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Jon Mitchell Feb 2, 2001 09:51 AM

Can anyone suggest a decent eatery in the culinary wasteland of south east london for my dad's birthday?

So far it seems to be between The Lawn in Blackheath (which I don't really fancy 'cos Tony Allen of Fish! is involved in it)and Belair House in Dulwich. Anyone been to either of them ? Or can suggest anywhere else within a shortish taxi ride from Blackheath ?

ta muchly,

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    Phil Laurie Feb 2, 2001 12:10 PM

    Three places come to mind.

    1. The Thialand in New Cross is a well worth a look, is this the only place in London which Loas feture strongly, very welcoming, friendly place. the whiskey list is worth getting. About £50 for two.

    2. The Babur is an Indian, with ambition, which it doesn't always live up to, but when it does its eally good. About £50 for two.

    3. Petit Robert in London Bridge Market is ver, very French. The cheese is not to be missed, food very sound, wine is good value, probably the best Armangac list in UK. £80 for two.

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      Simon Majumdar Feb 2, 2001 11:13 AM

      I had a very pleasant pre-christmas meal at Chapter Two in Blackheath

      Good service and very acceptable Mod Brit cooking

      C £90 for two.

      Well worth a try

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        Jon Mitchell Feb 2, 2001 11:37 AM

        Thanks. I'd heard good things about Chapter Two but unfortunately it had to be scrubbed from the list as the old man is a big cigar smoker and they have a no cigar policy. Having a meal with him anywhere is usually punctuated by tuts and disapproving looks from other diners in the vicinity. It doesn't make for stress free dining, I can tell you. But it is his birthday, so what can you do ?

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          magnolia Feb 6, 2001 10:29 AM

          Numidie (Crystal Palace - maybe too far?) has just gotten decent if not rave reviews from Jonathan Meades. He looks like he might be a cigar smoker though that's just a wild guess. I'd guess from the name that it's Algerian or at least North African...

          Belair House if fab.

          Link: http://www.numidie.co.uk/

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            Jon Mitchell Feb 7, 2001 06:39 AM

            Thanks for all the tips. In a weird turn of events we've now decided to give the old man a birthday trip to Dublin instead. Booked into the Morgan hotel and have reservations at a good sounding Indian called Saagar, and a schizophrenic sounding place called Ryan's. Will also try some of the other Dublin tips further down on this board.

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