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Mar 28, 2014 11:18 AM

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

Hey all, I'm coming from Los Angeles--wondering what the heck I should eat in London that I cannot get in LA.

LA does Mexican and almost all east/southeast Asian cuisines really well so I'm gonna stay away from those cuisines in London.

Any suggestions?

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    1. re: steve h.

      Do they raise the ducks/geese or import from France and other places. Heading to Prague in a few days and I can tell from searches that it's easily found there. Yippee :)

      1. re: c oliver

        Hi c,

        The foie I've sampled has been imported from France.

        I'm looking forward to your report on Prague. Deb and I fly out to Napoli in a few days.

        Be good.

        1. re: steve h.

          Have fun, s. I grabbed a res at Sansho after you and others recommended it.

        2. re: c oliver

          The UK imports it's Foie Gras as I think the production isn't legal. In Eastern Europe I believe they produce their own, I spent a lot of time visiting Hungary and locally produced Foie Gras was always on menus (good with Tokay).

          1. re: PhilD

            Goody gumdrops :) We'll be in Budapest also!

            1. re: c oliver

              They "get" liver in Budapest. They also make some really decent wines. Go to the wine kitchen (Borkonyha) for a lunch. Have fun. Maybe visit a second time if it meets expectations.

              1. re: steve h.

                LOL. Have a res for there. Maybe THAT was the one you mentioned.

        3. re: steve h.

          Ahh, didn't even think about foie gras.

          1. Spanish and Lebanese food here can be very good. My brother lives south of L.A. and I can't remember ever seeing a non-Mexican but true Spanish restaurant anywhere, but maybe there are some in L.A. proper.

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            1. re: zuriga1

              Ahh, Spanish sounds great. You're right, while there are a few in LA proper, there aren't many and they generally aren't excellent. Any specific places you really like?

              1. re: set0312

                I really like Jose Pizzaro's places. "Pizzaro" is his restaurant and "Jose" is a tiny, but fantastic,Tapas and Sherry bar.


            2. Some of our favorites from our last couple visits have been Anchor and Hope for British pub food, Barrafina for tapas almost as good as Cal Pep, Koya for great Udon noodles and Nopi (from Ottolenghi team) for middle-eastern small plates. We are staying in Shoreditch this May and have reserved at St. John's Bread and Wine and probably go to Dishoom our 2nd night. London does great Indian food. It's hard to beat the international breadth of LA food, but London does a good job. I live in Santa Barbara, so also, stay away from Mexican food in Europe.

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              1. re: macdog

                Thanks for the suggestions. Nopi sounds great--will definitely check that out.

                And so does Barrafina.

              2. How's the Singapore/Malaysian stuff in LA? I've never really encountered much of it on my trips there. Some of the specific dishes here at certain places are comparable to their counterparts in Singapore. Try Tukdin and Sedap; the latter has Penang style Nyona dishes which are a sub-genre unto itself.

                Try Lahore Nihari (Pakistani), Truly Indian (Punjabi), Hyderabadi Spice (Hyderabadi), Chennai Dosa (Tamil).

                Toasted in East Dulwich is worth the trip for a modern European food in a small plate format; lovely selection of eclectic wines.

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                1. re: limster

                  Come to think of it, there actually isn't too much singaporean/malaysian. Especially compared to how many thai and vietnamese spots there are. Sedap looks fantastic.

                  Toasted sounds wonderful too.