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yuyu Aug 17, 2012 03:41 PM

Looking to do a prix fixe lunch solo while in London. Any suggestions?? Am staying near the Tower Bridge but am willing to travel for food!

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    yuyu Aug 27, 2012 12:20 AM

    thanks for all the suggestions! what about high tea solo? not so concerned about the pastry selection more so the champagne and tea sandwiches!

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    1. re: yuyu
      Harters Aug 27, 2012 02:44 AM

      Lots of suggestions for tea on the board. Suggest you search on "afternoon tea", which is what we call it (and what it be shown on hotel websites as) - "high tea" is a very different thing altogether and never involves champagne.

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        Paprikaboy Aug 27, 2012 03:41 AM

        Afternoon tea shouldn't include champagne either.
        As Fergus Henderson say's in last weeks Metro ‘Champagne isn’t a disaster or terrible but let’s not encourage it.’


        1. re: Paprikaboy
          Harters Aug 27, 2012 04:18 AM

          I don't drink alcohol these days but my companion in life takes the view that any occasion is suitable for champagne.

          Thanks for the link, though. I have some sympathy with Fergus' viewpoint. And would certainly agree that the tea at Betty's is the one by which all others should be judged (some will surpass but not too many). There's an "underground" afternoon tea set-up in Huddersfield which came well recommended to me at another "underground" event and which I keep meaning to try.

      2. re: yuyu
        zuriga1 Aug 27, 2012 07:49 AM

        I can't remember for sure, but the tea at the Mandeville Hotel near Oxford St. had very good sandwiches and the room is next door to the bar. I can't imagine you couldn't order a champagne if needed. There are so many good choices in London...hope a search on the board here will give you some ideas.

      3. zuriga1 Aug 23, 2012 11:15 PM

        Last night I happened to see a program that featured an Indian restaurant near Tower Bridge.... Cafe Spice Namaste. The food looked interesting and tasty.. might be worth checking out for one of your meals. It may turn up in a search here - I remember the name.

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        1. re: zuriga1
          Harters Aug 24, 2012 01:55 AM

          Cafe Spice Namaste is listed in the Good Food Guide (Cooking 2 score). What looks particularly interesting from the write-up is a committment to seasonal British produce. There's mention of shredded roast mallard used in a dish, or a keema dish using Herdwick mutton. Now, in my book, Herdwick is a great breed of sheep to eat, particularly when it's really mature mutton and the idea of using it as keema sounds brill.

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            howler Aug 24, 2012 09:15 AM

            Cafe sp namaste is supposed to have parsi and Goan dishes. They are both very labor intensive cuisines, so I guess it's no surprise that Cyrus Todiwalla compromises - but still, it would be nice we're he to make a proper dhansaak.

            Anyway, there is a strange symbiosis between Parsi and Goan food - a lot of the cooks in Parsi households were/are Goan, so it was natural to get some Goan dishes thrown in with the regular fare at your Parsi friends house. I THINK that's what Cafe Sp is going for ....

            Finally, the meat everyone eats in India is goat, though it is referred to all over the sub continent as 'mutton'. So to actually use mutton is a bit of an in-joke, but probably a much better idea than lamb anyway, which really does not deserve 'Indian' treatment to begin with.

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              Harters Aug 24, 2012 01:32 PM

              By co-incidence, the restaurant featured on Celebrity Masterchef, last night. I thought the food looked bloody good and I'm definitely putting this place on my "to try" list for a future visit down south.

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                zuriga1 Aug 24, 2012 10:09 PM

                We are definitely going to try eating here, John. We thought the food made on the programme looked very tempting. We'll see who gets there first and what they thought.

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                  Harters Aug 25, 2012 02:06 AM

                  You'll probably beat us to it, June. We won't be in London until December for what we call our "Office Christmas Party". We're looking to the Ledbury for the meal but may be stopping a second night - in which case, I think we're going to be looking at Hedone in Chiswick which has had some very good comments by other egulleters. But we may go "ethnic" by way of a contrast with the Ledbury.

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                    zuriga1 Aug 25, 2012 08:38 AM

                    Well, you have some good eating in store - that's for sure! My list is now so long that I'll have to live as long as the others who reach 100.

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                      Harters Aug 25, 2012 09:01 AM

                      Lots to look forward to for you then, June.

                      My own list of local places only has 14 on it now - the fewest since we actually started the list in 2007 (five British, two French and one each of Afghan, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Cypriot, German and Syrian)

                      1. re: Harters
                        zuriga1 Aug 25, 2012 11:58 AM

                        Yes, and we especially need to get to the Ledbury and a few others. Even though we are close to London, the thought of paying so much for the train ride, plus dinner, is sometimes enough to make me eat closer to home. We are going to The Sportsman in 2 weeks... looking forward to that a lot.

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                          Harters Aug 25, 2012 12:56 PM

                          Hope you're going on a night when the Sportsman's running the tasting menu. We had that on our first visit and it's a stunner. Second trip was on our way back from France and we decided to stop the night in the area to go back. It was a weekend when they don't have the tasting. Meal was good but, in truth, not really any better than several good "dining pubs" that I know.

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                            zuriga1 Aug 25, 2012 11:03 PM

                            Sad, but this time we have to go on a weekend and for lunch.... family duties.

          2. re: zuriga1
            limster Aug 24, 2012 09:47 AM

            Ate there a while ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616953 -- not bad but not great.

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            ManInTransit Aug 20, 2012 01:49 AM

            Is there a particular reason why only Ramsay restaurants?

            Personally if you can afford it I would go to the Royal Hospital Road. It is 0% innovation but it's execution is still extremely high and probably the only one worth going to.

            Maze is a bit directionless since Atherton left - but you can get pretty good deals on it nowadays places like Toptable and it is a very nice venue.

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              yuyu Aug 23, 2012 02:42 PM

              there isn't any particular reason I asked for Ramsey only suggestions...other than to narrow the pot! I am open to suggestions. I will be staying near the Tower Bridge but am wholly unfamiliar with London at all. Also, i would like to stay away from seafood, or japanese suggestions as we get a lot of that in Vancouver.

              1. re: yuyu
                limster Aug 23, 2012 03:48 PM

                On Tower Bridge Road, go to Malting's Cafe for lunch. Cheaper yet better than most prix fixe lunches.

                The seafood here will likely be quite different from the Pacific varieties that you get in Vancouver. I suggest trying Cornish Crab and the local mackerel. Wright Brothers in Borough Market would be a good place to start.

                P.S. you will probably find the recommendations on this thread useful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864366

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                  ManInTransit Aug 24, 2012 01:32 AM

                  Limster's suggestions are good. If I were going solo prix fixe I would go to Pollen Street Social which is run by Jason Atherton - former Ramsay protege now doing even greater things on his own.

                  You are very close to Bermondsey Street so I would consider Jose, Zucca and Pizzarro as well.

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                amini1 Aug 19, 2012 09:02 AM

                I really enjoy maze and dining alone there is great as they have a food bar you can sit at. This is separate from the actual bar so you don't have people reaching over you to get drinks. Here's the lunch menu. http://www.gordonramsay.com/maze/menu...

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                  Harters Aug 18, 2012 02:31 AM

                  I see that all of the Ramsay group's high end places do a set lunch.

                  They seem remarkably well priced at between £25 - £45. So, for £45, you could be having lunch at one of only four Michelin 3* restaurants in the UK. That may well be one of the capital's best bargains.

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