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Jul 13, 2013 04:40 AM

London - new(ish), informal and good?

My daughter is looking for London eateries along the lines of Moro and Otto Lenghi. Interesting and good but not formal or expensive. She can't find any so we'd be very grateful for suggestions.

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  1. Moro and Ottolenghi are both in London so she could start with them. Lots of innovative and good tapas bars and small plate places like Polpo across London and a quick search of the board gives lots of ideas

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    1. re: PhilD

      PhilD, if you only had one dinner, would you choose Moro or Nopi?

      1. re: prima

        Both good - so choice would depend where I stayed as in different parts of town

          1. re: PhilD

            Nopi? Is it suitable for my daughter? ( i.e. similar in style to Ottolenghi, Moro and Honey and co)

            1. re: Fuffy

              The food in Nopi is great - but it's definitely on the expensive side. Stick to Honey & Co if you don't want to spend too much.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  And Ottolenghi alumnus own and run Honey & Co

        1. Has she tried Great Queen Street?

          1. Honey & Co. in Bloomsbury for Israeli food is excellent; chef is ex Ottolenghi iirc.

            Pizzaro for Spanish; superior to Moro. The iberico presa with rye and pineapple is superb, balancing brawn and sweetness.

            If small plates is the theme, try Baiwei in Chinatown for various Sichuan/Hunan and Northern Chinese dishes.

            Terroirs for nice wines and a mix of Italian and French small plates. Not new, but good.

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            1. re: limster

              Jay Rayner gives Honey & Co an excellent review in today's Observer.


              1. re: Harters

                Thanks, John - good timing. My son and granddaughter will be here starting tomorrow, and if we can brave the heat, maybe we'll give this a try.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  Have a great visit from the family, June.

                  1. re: Harters

                    Thanks, John. They're going to Edinburgh for a few days, too. I'll need a rest by then. :-)

                2. re: Harters

                  As did MoL in the Guradian back in October last year - Jay is slipping he usually reviews on the same weekend as his colleagues at he Grauniad.

                  1. re: Harters

                    Damn - will be even harder to get a table now!

                    I loved Assiette Anglaise in Islington - it's an all-day brasserie with a great-value lunch option. We went for dinner, and the service and cooking was spot-on.

                3. Some excellent recs already.
                  I think Donostia a Basque place on Seymour St near Marble Arch would suit. Not new (been open just over a year I think) but very relaxed and excellent food.

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                  1. re: Paprikaboy

                    My daughter lives in London - likes Moro, Ottolenghi and yes Honey and co too. The theme isn't small plates but similar interesting, not swanky, food and places. Thanks very much DavidT, limster and Paprikaboy we'll follow up your suggestions.

                    1. re: Fuffy

                      If the criteria is interesting, non-swanky, the various places in East Ham deserve a mention -- read some of JFores' posts - e.g. Lahore Nihari, the various chaat stands, a bunch of southern Indian veg places including the branches of Chennai Dosa.

                      Sedap qualifies as well -- Penang style nyona. Tuk Din for Malaysian. The Heron for NE Thai. Al-Waha for Lebanese. Pitt-Cue for BBQ.

                      And although Brixton Village/Market has changed quite a bit, several of the older places that put them on the map are still good.

                  2. Also Brawn, Terroirs, Green Man and French Horn, pretty laid back but excellent food and wine.

                    And the suggestion of Polpo, and their sister restaurants Mishkins, and Spuntino also worth checking out.

                    I had another fantastic meal at Opera Tavern over the weekend, just sat at the bar with a few tapas, can be as expensive or cheap as you want it to be dependent on your appetite!