London - recent trip to London and reporting back
Use to live in London and just recently returned for a visit. Here are some of my thoughts on dinners.
Aglio Olio on the "beach" portion of Fulham Rd is still awesome. My party had the beef carpaccio, parma ham with smoked mozzeralla to start...all as memorable as before. Mains varied from Lasagna, the penne with tuna and I got Veal Milanese. Now Veal Milanese is not typically on the menu, but they always used to accomodate me and did so that evening. AWESOME. Great value wine list as well.
Tendido Cero - on Old Brompton Rd, again still as good as before. The usual problem of them rushing you and over-crowding still exsists, but I guess that is part of the charm. We were a party of 8 so had to get the set menu. But actually all it is, for 25 quid pp each person gets to choose 3 dishes (not the Patra Negra Ham) so if you choose correctly its a good value. The wine list seems to have improved to me and gotten better price wise. No one dish to recommend as all were amazing.
Automat - very disappointing. I guess I should have known that an American visiting London, should not go to an American type place. The USDA steak was not seasoned at all and grilled not actually cooked like in US. The setting itself was cool and the bar in the back would make me come back. My party seemed to like it a lot, so I have to toss this to poor ordering on my point.
The Guinea - I know there are a lot of people who are skeptical about this. But I have to say it has never disappointed. I got the Smoked Salmon to start and the Steak and Mushroom pie, both were excellent. my party got steak and kidney pie, lamb chops, and steak....they loved their choices. To top of the evening by hanging in one of the oldest pubs in London is a real treat. Great night!!!
Automat is an insult to the memory of Horn & Hardart. :-) I had the worst macaroni and cheese of my life there. But I don't understand about your steak. Don't we Yanks often grill steaks? How are they cooked in the U.S.? Maybe you mean they broiled the steak?
That veal Milanese sounds very tempting - I sure miss good veal dishes here.