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Fine Dining & FUN London restaurants this Sunday/Monday Feb 28/March1

Marisa Dvari Feb 27, 2010 04:35 AM

It's been Nobu Nobu Nobu every single (frequent) visit to London because nothing else "fun" is happening on these nights.

Recommendations would be so appreciated!

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  1. zuriga1 RE: Marisa Dvari Feb 27, 2010 07:26 AM

    What's your definition of 'fun?'

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    1. re: zuriga1
      Marisa Dvari RE: zuriga1 Feb 27, 2010 07:41 AM

      Sorry! "lively" "people watching" "energy"

      It is very difficult to find very innovative, 'celebrity chef' cuisine and a fun scene. Perhaps the reason we eat at Nobu all the time in London, because formal restaurants with fabulous food are boring, and "lively" restaurants with a scene are uncomfortable and the food isn't the point.

      In Manhattan, Cafe Boulud (Daniel Boulud) could be a good example if the clientele was a bit younger and more exciting. Still, there is always a "buzz"

      I like Wolseley but go there too often as well. Someone suggested the sushi bar Roka (sp?)

      1. re: Marisa Dvari
        greedygirl RE: Marisa Dvari Feb 27, 2010 12:23 PM

        Try Hakkasan or Hix (Soho).

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          zuriga1 RE: Marisa Dvari Feb 27, 2010 01:07 PM

          greedygirl is younger than I and has good suggestions. I used to live near Manhattan and went to Cafe Boulud when I was younger... but I was old even then. :-) Even we oldsters can often make a buzz.

          I think Maze is good for people watching, and it's lively. You could try that one trip.

          1. re: zuriga1
            awinestory RE: zuriga1 Mar 4, 2010 12:30 PM

            Thanks everyone -- well (sigh!) guess where I ended up going in my Sunday - Tuesday trip? Wolseley and Nobu!!!

            I also met up with some fellow students in my wine program who went to Terroir (we were in the Basement, good food but s-l-o-w service) and alone I tried a restaurant called Garrison Public near my wine school. It was very good food for lunch.

            I'm going to be in London a lot so if anyone has a Nobu/Wolseley replacement that would be fab.

            I am entertaining on business and think I will book Marcus Wareing. I had been there with a group of four very late at night and liked the food and ambiance. Other thoughts?

            Oh, here is a photo from my Wolsely lunch as I see an "attach photo" icon.

            1. re: awinestory
              awinestory RE: awinestory Mar 4, 2010 12:30 PM

              I should explain the shrimp is from Wolseley - the others are of Garrison Public.

              1. re: awinestory
                helen b RE: awinestory Mar 4, 2010 01:37 PM

                I'd look at Roka, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Hix, Polpo, Dean Street Townhouse and Galvin la Chapelle.

                Role call of either the new/in/buzzy/yum!

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