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Aug 22, 2007 05:44 PM

London Dining Suggestions - Honeymoon

I'm looking for some great restaurant suggestions for London - my fiance is a pastry chef and my family is English, we've both been to London many times but never explored anywhere that was outside of our tiny budget (ie. the cute crepe place @ Gabriel's Wharf, Ask near Notting Hill, and Khan's in Bayswater). But we'll be on our honeymoon so a mix of cheap eats and fine dining is on our agenda - we're looking for anywhere that's not to be missed. Thanks for your help!

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  1. There are several GREAT, world class restaurants in London. Any peek at the Michelin tells you that. Personally, I like the restaurant in the Capital Hotel. It is less expensive than the other ** and *** restaurants (it is a **) and the menu is broader. It also has a phenominal wine list. Also, I like that it is a smaller, more intimate restaurant.

    1. If you're in the Waterloo Station area and fancy a snack, I think you'll enjoy Konditor and Cook, a German run bakery near Waterloo East. The original shop doesn't offer sit down service but they used to provide the patisserie for the Young Vic cafe on the Cut.

      Any particular cuisine you want to try?

      1. If you like Indian food, go to the suburbs for excellent (and cheaper) regional Indian food. Tooting for Gujerati & South Indian; West London for Punjabi & Gujerati; East London for Pakistani & Bangladeshi. There are a few interesting places in central London such as Mela and Chowki.

        They may not do pastry but you should be able to explore some of the more diverse tastes from regional cuisines.

        1. Thanks for your suggestions - the head chef at the restaurant my fiance works for recommended Fat Duck and Petrus - are they worth it? Anywhere that's of the same caliber that isn't as pricey or pretentious?

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          1. re: sugarmonster

            Petrus is a GREAT restaurant, or it was in its Covent Garden location. Haven't been snce it moved. Personally, I think the restaurant in the Capital hotel is the best value of the super nice restaurants I went to in London. Capital Hotel is same caliber as Petrus... or they were a few years ago, at least.

            1. re: whiner

              Personally I didn't care for Petrus in its St James location, it was fine but nothing memorable.

              Capital restaurant on the other hand, I totally agree, it is a gem, very skillful and delicate French cooking overseen by Eric Chavot, who unusually amongst Michelin starred chefs, seems to want the place to be more about the food than his ego or persona. Only problem with Capital is the dining room which is seriously dated in terms of decor and quite soulless overall.

          2. Fat Duck is definately an experience; i would only get their set menu there though as the other things can be found at any good restaurant.
            A really special treat is sitting at the counter tables at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Soho and watching them prepare the food. Yauatcha is also v good.
            For not so expensive options there are 2 little gems in Kensington Church St, Ffiona's and Maggie Jones. Also head to Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello for fairycakes.
            Try Belgo (in Camden and Covent Garden) for great Belgian food and L'Entrecote de Relais de Venise in Marylebone Lane for good meat.