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Coming to London AGAIN!!!

We're spending 5 days, staying in Hammersmith. This time not spending much time with my daughter (who is grumbling about us having a week at Thanksgiving while she will be working the whole time we're here). My son and girl friend are also coming, so we will be a party of five (which makes me shudder given the economic situation), and they're all poor as church mice, so it will fall to us to pick up most (if not all) of the dinner tabs. So I'm open for suggestions. There's some Belgian place that my daughter has been to recently that she thought was reasonable. We like everything, something English, something Indian, something Italian.... No chains (alsthough she may try to drag us to Wagamammas). Probably not a place that doesn't serve wine or beer. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. One more vote for Corrigan's but sorry, where are these good reviews for Le Bouchon Breton? What I've read has been pretty brutal.

    If pitiful service, average food and ridiculous prices are your thing, then by all means...

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    1. re: DollyDagger

      Also: Reasonable Italian in Hammersmith - Bianco Nero.
      http://www.london-eating.co.uk/32816.htm

      For Indian, it depends on your budget. You could check out one of the new ones - Trishna, Indali Lounge, Cinnamon Kitchen - or go with a tried-and-tested place like The Painted Heron. I'm not convinced that places like Benares or Amaya are worth the cash - certainly not at the moment.

      1. re: DollyDagger

        Dos Hermanos:
        http://www.doshermanos.co.uk/2008/10/...

        Bloomberg:
        http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pi...

        Metro:
        http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/food...

        Guardian:
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

        Oh, and most credibly, mine of course ;P

        Have you tried it yourself?

        As an aside, what were your thoughts on Corrigan's?

        1. re: food.snob

          Maybe I was unlucky, but my experience matched the bad reviews - especially the one from Cheese & Biscuits. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone. London doesn't do French brasseries very well (perhaps unsurprisingly), but there is better out there than LBB.

          It's too early to properly judge Corrigan's, but he can do no wrong in my eyes. Fuss-free decor and food, plenty of game, decent wine list. I hope it gets the reviews it deserves over the next few weeks and months - it's already had a glowing review from Fay M and DosHermanos.

          1. re: DollyDagger

            I do not know if it is too early to tell....I really enjoyed it and if anything, given time, it should improve!

            and Jan Moir too.

      2. Quite a lot of high-end places have been mentioned. Just in case your surname is not Rockerfeller this may help:

        http://www.london-eating.co.uk/

        For your purposes it may be best to filter by tube station.

        If food.snob is right, then Belgo in Covent Garden is worth a visit. Insanely busy last time I went.

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        1. re: Robin Joy

          I thought that might be the case. The surname is not Rockerfeller (in fact we're high school teachers), so this is a real stretch for us. The point was to be in London on Sunday night for an event, but the best air rates (in fact the only ones that were affordable) were Tuesday to Monday.

          1. re: gsElsbeth

            ok i think i have the perfect place for you . Its upscale quality (even michelin starred if thats of interest ) but without the formality of other restaurants that offer a similar high standard level of cooking . Its also very close to where youre staying , infact its a 5 min cab or tube ride from hammersmith (about 2 km) . Best of all is its fantastically priced , ESPECIALLY AT LUNCH where they offer a full a la carte menu but with a fixed price (i appreciate that sounds like an oxymoron but you know what i mean ) of £23.50 for 3 courses mon-fri . Dinner is £37.50 for the similar offerings . The restaurant is called La Trompette . All in all --good stuff , great price ! And especially perfect for where youre staying . I appreciate that is still a chunk of money but for the quality involved its a bargain , just take it easy on the wine and youre laughing .
            And on related but separate thread to food snob --this and its sister restaurants (chez bruce and the glasshouse ) is another example of restaurants where you get a substantial discount at lunch for essentially the same menu .

            1. re: millema

              Good suggestion from Millema.
              I have been to the Ledbury and the Square (also part of the same restaurant group as Chez Bruce, LT, tG) and I am a fan of both.
              I tend to find that restaurants linked like this, tend to have a lot of similiarities. Not to mention that I have heard lots of positive things about LT and CB especially.

        2. Saagar in Hammersmith (King St) is very good - completely vegetarian South Indian place that does an amazingly good value set lunch:

          http://www.london-eating.co.uk/3760.htm

          Also on the same road is my favourite Persian place in Hammersmith, Mahdi, though there is a lot to choose from if you fancy that kind of stuff and it is all cheap and good.

