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Eating London?

I am looking for the good bad and ugly.
Storeys or reviews of the London Ontario food scene?
Any suggestions or warnings ?
Let me know.
Cheers!

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  1. Hi,

    Well it's been a few months since I've been in London, but from what I remember there are a few good ones. Keep in mind you can't compare London to Toronto, so if I say it's good, keep it in perspective:

    CHEAP EATS

    1) Thuan Kieu - Amazing Vietnamese food, in fact, better than any I've had in Toronto by far. This place is an absolute must if you like Vietnamese food!

    2)Spageddy Eddy's - Dirt cheap pasta and for around $10 you get a HUGE bowl. Don't expect excellent quality, you go for the price and portion size!

    MEDIUM/EXPENSIVE EATS

    3) Cello Supper Club - $20 something entrees, it's fusion/contemporary food (the place also doubles as a lounge).. For the price point, the food is good and more on the 'hip' side.

    4) Black Trumpet - More on the "pricier" side, the food is standard fare (read beef tenderloin, salmon, etc.) but at least it's tasty! Nice, cozy, and romantic restaurant

    It's been a while so I can't recall much, but I'm sure there are many more places. Take a look at http://www.restaurantica.com/on/london for opinions on restaurants. Hope I was able to help a little!

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    Black Trumpet
    523 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3E8, CA

    cello supper club
    london, ON, London, ON , CA

    Thuan Kieu Restaurant
    1472 Huron St, London, ON N5V2E5, CA

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    1. re: jemmy

      I concur with jemmy's opinion of Thuan Kieu. We were in London Nov 14 and 15 for Cirque du Soleil. We went to Thuan Kieu based solely on one recommendation.

      We weren't disappointed. We had 4 items from the menu (veggie spring rolls, chicken vermicelli, soup with beef and chicken curry) Spring rolls were on the greasy side but the other 3 items were, as jemmy commented, better than any we've had in Toronto. The chicken curry was absolutely delightful.

      The only downside was the decor, typical Asian tables, chairs, chopsticks. The staff were friendly and helpful. Customers were 50 Asian and 50 Caucasian, many were young. Getting a table was not a problem at 4PM but it quickly filled up. The bill, $25 and change.

      We will be back.

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      Thuan Kieu Restaurant
      1472 Huron St, London, ON N5V2E5, CA

      1. re: Phillip Sticky

        Bump.

        Searched for Thuan Kieu and the address is listed at 1275 Highbury Ave and no listing at 1472 Huron St. Have they moved ? Are they still good ?

        1. re: PoppiYYZ

          You can see the nice new digs here:
          http://thuankieu.ca/
          Haven't tried them at the new location yet.

    2. Out in the west end are two of my faves; both small and well-priced:

      Cafe Milagro, which is a bistro with thai undertones, and Comforts, a more traditional bistro. They are nearly across the road from one another on Commissioners Rd. W in Byron, west of Boler.

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      Cafe Milagro's
      1271 Commissioners Rd W, London, ON N6K1C9, CA

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      1. re: Blush

        Have you been to Comforts recently, Blush? What do you recommend on their menu?

        Which dishes do you recommend the most at Cafe Milagro's? Noticed in a restaurantica review that the ownership changed around 9 months ago, and that new management was planning to change the name of the restaurant. Has the name been changed? Is the current menu more Thai than bistro with Thai undertones?

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        Cafe Milagro's
        1271 Commissioners Rd W, London, ON N6K1C9, CA

        Comforts Restaurant
        1304 Commissioners Road West, London, ON N6B, CA

      2. Check out: www.theonlyonking.ca

        I haven't been yet, but I have family in London and that's where I'm going next time around (and I'd selfishly love a report).

        Otherwise, we go to: www.aubergerestaurant.ca
        It's old school, but quite good.

        Is Prince Albert's Diner still around (in uni it was good for post-bar food and milkshakes). Honestly quite charming and very generous/reasonable.

        The Covent Garden Market is quite nice for foodie exploring.

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        Prince Albert's Diner
        565 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3G2, CA

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        1. re: Rabbit

          I went to The Only. We received a gift certificate from family, not that it matters. I have to say I left unimpressed. It was a few months ago, so my memory is pretty hazy. We had the tasting menu.

