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May 12, 2012 02:16 PM

London/Edinburgh Next Week.

Hello All! There are quite a few posts like this that I have already looked through, but none that hit exactly what I was trying to do right on the head. I need a little bit of help. My husband and I are all set to go the UK next week and have the eating schedule below planned - I really need some advice and help with the question marked mealtimes. This is our first vacation since our honeymoon to Montreal seven years ago and I hope to make it really nice! We love good food and we love greasy food as you will see from the proposed list below - let those comments fly....

London -
Lunch - Great Queen Street
Dinner - J. Sheekey Oyster Bar (did I mention we are trying to be as frugal as possible?)
(chose J. Sheekey for proximity to theatre district)
Drinks (after play) - ???

Breakfast - St. John Bread and Wine (only time that works out)
Lunch - The Queen's Larder, Russell Square (close, sorf-of, to Kings Cross Station)
Dinner - Edinburgh - Whiski
Late Night - Edinburgh - Cafe Piccante for greasy fried food (my husband's insistence for a Munchy Box)

Lunch - Kitchin in Leith

Then with friends until Sunday night dinner back in London, staying in the West End - looking for a fabulous Indian restaurant and don't really want to go all the way cross-town to Tayyabs??Help.

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  1. J Sheekey is not greasy at all.

    If you really want to be frugal near the theatre district I would go to Wong Kei, in Chinatown. You can get greasy there, and it's CHEAP and cheerful. It's nothing special, truly, it's probably a lunch place, but the value for money is right. J Sheekey is nice but really not cheap, it's fish after all.

    I would be vary wary of Indian restaurants outside Southall tbh, I think you might be pushing your luck in the West End. You can find curry of course, but what you really want is tandoori lamb chops fresh off the grill, seekh kebabs, and naan breads fresh out of the tandoor, and you will only find that in places with a large Pakistani population.

    You might consider St John Hotel for breakfast, rather than Bread & Wine, depending on which location suits Also you could eat there instead of J Sheekey, it's in the same area.

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    1. re: mikehunt69

      Thank you for your kind tips! Yes, we will check out St. John hotel instead - I didn't even know that existed, but the breakfast menu is much more extensive than B& W.

      I didn't really mean that J. Sheekey was greasy - I thought that we could just save money going to the Oyster Bar instead of the original restaurant. I thought that the munchy box in Edinburgh might be the greasy highlight of the trip...

      What are the neighborhoods with a large Pakistani population? Advice is well appreciated and if you are ever near the Chicago area I would be glad to return the fav.

    2. for central indian, search for dishoom (cheaper) and moti mahal (pricier, more formal, opposite great queen street). I also like chowki (cheaper) which does regional menus but i've not been for a while. less central is rasa samudra on charlotte street does nice keralan food.

      for your post-theatre drinks - hix for cocktails, terroirs for interesting wine, gordon's for a bit of london grime and character or the criterion for somewhere quiet in a pretty setting.

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      1. re: abby d

        Thank you, thank you abby d for your suggestions! Dishoom seems to be a fun spot and I am excited about the options for the perfect drink after the play. Just can't wait to get there!
        Thanks again.

      2. Truly Indian near London Bridge for excellent Pujabi-ish food. Ragam in Bloomsbury for dosa.

        1. If you want curry, I like Rasa Sayang, in Chinatown. It's Malaysian. Lontong/sayur lodeh, roti canai, and sambal petai are my favourites.

          I eat there quite regularly.

          It helps if you are familiar with Malay/Indonesian food, they are quite uncompromising in terms of dumbing down for Westerners, the service is brusque, but it's cheap and quick enough that you can try it and move on, no harm done.

          1. keep an eye out for pre theatre and lunch menus if your trying to save money, both of these are great value, well regarded and within strolling distance to theatre land:

            £15.95 for 2 courses or or 3 courses for £17.95 at les deux salons

            or £18.95 for 2 courses or 3 courses for £20.95 at Arbutus (run by the same people and has a michelin star