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Jan 15, 2007 08:55 PM

Cheap eats in London, Earl's Court

So I'm about to spend a week in London, and would like to get a well rounded taste of the food there. I've got some gaps in my list, and critiques/downhill alerts are welcome. And my city geography is still pretty weak. Mostly we'll be going to museums and shopping, with a bit of sightseeing here and there.

I want to keep the tabs low, shooting for £15 per person (though so far I think my list is closer to 20-25). I don't think I want a pasty or sandwich on the run for every other meal, but it may turn out that way. Recent posts on this board weren't very promising, but I guess I'll see for myself soon enough.

Most of my info so far is finding places with multiple recs from your posts, along with Time Out, London-Eating, and Beer Advocate. Looking to hit a few pubs, get some good fish and chips at least once or twice, and eat the empire here and there.

I'm staying near Earl's Court. I would like to add a couple places to this short list and maybe a dependable pub:
Any know The Atlas?

Near Notting Hill:
Churchill Arms
Windsor Castle
Costa's Fish

Near Knightsbridge/S. Kensington:
Maybe something from a department store

Near Waterloo/Southwark/London Bridge:
Borough Market
Anchor and Hope
Masters Super Fish

Near Bond St/Oxford Circus:
The Golden Hind
Alternatives south of Oxford St?

Near British Museum (Russell Sq/Goodge St):
The Lamb
Busabe Eathai

Seem out of the way, but considering a trip:
Wenlock Arms (maybe with Angel Mangal?)
New Tayyabs
Spitalfields market (Canteen, S&M, Square Pie)

I've been thinking in terms of location, but I don't know all the places I'll visit, and I'm willing to travel for chow. Where else should I definitely check out the food?

Bonus question:
Anyone know a good place to watch an American football game that will be on late Sunday night (ending 2:30-3 a.m.)? I read Sports Cafe is kind of awful, and Tinseltown is some 24-hour diner (sounds odd). Seems most places that get NFL games don't stay open late enough on Sunday nights.

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  1. Busabe is more in your "south of Oxford St" category rather than by the British Museum. If you are at the museum try Abeno, it is an okonomi restaurant which is consistently good. On museum st

    If you do come over to Spitalfields, I would give Canteen a miss. My last meal there not so long ago showed how much it had gone downhill.

    If you were to do Tayyab, Moshen and Mangal you will certainly have experienced the best grilled meats in town. All three very different but worthwile

    Both Master's Superfish and Golden Hind are great. But, the house made pickles at MS are a real thing of beauty


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    1. re: Simon Majumdar

      Thanks for the updates. I'm trying to build in some redundancy so I can go with whatever I'm in the mood for, and still cover the various foods I set out to try. I may have to make an exception and do all the grilled meats.

      Reading that Time Out article linked a while back, I'm feeling more willing to travel for cheap eats. If the prices are still accurate, I'm thinking Kurz and Lang, Rasa Express, and Mr. Falaf should help defray a few splurges.

      Any other cheap Indian recs, say, India Club? It gets mixed reviews, but the price is right. I've seen too many warnings against Brick Lane, and I'm not too into chicken tikka masala.

      Good luck planning the grand trip - I'll chime in at some point. Boston's alright, but for every day in New England you could find a week's worth of chow in California.

    2. For cheap eats in Earls Court, there are new branches of Wagamama and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (I haven't been to GBK, but friends enjoy it) a block or two from the tube. There is also the very excellent Nando's! Yum. Also, I have always read great things about The Little French Restaurant but have never been. Looks basic from the outside but reviews are strong.

      Not a far walk from Earl's Court is our very favorite Indian, Noor Jahan. Yes, they might rush you a bit but the food is out of this world. Also nearby is Bombay Brasserie, which has many fans on this board.


      Gourmet Burger Kitchen


      The Little French Restaurant

      Noor Jahan

      Bombay Brasserie

      1. India Club ( just at the north side of Waterloo Bridge on the Aldwych ) or the Indian YMCA near Warren St are both worth visiting as cheap and cheerful options

        A shawarma at any of the Al Dar places ( I like the one on Edgeware Road ) is one of my top ten cheap bites too.

        The Rasa chain is a shadow of its original self and is probably to be avoided. I use to enjoy when it first opened in Stoke Newington, but now...............

        Kurz & Lang in Smithfield is actually not bad too bad. A place to stop off after a night out

        If you are in that area, I am a huge fan of Vinoteca ( directly around the corner from K&L opposite the legendary but sadly moribund St John ) Great wine list and Carol Craddock cooks up great food at reasonable prices. Is she has one of her " five bird terrines with military pickle" on the menu, cross town for it.

        Hope this helps and thanks for the good wishes. seems to be taking off at an alarming pace


        1. Caveat-- Noor Jahan and Bombay Brasserie are likely out of your price range, but I cannot resist mentioning Indian food...Perhaps worth it if you want to splurge.

          1. if you're in earls court, you're in my neck of the woods. here's a few thoughts:

            a) mohsen is excellent. i'm afraid i don't think angel mangal is very good.

            b) bosphorous is a step down - but very handy for the museums. the lamb steak is particularly good.

            c) try ranada on kensington church street or ranoush on kensington high street for chicken shish taouk sandwiches. tell 'em you want it toasted and with extra toom (garlic sauce). this is my favourite sandwich in the whole free world.

            AVOID al-dar (sadly).

            d) tayyabs has one dish and one dish only that the trek is worth for - the seekh kababs. but if you can splurge £20, go get buffet lunch at the bombay brasserie. easily the best value in town for that sort of thing.

            e) jakobs, on gloucester road between ken high and cromwell road, offers excellent aremenian dishes that you can take away or eat there if you wish.

            f) i'd avoid india club - for that sort of canteeny indian food, a better bet is the indian ymca in fitzroy square for either lunch or dinner.

            g) for that matter, go check out the malaysian student center canteen in queensborough terrace (bayswater, not too far from you)

            h) c& r in rupert court is decent and cheap malaysian around piccadilly.

            i) go to lidgates (they're a butcher)in holland park and buy yourself some glorious pies. if you're up to cooking breakfast, buy yourself some eggs and bacon from there - the restaurant stuff isn't a patch on what you can score from a butcher.

            j) go to speck, a few doors down from lidgates. they are a tony italian deli - the lasagna, artichoke hearts etc are all excellent. if you like salami, try their calabrese - wonderfully spicy.

            h) a further few doors down from speck, try handford wines. specifically, try the chateu musar 1995. at £20 its a steal.

            its a real pity to visit london and not try out lidgates, speck etc for eating. SOOOOOOO much better than that tourist travesty called borough market.