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Jul 26, 2006 06:43 PM

London recommendation

We have one evening in London next week. We've been there before, and generally just dropped into places along our walks or near our hotel. But I'd like to find a place where people just go with their friends for a pleasant evening out. Any kind of cuisine, mid-range price, no stars or dress-ups . . . the kind of place that doesn't make guide books and actually has a person cooking for whom its personal.

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  1. Carluccio's - they have several branches. Mid-prices Italian

      1. re: howler

        Near the South Kensington tube station.

        1. re: Judith

          search steve r's comments on launceston place restaurant. pleasant modern british food in very beautiful surroundings, utterly local and completely off the tourist map. after dinner, wander over to the builders arms on st albans grove - the restaurant will point it out to you, its about a 100 yards away - and enjoy a pint of hoegaarden.

          1. re: Judith

            In Old Brompton Rd which is right near S. Ken station there a re a bunch of places. We had wonderful grilled sardines as a starter as Il Falconeri, for a little hole in the wall French bistro is La Bouchee, Middle Eastern at Al Bustan up in Brompton Rd. is Brasserie St. Quentin and Racine. Further up but OBR but within very easy walking distance are both Lundum's (Danish) and Cambio de Tercio (Spanish) that whole are is really rich with good possibilities but I have been to each i have mentioned and plan to go back this fall when we will be staying in the same neighborhood.

        2. If you can manage a walk (or swift cab) to just the other side of Albert or Chelsea Bridge, you'll find Ransome's Dock. Martin Lam still cooks wonderful simple and fresh food there, with one of the very best (i.e. most interesting) wine lists in any London restaurant (and without wallet searing markups). A genuine local but with far better than local food and service. Remember to leave room for the rhubarb and ginger crumble if it's on the menu, should you go.

          1. Agree entirely on Ransome's Dock

            It is also , IMHO, one of the best places in London for a leisurely Sunday lunch. Very good service, superlative wine list and a simple menu prepared by a very professional kitchen