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London short trip (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Hereford Road, and a couple of hole in the wall Chinese places in Bayswater)

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D Hound May 19, 2011 03:15 PM

We were briefly in London, and had the chance to eat at Dinner, Hereford Road, Four Seasons (roast duck) and Goldmine (char siu).

We were regulars at Hereford Road back in 2008 when we lived in London. We loved it, again, this time. Still serving phenomenal British food. Very good ingredients, unfussy cooking. Beautifully rustic and robust British food. Chef Pemberton as involved as ever - checking and finishing pretty much every single dish out of his kitchen. He was there the day we went for lunch, he was there the day after when we went for dinner.

We visited Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. We liked most of our dishes, and were happy to have dined there. Meat fruit was excellent. So was rice and flesh - albeit a tad salty. THe pork chop was good but not memorable. Ditto for the powdered duck.

Lastly, our recollection of the delicious roast duck at Four Seasons and char siu at Goldmine proved accurate. WE loved those two dishes at said restaurants. Simple but delicious hole in the wall places.

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Hereford Road
3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB, GB

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    edub23 May 23, 2011 06:02 PM

    We'll be staying in Bayswater in about a month - my first trip to London. Really considering Hereford Road, but I wonder if they have enough seafood/vegetarian to keep a non-meat eater happy? (I'm not referring to myself, btw... ) Any thoughts?

    And hole-in-the-wall Chinese might be just the ticket, since we'll be looking for inexpensive ethnic choices at some point.

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    Hereford Road
    3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB, GB

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      Theresa May 24, 2011 01:14 AM

      Have you checked their menus on line?

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        edub23 May 24, 2011 01:01 PM

        Yes, but it's hard to tell portion sizes, etc. and whether my gf could get a satisfying meal there. (And I have to admit, some of the British food names are a bit puzzling.) Also, a place such as Hereford Road might be very accommodating to various dietetic needs, but I wouldn't know that without some CH advice.

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        Hereford Road
        3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB, GB

        1. re: edub23
          Peg May 24, 2011 01:42 PM

          What puzzles you?

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            edub23 May 25, 2011 12:10 PM

            Coolea, which I know is cheese, but that's all I know. Same with plaice, which I know is a fish sometimes used in fish and chips. Courgettes, potted crab, roe shoulder, eton mess, cashel blue, brill. Others as well, I'm sure.
            Now, mind you, I have access to google, and could look up each of these delicacies, and get several different opinions.
            Maybe I'd rather be puzzled?

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              Nancy S. May 25, 2011 12:54 PM

              Plaice -- delicate white fish
              Courgette -- Zucchini
              potted crab -- crab mixed with butter
              roe -- deer
              eton mess -- dessert
              cashel blue -- cheese
              brill -- another white fish

          2. re: edub23
            greedygirl May 24, 2011 02:21 PM

            Looking at today's menu, six of the starters are veggie/fish, and four of the mains.

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          zuriga1 May 24, 2011 04:33 AM

          It looks as if Hereford Road regularly has one veg starter and one main starter. I forgot to look for fish, but you could check to see what they offer.

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          Hereford Road
          3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB, GB

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