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Saturday lunch in Finsbury Park [London]

Haverfoodie Sep 12, 2011 04:33 AM

I'm moving to Finsbury Park/Manor House and want to go out for a big lunch with my parents. We are adventurous eaters who like a variety of cuisines. I've done some research on chowhound and the internet in general, and I've come up with: Little Sardegna, Il Baccio, Dotori and Chez Liline as possibilities although I'm very interested in other places to eat, too.

There are some conditions:
The restaurant must be walkable (I live between the tube stations)
My mum is a coeliac so there need to be multiple things that don't contain gluten for her to eat.
No more than £20 per person (before drinks and tip).
The restaurant needs to be open for lunch.

Is Chez Liline still worth it? I've read a mixed bag of reviews. As neither of my parents like sushi, should I eliminate Dotori from the list?

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks all.

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    brokentelephone RE: Haverfoodie Sep 12, 2011 05:24 AM

    Dotori is a korean / japanese hybrid and sushi can definitely be avoided (they have 2 sections of the menu, one korean one japanese). That said, its not thaaaat great if your parents are coming down for a special meal.

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      gort RE: brokentelephone Sep 14, 2011 11:52 AM

      Based on our meal there, I'd say that the sushi not only can be avoided but should be avoided. A few people in our group ordered rolls, and they were lousy. The Korean food is MUCH better.

      Is Green Lanes too far to go? We had an excellent meal at Diyarbakir on our last visit.

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        Haverfoodie RE: gort Sep 14, 2011 02:53 PM

        Is it Turkish? What sort of food is it? When I type Diyarbakir into google it auto-suggests Diyarbakir Prison.

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          zuriga1 RE: Haverfoodie Sep 14, 2011 11:16 PM


          That was the only review I could find. When searching Google, I always put London restaurant after a name.. sometimes it helps but not always.

          1. re: zuriga1
            gort RE: zuriga1 Sep 15, 2011 07:22 AM

            Sorry, yes – it's Turkish. No alcohol, cash only and a very casual setting, but the food was delicious. We had a couple of the soups, lamb ribs, liver, adana kebab, a mixed plate and some salads. No complaints about any of it.

    2. limster RE: Haverfoodie Sep 12, 2011 08:21 AM

      Have eaten at Chez Liline 3 times, most recently in Feb this year and all were great. Updates would be great since it's been a while. Would probably be very close to £20 per person for food.

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