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Indian & Britsh food [London]

Hi guys,

I'm visiting London for the first time and would love some recommendations for good Indian and British restaurants or other must tries. We do not want to go anywhere super fancy or necessarily with Michelin stars, as we do that alot in NY already and London I heard is relatively expensive. We also want to avoid Asian cuisine as we go to Vancouver for our Asian fix every year. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated - thanks so much in advance!

Thurs = dinner after 10pm
Fri = lunch
Fri = dinner
Sat = lunch
Sun = lunch
Sun = dinner
Mon = lunch
Any day = afternoon tea; would love 3 recs

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  1. Check out www.afternoonteaonline.com for some good savings for afternoon tea. I like the Montcalm, but there are tons of choices in London.Search in the box above for lots of discussions about possibilities.

    I'm from the NY area and believe me, the Indian food there, even at the best places, cannot compare to what we have here. We recently had a good meal at Cafe Spice Namaste, but there are so many excellent places to choose from.

    Read down the board here for other favorites.. British and otherwise. I guess you don't want to try the new Balthazar. :-)

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    1. re: zuriga1

      Sorry for the confusion, but you mean UK Indian food is much better than NYC right?

      And my husband booked The Wolesley for afternoon tea and it's not on the link above that you gave me. Do you think that's a good place or is it overrated?

      1. re: caltravelbug

        Yes, I think the Indian food in London is much better than in Manhattan. At least that's been my experience, but I haven't lived in NY for quite a few years and things do change.

        I've never had tea at The Wolesley, so I can't compare it to other places. I think it should be fine. It's a beautiful place. Maybe someone else here can give us some feedback.

        1. re: zuriga1

          Wolsoley good for tea, as is Connaught, Browns, and Dorchester (my faves, tho don't go nuts for tea generally).

    2. I assume you only want central London? I mostly eat Indian out of the centre but there was recent post which would be helpful.


      I would add Salt n Pepper (actually Pakistani),have just posted on this.

      For British I would suggest having a look at the following:

      St. John
      Harwood Arms
      Bull and Last
      J Sheeky
      Quo Vardis

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      1. re: Paprikaboy

        For British, I second the rec for J. Sheeky, which specializes in seafood. Wilton's (on Jermyn Street) is also very classic British, but is very pricey.

        For modern casual British, Great Queen Street (on Great Queen Street) is very good and moderately priced.

        1. re: DavidT

          Thanks DavidT! Great Queen St sounds promising. Will look into it.

      2. Where are you staying, or spending time during the day please? How many are you, and what sort of age group? Children in attendance?

        My own teenage children love Pizza Pomodoro, but my parents hate it. Other way round for The Greenhouse.

        A little help from you makes it much easier for us to assist.

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        1. re: Robin Joy

          Thanks everyone for the recs so far! Lookin' good!

          I'm coming 11/21-23 and then again on 11/30-12/2. No kids. My husband and I are in our 30s. We enjoy dining out regularly in NYC because I'm not much of a cook. Oh, and we don't drink, so wine and alcohol is not important to us. We do love coffee though. =)

        2. for probably the best south asian (pakistani) food in london head to Taayabs or the Lahore Kebab House in Whitechapel. easily the best anglo-pakistani food around here.

          BOOK a table or turn up early. Take your own booze (they are not licenced to sell it, but don't charge a corkage)

          Try the lamb chops... sublime! don't plan on doing anything afterwards - you will be stuffed!

          1. Hi there,

            I'm a native New Yorker (albeit I'm starting to forget what it's like to be there) and I would say that South Asian food is considerably better here. The only place I hugely enjoy in New York is Neerob in the Bronx (Bangladeshi.)

            How far are you wiling to travel? I could give you loads of places that are a lot better than Tayyabs or Lahore Kebab House, but they're farther out.


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            1. re: JFores

              I'd love a list of your recommendations.


              1. re: JFores

                Hi JFores! Now I must try Neerob in the Bronx! Our days in London are pretty rushed...the lunches I have to stay in Central London as days are packed with sightseeing. I can travel for the dinners (Friday and Sunday). In short, will travel for good food. It'll be nice to see a non-tourist side of London during these dinners (as long as it's relatively safe areas).

                1. re: JFores

                  I'd love your list of recommendations too. I've got a night here to spend on an outstanding place. Tonight I'm going to try Lahori Nihaari. Do you know any mom-and-pop Keralan or Chennai places? Those are interesting to me, but I'm open to anything.

                2. I have not been but doing some research

                  I would also add Hereford Rd. rest.

                  also you stated you would avoid asian. But the UK has their own asian dish called crispy duck, which is the UK version of the peking duck. you can youtube videos about it. It can only be found in the UK

                  Rules from the reviews seems hit and miss.

                  would recommend fish and chips, poppies, golden hind, rock, sole and plaice, leeson, etc.

                  would also recommend pie and mash shops, Manze, etc.

                  would also recommend food halls and fortnum and mason for their teas and original but not best scotch egg.

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                  1. re: ronin223

                    Thanks! I will look into all of these places....if there are other ones, please keep them coming! Thank you for taking the time to respond. If you need any NYC restaurants recs, let me know and I have a huge list!

                    1. re: ronin223

                      Crispy duck is not the UK equivalent of peking duck; its its own dish, and frankly, shitty. Deep frying an overcooked (boiled) duck doesn't make a fine meal -- if it were so great why hasn't it taken off elsewhere? It's dry, crunchy, and flavorless.

                      If you are to eat duck in the UK, eat BBQ Duck at 4 Seasons or Gold Mine in Bayswater. Vancouver duck is as better but as far as chinese duck goes in London, this is the dish of choice. (HK BBQ Master in Richmond is waaaaay better).

                      Also, do some research on this board and don't expect people to give great suggestions unless you really specify what you want. This community is incredibly generous with its time, but give please some parameters otherwise its just a waste for everyone.

                    2. Thanks everyone! I appreciate everyone taking the time to respond and I'm looking into each of your feedbacks. You guys are what makes the internet such a great place. =)

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                      1. re: caltravelbug

                        It's not often we get thanks and nice praise, so thanks to you!