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May 26, 2013 09:22 AM

First trip to London

So I am off to london for first time, have been given some suggestions of restaurants and am looking for feedback- they are Moro, Hakkasan- looking for something in theater district- and Fifteen- only have 4 nights and would certainly like to go to a pub as well -keep reading about Rules any thoughts?? thanks

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  1. I'd be interested to hear what London-based/UK Chowhounds think of Moro - one of my friends had been there 3 times, and she said she still don't "get" it. Other than the vibe, the food were pretty meh.

    Go to Hakkasan if you want to try some very well-prepared, tasty Chinese in a slick, sophisticated space. I must confess that I first went to Hakkasan because it was featured in "About a Boy" where Hugh Grant took his date there. I thought the dim sum I had there was the best I'd had in London up till then.

    Rules - a *must-visit* for a taste of trad-British food. Beautiful dining rooms. An alternate spot is Simpson's on the Strand near the Savoy.

    6 Replies
    1. re: klyeoh

      I'm also interested to hear about Moro. It was on our shortlist for the last trip and will be for the next one - the nephew, who is half Spanish, has been selected to exhibit his final university photography project at the Truman Brewery gallery. Seemed like a place to take him for dinner.

      FWIW, I have the Moro cookbook and think it's brill.

      As for a positive recc, I know it's boring if folk keep mentioning their favourites - but another vote for Rules.

      1. re: Harters

        I think you and I are like a broken record on Rules H but would definitely recommend. Great setting fantastic cooking.
        As for fifteen, not been but heard it can be a bit meh. Also I think it's maybe a place that's very much of it's time which has now maybe passed.
        Haven't been to Moro for a long time but as Harters states the cookbook is great, especially the stuffed squide recipe.If you're thinking about Spanish how about Donosita? it's a Basque place in Marylebone and very good.
        For pubs. I went to the Jugged Hare last week and starters/bar snacks were very good (especially the gulls eggs and pigs head fritters and black pudding and lambs liver ) but the mains were merely ok. Also racked up quite a bill.Maybe consider the Harwood Arms (haven't been for about 3 years so not sure if it's still good. Also the Bull and Last in Highgate gets a lot of love on this board but not been myself.

        1. re: Paprikaboy

          We had a nice enough meal at the Harwood in 2010 but not one that merited its Michelin star. Nor, by any of the usual standards of definition, could you describe it as a pub, not even a gastropub. It's a pleasant enough neighbourhood restaurant that happens to be in a pub building.

      2. re: klyeoh

        Moro is a lovely place to eat but I have a feeling it is venerated by people of a certain age as it was groundbreaking in its time. I certainly feel that it has now been left behind and you can each much much better at that price point in London. There's nothing wrong with it particularly but certainly I wouldn't send any discerning food person there.

        Its tapas bar next door Morito is excellent though but not as good as donostia, opera tavern and Barrafina.

        Rules is fantastic, have the truffled macaroni with your game for real decadence. The bar upstairs is great as well.

        I would ignore Fifteen.

        Hakkasan is very good for Dim Sum - it depends where you come from really. I'd go for Min Jiang or Royal China though if you're going for Chinese.

        1. re: ManInTransit

          I haven't been to Moro for a good few years, but was one of my favourites at the time. Very good value, excellent food and wine.

          But guess it's been replaced by the many other excellent options to fine dining in London now (which I perceived Moro as being - superb food but without the silver service/white table cloth type places). There are so many great bistro/neighbourhood type places around these days that perhaps it isn't quite as special in it's niche as it used to be.

          1. re: ManInTransit

            i like Moro and enjoy the very buzzy atmosphere.

            however, in my experience a lot of the menu reflects dishes that are in the (three) books and when i've tried the restaurant versions they haven't been much different from my home cooked versions.

            so, for me, a decision to visit Moro is about the broader experience (incl. intersting wines) as i can eat "their " food at home often and easily enough.