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London - Help Me Find a Trendy Atmosphere with Great Food

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becca31 May 12, 2009 04:22 PM

I am in London right now, staying in the Knightsbridge/South Kensington area. I am looking for restaurants that lean more towards the trendy/hip atmosphere with good cocktails yet have really great food too - no fish and chips! Am looking for more of an inventive menu. I would prefer something nearby to my area but will go anywhere.

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    batfink23 RE: becca31 May 13, 2009 02:11 AM

    Zuma?

    1. zuriga1 RE: becca31 May 13, 2009 02:50 AM

      Maze?

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        oonth RE: zuriga1 May 13, 2009 04:25 AM

        Zuriga, not sure if you're aware but there is, and has been for a couple of years, Maze in NYC too - http://www.gordonramsay.com/mazeatthe...

        Doesn't mean that Maze London isn't a good rec for Manhattan visitors (the menus/ingredients used are very different and, having been to both, I think that Maze London is operating at a higher level) but perhaps it's not quite the novelty it might have been prior to the opening of Maze NYC.

        Go do the taste test for yourself if you have any spare slots!!

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          zuriga1 RE: oonth May 14, 2009 01:43 AM

          Thanks, Oonth - didn't know about the 'other' Maze at all. And we are close by, but that's OK - will try it another time. It can't be as good as Atherton's menu. :-) I noticed quite a few Pret A Mangers around town. I thought the ones here had disappeared but not so. I've been away a long time now.

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        expatlondon RE: becca31 May 14, 2009 02:32 AM

        Cecconi's is amazing...

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          batfink23 RE: expatlondon May 14, 2009 05:51 AM

          its a weird all day brunch, limited menu eating place. not so amazing for me.

          if they had a proper ala carte menu I might it appreciate more.

        2. BeefeaterGin RE: becca31 May 14, 2009 09:25 AM

          Hi Becca -

          Lovely to have you in our great city. An inventive restaurant that fuses Cuban and Asian food is Asia de Cuba. It is located in the St. Martins lane hotel and has an absolutely amazing Calamari Salad. The bar within the hotel also has some fabulous cocktails. Very enjoyable night!

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            batfink23 RE: BeefeaterGin May 15, 2009 01:21 AM

            hadn't thought about that, but given all the bases to be covered might be a pretty good option. very glamourous, great cocktails... certainly inventive food.

            good call.

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            thebutcher RE: becca31 May 21, 2009 05:29 PM

            Just got back from London and had a terrific lunch at Maze. Maze Grill next door looked a bit more casual (menu is - surprise - grilled steaks, fish, chicken etc.). 28.50 pounds for four courses at Maze for lunch. Great service, delicious.

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