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c May 29, 2006 05:39 PM

will be in london in july when gordon ramsay at royal hospital road will be closed for renovation, so we booked at claridges. i've heard mixed reports about that location. is it worth it, or should we book elsewhere? also booked at maze. need one more dinner recommendation. what do you think of racine, j sheekey, ledbury, woseley, rules, michael moore, tom aikens, or any other that come to mind? thanks so much.

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    Candy RE: c May 29, 2006 11:05 PM

    Oh, Le Gavroche in Upper Brook St has them all beat hands down, a life experience.

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      Jo RE: Candy May 31, 2006 04:27 PM

      Gavroche is the most over rated, old fashioned, fusty miserably overpriced restaurant I have had the misfortune of eating at.
      Try Locanda Locatelli (Italian)
      Haakasan (Chinese)
      Zuma (Japanese)
      Galvin (French)

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        samantha RE: Jo Jun 1, 2006 12:35 AM

        Haven't been to Claridges-well, not Gordon Ramsays anyway. Both J. Sheekey and the Wolsely I will recommend, especially Sheekeys- as the Wolsely is better as a lunchtime venue. A reliable foodie friend of mine who gets to dine out on company expenses a lot recommends Locanda and Galvin too if that helps. You are spoilt for choice in London really.

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          Steve P RE: Jo Jun 1, 2006 11:24 AM

          Anybody who prefers Haakasan to Le Gavroche simply likes restaurants rather than food.

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            David RE: Steve P Jun 3, 2006 12:21 PM

            I'm a chef and know my food pretty well and rate Haakasan any day over up it's ar*e stuffiness of Gavroche.

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            scott RE: Jo Jun 6, 2006 09:34 PM

            "Gavroche is the most over rated, old fashioned, fusty miserably overpriced restaurant I have had the misfortune of eating at."

            Only to a philistine.

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              Trevor RE: scott Jun 7, 2006 02:55 AM

              Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. We English are used to much better nowadays, you lot obviously aren't. Who are the Philistines now?

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                scott RE: Trevor Jun 10, 2006 12:28 AM

                Hmm, then why be so defensive about it?

                The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

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            scott RE: Candy Jun 6, 2006 09:33 PM

            Absolutely agree. Excellent food and service in a cossetting environment, with a bargain of a lunch prix fixe that includes a half a bottle of wine.

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