The Princess in Shoreditch
Has anyone been there?
Planning to go somewhere nice for my 30th birthday, and considering the Princess.
or has anyone got any other suggestions?
Dont want to go overly expensive (say around £30-40 each), but somewhere unpretentious that has nice, good value, imaginative food with a good atmosphere and suitable for a booking of around 10 or so. Preferably east or central London.
can be modern british, asian-fusion, good italian, french, spanish, anything good really..
Granted I'm relatively new here (just moved from New York), so maybe I'm missing something better nearby, but I've been to the Princess twice in the last month and I love it. It's probably a little over your price range - I've spent £50 per. both times, although at least 15 of that was wine - but the food is fantastic. Make sure you try the kangaroo, and the cheesecake, oddly enough.
It's pretty expensive for the quality of cooking you get there. A nice enough space, but the fact that it is open to the downstairs bar makes it noisy and smokey.
The Green on Clerkenwell Green may suit and, The Fox, just down the road from The Princess is infinitely better when it comes to food. The service can be a little bit hit and miss, but it remains my favourite gastropub in London.
I am not sure if Vinoteca has opened its private room downstairs. If it has, you could not do better