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[London] Looking for recs around Victoria/Belgravia

Lina Apr 23, 2009 10:05 AM

I'm looking for recomendations for a restaurant for lunch within 10 minutes walking or taxi from Victoria station.

Open to any type of cuisine, but because it's a business lunch it can't be a total dive. Price flexible---would like something nice but not Nobu-expensive.


  1. Robin Joy Apr 23, 2009 10:26 AM

    I've always found The Ebury Wine Bar very reliable. My younger sister waitressed there in about 1987 and apparently the behind the scenes standards were then impeccable. Ok, I know that's a long time ago, but it remains good. Lovely pigeon on my last visit.

    Less than 10 mins. walk from Victoria station.

    1. SissyGreen Apr 23, 2009 10:31 AM

      Try The Mango Tree. Literally 5 mins round the corner from Victoria Station. Decent Thai food and good service and IMO a good place for a business lunch, the decor is very sleek and modern. And if you book through Toptable then you can get 50% off the total bill at lunch time!

      1. howler Apr 23, 2009 11:31 AM

        noura in hobart place is just about the best bet there is. elegant and good lebanese cuisine. its right next to the mango tree sissygreen mentions (i find it mediocre thai to be honest).

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          ctkathy Apr 24, 2009 12:40 AM

          I would also suggest Kazan for Turkish food in an upscale setting with very good food on Wilton Road and Memories of China for Chinese food and fast service on Ebury street. Olivio and Olivomare are said to be good, but I haven't personally been to either of them.

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          1. re: ctkathy
            batfink23 Apr 24, 2009 09:09 AM

            Thankfully you don't need some ethnic dive for a respectable business lunch in victoria. try the Goring. very old school british hotel, dining room designed by Linley, good cellar and very correct english fare.

            1. re: batfink23
              howler Apr 24, 2009 02:14 PM

              but a little too correct, don't you think? and an uninspired grill, sadly.

            2. re: ctkathy
              limster Apr 24, 2009 12:04 PM

              I vaguely remember seeing sea urchin (ricci di mare, irrc) on the menu of one of the Italian places in that neighbourhood (with a sardinian bent) -- I think it was Oliveto or something like that, perhaps one of those mentioned above -- across the street from Chocolate Society. Has anyone tried that dish and is it any good?

              1. re: limster
                Lina Apr 28, 2009 11:01 AM

                I've made a reservation at Ebury--will let you know how it is!

                1. re: Lina
                  Simon Majumdar Apr 29, 2009 01:21 AM

                  Next time, if you are looking for something a little unusual, why not check out The Vincent Rooms?


                  There are two restaurants, one quite formal, one quite casual and the food is produced at bargain prices by the students of Westminster college, a hospitality school which was created at the beginning of the 20th Century by Cesar Ritz and Escoffier

                  Can be very hard to get a table, but if you have enough notice, it is worth a try


                2. re: limster
                  greedygirl Apr 29, 2009 07:19 AM

                  Probably Olivomare. I've never been, but used to frequent Oliveto and Olivo regularly when I worked in that neighbourhood a long time ago. Both were very good.

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