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domenexx Mar 18, 2013 04:51 PM

Hello All,

It may be hard to believe, but I have a very hard time finding a good Indian Restaurant in London. I have been in Bombay Brasserie, Amaya and other high end restaurants as well a low end. B. Brasserie was very good same as Amaya, but this time I'm looking for a middle of the road kind of place with good solid Indian fare (not Bangladeshi/Pakistani). My list of potential candidates are Moti Mahal, Indian Zing, Star of India, Memories of India, etc. Any recommendations? I will be staying around the Kensington area. No issue with moving around.

Looking forward to your feedback.

Regards,

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    domenexx Apr 28, 2013 07:59 AM

    TRIP REPORT

    Hello! Just a brief summary of my recent visit to London. Plans changed and was not able to cover much ground. First night decided to go to a place near my hotel in the Gloucester Rd Tube station. Memories of India - Just Ok and basic. Pretty normal but with good service. Style Pakistani and Northern India. Will return again just in case of emergency assuming I stay in the same area again.

    Second night went to Zayna in the Mable Arch area. Again, style was Pakistani and Northern India. Very friendly and good service. Food was ok; does not know what it gets so high ratings and rave reviews. Will return? Not likely. Better to continue exploring other places.

    Last night I was very tired and not willing to even try other options in my list like Indian Zing, Thai 101 or Café Spice Namaste. I decided to go to a place walking distance from the hotel. Went to Thai Taste in Cromwell. Basic thai food but a very good options under my situation and location. I see myself returning again if I stay in the same hotel and does not want to explore further.

    I stayed in the Crowne Plaza Kensington.Highly recommended - Just a three minute walk from the Gloucester Tube Station.

    ATTENTION: We went to a restaurant in Breda (Southern Netherlands) called Salon de Provence. Please take note and watch this place carefully. It is a BIB Gourmand now but I will not be surprise will get at least one star soon. Had a tasting menu which in my honest opinion compares favorable with 3 starred places like Arzak, Martin Berrazategui and Akelarre in Spain Basque Country at a fraction of the cost. No, I'm not crazy just impressed but the execution by the chef who has experience working in 1 and 2 star restaurants in the past.

    Regards and thanks for the recommendations

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      Patra19 Mar 28, 2013 07:40 AM

      Hi,

      "Looking forward to your feedback"....

      "as well a low end" Which place ?

      "a middle of the road kind of place ".
      What is the defintiton of your "middle of the road kind of place" ?

      "I will be staying around the Kensington area". When ?

      "No issue with moving around". How far ?

      "not Bangla/Paki". Do you mean base sauce cookery ?

      Kind regards,

      Patra19

      1. Kavey Mar 21, 2013 01:04 AM

        When I want food that tastes like my mum's home cooking, I like Delhi Grill on Chapel Market in Angel.

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          brokentelephone Mar 22, 2013 12:01 PM

          When I want food that tastes like my mum's cooking I go hungry...!

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            domenexx Mar 22, 2013 01:24 PM

            Agree ! Went there last October and like it. This time going try something different.

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          2. PhilD Mar 19, 2013 07:52 AM

            I will get shot down in flames for this but I always though Haandi in Knightsbridge was really good mid tier. However it i very Northern so my fail the Bangladeshi/Pakistani test (does anyone else think P*k* is perjorative?)

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              domenexx Mar 19, 2013 08:20 AM

              No intention for been derogative. i have heard that term many time before as a shortcut of Pakistani. Sorry for the ignorance and thanks for the advise.

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                domenexx Mar 20, 2013 03:42 AM

                any experience with Cafe Spice Namaste, Quilon or the hyped up Chakra?

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                  Harters Mar 21, 2013 08:40 AM

                  December meal at Cafe Spice Namaste:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882743

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                  The Chowhound Team Mar 20, 2013 09:34 AM

                  Folks, we've removed a couple of posts here. We appreciate that everyone was genuinely friendly about it, but we try not to get onto 'that word is offensive' discussions on Chowhound, even when they're friendly, so we've removed a couple of non-food posts that went down that path. We hope everyone can refocus on the question of where to get great Indian food.

                  For the original poster, if you'd like us to edit the reference, you can use Flag to let us know and we'd be happy to do that.

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                    domenexx Mar 20, 2013 12:32 PM

                    Again, I will like to apologize if my post offended anyone. That was not the intention. Never imagined that term was derogatory. I go every year to the UK in multiple ocassions - used to live in Trinidad Tobago and honestly never thought the actual purpose of the expression had that negative purpose.

                    Thanks for letting me know

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                Harters Mar 19, 2013 02:59 AM

                Of those you mention, I've only eaten at Moti Mahal. I'd recommend it without reservation - it's one of my favourite places in the capital. The meal we had there in 2010 was one of the best of the year, of any cuisine. And I had a solo meal there this time last year that was also very good.

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                  domenexx Mar 19, 2013 03:31 AM

                  Thanks Harters!

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                    klyeoh Mar 19, 2013 04:27 AM

                    Apologies, domenexx and Harters, for barging in here and going off-topic, but I really need to share this anecdote with you. I was dining at the original Moti Mahal in Delhi a couple of weeks back (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893124) with a Delhi-ite colleague, and I asked him which was the *best* Indian restaurant he'd tried in the past year.

                    Expecting him to say Bukhara or Dum Pukht in Delhi, I nearly fell of my chair when he, unblinkingly, quipped without a moment's hesitation, "Dishoom in Soho, London".

