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Rabbit stew in London?

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JFores Jan 17, 2008 05:41 PM

I'm more familiar with the Russian variety (Mmmm Cafe Glechik) but where could you guys recommend for rabbit stew in London?

Also, do any of you know of the India Club and its food? A friend of mine is a member and tells me it only serves seasonal game. I'm quite intrigued and ready to force him to take me as a guest... as soon as I dust my suit off...

  1. foodequalslove Jan 19, 2008 03:08 PM

    I've eaten at a small neighbourhood Sardinian restaurant in Tufnell Park called Trattoria Nuraghe three times and twice the special has been rabbit. Definitely recommended if you're in the area.
    I've never had rabbit at the Anchor & Hope but had once shared Braised Hare for five people - amazing, but again a special so couldn't guarantee they would have it again...

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      JFores Jan 19, 2008 06:38 PM

      1. How long would it take to get to Tufnell Park from Marble Arch by bus?
      2. What are the prices around?

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        condimentqueen Jan 21, 2008 06:25 AM

        st john had potted hare & pickles but it wasnt a stew exactly...that stargazy pie at scotts should be nominated for dish of the year (or so ive heard)

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          foodequalslove Jan 30, 2008 08:06 AM

          So sorry for not replying.. probably too late now but - i would say it's not do-able by bus, but less than 30 mins by tube.
          Very good value - mains around £12 and gigantic portions.

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            JFores Jan 30, 2008 08:46 AM

            I'll look into it. I ended being very lucky! They had a whole rabbit stewed with tomatoes, vegetables, thyme and pork as a special when I went to O Cantinho de Portugal. I was a happy little half-starved student.

      2. bombaybeauty Jan 18, 2008 03:53 AM

        Unless we're talking about an entirely different place - India Club, two flight up on The Strand - can't anyone just walk in? Isn't this what I did? Other than the pleasures of bringing your own b, I can't think of any particular reason to recommend this place. But this is not trivial. The right bottle can rescue (almost) any situation. Cheers, BB

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          DietStartsTomorrow Jan 18, 2008 04:21 AM

          yes - i'm not a member and i just walked straight in

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            JFores Jan 18, 2008 07:29 AM

            My mistake! The East India Club!

            Anchor and Hope sounds interesting. Does it have a rotating or seasonal menu or would it be a special?

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              SpikeyD Jan 20, 2008 02:32 AM

              A&H does change menus regularly - but as they don't have a website (or does someone have a URL for them?) you might have to call them to check the menu. And a no res policy means you might have to wait for a table unless you go early or late - though the bar is a perfectly decent place to drink yourself into readiness.

              Had a wonderful rabbit version of a stargazy pie at Scotts last year. Sounded a disaster, but was really delicious. Not sure it's on their menu now, sadly.

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                Harters Jan 20, 2008 03:24 AM

                I have a vision of ears poking through the pastry.

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                  JFores Jan 21, 2008 01:40 PM

                  What is Scott's price range?

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                    SpikeyD Jan 22, 2008 01:46 AM

                    Expensive - but pretty good value given the quality, the service and ambience.

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              SpikeyD Jan 18, 2008 02:34 AM

              Anchor and Hope has had hare on its menu a few times... The India Club that I know (in the Strand) would be unlikely to serve seasonal game. Last time I went it was still determinedly (and delightfully) scruffy old school Indian, with the singular virtue of being terribly cheap! Don't go expecting a gourmet experience (the dhosas aren;t bad, though), unless it's been magically transformed since I was last there...

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                DietStartsTomorrow Jan 18, 2008 02:57 AM

                I've only been once to the India Club - a few years ago - and wasn't very impressed, I'm afraid. The food I had was mediocre (perhaps I didn't order wisely) and I didn't like the surroundings at all...charmless was the word. And to me it wasn't even THAT cheap - same prices at least as my local curry house. A big disappointment.

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