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Taste London Card: any great deals?

sinjawns Jun 16, 2009 11:39 AM

Wondering about the Taste London card (http://www.tastelondon.co.uk)-- have been given a free one-month trial.

Are there any stand-out restaurants among the participating venues?

I am visiting next week and am interested in central/ central east options, any cuisine.

cheers...

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    kflood16 Oct 5, 2011 05:02 AM

    A bump from me too. Any restaurants that have been added recently that are worth trying?

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      DietStartsTomorrow Oct 10, 2011 07:25 AM

      I used to use my tastecard to have a very tasty curry at Maida in Bethnal Green Rd. Their lasooni sag is absolutely delicious.

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        Foodie94 Mar 30, 2012 12:38 PM

        Bincho Yakitori (the new one on Exmouth Market) is very worth it with a tastecard. Delicious meat on skewers and yakionigiri (grilled rice triangles). I lived in Japan for 2 years and was happy with the food there.

    2. Dave MP Mar 3, 2010 01:50 PM

      I'm bumping up this thread again, and re-phrasing the question a bit.

      I have a Taste London card, which I was lucky enough to get from a friend in the food industry. But I hardly ever use it.

      Are there any restaurants that accept the card that are *particularly* worth trying? For me, this would especially be for mid-range to upper-mid-range places...the type of place that normally would be out of my price range, but might be okay if I get 50% off with my card. Perhaps somewhere in the realm of a £70 meal for 2 being cut down to a £35 meal for 2.

      I can see from the Taste London site that there are loads of restaurants in this price range....but are any of them stand-outs? I'd even be willing to travel to Putney if something was really good....

      Dave MP

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        lacemaker Apr 3, 2012 03:23 AM

        Baltic accept it on the a la carte, though not the set menu, so it a slight saving and a significant increase in choice.

        There's a few places in Camden - Shaka Zulu and the Cuban, which are both pretty miserable IMO, and coco bamboo and spiritual, which are both pretty ok brazilian places. The blues kitchen isn't too bad either.

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        topcat78 Dec 16, 2009 12:14 AM

        I've had a card for about 3 years, it is quite amazing how good it is. Completely disagree that just restaurants that are struggling are on with them - loads of famous ones work with them as well as famous chains like Pizza Express (50% off everything) and u can't get those on the web elsewhere.
        Try Mint Leaf in the West End, amazing. Or Rivington Grill in Greenwich - best British Restaurant ive ever been to. Spoke to the manager there, they are owned by the Ivy, so not going anywhere!!!!

        1. kristainlondon Dec 10, 2009 06:25 AM

          I find it pretty helpful for work lunches/dinners. I remember one dinner I did at the Clerkenwell Dining Room which was pretty good...we got 50% off. Bill would have been £350 but we got it for £175. Awesome. I remember I checked TopTable.co.uk and didn't see the same offer there.

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            mavismango Dec 8, 2009 06:21 AM

            I rate the card pretty highly. I had one for the best part of this year but misplaced it & it costs to replace so havent follwed up on it as nearly due to expire ...

            Also, alot of restaurants may not accept the card in December as it is a busy month already.

            anyway the restaurants that I mostly used it for were local to me in Putney & other West London locations, some places were stable successful establishments before I had the card & continued to be after I had it, so as suggested in earlie threads I dont beleive that it a last ditch effort to save themselves at all - at least not in all cases. Thai Square for example has been reviewed very highly in the past & they are part of it. Old fave near high street ken 'L' are are part & they have had a good following before the card.

            My suggestion is to find a restaurant in the area you wish to dineon the tastlondon website, google it for reviews & make a decision that way. In these things there will always be the good with the bad.

            Gay Hussar in central london springs to mind ... Good luck

            1. ecuhct Dec 6, 2009 10:57 AM

              Have you tried other means of getting discounts such as toptable (http://toptable.co.uk) 1eat discount club (http://1eat.co.uk) or gourmet society ( i cannot remember the website but I am sure you will find it on google

              )

              If I were you my favourite restaurants:
              Bayswater Kiasuhttp://www.1eat.co.uk/kiasu : a great malaysian food serving restaurant (when there make sure you order a local milk tea, absolutely deliscious

              )

              When in covent garden check out Souk Medina http://www.1eat.co.uk/soukmedina (a great lebanese restaurant) if you are lucky you can even get to see the belly dancer show which passes yo uas you eat. When there order the local tea and watch it being poured from two meters above your table into a tiny cup.

              Let me know if you would like some recommendations on other restaurants, i have eaten in hundreds of places across London and learned my lessons the hard way ;-)

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                Harters Mar 3, 2010 09:20 AM

                "When in covent garden check out Souk Medina http://www.1eat.co.uk/soukmedina (a great lebanese restaurant)"

                Isn't this Moroccan rather than Lebanese?

                I'm thinking that with the menu emphasising tagine and couscous dishes and also having pastilla.

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                  ecuhct Mar 7, 2010 02:15 PM

                  yes, true, but still really enjoy the restaurant; last time i was there the belly dancer show was amazing!

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                batfink23 Jun 17, 2009 03:10 AM

                not many deal you can't get off other booking websites for free.

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                  sinjawns Jun 17, 2009 06:18 AM

                  I was wondering about that, although I have seen some postings (such as on the Time Out website) where people thought the card offered good value over and above toptable etc.

                  What I don't know is if any of the listed places are worth trying, or if these are mostly places that are making a last-ditch effort at survival.

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                    batfink23 Jun 17, 2009 07:49 AM

                    if you check their website, you see who is listed.

                    see for yourself, but my feeling is that it is the latter.

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                      sinjawns Jun 17, 2009 07:56 AM

                      Thanks batfink-- I have looked at the website but I don't know any of the places as I am visiting... rather than doing a reference check on the 300 or so places in my zones, wondering if anyone who has/had the card knows if there are some worthwhile places on the list...

                      1. re: sinjawns
                        zuriga1 Jun 17, 2009 08:49 AM

                        I looked at the places in the Piccadilly section and must say I didn't recognize other than maybe 1 or 2 names. Of course, I don't know all that many restaurants but the names haven't shown up here that I've seen in a few years.

                        A good place to check out a restaurant is www.london-eating.co.uk

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