          It all started out very well with a carrot and ginger soup. The presence of ginger was just strong enough to be interesting, but not to overwhelm. It was a delicious soup. Then there was a fish course, some whitefish. Perch from lake erie would have been a great local selection, but it was something "exotic" and I kept wondering about how fresh it could it . The flavour was ok, but it was terribly overcooked. The meat dish, honestly, I can't remember. I think it was duck breast. I recall a bunch of flavours that didn't work well together. And overall, there wasn't a consistent theme to the tasting menu. They all seemed like distinct dishes. You only realize the importance of a theme if it's missing, I guess.

          As an aside, we have some good friends who had been about a week prior to us, who had similar feedback.

          Sorry to burst the bubble. As an aside, pricing is pretty much on par with Toronto.

          1. re: grandgourmand

            Yeah, that's bubble-bursting... but better before than after, non?

            I'll probably still give it a try because it doesn't seem there are many other option in London, but I will definitely re-calibrate expectations.

            Sigh - Rab!

            1. re: Rabbit

              You never know. I might have caught them on a bad night. It's a nice (not fancy) space. Service was pretty good. And they have Chimay Reserve (750mls) for $15/bottle I think it was. If you're into beer, 'tis the time of year for Chimay.

              1. re: grandgourmand

                I will vouch for the Only, it was the best meal I've had in London. I brought my sister there (visiting from Calgary) and she thoroughly enjoyed it too, especially considering that tasting menus there often cost double what they charge at the Only.

          2. re: Rabbit

            Prince Albert's Diner is still there and still busy. We prefer Billy's Deli on Dundas at Talbot for breakfast.

            Across the street from Prince Albert's is Barakat's. They make an awesome schwarma sandwich. The garlic sauce is very yummy.

            We went to Mystic further down Albert street for dinner in early October, the souvlakis were fair but their seafood dishes were weak.

            There's also Ben Thanh for vietnamese. It's along the same lines as Pho Hung.

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            Barakat Restaurant
            , London, ON N6B, CA

            Prince Albert's Diner
            565 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3G2, CA

          3. Earlier thread that covers a lot:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/360290

            My favourite restaurants in London right now are Massey's for Indian, Barakat for Shawarma, JJ's Bistro in Byron for continental classics, the Only for local/casual/continental, Shiki for Japanese.

            There's a new Italian restaurant across from the market at 119 King called Abruzzi that opened recently, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

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            1. re: phoenikia

              I had a lovely lunch at On the Fork in Museum London this week. It was the best upscale lunch I've had in London this year, after some hit or miss lunches at a couple restaurants on Richmond Row and near the Market.

              Artichoke cauliflower soup, followed by gnocchi with leek sauce and oxtail. This was the best version of gnocchi I've found in London. The leek sauce was tangy, with a lemony basil flavour. I'm sure I'll be back to On the Fork for dinner some time in the near future.

              Sent my friends to Abbruzi last night, and they really enjoyed it. One of them enjoyed the seafood stew more than the version at David's. I'm looking forward to trying it soon.

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              On The Fork
              421 Ridout St N, London, ON N6A5H4, CA

              1. re: phoenikia

                Had a chance to try Abruzzi today. Turns out the chef and one of the owners had been involved with On the Fork, prior to opening Abruzzi.

                Interesting chestnut & chickpea soup, good version of housemade orrechiette with rapini, roasted garlic and hot peppers, delicious light limoncello cheesecake. One of the better places to eat in London right now.

                Not much apart from the address & phone number on the website right now:
                www.abruzzi.ca

              2. re: phoenikia

                Ambruzzi is lovely. Great specials and true Italian food - not a plate full of starch and tomatoes.

              3. My faves:

                -Billy's Deli for breakfast
                -Hong Ping for Chinese
                -Shiki for Japanese/sushi
                -True Taco for legit Mexican tacos
                -El Pinolero for nacatamales
                -Bondi's for pizza
                -Rei dos Leitoes for rotisserie chicken
                -The Only on King
                -Thuan Kieu for Vietnamese