Clerkenwell Area Suggstions?... [London]
Hi...staying in the area, and would love any suggestions in the greater Clerkenwell neighborhood, including Exmouth Market, Smithfield Market, and further north towards Angel underground station...
Already have Moro on my radar, and have been to (and enjoyed Caravan)...and have been to the St. John Bread and Wine several times in the past and plan to go to the Smithfield one...
All cuisines, all price ranges...thanks much...
On Exmouth Market, I also liked the Ambassador.
Also, the Coach and Horse just off Farringdon Road -- a very nice gastropub, and have been meaning to go back to try their self-cured hams.
Around Smithfield Market -- Comptoir Gascon for duck fat fries. Saki for pretty good and slightly modernised izakaya food.
Further north, in St John's Sq and on Old Street are Bistro Bruno Loubet and Sedap.
Charles Lamb is closer to Angel; great pub and with well composed food. The Compass is ok foodwise, but loved their dessert.
What's the word on Portal?
I second Comptoir Gascon.
I also recommend Vinoteca, which is around the corner from Comptoir Gascon. Technically a "wine bar" (great wines by the glass) but the food is excellent. It does get crowded and they don't take reservations so it is easier to arrive a bit early. If you are not in the mood for a full meal, this also makes a good quick stop.
Around Exmouth Market, Santore has excellent pizza and antipasti. Have had some good pasta as well, but the pizza is the best (giant pizza oven)...
For Japanese food, Tajima Tei, on Leather Lane is very reliable and always full of Japanese businessmen. Unfortunately, they are only open on weekdays.
Great!...thanks to both of you for all of these...i'd passed by a few of them in the last two days and was curious...
Tonight, i went to a new Italian place called Renaissance (on St.John St, south of Rosebery): nice staff and adequate food, and worked nicely as a quiet date restaurant, but not chowish really...after, we wandered south to St. John for a great dessert (chocolate cake w/ cherries), which eclipsed the whole Italian meal completely...
Will try some of the above suggestions (Saki, Tajimi Tei, and Vinoteca especially), as well as Moro, and will report back...
Don't forget The Eagle, the place that started all the gastropub fuss. Still great food generally in a no frills pub setting.
There isn't (a Smithfield Bread and Wine).
Has anyone ever been to Passage Cafe? I've heard good things and the menu has all the hallmarks of it being great. Its right by Bruno Loubet and the Modern Pantry. I might go soon and report back.
Oh and there's also HIx Oyster and Chop House.
Two spots that haven't been mentioned - Medcalf, next to Moro, is an old favourite. Scruffy, relaxed, trendy-ish spot.
The Old China Hand, just off Rosebery Avenue - an old Irish pub serving great dim sum. What a combination!
And a second recommend for the Charles Lamb - the best pub in the area, imho.
You must try Club Gascon (57 West Smithfield). It is higher end, but so amazing, especially if you fancy foie gras. You also asked about Angel. Try Ottolenghi (think healthful, prepared salads which you can take out or eat on premises there, but just at that location). Here are a few other suggestions for other neighborhoods in London (lots of Marylebone) which I just posted: http://favabeansandchianti.com/2010/0...
I hope you find it useful.
I went to Ottolenghi with a little bit of trepidation. It has all the hallmarks of style and hype over substance. I needn't have. It really is fantastic, and they do have some absolutely brilliant unhealthy cakes and pastries if too health-conscious a meal might be a put-off.