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London restaurant recommendations near Aldgate East tube station

Watson Jul 16, 2010 09:34 AM

My husband and I will be in London for a total of seven nights in September. We will be staying near the Aldgate East tube station since that is near our son’s flat. We are looking for restaurant recommendations, particularly places for dinner, which would be within walking distance from where we will be staying (about 1 mile, or more if it’s not raining) since we appreciate a bit of a walk after eating. We won’t be doing all of our eating in the area, but would like to have a few choices as it would be more convenient for our son who will be working during the week.

By way of background, we’ve been to London a number of times before. In the area, we have tried the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, Miyako, Le Bouchon Breton and Needo Grill. We will likely return to Needo Grill because it was tasty and inexpensive and because we’ve never seen New Tayyabs without a massive queue. Whitechapel Gallery was good but we’re looking for other options.

I want to try St. John Bread and Wine as it was closed the last time we were in London. I have read many recommendations for Song Que. We may go to those places for lunch (without son) rather than dinner since Song Que is near the Geffrye Museum and St John is near St Barts Church, both places we might visit during our stay. Our only reservation so far is at Gordon Ramsay at Claridges. (We’ve enjoyed the five other Gordon Ramsay restaurants we tried.)

We are open to pretty much any cuisine although we have very limited acquaintance with some ethnic cuisines such as Middle Eastern. Being from Calgary, Canada, we won’t want to go to a steak restaurant. I have read some good reviews of the Eastside Inn. I’m also considering Bocca di Lupo and Magdalen, although the former would be a rather longer walk.

Also, can someone recommend a shop for good single malt whisky (Scotch) in the area near the Aldgate East tube station? Is there anything in the area like Milroy’s on Greek Street for whisky?

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    Fumanchow Jul 16, 2010 10:22 AM

    There are two excellent authentic "Indian" food places near Aldgate East station - Lahore Kebab House, and Mirch Masala. Both are run by people who know their North Indian Mughlai cuisine i.e. they are not the fake curry houses that abound in the UK.

    Both do excellent lamb chops - try the mixed grill.

    Incidentally, they do not serve alcohol, but are happy for you to bring your own! Can't get any better, can it?

    As regards your malt, buying it in duty free is the smartest move. If that isn't enough, Tesco or Sainsbury's will do the occasional deal....

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      Gav Jul 16, 2010 01:09 PM

      Please don't confuse St John B&W (adjacent to Christ's Church Spitalfields) and St John (close by St Bartholomew's in Smithfield). Tayyab's shouldn't be too hard to get into at weekday lunch (you can book). A couple of places to check out in the area; Rosemary Lane and Cafe Spice Namaste.

      For single malts, there's a branch of Oddbin's at the far end of Leman Street -> Dock Street that has a pretty good selection. Five minutes further on Vaughan Way is a branch of Waitrose that occasionally has good offers on malts.

      Enjoy your trip.

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        Theresa Jul 18, 2010 10:03 AM

        Try the Rivington Grill - it's about a mile away just off Old St. It serves modern and traditional English food and is excellent.

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