                    LOL! Personally, I *don't* think Dishoom (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/877985) even ranks anywhere near the top of best restauarants in London but, there you go - the grass *does* seem greener on the other side of the fence :-D

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                      domenexx Mar 19, 2013 04:46 AM

                      Thanks Klyeoh !

                      This kind of surprises is what I'm referring to in my request. So many opinions and perceptions on this topic that make it difficult to narrow down your list of potential target. I have heard good and not so good things about the Dishoom. Soho as a location does not attract me too much to explore for good food. Still a candidate. Last time I went to Chowcki and liked the experience with the understanding that it might not be that authentic since it tries to please a broader audience.

                      Regards,

                      V

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                        klyeoh Mar 19, 2013 06:43 AM

                        I'd go to Moti Mahal as suggested by Harters, domenexx. And do post back your experience there.

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                          domenexx Mar 19, 2013 08:16 AM

                          Consider that a done deal ! Check by report on HK a few weeks ago also.

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                        Harters Mar 19, 2013 05:43 AM

                        "I was dining at the original Moti Mahal in Delhi a couple of weeks back "

                        No doubt, you can sense my envy :-)

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                          klyeoh Mar 19, 2013 06:38 AM

                          Doubtless, a must-visit city for *any* foodie, Delhi is also the most chaotic city I'd ever been to - some characters actually *looked* like they've stepped out of an Indiana Jones film set!

                          But the street foods were incredible. Just sharing with you some sights around Chandi Chowk, Delhi's old quarter and a veritable street food haven ...

                           
                           
                           
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                          zuriga1 Mar 22, 2013 01:25 PM

                          Sorry I missed this one... was away from my computer for a few days of rest.

                          That really is a cute tale. I think it's possible that I was among the first to try Dishoom when it opened. Maybe it seemed a bit like 'home' to your colleague. Maybe it's why I had a kosher hot dog in Paris the other day. :-)

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                            klyeoh Mar 22, 2013 02:43 PM

                            Hi zuriga1, I think it's more his fascination at encountering Dishoom's interesting blend of East and West - nothing like that exists in Delhi.

                            Back in London next month. Maybe we'll have a chance to catch up again.

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                              zuriga1 Mar 22, 2013 03:35 PM

                              Yes, let's find something interesting to munch on. My husband will come along this time. Start thinking!

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                                klyeoh Mar 22, 2013 05:37 PM

                                Sounds good :-)

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                                domenexx Mar 22, 2013 03:35 PM

                                Hello Klyeoh,

                                I learned I need to stay longer in London next month so I will give it a try. I was in my list during my previous trip back in October but never made it.

                                Thanks to all for the info.

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                                  klyeoh Mar 22, 2013 05:36 PM

                                  You meant Dishoom, domenexx? Mind you, the food's not meant to be authentic - more of a fun, casual place. The last time I was there, I spoke to a couple of their chefs and they are both Nepalis, not Parsis, let alone Mumbaikars :-)

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                                    domenexx Mar 22, 2013 09:52 PM

                                    Hello Klyeoh,

                                    Now you understand why i find it difficult to identify a ggod option for indian food in London. I heard good things about Chettinad. We will see and will play by ear. Last time in Hong Kong went to Above and Beyond at the Hotel Icon in Kowloon. Give it a try, very nice.

                                    Take care,

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                                      klyeoh Mar 23, 2013 06:50 AM

                                      There was a gathering of Chowhounds a couple of weeks back at Above and Beyond. I couldn't join in as I was in Delhi then.
                                      I'm in London again for a couple weeks in the second half of May (separate from my 2 week trip in April) - maybe we can arrange a Chowmeet with other London Hounds.

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                                        domenexx Mar 23, 2013 03:23 PM

                                        I will be there April 9th to 12th open to meet Chouwhounds if my agenda permits it.
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                                          Foodie94 Apr 5, 2013 05:59 AM

                                          I am up for a Chowdown between April 9-12 and another in the 2nd half of May! I just got back from a trip to NYC, where I lived until 5 years ago, so I need cheering up about London food. I'll start a new post to organize a meetup. Re Dishoom, the buttery house black dal, gunpowder potatoes, and okra fries are crave-worthy. It's great there's one in shoreditch now.

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                                            klyeoh Apr 5, 2013 06:13 AM

                                            I'm open for 9-12 Apr at this juncture. Flying into London this Sunday.

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                                              Foodie94 Apr 5, 2013 06:25 AM

                                              Cool. I started a new post to coordinate - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/897191 - and Fri 12 works best for me, or latish (8:30 or 9) on Tues 9th. Where would we go?

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                                                domenexx Apr 5, 2013 09:01 PM

                                                I had to delay my trip to the 21th. Looking forward to your reports !

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                                                  goldilocks76 May 12, 2013 12:16 AM

                                                  Hi, I'm a Londoner by birth, just moved back to London after many years of working in other cities and other countries. Would love to come to chowmeets and meet other London chowhounds. Is something happening in the second half of May? If so, can I join?

                                                  Also, are you all getting automatic updates when someone posts on the London board, or do you just check the boards very often?

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                                                    deansa May 13, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                    I use an RSS reader to get all the latest posts, so I don't need to try to figure out what's new and keep checking back. I use feedly, but there are many others around.

                                                    There may be one coming up. My email address is on my profile page, mail me your email address and I'll let you know if I hear anything.

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