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London Restaurants-- Recommendations Needed

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We will be in London in July. Looking for recommendations for three nights. We are staying in Kensington, so anything in that area is good for the first (Sunday) night.

Next night. . . anywhere. Within 20-30 minutes from High Street Kensington tube stop is good.

Finally, something near the Globe Theatre.

Generally, most any kind of cusine is good. Not looking for bargains-- though we'd like to keep it under US$100 per person. The quality of the food is the most important thing.

Though we'd like to hear from Londoners, advice from anyone is welcome, and many thanks in advance.

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  1. I'm an American living in London and have had the fortune of eating out a lot in this city. A few of my favorites are listed below:

    Near Kensington on Abingdon Road is The Abingdon-54 Abingdon Road a gastro pub with an ever changing menu. It's nice and relaxed, especially if you're dealing with jetlag. 011 44(0)20 7937 3339

    In central London, try to get reservations at the Wolseley on Picadilly 011 44(0)207499 6996 . It's in an old car dealership. Great food, reasonable prices and fun atmosphere.

    If you like Indian food, go to Amaya in Knightsbridge-Halkin Arcade- 011 44 (0)87 0780 8174 It's not your traditional curry- more like Indian Tapas. The food is cooked on one of three types of grill.

    I've added a link to a great restaurant review site in London.

    Have fun.

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

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    1. FISH, in the shadow of the Southwark Cathedral and a five minute walk to The Globe.

      1. Near Globe:

        OXO tower restaurant (8th floor) amazing views and short walk along river - www.restaurant-guide.com/13702/
        Tas has a branch on the same road as Globe - www.tasrestaurant.com

        I'm not so familiar with the High Street Kensington area, but I have been to Awana (85 Sloane Avenue), which was a fantasitic Malaysian - www.awana.co.uk

        1. The Red Fort is amazing--Indian food with a nouvelle flair. Expensive, but worth the money.

          1. Best place to go near high street kensignton has to be Maggie Jones. Make sure you reserve a table...info and reviews here.
            http://www.london-eating.co.uk/2531.htm

            1. no, no - maggie jones is pretty blehh.

              here are better options:

              a) sally clarkes on kensington church street for decent modern british -go for lunch.
              b) launceston place restaurant - good not great modern british. but its one of londons prettiest neighborhoods and its truly a neighborhood restaurant. its what you imagine london should be, but is alas so rarely.
              c) da marios on gloucester road for surprisingly good pizza/pasta, kids welcome.
              d) jakobs on gloucester road for armenian food
              e) al dar (lebanese) on kensington high street for the best chicken shish taouk in town. also the foul muqqala (fava beans cooked with coriander, olive oil and lemon - one of the outstanding veg creations on this planet)
              f) ranada (lebanese) on kensington church street - part of the maroush chain - a little fancy, a little more variety than al dar, but not as good.
              g) bombay brasserie (north indian) for outstanding lunch buffet (only on weekends)

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              1. re: howler

                I've always had nice meals at Maggie's.

                I'll agree with you about Al-dar, but Bombay brasserie...please.

              2. please what about the brasserie? have you ever been at the lunch buffet there on weekends?

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                1. re: howler

                  I have. Wasn't that impressed. Perhaps I should give it another go.

                2. what did you get the time you went?

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                  1. re: howler

                    Now you've stumped me as it's been about 3 years since i've been. I seem to remember a lamb dish that seemed reheated, a curried prawn dish that wasn't bad...all in all nothing to write home about. For the price, there has to be better Indian food in London. Has it changed? Like I said, perhaps its time to give it another shot.

                  2. I also enjoyed The Wolseley. But my favorite was Maze. Yes MAze can get expensive, but go and sit at the bar for lunch and order a few apps.
                    Enjoy...Ed
                    http://www.atastersjourney.com

                    1. MANY thanks to everyone. One last question: Is the White Hart as good as advertised?

                      1. We just got back from a long weekend in London. We had two fabulous meals. One was at Zuma, a high end Japanese restaurant near Knightbridge. The other was at Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch - a real scene, and great food. Two disappointments were Le Caprice (menu and food uninspiring) and Bar Shu (oily and not tasty).

                        1. Kensington Place on Ken Church St. is a great place (seafood), also there's a new place called L Restaurant and Bar on Abingdon Road which I keep reading good reviews about - I think its Iberian food. For breakfast or a light lunch try Le Pain Quotidien on Young Street (just of High St Ken) its a Belgian chain with fabulous home made breads, jams, hams etc.

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                          1. re: fifi

                            Le Pain Quotidien. "Chain" & "Homemade" can not be in same sentence. They get frozen/par baked deliveries of produce everyday

                            1. re: SamanthaF

                              We had TERRIBLE service at Le Pain Quotidien over the weekend...From all of the knowing glances shared amongst other patrons, it appeared we were not the only ones. Food was decent but we won't be back anytime soon.

                              1. re: SamanthaF

                                I have had so-so 'sandwiches' in Le Pain Quotidien. I also had a yoghurt, muesli and fruit concoction that was very underwhelming. I was also disturbed to find that their servers do not get the full tip which is added on to the bill. I was told only 20% so I gave cash to my waitress. It is becoming such a common practice in London to do this and really bothers me.

                            2. For South Kensington I'd second the Abingdon.

                              Elsewhere --

                              Moro has great Spanish/North African food (Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell)

                              For a fun night and very high-quality tapas try Brindisa at Borough Market.

                              1. Moro is wonderful, though crowded and noisy. The Tapa Room in Marylebone High Street has really interesting international small food (not Spanish tapas, confusingly). For both Spanish and Italian tapas, try The Salt Yard in Goodge Street -well sourced and individual. Racine in Old Brompton Road is excellent for French food, and not over-priced.
                                You'll need to reserve a table for all of these. At the Wolseley, which is in Piccadilly and has a charming and fun atmosphere as well as good food, they keep a few tables for people who don't book.

                                1. Tas Pide, opposite the entrance to the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, offers tasty and lively Turkish food at what I think of as bargain prices. The Anchor, an old pub/restaurant not too far east on Bankside, has a full menu and I've enjoyed eating there.

                                  1. L-Restaurant & Bar at 2 Abingdon Rd off Kensington High St and minutes away form the Ken High St tube is a definite MUST. Good value delicious food and wines - modern Spanish. They've just got into the Guide Michelin 2007 London, as well as Zagats, Tatler's to name a few. Nice friendly service and light bright decor which features a glass conservatory main dining area.
                                    Nik

                                    1. There is a good 'Cheap Eats' feature in this weeks Time Out.

                                      With branches on Wardour St and Southampton Row, I find Houmous Bros to be an tasty snack option, although I have to say, I would prefer their houmous to be a less smooth, more grainy product. But from £2.50 for a bowl plus some decent pitta, you can't have everything.

                                      1. If you want to eat near the Globe Theatre, I'd go to London Bridge and have tapas at Brindisa, then walk along the river to the Globe. It's a beautiful walk, about fifteen minutes or so. If you want something a bit closer to the Globe, Baltic is a possibility - have heard good things about it but haven't eaten there myself. High-end Polish food in a glamorous setting (amber chandeliers etc).

                                        1. one of my favorite London Restaurants is The Four Seasons (three locations in Chinatown).
                                          The duck is incredible: tender, and flavorful. I like best the version with black bean sauce. Eaten there dozen or so times; never a bad meal and very very reasonable, too.