I will be in London for 3/4 days and need some feedback on my itinerary:
Sunday late lunch - burgers. Options include Shake Shack, Honest Burger, Byron and Meat Liquor. Favourites?
We'll be having a late dinner at Balthazar on the Sunday night. Any recommendations on what to order?
Monday morning breakfast at The Wolseley - what's best to order here in people's opinions?
Monday evening - pub/gastropub in Covent Garden area. Considering Angel & Crown, any other suggestions?
Tuesday evening - thinking about Bodean's BBQ, would welcome any feedback/alternatives. Looking for something casual for this night.
Wednesday - pre-theatre lunch - last time we went to Dehesa for a long lunch and really enjoyed it. Thinking about going there again but would appreciate any other suggestions. Budget is around £100 for two people for this lunch.
Last time we were in London we went to Hawksmoor Seven Dials, The Wolseley, Le Gavroche, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Dehesa. Our budget is considerably lower this time - other than the dinner at Balthazar and the Wednesday lunch, I'd like to keep the bill less than £100 including drinks (glass or two of wine each).
Of the burger places you've mentioned only been to Meat Liquor and Byron. Didn't like Meat Liquor odd texture on the burger and even odder service. I've always had a good burger at every Byron I've been to.
For Wolseley bfast I don't think it's worth having the full English as you can get that anywhere. i would suggest Kedgeree, Omelette Arnold Bennett or Haggis and Duck eggs.
The people behind Polpo have opened a gastro pub Ape and Bird on Shaftesbury Avenue. Not been but the menu looks good.
I'm sure you can do better than Bodeans for BBQ. I'm sure offers will chip in with suggestions.
If you liked Dehesa then how about it's sister restaurant Salt Yard? It's been great every time I've been. They have another restaurant, Opera Tavern ,which is in Covent Garden and so closer to most of the theatres (not sure which theatre your going to?) but not been myself.
For the Wednesday lunch I would suggest Green Man and French Horn or Terroirs. You'll eat well for<£100 and they have interesting wines by the glass
I've been to Balthazar several times (can't take the NY out of this 'girl') and everything I've eaten has been very good. My meals were lunches so I'm not too familiar with the dinner menu other than it appears to be very pricey, even for London.
Don't bother with Shake Shack for burgers. I'd aim for Patty and Bun or even Byron's, although the latter is not spectacular but it's quite edible. Meat Liquor is just too noisy for me.
Kopapa for a pre-theatre lunch is nice.. their soft-shell crab burger is delicious.
I happen to like Shake Shack a lot.
Byron is a chain and not worth going to, really.
The new Meat Liquor outpost in Shoreditch is supposed to be the best one yet. I prefer Meat Liquor to all others in London. Its juicy, fatty, messy and delicious, and the sides are great too.
Honest Burger has no balls. It's all artisinal bullshit but with a fair product, not too different from Gourmet Burger Company, but with lineups and COOL.
I like the Shake Shack fries, but I found the hamburger pretty tasteless and not to my liking. It's like art... we all like different things. :-) Is the Meat Liquor in Shoreditch as noisy as the one near Selfridge's? I rarely get to that part of London so probably won't be heading there any time soon.
I don't know where you live in the U.S. (assuming that is where you do live), but my guess is you can get better BBQ there than you can get in London. It is hard to see the point of going to Bodean's.