Aloha London Chowhounders,
I am leaving Honolulu for a 5 day trip to London next week. I was last there back in 1984. Even though I was only 12, I was already a robust eater and have coveted my memory of our family dinner at Simpson's, especially of a lime ice cream that was delivered in the lime. I was born and raised in Houston and am 1/2 Ecuadorian. I lived in China/Hong Kong for 10 years. I've traveled most of Europe, the Americas and Asia. I am married to a sweet Uyghur from Urumqi. Since moving to Hawaii, getting married and having kids, I have not been traveling as before. I have been on a different kind of journey. Sorry to give you so much background, but good advice requires some input.
On Sunday, July 4th, I'll be staying at the Royal Automobile Club which looks positively beautiful. I will leave my dusty pool cues in the closet, but I am still looking forward to clicking the balls there. I will bring my swimming trunks and try the pool and the Turkish baths. And, I am thinking, I should also try the Great Gallery. I searched the net for reviews, and what I found seemed superficially glowing. I doubt it can be bad, but if you don't like it, please let me know!
Moving to the Grange City Hotel on Monday and meetings with insurance people Monday thru Thursday, but I should have most afternoons and evenings to myself. I bought a ticket to Love Never Dies for Wed night. I felt like such a tourist doing it, but then again, I will probably like it.
I read the threads for F&C and wll try the Golden Hind or the Masters Superfish some afternoon or evening.
Back in 1984, my parents went to St. Pauls but I went to Hamleys instead. While not regretting my choice, I also recognize that I have a puka (gap) that needs to be fixed. I noticed there is a nice looking restaurant in the crypt of St. Pauls that does a Sunday lunch. I am thinking I could do the crypt on Sunday and the RAC Gallery for dinner. Any opinions? Is there a much much better place to enjoy a lunch on Sunday?
For the rest of my stay, I would like to try and hit places with EXCELLENT food. I can handle and love super spicy, but it's not like I have to eat spicy. Actually, I just want to eat your most memorable meals in your favorite places.
Here's a short list of memorable meals for me:
1) Christmas Eve 1999 at Taillevent in Paris
2) Camel's foot in a tent in Jiuquan, Gansu, PRC with the mayor of Jiuquan
3) Traditional lamb hotpot over coals in Beijing
4) Pizza in Naples before watching Englang beat Cameroon in 1990 World Cup
5) Quesadillas at the original Ninfa's on Navigation in Houston
6) bowl of cubed ika, quail egg and ikura at a sushi bar near the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
7) Beijing Roast Duck at Made In China in the Grand Hyatt i Beijing
8) Bazi hotpot in Chengdu, Sichuan (I later heard they drug the food to get you addicted)
Sorry to be so long-winded. I am a little too crazy about food, but I think I am in good company and am looking forward to your advice.