Trip to London- Please help NYC Chowhounds
We welcome suggestions on moderate restaurants and good pubs. We know that it is quite expensive so having recommended places to go will be appreciated. We enjoy fresh fish and seafood but prefer it broiled not fried. We are open to ethnic restaurants and would do a one night splurge based on a Chowhound's opinion!
Thanks in advance,
Interesting dlicieux. I had dinner at the trattoria in fifteen 2 nights ago and was unimpressed, and this comes from a huge JO fan.
Agreed it is a great atmosphere, but it is overpriced by about 50%. The food was to be honest, just OK, the kind of thing you are happy to pay £15-20 for but not much more. All up we spent £60 per head inc wine.
The service was attentive but clearly inexperienced - when asking for a recommendation on a dry white I was recommended something that should've been a desert wine!
You can do much better in London at that price point. A good comparison is Bacchus nearby in Hoxton - similar price, but delicate food well cooked by a proper chef, not simple pastas mass produced by the apprentices.
Sorry to hijack.
Speaking of the splurge, I would recommend the trattoria in jamie oliver's fifteen. its expensive (at a recent meal a bottle of wine, water, 2 courses each, coffee, and dessert), we spent 95£. but the food is delicious, the wait staff incredible (we sat speaking with the manager until 2am), and the atmosphere hip, stylish, and young. its worth it and you can lower the price by cutting down on the courses and extras. as a new york city native now living abroad, it is one of my favorite restaurants in the uk.
I second the Andrew Edmunds recommendation for moderate prices with good food and atmosphere. Very close to where you are staying too.
Perhaps for your splurge you could go to Richard Corrigan at Lindsay House, also close, and reliably great food in a nice, if somewhat formally decorated, old townhouse. Not exactly seafood, but personally I don't think that is a strong suit for London restaurants, especially in the mid range.
An alternative to the hampstead/primrose hill pub could be to go to Notting Hill (esp if in the evening) - I like the Prince Bonaparte, but it is quite expensive for what it is at £15 mains. A cocktail in Beach Blanket Babylon, Trailer Park of Happiness or the Lonsdale is always a good start in that area (just don't eat at BBB it's terrible!). Americans seem to feel right at home in Notting Hill.....!
An appetite for ethnic food in London probably means you should go to Brick Lane in Shoreditch (Liverpool St station) for a curry - quite cheap and colourful on a fri/sat night.
Don't be afriad to jump on the tube to get to other places out of Soho - you can be in most places you would want to get to in about 15 mins from Oxford Circus.
There are millions of wonderful places in Soho to eat, I had fantastic dover sole in an Italian restaurant, can't remember the name. Don't eat the sandwiches at the Coach and Horses - they're ancient!
Restaurants in the museums are great - especially Tate Modern, Tate British, V&A.
For a great slurge do Simpson's, Rules, or Brown's, they're touristy but veddy veddy British
Fish restaurants in London tend to be top end = Signor Zilli, J Sheeky
Fishworks is a small chain of fish restaurants that also double up as a fishmonger. Very fresh and you can pick from the menu, or choose from what they have got that day.
Randall and Aubin http://www.randallandaubin.co.uk/ is quite an interesting one. A very lively fish restaurant in Soho with an atmosphere like I have never experienced.
Other restaurants, there are so many but my most recent good dining has been at:
Busaba Eathai - pretty cheap, you can't book and there will be a Q but it goes down fast, good lunch place
Pubs - The hampstead area is great for good pub food - The Hill nr Belsize park tube and The Lansdowne and The engineer in Primrose Hill are very good (and you can take in the fabulous view first).