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Ledbury? Launceston Pl? Other? [London]

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gothlig Sep 18, 2011 01:21 AM

Earlier in the year i enjoyed St Johns, Polpo, Bocco, Pollen St and Terroirs during my visit to London. One dinner this coming trip -- Ledbury or Launceston Place, or maybe something else? May have time for one other meal, likely lunch during the trip. Anything like Bocco or Polpo to suggest?

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Launceston Place
1 Launceston Pl, Kensington, Greater London W8 5, GB

St Johns Restaurant
24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6JB, GB

Ledbury
127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

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    mari mac Oct 13, 2011 02:49 PM

    I had an absolutely wonderful lunch at the Ledbury last week. Impeccable service and truly excellent dishes. I had only planned on a 2 course lunch but to my surprise was presented with 2 additional dishes, both fantastic. I highly highly recommend and am looking forward to returning.

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    Ledbury
    127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

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      rrems Sep 28, 2011 03:28 PM

      I haven't been to the others, but you could not possibly be dissatisfied with the Ledbury. Simply superb.

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        Snufflehound Sep 28, 2011 07:02 AM

        The Ledbury
        We ate here last night and it was simply gorgeous. The service was totally great and understated, no precious behaviour. The sommelier was utterly charming (and very funny) and most helpful without ever being patronising.
        AND most imporantly, the food was excellent. Divine amuses bouches (particularly the puree with a hint trufflIe and the quail egg with thin thin strudel texture pastry. ) I enjoyed a delicate crab dish with parmesan and courgettes (could have had a little more seasoning but that's so minor) and the fussy one had rabbit lasagne with girolles. Then lamb - a mix of the most melt-in-the mouth fillet (could have cut it with a fork, and just the right 'pink') and roasted, with green tomato juice puree and spinach, and roe deer for the fussy one, including a redcurrant reduction to a powder over puree. Divine. Both in raptures, and then a perky little passion fruit jelly with froth, followed by desserts. One banana galette and one figs dish.
        Only wish that we could afford to eat there all the time? Not a bit like Polpo, but a must. (I also love eating at Polpo and also Teriors and Barrafina.)

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        Barrafina
        54 Frith St, London, Greater London W1D 3, GB

        Ledbury
        127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

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          Nancy S. Sep 18, 2011 05:47 AM

          The Ledbury is my favorite restaurant in London. It's simply brilliant.

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          Ledbury
          127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

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          1. re: Nancy S.
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            ManInTransit Sep 18, 2011 06:36 AM

            The Ledbury is awesome and a great choice for your one big meal if you have never eaten then before in London.

            If you liked St John and Terroirs then perhaps one of the Arbutus/Wild Honey stable? Modern European food brilliantly executed. I went to Wild Honey last night and we have 6 courses between us which were all absolutely flawless and for that level of dining it is incredibly cheap. Both restaurants also do every sub £100 win on the list by the 250ml carafe which is an excellent innovation in my view. The service does leave something to be desired but as long as you aren't the sort of person to let that ruin a meal they come very highly recommended,

            If you liked Bocca and Polpo then perhaps Jose, Barrafina or Spuntino.

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            Barrafina
            54 Frith St, London, Greater London W1D 3, GB

            St Johns Restaurant
            24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6JB, GB

            Ledbury
            127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

          2. limster Sep 18, 2011 03:15 AM

            Are you looking for restaurants with similar ambiance, price range or cuisines? I'd recommend Jose or Bashan if the small plates aspect is what you're after, but they aren't French/Italian/British if the cuisine type is more important to you. .

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              zuriga1 Sep 18, 2011 04:25 AM

              I haven't yet eaten at The Ledbury, but I was more than happy with the excellent lunch (a real bargain) I shared with a friend at Launceston Place.

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              Launceston Place
              1 Launceston Pl, Kensington, Greater London W8 5, GB

              Ledbury
              127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

              1. re: limster
                limster Sep 18, 2011 07:26 AM

                To add a couple more, Alwaha and Ishbilla are also excellent for small plates if you order from the mezze section.

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