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Australian restaurants in London?

susanemma Dec 9, 2008 08:01 AM

Hi all, A friend is celebrating her wedding anniversary and is very keen to dine at an Australian restaurant as that's where she tied the knot. I'm Australian so know of Flat White, Milk Bar, Lantana etc. but really they're after somewhere to have dinner. I pondered sliding the Giaconda dining room in as at least run by lovley Australians but unfortunately they're closed for dinner until Jan 5th. Any suggestions much appreciated!

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    pj26 RE: susanemma Dec 9, 2008 08:10 AM

    Before we proceed, isn't Flat White New Zealanders not Australian (hence the silver fern in the froth)? And not they are not one and the same!!
    How about Pied a Terre - Australian chef in the kitchen, or John Torode's Smiths of Smithfields?

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      PhilD RE: pj26 Dec 9, 2008 09:06 AM

      I believe it is more accurate to call it Antipodean. Flat White was (is it still) jointly owned (and started) by Peter Hall who is Australian in partnership with James Guernsey and Cameron McClure (two of the baristas), who are Kiwis. Both honed their skills in Sydney before coming to London. Coffee in Australia and NZ is the same - although there is great rivalry between the cities. Is Wellington's coffee better than Melbourne's?

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        pj26 RE: PhilD Dec 10, 2008 02:43 AM

        Ok I'll settle for Antipodean (begrudginly!). Can't comment on Wellington/Melbourne (I'm from Auckland myself) but just cant understand why it is so difficult to get a decent cup of coffee in London?

    2. Gourmet Chick RE: susanemma Dec 9, 2008 08:16 AM

      There are lots of Australians in London kitchens if you are happy to take that approach - Brett Graham heads up The Ledbury or Skye Gyngell at Petersham Nurseries is also Australian and her dishes probably reflect more of an Australian influence than Graham's which are French influenced.

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        millema RE: Gourmet Chick Dec 10, 2008 05:00 AM

        and lets not forget Chez Bruce , hes as 'oz' as they come and serves mighty fine food at fantastic prices with a michelin star to boot !

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        bleep75 RE: susanemma Dec 10, 2008 05:40 AM

        Does Delfina on Bermondser Street count - they have an australiand ingredients bent but
        not sure if open in evenings. Really good food but a bit pricey.

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