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  1. Brick Lane is uniformly poor.

    Dismissing the whole of Brick Lane makes me a bit uncomfortable. There are, no doubt, quite a few places where your £6-a-head, BYO meal may not be of the highest quality. But the street also supports one of London's biggest Bengali communities, as evidenced by the twin menus in places like Gram Bangla and Cafe Naz Express. This whole "Brick Lane is all just touts and watery curry" stereotype is playing into the hands of those who want to see it become the next Starbucks frontier.

    You're probably right - I was just kneejerking to Sunbeam's

    I would just wander down Brick Lane and simply go in whichever place took your fancy

    I have had good meals in Sweet and Spicy (the cafe at the bottom end - Pakistani rather than Bangladeshi I think) but nothing great elsewhere and certainly nothing to touch Tayyabs or even East is East on the Commercial Rd (our hangout since Tayyabs got too busy). And you've got to admit the touts are irritating.

  2. they are planning to hike the prices at some point soon.

    Went again to Trinity for lunch on Friday and actually lunch prices have gone down with the alc now three courses for £20 - a bargain. I started with the mackerel tartar with cucumber cream and then had the pork belly with black olive mash. The missus had Lyonnaise duck confit salad (more of a rillette) then beef pot au feu with summer vegetables. Puddings were hit and miss but then I'm not a pudding fan - should have gone for the cheese. Check out the pigs trotters on (Poilane) toast starter withsauce gribiche - excellent. However still some kitchen issues - took far to long for the food to come out and there were only two tables occupied - not good enough.

  3. Even more unfortunately, we tried to go there this weekend on the basis of an out of date review. 

    That's the place that was featured on the last series of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, no?

    Just checked and you're right. I really ought to spend more time watching telly, or at least asking those who do. Found some excerpts on YouTube however and the couple who ran it when GR visited no longer do - clearly he couldn't work his magic this time.

    ETA - there's a fascinating story here for some one with more expertise and time at their disposal than I - the changing face of a restaurant location - from an acclaimed French restaurant (7/10 in the Good Food Guide 2002) to Murder Mystery nights and punters complaining about the lack of a veg side dish via a Gordon Ramsay failure.

  4. There is supposed to be a good french restaurant in a hotel along the coast - I want to say in Sandgate? Anyone know if I have got that right?

    There was - La Terrasse at the Sandgate hotel. Unfortunately it closed in 2002. Even more unfortunately, we tried to go there this weekend on the basis of an out of date review. We realised that the hotel wasn't quite as classy as we had anticipated when we saw the signs for "Wednesday nights are Murder Mystery nights" on the way in.

    In an earlier thread someone alluded to the length of time you needed to set aside to read through all of the wine list. I'm pleased to say the new management have solved this difficulty by omitting the year of the vintage. So much quicker to read now.

  5. I wouldn't recommend Nobu Berkeley unless you have a supermodel or two in your group. It's noisy, very scene and the food went downhill after a not bad sushi/sashimi intro.

    What about Sushi Ikeda on Brook Street? Much more traditional, very high quality fish, good tempura.

    Thanks - if there's one thing certain in this world (other than death & taxes) it's that we won't have any supermodels in the group.

    We are experiencing a certain internal friction in that my senior partner wants to take them to The Bleeding Awful which he has an irrational fondness for and where I had one of the worst meals of my life (if you don't count those experienced in Newcastle).

    But thanks for all your suggestions.

  6. Anyone been to Trinity Restaurant yet or know anything about Adam Byatt?

    I've been for lunch three or four times and really rate it. Too tired to try to describe it now but flavours are big & clear yet it's pretty striaghtforward in terms of ingredients & not too mucked around. Kind of Frenchified Anchor & Hope style.

    I only went to Thyme once and wasn't too impressed, but then I left hungry which never impresses me.

    Edit to add - the light lunch menu is a great concept - check out the web site.

    Oh - and it's not that close to Clapham Junction.

  7. Does anyone have any recent experience of high-end Japanese? We are entertaining some Japanese associates in a couple of weeks that we need to impress. We are based on Holborn Viaduct so City/West End would be accessible by cab.

    Time Out 2007 suggests a few near Green Park - Miyama, Nobu Berkeley St, Umu. Also Roka (mentioned above), but I wonder if this would be too innovative for Japanese lawyers...

    Any guidance gratefully received.

  8. hi alan

    and i would entirely agree that the 'foodie revolution' is no where near as widespread as we would like to think, the big portion mentality is alive and kicking and woe betide if you don't give oodles of free veg!

    :biggrin: believe me that mentality is not just in the north !!!

    or west! :angry:

    Or the US - Woody Allen starts Annie Hall (1975) like this:

    "There's an old joke. Uh, two elderly women

    are at a Catskills mountain

    resort, and one of 'em says: "Boy, the

    food at this place is really terrible."

    The other one says, "Yeah, I know, and

    such ... small portions."

  9. Giraffe is good at what it does (burgers etc.) and very child friendly but certainly not gourmet. Before my daughter starting toddling (and therefore became too impatient to sit through a 3 course meal) I took her with me to a variety of fairly upmarket places in central London and didn't have any problems. Sometimes we even let my wife come along. Off the top of my head I can remember visiting:

    Rex Whistler at Tate Britain


    Brasserie St. Quentin

    Fifth Floor at Harvey Nicholls

    Flaneur, Clerkenwell

    Chisou, Mayfair

    Upstairs, Brixton

    Most were for lunch.

    The thing to remember is that although the British don't like children much (or eating out for that matter), most restaurants in London have waitstaff from cultures where the opposite is true, and as a result you will usually be warmly welcomed.

  10. My main reason why I would not go is that your website does its very best to put me off. This is intended to be constructive criticism, so please don't take it in the wrong way. But here's my thought just about the homepage (or rather, the page you click through to after the totally pointless homepage which only serves to a) confuse and b) ruin your search engine optimisation efforts:

    But restaurant websites are notoriously awful. Sites for great places like Hibiscus fail to even have basic info like opening times on them. And there's always that slow flash upload which is just tedious. Why fancy restaurants have to have...*gibber, gibber*

    This one's pretty good - Arbutus

  11. chez kristof up the road towards hammersmith

    cracking rustic french

    recently won an award


    Thanks to this thread (and to Jon in particular) have just enjoyed a magnificient meal at Chez Kristoff of razor clams followed by confit of cod, squid done two ways (deep fried and steamed) and chick peas* with a side of purple sprouting broccoli (is there any other kind). A glass of house champagne and a carafe of Languedoc cabernet merlot were the perfect accompaniments and the whole experience was a wonderful though slightly bizarre prelude to the wonderful though slightly bizarre "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah" at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

    Edit to add - oh, and there were pig's trotters in there too

  12. Possible 1* for Pearl


    Possible star for the Wolseley

    I probably don't eat out often enough to know much about this, but I agree that Pearl definitely deserves a star - had two cracking meals there this year (service way too slow though).

    On the other hand, much as I love the Wolseley, I can't see how what is basically overpriced comfort food warrants a star. The service however is excellent.

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