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2 nights in London

dag556 Nov 26, 2008 09:20 AM

I will be in London for 2 nights in December and am looking for some restaurant recommendations. My husband is English, but he hasn't lived in London for years and doesn't have a strong sense of what restaurants are good these days. We'll be staying at the Duke's Hotel in the St. James area, so close by would be preferable, but we're flexible :).

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  1. zuriga1 RE: dag556 Nov 26, 2008 01:24 PM

    It might help if you tell us if price matters, what sort of food you enjoy... fancy, simple etc. There are so many good choices in London. Book early - it's the busy season and you don't want to be disappointed.

    We had an excellent meal at Maze about a month ago. You can read the menu on the web and see if that appeals. The service is wonderful, and I thought it was unusual and a place I'd be happy to return to many times.

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      dag556 RE: zuriga1 Dec 1, 2008 11:02 AM

      We're not looking to spend gobs of money (we're heading to Paris after this, where we will be spending quite a lot on food), but something like Maze looks reasonable. Thanks for the suggestion!

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        limster RE: dag556 Dec 1, 2008 01:45 PM

        If you're going to Paris, it might be better to focus on non-French offerings.

        Try Kikuchi that serves very refined izakaya food, near Tottenham Court Road.

        I've enjoyed the food at Bocca di Lupo; they serve various small plates from different parts of Italy, the sanguinaccio, a chocolate pudding enriched with pig's blood, is very good, and not so easy to find (although some Italian friends claim they pretty common in Italy).

        Salt Yard up near Goodge Street has a food friendly wine list that works well with their Spanish tapas; Barrafina in Soho is also a good for tapas, especially stuff off their grill.

        Haozhan has a modern take on Cantonese food based on excellent technique, that's in Chinatown.

    2. Robin Joy RE: dag556 Nov 27, 2008 11:55 PM

      Plenty of excellent places nearby. Within 5 mins. walk are Wilton's in Jermyn St. (trad. Brit. ££££) and Green's in Duke St. (trad. Brit. ££). Le Caprice in Arlington St. is just as close (modern Euro. ££) and very nice. 5 minutes in a cab gives enormous choice and would take me to either The Greenhouse in Hay's Mews (more modern Brit. £££) or Salloo's in Kinerton St. (Indian ££, great food, but can be a bit quiet)

      1. PhilD RE: dag556 Dec 1, 2008 12:36 PM

        "Wild Honey" well priced Michelin one star in Mayfair, or "Corrigans", brand new and already a big hit, serving lots of traditional game as it is in season. Both quite close to your hotel. Those two and Maze give you a good selection - you need to book for all three.

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          peelmeagrape RE: PhilD Dec 1, 2008 02:21 PM

          Another vote for Corrigans. We've already been there several times - it's our new favorite. Prices are ridiculously reasonable for the quality too.

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            PhilD RE: PhilD Dec 1, 2008 10:33 PM

            Limster makes a good point about contrasting to Paris. However, Maze is very modern English with Jason Atherton cooking some innovative dishes that will contrast with the traditional French approach in most Paris restaurants. Anthony Demetre at Wild Honey takes influences from across Europe and melds them together into a modern British menu, whilst Richard Corrigan goes back to his Irish heritage to deliver a refined Irish country menu.

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            dag556 RE: dag556 Jan 6, 2009 01:57 PM

            Thanks for everyone's recommendations! We ended up eating at Wild Honey, which was lovely. My entree was oversalted, but everything else was excellent. My husband's work associates took us out to Wilton's the night before, but both of us found the cuisine a bit boring and preferred Wild Honey.

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