London Paddington with a tween
Hi guys, I need some help. I was put in charge of arranging a trip to London for my uncle and his family. They are two adults and a tween girl. My uncle is older, a rather adventurous eater and a great cook, while his GF and DD are younger and fairly unadventurous. They'll be staying in a hotel near the Paddington station at the (in)famous Sussex st.
I have most lunches and an afternoon tea covered, I'm looking for some decent options near their hotel. It should be something British and simple (given their very different tastes) and maybe something the girl would find not totally uncool (although I have no idea what she might find cool other than the color pink). The food must be very good although not fussy or too sophisticated. No hard core nose-to-tail or tasting menues. The price should be around 15-20 pounds for main course or less.
I was thinking about these types of establishments: a simpler gastro pub, a fish and chips (do you call it chippery?) and a general not too authentic Indian place (here, for comparison purposes, I love Eriki @ Finchley rd). Also a decent, not necessarily authentic sushi place would be great. Are there such good places in the area?
Thanks very much!
"a fish and chips (do you call it chippery?)". A Chippy
9 Porchester Road W2 5DP
"a general not too authentic Indian place"
Lunch2Go for a tester takeaway
50 Connaught Street London W2 2AA
"a simpler gastro pub"
"a decent, not necessarily authentic sushi place"
129 Baker Street W1U 6SD
"maybe something the girl would find not totally uncool"
23 - 25 Queensway W2 4QJ
More distant :-
I've been to See a number of times but usually have the bento boxes for lunch. I have had the sushi and it's decent but no more than that,
For fish and chips there's Mickys fish bar on Norfolk St , opposite St. Mary's hospital. This is very near the OPs hotel.
The fish is good as long as they have just been cooked, the chips are so so.
There a quite a few bog standard curry houses in the area.
I've only been to the Ganges on Praed St. This was quite a long time ago but it was ok for. what it was.
For what you want Paddington is not the best area. If Lebanese, Persian or Malaysian food would be considered then I think the recs would be much better.
"Hereford Road" is close and a bit nose to tail but has a menu that covers all bases - so should satisfy the adventurous and the conservative. Very solid British cooking from a talented chef with strong reputation - IIRC good reviews on the board.
Never heard "chippery" in my day it was "chippy" - but who knows maybe its the hipster speak and we are about to see a move from US influence fast food to good old British standards - F&C taken back to the basics. I look forward to earnest young chefs and bloggers debating the merits of different frying oils and potato varieties; the hot debate about whether beer should be used in batter for real British F&C or is it a dastardly invention from the new world; is "non brewed condiment" ever a replacement for malt vinegar; which pea variety mushes better; how sweet and glossy should curry sauce be; and how big should a saveloy be for a satisfying end to a Friday night down the pub?
Chippy, yes, that's what I heard... well, as English is an acquired language for me, I hope the mistake can be forgiven :-)
Your talk about the F&C debates got me salivating :-) I so hope to be able to get to London soon and taste some great British F&C. I've been going almost every year but I'm ashamed to say that I've never had F&C there. I had some in Scotland on my honeymoon some 8 years ago. I don't know how I could have survived without some great fried fish! but we have some excellent fried cheese here in Prague :-)