Need rec. for 2nd night in London
Coming to the UK from New York City for a month to visit the in-laws in Cardiff and will be in London for two nights. First night we're going to St. John's (so excited) for nose to tail dining. Need a good suggestion for the second night, maybe something sort of near Paddington, for the second night. Prefer something London does better than NY / we can't get in NY (hence St John's as an obvious choice). Planning to check out the Borough Market that day too, so alternatively, dinner could be near there as it will be an early one before our train back to Cardiff.
We're bringing another couple to dinner at St John's so now we can sample more of the menu (in fact, a trained chef who turned us on to Fergus Henderson in the first place when he bought us his cookbook).
Second night we're looking at going to Corrigan's in Mayfair, for game cooking, at the suggestion of a business friend. Any thoughts? The menu looks fantastic and hardocre game cooking is something a bit harder to find in NYC. I read a pretty glowing review in the London Times too.
To be honest I haven't been to Borough Markets during lunchtime on a thursday (only walked past a bit later on and it didn't look its usual weekend self) but perhaps it is becoming increasingly popular to open up then (especially as we get closer to summer) - if you're in the area, then definitely check it out. Monmouth coffee is a rare provider of decent coffee in London (open every day) and the chocolate brownie stall is fantastic! I've also always had a soft spot for the chicken burger/wrap place just near one of the entrances but not sure how to really describe it now....
Not sure how many of you are going to St John - it is at its best as a big group but still definitely worth going to as a couple. If we're organised (ie once) we pre-order the famous whole suckling pig but if not we typically would just order all of the starters and a few mains. You get the best sense of the different food that way I think but in both cases you're going to need a few people to make it work.
Order at least a few madeleines for dessert - simple but delicious! Otherwise just be adventurous - some of the best dishes I've eaten there also came with the most challenging menu descriptions!
If you go for tayyabs - make sure you go really early - like 6pm if you can - even at that time there will probably already be a queue.....
Sounds like some heavy eating in store...... if you're up for more and can handle a queue (if you're nice and early it wont be too bad) what about Tayyabs in whitechapel? Great Indian food and a real institution over here.
It is certainly not fine dining but is great food and I don't remember anything like it over in NY - make sure you order the lamb chops.
If you need something a bit more to the west, perhaps Arbutus in soho which is doing some interesting things at very good value, although has a tendency to get a bit st johnny with some of the cuts of meat....
Also - what day are you planning on going to Borough - a classic rookie error is to turn up mid week or Sunday - it is only open in the form you are looking for (ie stalls of food everywhere) on Friday and Saturday... just thought I'd double check.
Ack, I thought the market was thur - sat (per website). It's thursday that we were planning to drop by. Thanks for helping me avoid a rookie mistake if that won't cut it :(
Thanks for the Tayyabs suggestions --- we love Indian food, so that could be a good idea for thur dinner.
That tapas suggestion looks really interesting too.
Any 'don't miss' suggestions at St John's btw? I know the bone marrow is one of them. He comes across to Momofuku in manhattan and does a dinner every year. We missed it, with a newborn at home, but the photos I saw looked amazing.
Brindisi at the Borough Market has wonderful Spanish tapas... huge plates of smoked meat etc. It's very crowded at lunchtime (I don't know their hours), but an early dinner might be good for getting a table. Having lived near NYC most of my life, I am sure the Indian restaurants here are far superior than anything I ever ate there... you might want to try that.