worth seeing even if you don't buy anything.

artslave Inactive Member01 Mar 2013 12:55 p.m. PST

The famous chippy I know of is Geal's, in Notting Hill. Very good, but maybe not that much better than any busy local chippy. The chippy I used to frequent was on Tottenham Street, just off Tottenham Court, but I'm sure there are plenty of other ones. So many great little restaurants in the neighborhood under the BT tower. In general, ethnic done by ethnic owners.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2013 1:21 p.m. PST

ex-wife? (not to derail the thread)

Yes, it's rather complicated.

Thanks, all! I appreciate your feedback!

Last Hussar07 Mar 2013 4:16 p.m. PST

My wife went to Balan's (Soho one) today, and the 2 course £10.00 GBP menu was apparently very good (served to 7), and included stuff that was much more than £10.00 GBP

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