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Advice for central London eating (with 2 kids) Feb 3-6

tegia Jan 26, 2012 04:33 AM

Hello all! We are traveling to London Feb 3-6 and have 6 meals to plan. We have two kids in tow so we'll be staying central which precludes any trips out to the 'burbs to hunt down the best.

Our objectives are: Pakistan, Thai, Lebanese, Mexican, Chinese, and Indian.

We've narrowed the list down to:

Pakistan: Tayyab's (old standby favorite)
Thai: Patara or Busaba? Any central options that are better? 101 in Hammersmith is too far east.
Lebanese: YallaYalla
Chinese: Bar Shu or Mr. Kong's -- or any other Chinatown standby
Mexican: Chilango's on Chancery Lane or Benito's Hat (Goodge St) or Tortilla (Oxford)
Indian: Wide open here

Any suggestions much appreciated-- kids are hyper so nothing elegant or luxurious. Just good food.


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    pj26 RE: tegia Jan 26, 2012 08:00 AM

    Just to note that Chilangos and Benitos Hat are more Tex Mex than Mexican and are kind of fast food, although you can sit in. I'd head to Wahaca (Covent Garden or Soho) if I were you, will be great for the kids.

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      tegia RE: pj26 Jan 26, 2012 08:21 AM

      Thanks for the Wahaca tip- will put that down.

      Indian, anybody?

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        gembellina RE: pj26 Jan 26, 2012 09:05 AM

        Though be warned that Wahaca doesn't take reservations and the wait for a table can be very long which might not be ideal for hungry kids. If you go early, maybe 12pm or 6pm, you can probably beat the rush.

        I think Dishoom for Indian would be good for kids.

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          Paprikaboy RE: gembellina Jan 26, 2012 10:21 AM

          Agree Dishoom would be good for kids but they only take reservations for breakfast and lunch, not for dinner unless it's for a table of six or more.

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            tegia RE: Paprikaboy Jan 27, 2012 01:52 AM

            Thanks for Dishoom recommendation. What about Thai? Anything better than Busaba or Patara for central Thai?

          2. re: gembellina
            malino RE: gembellina Jan 29, 2012 02:06 AM

            Or go to Wahaca in Canary Wharf for dinner. When I used to work out there (about a year ago) you could always get a seat, even on a Friday night. It's just a few stops on the Jubilee line.

            New World in Chinatown is great for dim sum, they still have the little trolleys that you pick food from. I also like sichuan food from Red'n'hot, but it might be too spicy for the children.

            I like Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street for Thai.

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