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Holborn for Dinner [London]

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Hi.
I'll be meeting a work colleague in the Holborn area for dinner next week. We like most types of food--Asian, British gastropub, Middle Eastern. Just not Italian, and must have non-pork options.
Mid-price (about £20-25, not including wine). And a place where we won't be rushed out and can talk. They're coming from out of town so it would be nice if the restaurant had something British, interesting decor though not necessarily tablecloth fancy, or cool architecture.

Any suggestions?

Many Thanks!

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  1. Great Queen Street (32 Great Queen Street WC2B 5AA) is a nice gastropub with a pleasant setting, not to fancy, with very good food.

    1. Holborn is a little bit of a restaurant black hole. There is Pearl which is at the more expensive end, then Great Queen Street is a brilliant suggestion and at around about the right price point.

      Otherwise it's Italian, sushi or heading to Covent Garden.

      1. Moti Mahal is down the street from the above-mentioned Great Queen St. (you can't go wrong there), if you fancy some South Asian. I've never been but it's always recommended by others.

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        Moti Mahal
        45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, GB

        1. Asadal for good Korean food, Cigala for Spanish and tapas.

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          Cigala
          54 Lamb’s conduit Street, London WC1N 3LW, GB

          1. 28:50 is good - interesting wine, nice food (it just won a bib gourmand and is the sister restaurant to texture) and they're happy for you to linger.