Two places in Camden Town, London
• Bento Cafe
A pretty good Japanese place run by Cantonese, with a slightly more modern take on the food. Pretty good enoki tempura, sprinkled with chilli powder for a touch of heat and tiny needles of a greenish seaweed-like seasoning. Not the lightest puffiest tempura I've ever had, but pretty good still.
An ok nabeyaki udon, with a tempura prawn, a slightly stiff chicken breast, two slices of kamaboko (fish cake), a good shiitake mushroom and menma (reconstituted bamboo strips). stock that is not bad, perhaps a tiny shade on the sweet side, with a pleasant flavour, even if not of the deepest complexity. Noodles could be slightly fatter and more chewy imho.
• Tupelo Honey
Good sticky chestnut cake with a fair amount of chetsnut sweetness and honey.
went there for late sun lunch. nice menu, short and great queen streety. Had a gaspacho that was fresh but sadly ungarnished - sheesh, chuck some olive oil or a basil leaf in there or something.
Had the sunday roast which was a lovely piece of rare beef with fresh seasonal veg done perfectly. Potatoes cold and covered in 1 inch of grease! Yorkshire was not as good as homemade.
Partner had pig cheeks w chorizo which was tasty but salty with no green to balance the flavours.
Overall a good local choice, but not up with the best. Service from the waitress was good but the owner was annoying and graceless.
I just returned from a work trip to London and stayed near this area (Marriott Regents Park). Two restaurants that the hotel recommended were nearby:
Cafe de Maya - on Primrose Hill Rd at intersection with King Henry's Rd. Thai/Malaysian. Very good! I had veg spring rolls (fried, to my surprise) and a mildly spicy Malaysian beef curry with rice. Dinner was about 16 pounds.
Limonia (?) - Greek - on the main street in Camden Town. Also very good. I had hummus/pita, then some sort of lamb stew with rice and grilled zucchini/courgettes. Alas, no room for dessert... A little pricier, about 30 pounds.
FWIW, both were friendly to me as a solo diner. :)
I went to Market a month or so ago.It was small and the staff were friendly. We went on a Sunday and all had roasts which were really nice. If in Camden i would go back, but i wouldnt go out of my way. It was a little expensive for a sunday roast, but i dont know of many good roasts in london........