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J Sheridan Jul 23, 2013 05:41 AM

Is there anywhere decent to eat a fairly casual lunch in Golders Green? We have reached Number 13 on our numerical bus ride extravaganza and that's where it ends. According to Time Out all the restaurants and cafes are pretty dire and the only one on Chowhound - Spicy Grill - gets a big thumbs down on another site.

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    Harters RE: J Sheridan Jul 23, 2013 06:22 AM

    I suppose you could swap "decent" for the interesting experience of eating kosher (assuming they are not decent)?

    I know Blooms closed a couple of years back but, presumably, there are still other "old school" traditional places

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      dcfly1 RE: J Sheridan Jul 23, 2013 07:36 AM

      I'm Korean and I can vouch for Spicy Grill being good, personally my fave Korean place outside of New Malden.

      I would also recommend Likya - my personal favorite Turkish place in London and an incredible value. They give you a ton of food and the grilled meat is delicious.

      1. Paprikaboy RE: J Sheridan Jul 23, 2013 11:10 AM

        Loving the idea of the bus extravaganza.
        Can't really help you with Golders Green (being a sarf London boy)-unless you're interested in a pace that does really bad salt beef sandwiches.
        I assume that you're doing them in order and wondered if you took the number 3 to Crystal Palace and where you ate there?

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          lacemaker RE: J Sheridan Jul 25, 2013 03:33 AM

          We tried once at one of the Jewish places and were extremely unimpressed. There's a Japanese place, just across the road from the bus interchange (which would be convenient I suppose) about which I think I've heard good things. There's a significant Japanese community in the area, so that would be my pick.

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            brokentelephone RE: J Sheridan Jul 25, 2013 04:30 AM

            Excellent koher Israeli felafel (2 types -- herbed and plain) at Pita (98 GG Road); certainly the best ive had in london.

            Local Friends is (one of) the best Hunanese restaurant(s) in London -- just make sure you ask for the special Hunan menu.

            Jewish wise, I've had meals at White Tower (or whatever it is currently called) which is located near the bridge that runs over GG Road. It may currently be a steakhouse though, and likely expensive and possibly bad unless you get something like a jerusalem grill -- all sorts of kosher offal grilled on the charcoal. Can't recommend, just remember eating there once or twice.

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              zuriga1 RE: brokentelephone Jul 25, 2013 07:39 AM

              I think the best Jewish cooks migrated to NY. I've had few Jewish dishes in London that could compare. :-)

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              FooDiY RE: J Sheridan Jul 25, 2013 12:08 PM

              Go to Old Tree--it's a great little Taiwanese cafe with a huge menu. I've been eating my way through it and most things are really good, but definitely get the deep fried chicken with basil.

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                brokentelephone RE: FooDiY Jul 26, 2013 04:39 AM

                Oh yah thats a good idea too.

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                J Sheridan RE: J Sheridan Jul 26, 2013 01:11 AM

                In the end we went to Sami, on GG Road. Iraqi Jewish I think and we had a mostly very good array of starters - particularly delicious hummus, Moroccan cigars, aubergine salad. Ashkenazi dishes like latkes were less well done. The naan-style Iraqi bread with za'atar was excellent.

                There are some interesting delis and a good baker along the road as well.

                Paprikaboy, I'm afraid we didn't do the 3 for some reason - will have to revise our schedule. Any tips for Crystal Palace?

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                  Paprikaboy RE: J Sheridan Jul 27, 2013 12:38 AM

                  JS

                  There are loads of places to eat in Crystal Palace but a lot of them are mediocre and there's only a few I eat at regularly.

                  Mediterranea - Sardinian place, their fish and pizzas are really good.
                  Domaili- veggie place but does do some fish..
                  Mi Cocina Es Tuya - Cafet Latino- Venezuelan cafe. Small and simple food but tasty.
                  The Alma- nice pub and good solid cooking.

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