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Kensington in Aug

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We will be staying in Kensington in early Aug. We've been to London on a tour so we didn't get to walk around and do things on our own, This time we'll be on our own and are looking for cheap and good (oxymoron) food in the area. We're staying near the Earls Court Road Tube station. Our hotel has a fridge and microwave so we aren't above buying prepared food and heating it in the micro. Willing to try "almost" anything but would like to try some of the breads, cheeses and Indian food. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. If there is another thread on the same subject I'll check it out.

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  1. Check out the thread on the Filipino restaurant, which is just across the street from the tube station. The entire block around the place seemed filled with interesting looking eateries.

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    1. re: Barry Strugatz

      Here's the link to the Filipino restaurant thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/512731

      Also, a couple of neat little dishes at Mai, the Japanese place across from the Fillipino restaurant, both on Kenway Rd. Kushiage (fried skewers) of shiso ebi/prawns with perilla was good, as was the sake harasu/broiled salmon belly. The eef dishes looked good, but I did have the chance to try...next time. A fuller report when I get the chance.

    2. This Thai place is great value. Only 300 yards from Earls Court tube.


      1. The Whole Foods store on Kensington High Street has lots of things you can take home for a dinner or lunch... nice salad bar, too. Right there is also a Marks & Spencer, and their carry-out dinners are of all varieties from Chinese to Indian and beyond.

        1. addies thai is just up the road from earls court+ is meant to be v v good

          1. For upmarket Indian food in that area, you could consider The Painted Heron on Cheyne Walk. http://www.london-eating.co.uk/2613.htm

            I haven't eaten at Addie's Thai yet but it has a good reputation.

            1. There's a good Spanish place on the Old Brompton Road which isn't cheap - but which has a deli/tapas place opposite which I've heard is also excellent.


              1. After reading to responses one thing on our list is to have batter fried fish & chips in a pub. The last time we were in London we had f&c in a pub but it was breaded not batter fried. I realize batter fried may have a ton of calories and could be called "a heart attack on a plate" but want to try it while we're there.

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                1. re: OETex

                  With respect, if you want to find great fish & chips, DO NOT eat them in a pub.

                  The ones served in chain owned pubs are noxiously bad and even some of the better gastro pubs don't know what they are doing when they cook these

                  I can't think of any Londoners who know anything about food who would order them.

                  Gastro pubs aside, just treat pubs as a delivery system for beer ( there are some half decent places in EC) and pork scratchings and then find a chippy ( there aren't any half decent ones in EC, that I can recall)

                  Hop on the tube to one of the current favourites

                  Masters Superfish - Waterloo
                  Golden Hind - Marylebone
                  Seafresh - Victoria
                  North Sea - Russell Square

                  I have not been in a while, but a friend just told me he just had excellent F&C at The Rock & Sole Plaice on Endell St, near Covent Garden.

                  Hope this helps