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uniqueusername Feb 18, 2012 11:45 AM

If anyone knows, chowhound will know... Where in London (or anywhere even vaguely close to London) can I find a blooming onion? One of the deep fried cholesterol ridden beauties? Any ideas?

  1. sunshine842 Feb 22, 2012 06:03 AM

    My impression is that they're becoming something of a dying breed in the US, too -- seems like fewer places offer them. Outback of course, because it's one of their signature items -- but I didn't see too many of them on menus when I was in the States this winter.

    1. Kake Feb 19, 2012 11:05 AM

      I had one at the Texas Embassy Cantina a few years back: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/2483194575/ but (a) it was pretty terrible (still raw in the middle) and (b) it doesn't seem to be on their menu any more: http://www.texasembassy.com/foods.html

      However it might be worth asking them!

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        uniqueusername Feb 21, 2012 04:40 AM

        Thank you, I will check it out in any case. My friend is just about ready to book flights to the US just to get one!

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          Keith_ell Feb 21, 2012 04:55 AM

          They also used to do them as a starter at the Black and Blue chain of steak places, although they were called a "flowering onion" (my flatmate loved them). However; I think they changed the menu fairly recently and I don't think they made the cut.

          http://www.blackandbluerestaurants.com

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            uniqueusername Feb 22, 2012 03:42 AM

            oh no, so sad! Thanks for letting me know though, I'll keep an eye out for it there - you never know, there might be a special one day!

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              FarleyFlavors Feb 22, 2012 04:03 AM

              This isn't going to help either, but they had them on the menu at Outback steakhouse. I just checked online and it seems the last of the U.K. branches closed last year.

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                uniqueusername Feb 22, 2012 08:58 AM

                That was actually what sparked the conversation with my friend - we were planning a mission to Outback and then found out they were all closed!

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                  FarleyFlavors Feb 23, 2012 12:44 AM

                  You'd probably have been disappointed in any case. They always seemed to have trouble securing large enough onions.

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                    sunshine842 Feb 23, 2012 12:47 AM

                    I was wondering about that...I've seen some big onions on this side of the pond, but nothing the size you'd need to make a Bloomin' Onion.

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        Harters Feb 18, 2012 01:33 PM

        What's a blooming onion, please?

        I'm assuming that you're using the word "blooming" in a sort of floral sense, rather than as a polite swear word?

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          sunshine842 Feb 18, 2012 02:00 PM

          Heehee -- yes, it's a large sweet onion cut and soaked in cold water so it "blooms", somewhat resembling a chrysanthemum. It's a specialty of American chain restaurants, and looks like this:

          http://bestcopycatrestaurantrecipes.b...

          I think finding on in London is going to be a Herculean task.

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            Harters Feb 18, 2012 02:38 PM

            Thanks, sunshine. Now I've seen the photo, I'm sure I've eaten one on a trip to the States years back.

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              uniqueusername Feb 21, 2012 04:41 AM

              Hrm, maybe my best bet is to make one! Or perhaps I should petition MeatLiquor to put it on the menu...

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