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Late Dinner Recommendations: London

sgp Apr 2, 2011 09:37 AM

My wife and I will be in London for a short stay in May ( late Saturday to early Wednesday ) at the Hilton Metropole in Bayswater. We have made lunch reservation at the Bombay Brasserie (Sun), Hereford Road (Mon) and the Ledbury (Tue). We were looking for late (9:30 PM) and light dinners to complement these. Any suggestions for foodies from Los Angeles? Thank you, in advance, for your input.

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  1. limster RE: sgp Apr 3, 2011 03:45 PM

    I think most restaurants will still be open around 9:30pm, so you should have a relatively broad choice. Some places worth trying:
    - Sedap (Old Street) for Penang Nyona cooking
    - Alwaha (Westbourne Grove) for Lebanese
    - Indian Zing (Hammersmith) for Maharastrian
    - Wright Brothers (Borough Market) for seafood; Cornish crab particularly outstanding

    102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

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      sgp RE: limster Apr 3, 2011 06:14 PM

      Thank you for your recommendations, especially Sedap which I had missed in my prior research. I had a question arising from my ignorance about Indian food. Would Indian Zing be similar to Bombay Brasserie or will it provide a contrast?

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        limster RE: sgp Apr 3, 2011 08:30 PM

        It would definitely be different, to me they're roughly as different as a region of France vs a region of Italy, or different regions of China. While there's overlap in the range of spices, their application, as well as the use of ingredients seem quite distinct. It;s worth calling ahead to order their pohe (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702710). And the sprouted bean salad is superb.

    2. abby d RE: sgp Apr 5, 2011 08:40 AM

      barrafina in soho for excellent spanish tapas?

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        sgp RE: abby d Apr 6, 2011 06:13 AM

        Great suggestion for a light meal. Any must try items on the menu?

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          abby d RE: sgp Apr 6, 2011 07:42 AM

          I tend to focus on the specials, esp the seafood – razor clams are always good if they have them. Apart from that I always have the pan con tomate to provide bit of ballast so I can indulge in their wine list which is fabulous as it’s all by the glass – the Cal Pla is my favourite of their reds.

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            mjgauer RE: abby d Apr 6, 2011 09:27 AM

            The ham croquettes are always excellent (especially for snacking on whilst queuing at busy times).

            Also recommend the morcilla with fried quails eggs, the tuna tartar and the classic tortilla which is always a good staple. Only duff dish i've had there are the chicken wings.

            My favourite place in london for a casual buzzy meal - enjoy!

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              sgp RE: mjgauer Apr 7, 2011 06:34 PM

              Thank you both for your suggestions.

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