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Jul 31, 2010 10:30 AM

Affordable vegetarian and fish in Kensington or Central London

Where should my nutrition conscious but foodie sister hailing from Vancouver go for pescatarian menus in London from August 21st to 30th?

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  1. What a coincidence -- this recent post should work: -- the restaurants therein for Lebanese.

    Applebee's in Borough Market for great fish/seafood, cooked simply.

    Hix Soho has a number of good seafood dishes as well, just double check that there's no meat involved.

    Koya in Soho has a number of pescatarian dishes to go with their handmade soba.

    The Hunanese fish head with chilli at Golden Day in Chinatown is excellent (but ask for more chilli).

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    1. re: limster

      And vegetarian menus in the area?

      1. re: naturelle

        Yikes, typos (probably a freudian slip) - I meant that Koya has a a number of VEGETARIAN dishes that go with their handmade UDON.

        The Lebanese places also offer fairly extensive number of vegetarian dishes, even though their menus are omnivorous.

        1. re: limster

          Actually, I think you were half-right the first time - there's plenty of tasty fish at Koya. I like the Anglo-Japanese fusion smoked mackerel dishes.

          Otherwise? I've got to admit that, with regard to Western cooking, I generally prefer the vegetarian food in non-vegetarian restaurants (cooks motivated by ideology are not always the best, culinarily speaking...) One thing your sister may not get much of in Vancouver is South Indian vegetarian cooking, which is spectacularly good and just a tube-ride away, probably in East Ham (eg here: ).

      2. re: limster

        Applebee's? Really? I had one of the worst meals I ever had at one of the locations of that chain in the U.S., and that chain is known for horrible food in the U.S.

        On the other hand, I had an outstanding Hunanese lunch at Golden Day a couple of days ago and plan on going back later this week or so for dinner. If anyone wants to join us, please feel free to email me using the "email me" link that is on my website (linked in my profile).

        1. re: Pan

          It is not the same Applebee's... so don't worry about eating at the one at Borough.
          I know the U.S. chain, too... just a step above Ruby Tuesday. :-)

          1. re: zuriga1

            Yep - it's an independent fish market with a restaurant located in Borough Market. No relation at all to the US chain.

            1. re: limster

              What's funny is that I swear I saw an Applebee's near Piccadilly Circus that clearly was part of the U.S. chain, complete with the recognizable logo and appearance. Was I dreaming, or are two highly dissimilar restaurants with the same name coexisting in London?

              1. re: Pan

                Good question -- can't say I've seen the chain here, but I often miss stuff.

      3. I'd recommend she try Ottolenghi - there's a branch in Kensington and they're known for innovative salads and veggie dishes.

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        1. re: greedygirl

          I really like the salads at Ottolenghi too. The baked good are ok. Is this the branch in Nottinghill or is there another branch in Kensington?

          1. re: limster

            there's one just off ken church street - next to randa, about a 100 yards up ken church street as you go towards notting hill.

        2. For south Indian pescatarian in a more upmarket setting than East Ham, I'd recommend Rasa Samudra in Charlotte Street: And if your sister's prepared to venture as far as Stoke Newington, sister restaurant Rasa is even better and still very cheap.

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          1. re: sphamilton

            Also the very good Ragam just up the road in Cleveland St for South Indian food (closest tube Goodge St).

          2. If she's going to be in Kensington, Jakob's on the Gloucester Road is a friendly little Armenian cafe, which does great salads and vegetarian main courses, mostly organic apparently.

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            1. re: bodessa

              yes, jakob's is great. they've also recently opened up on fulham road.