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macdog Aug 29, 2013 11:55 AM

Any suggestions for a good casual (I will be solo that day) lunch in the area of Saatchi Gallery or V&A museum? Love Indian, Asian or good soup and salad kind of place.

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    Londonlinda Aug 29, 2013 03:17 PM

    The bistro in Peter Jones is nice for a light lunch, and the Botanist on Sloane Square good for heartier fare.

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      brokentelephone Aug 30, 2013 12:33 AM

      The people behind Wolseley and Delauney own Colbert in Sloane Square which is great for lunch, very casual, and superb for eating in alone (they have newspapers) plus can be very reasonable.

      Also, Al-Dar across from Saatchi is very good Lebanese, though more of a shwarma joint than full restaurant.

      Not sure I'd eat at Peter Jones for the food, but it is a nice view if you get a window seat, though very much feels like being in a department store. That said, you're not altogether too far from Harvey Nichols which has a great 5th floor cafe which is very buzzy and a favorite in the area.

      1. restaurantsandrants Aug 30, 2013 01:10 AM

        Agreed the Colbert is decent and may be exactly what you are looking for.

        You may also want to consider Rasoi, which is a one Michelin starred Indian 'fusion' place (3m walk). Some of the things on the menu are very good but I have had a few bad choices. It does a good value (compared with the evening) lunch deal: 2 courses - £23; 3 courses - £28; 4 courses - £33.
        http://www.rasoi-uk.com/

        I have not been yet (I am going next month) but Tartufo (5m walk) is supposed to be worth a visit, it is the sister rest. of Gauthier in Soho. It also has a lunch deal: 3 courses + ½ Bottle of Wine + Coffee & Petit Fours - £35.
        http://www.tartufolondon.co.uk/

        Both of these are I am sure are 'casual' at lunch...

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          J Sheridan Aug 30, 2013 04:35 AM

          Re peter Jones: Londonlinda specified the bistro, not the café upstairs. The bistro is on the 2nd floor and the food is very much better (thought there's no view). It's modern British and very pleasant for a soup and salad. The Saatchi Gallery also has an excellent café.

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            brokentelephone Aug 31, 2013 09:27 AM

            I have been to Peter Jones probably 50 times in the past few years and have never once noticed a bistro. Wacky.

            Saatchi Cafe is great if its a sunny day and you sit outside, especially.

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            macdog Aug 31, 2013 08:31 AM

            Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I ate at Harvey Nichols last year-maybe a Japanese place that had food on a conveyer belt. I was very hungry and the Miso soup was a good fortification for the rest if the day. All these places sound great-I will see what I feel like eating that day.

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              brokentelephone Aug 31, 2013 09:27 AM

              That's YO! sushi, a nasty sushi chain that somehow ended up in HN. The 5th Floor Cafe is the spot I was referring to.

            2. limster Aug 31, 2013 09:53 AM

              Try the tartines at Poliane near Sloane Square.

              Nearer to the V&A, there's Bugis Street for Singapore/Malaysian near Gloucester Road, or No. 10 Chinese Restaurant near Earl's Court for great Sichuan.

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                macdog Aug 31, 2013 10:37 AM

                Loved the Poilane cuisine de bar in Paris this spring. That sounds like a winner!

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