D.C. Chowhound in London over Thanksgiving
We'll be in London Thanksgiving week, and I'd love to hear favorites. Our only commitment is St. John for lunch. One splurge meal, and delicious-yet-less-splurgey meals otherwise. I've read through some of the threads and gotten names, but would love some current favorite gastropubs (Cadogan Arms?) and restaurants (East Asian, South Asian particularly). And is Borough Market worth a visit? I'm hoping it is, but would like to hear a few thoughts on this.
If by East Asian you mean to include Chinese, the first place to go is London's mini-Chinatown. south of Shaftesbury Avenue, so you can take in a show after dinner. I like the New Diamond at 23 Lisle Street - a menu that goes beyond routine Cantonese, everything I've had there has been tasty and well presented, and unlike some other Chinatown places, they've always provided good service.
Try the Harwood Arms, Great Queen St or Anchor and Hope for a good gastropub (Cadogan Arms is ok but pricey). East Asian would include Vietnamese I guess? Head to Kingsland Road in Shoreditch or down to Chung Viet in Greenwich. Sedap on Old St is also excellent for Malaysian.
If you're willing to put in a bit of travel time to see an extremely South Asian area and eat some amazing food then I'd ride the District Line out to Thattukada in East Ham. It's a very good Keralan restaurant.
Shorter trips (on the same line) could take you to Gram Bangla, Needoo, Lahore Kebab, etc, but East Ham also has street stalls, Ananda Bhavan, Lahore Lahore Eh, Vasanta Bhavan and countless other South Asian places.
Also if you eat a lot of Ethiopian in DC and you're curious as to what it's like abroad you could try Eritrean or Ethiopian food at a wide range of places here.