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Oct 11, 2012 01:52 PM

Cook's Cook Shop in Central London/markets/cheapo eateries request, anyone?

does anyone know of one that i can visit pls?looking for equipment from utensils to bakeware.

am staying 5mins away from Euston St. and would like to make this visit a foodie themed w/e.

going to visit borough (i know, i know it's over hyped/priced etc), pimlico and marylebone markets too - if anyone has got anything else to suggest then that would be helpful too.

and lastly, cheapo eats. whether it's from a stall or from a cafe... looking for authenticity, not bothered about decor, just flavours and vibrancy in the dishes.. am keen on all kinds of asian/med/mid.eastern etc..

thanks in advance

ps. tis my first post, so treat me kindly! thanks!!

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  1. In terms of your cheapo eats I think you'll need to be more specific about what you consider cheap and also asian/med/middle eastern etc covers a lot of ground and there are loads of options in London.
    Try searching for Indian, Spanish Lebanese etc.

    I can help with the cook shop though. You're not far from Divertimenti on Marylebone High St.

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    1. re: Paprikaboy

      well, anything that a students can afford to pay - guess, at a stretch £7 for mains.. won't be bothered about wine or anything. am used to cooking an array of oriental dishes from cantonese/hakka, some korean and japanese. some iranian/italian/spanish dishes too. last time i came to visit, had enjoyed a cheap grilled fish stall in portabello once for about a fiver.. altho' it came with fries (not great, but at least there was some carbs, and salad)

      isnt' divertimenti rather posh? or is this the best one that is closest to me? thanks paprikaboy for your quick reply!

      1. re: irridium

        Divertimenti is quite posh so probably not a good rec for a student.
        If you're prepared to travel the you can get good Indian/Sri Lankan food in East Ham or Tooting at reasonable prices.
        Tooting is easier to get get to from Euston and I really like Apollo Banana Leaf on Tooting Broadway.
        If you want central London then Bonda on Sussex Gardens near Paddington station is a good Malaysian canteen. I also like Patogh on Crawford St off Edgware Rd. it's a Persian place and it's about £7 for grilled meat, salad and giant breads iirc.
        Quite close to where you are staying on Eversholt St up near Camden is Asakusa which is a good Isakaya. Prices are quite reasonable.

        I'm sure others will chip in with more options.

    2. Hi,
      for cookery equipment,
      as you have posted here
      you will probably know about
      9A Gerrard Street W1D 5PN

      As for cheap eats near Euston :

      Kind regards

      1. You're quite close to the cluster of ethiopian places on caledonian road - I've only ever been to marathon, and I recommend that on an absolute rather than relative scale, and it's pretty cheap for the area.

        I also tried the Azeri place, also on Caledonian road right near kings cross a couple of weeks ago. It's interesting, particularly if you order some of the more persian-sounding dishes and probably more in your price range than a lot of places in London.

        There's also a Korean place - spicy grill I think it is - on Golder's Green high street, so straight up the northern line, which does very reasonably priced lunch deals.

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        1. re: lacemaker

          thanks for all your replies, folks. i would be interested in buying decent quality brands as opposed to cheapo versions that most non-foodie ppl buy. mainly stuff for piping or tins.

          once again, thanks. i'll work out which restaurants that i can get to in relation with the markets..

        2. Have you looked at the Lakeland website? Their stores aren't really in London proper, but they're everywhere in the suburbs.. Kingston, Epsom etc. Their products are good quality and don't usually break the bank. You can get the things delivered.

          1. Cheapo eateries suggestion:

            - Mooli's: cheap (~£5-6) but absolutely yummy Indian wraps in the heart of Soho (Frith Street) ( The Goat mooli is the best and most flavoursome in my opinion

            - MEATliquor: tasty burgers (~£6-7) packed with bold flavours (citrusy tang from pickles is quite strong). there's often a queue (


            - Kopitiam: inexpensive (~£6-7), tasty Malaysian food at 67 Charing Cross Road. Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Wa Tan Ho, Chicken Curry Laksa are especially commendable there