Visiting London from New York
I'm in London right now on business from New York. Working and staying in the Marylebone and Marble Arch area. I leave on Sunday. At most I have three dinners and two lunches to figure out. I'm more than willing to go anywhere in London. Cost isn't much of an object but it doesn't need to be expensive. Will eat anything if its tasty. I went to the Wolesey last night. I didn't care for the quail egg with hollandaise but I loved the chicken liver. I definitely want to try 'new english cuisine'. I was thinking of the place by the Borough Market (Roast?) but I don't really know anyplace else. Would love some Indian but not Brick Lane. So one 'new english' and one indian and other than that I'm open. I'm sure I'll be by the Tate Modern at some point this weekend so maybe a lunch spot near there? So basically I'm open to most anything from street food to prix fixe. I know there are a million restaurants in London so please just throw some ideas at me at I'll figure out from there. Thanks!
p.s. - Dining solo. I know it doesn't make a difference in most places. Having the option to eat a the bar is great.
There's a place near Roast called Wright Brothers it's an Oyster house. they have a bar and you can eat and drink and watch them cook and shuck. Great food and has a great atmosphere too. All the places around Borough are great for people watching so good if you're dining alone. If you go to Roast try and get a window seat and you can peer down through the window on the punters below
Your brief is really far too wide to offer good guidance but if you're going to be near Borough Market how about a food safari?
The Rake - begin the evening with a Veltins, fine German pilsner and a light snack.
Fish! - sit at one of the tables facing into the market and order up baby octopus with borlotti beans washed down with a glass of lively Trebbiano d'Abbruzzo.
Tapas Brindisa - what you'd expect from top Spanish food importers Brindisa; have a Serrano ham and romesco sauce with a 2004 Ribera del Duero
Boot and Flogger - part of the Davy's wine bar chain but one of their best. Order a fine claret with cheese
Wine Wharf - sit back with whatever takes your fancy from their 100 plus wines by the glass. The desserts aren't great but by then do you care?
I think this is an ideal way to spend some time solo - have fun!
You'll find a whole host of possibilities on my blog www.thebigblackpudding.com along with first hand reports. Would love to hear how you get on.
If you're going to be in the Borough Market area, I'd suggest Magdalen for modern British cooking. It's on Tooley Street, near Tower Bridge (so a bit east of Borough Market). Delicious! (Not in the area but Wild Honey, in Mayfair, and Hix in Clerkenwell, also great.) For Indian, I love Rasa Samudra (seafood and veg only) on Charlotte Street and Rasoi Vineet Bhatia (Sloane Square). This last is a beautiful, romantic restaurant as well.
re: New Yorker in London
I agree that Magdalen is great, as is Wild Honey. I like Rasa Samudra as well.
I recently had decent Indian food at Moti Mohal on Great Queen Street in Covent Garden. Definitely a cut above your normal curry house fare (which has its place too, imho).
For a casual lunch, you could try La Fromagerie on Marylebone High Street. Staying with the French theme, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is in the area you're staying. You're also near Edgeware Road, which is a good place for Lebanese/Middle Eastern. Have fun!
For 'Indian,' almost any place you choose will be better than what's in Manhattan. I'd try Amaya, Zaika, Benares... not at all like a Brick Lane curry house. If you can get to the Borough Market by noon, it's easy doing solo dining at Tapas Brindisi and the food is excellent. The Tate's cafe isn't half bad if that works out more easily. For Modern English, we always enjoy Great Queen St. (the restaurant, not the street) - low-key and a good example of what it's all about.
Try Sadya in Balham, it will take you about 30 or so mins to get there from the Marylebone area on the tube, but the Keralan food there is very good, especially for the price. I'd get their veg sadya (essentially a Keralan thali). If you make arrangements ahead of time and want the whole aesthetic, you can get your food served on a banana leaf.