          Shepherd's Bush is quite nearby too and there are some suggestions from Oonth in this thread:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/518117

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          1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

            for some great British food try the Havelock Tavern http://www.thehavelocktavern.co.uk/ab... - great local pub with fantastic food (I try to avoid using the word 'gastropub' as it doesnt really do the place justice). Also the Anglesea Arms in Shepherds Bush - extensive wine list and cosy in the winter,also delicious food.

            1. re: pj26

              Both of these look like what we're looking for. We're staying at the Brook Green hotel, near St. Paul's Girls school, so it looks like this would be walkable (the havelock, that is).

              1. re: gsElsbeth

                In Chiswick (the next suburb to Hammersmith) you have "The Devonshire" which is a Gordon Ramsay pub. You need to book in advance as it gets full.

            2. re: Ibrahim.Salha

              I'd second that recomendation for Sagar: excellent food, excellent value for money and it'll be quite near you.
              Snows on the Green will also be nearby. I still remember the escalope of foie gras that I had there at a very reasonable price, but that was a few years back and I don't know if it's still good.
              If you go to the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, which often does very interesting stuff, avoid the cafe there which is foul. Chez Kristof up the road is over-priced.

            3. 101 Thai for Isaan Thai food, Tosa for excellent yakitori (don't miss the shiso maki).

              1. wagamama is awful - a better option of a similar ilk is busaba eatthai. there are about half a dozen branches in central london and the food is similar in price but so much better in quality.

                1. If you want a tasty lunch while wandering around Leicester Square/Covent Garden, Soho etc., I recommend Princi on Wardour Street. It's really nice for a fairly inexpensive (for London) lunch. The Italian pastries are very good as are the salads and hot dishes.. very casual atmosphere. I was there yesterday and it lived up to expectations.

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                  1. re: zuriga1

                    ok i think i have the perfect place for you . Its upscale quality (even michelin starred if thats of interest ) but without the formality of other restaurants that offer a similar high standard level of cooking . Its also very close to where youre staying , infact its a 5 min cab or tube ride from hammersmith (about 2 km) . Best of all is its fantastically priced , ESPECIALLY AT LUNCH where they offer a full a la carte menu but with a fixed price (i appreciate that sounds like an oxymoron but you know what i mean ) of £23.50 for 3 courses mon-fri . Dinner is £37.50 for the similar offerings . The restaurant is called La Trompette . All in all --good stuff , great price ! And especially perfect for where youre staying . I appreciate that is still a chunk of money but for the quality involved its a bargain , just take it easy on the wine and youre laughing .
                    And on related but separate thread to food snob --this and its sister restaurants (chez bruce and the glasshouse ) is another example of restaurants where you get a substantial discount at lunch for essentially the same menu

                    1. re: millema

                      i went to the square for lunch recently food snob , it was the 1st high end restaurant i ever went to some 10 years ago , and i was stunned that it had taken me 10 years to return when id had such a great meal there . Unfortunately this time around i found the menu and indeed the food somewhat average . Nothing wrong , but just nothing that tastes like 2 star food . In its defence we were on the lunch menu alone ,but still it wasnt special . When i read your reviews food snob you usually take down the whole menu , i am no lightweight on the eating front ,but i have no idea how you can consume so much , i am jealous to say the least , your bill must be stratospheric , for me unfortunately im limited by my wallet .

                      1. re: millema

                        First, sorry to hear about your experience...
                        However, as an aside, I have always thought that lunch menus are quite a good test of a chef: they have to use generally 'less-premium' ingredients to keep costs down, but still, ideally, maintain standards.

                        Well, my touring of London's restaurants means I do not often have the chance to visit the same restaurant more than once (unless someone else wants to go), that's why I like to try as much of the menu as I can.
                        It's a complex balancing act - it is expensive financially and calorifically, but I am a bit of a spendthrift generally. Also, if you saw me, you would hate me. I can handle the food as my current daily diet is a blend of coffee, green tea and pears (nashi if possible, comice/blush if not).

                  2. Don't forget the Polish restaurant Patio, at 5 Goldhawk Rd., which is not far from you. It has a very good value set menu with plenty of choice for about £15. Latest reports ar that it isn't as good as it was but still worth it. A good choice given our economic circumstances now.