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A few, or maybe more than a few, questions from an SF hound...(about St John; best Greek; Malabar Junction; pre-theatre, etc?)

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A few, or maybe more than a few, questions from an SF hound...(about St John; best Greek; Malabar Junction; pre-theatre, etc?)

susancinsf | | Nov 18, 2006 10:10 PM

Will be spending a few days in London over the holidays: first time for both hubby and me...and have started trying to seriously research our eating choices while there. Will be staying in Bloomsbury, if that helps, though we are willing to move around.

Have some great leads already, but had a few specific questions, if anyone could help me:

First, I am thinking about St John. The bone marrows look so wonderful, and hubby and I are both into meat....and yes, it is pricy, but not as astronomical as I've been hearing rumors London restaurants can be. (Perhaps I've become too used to high restaurant prices here at home).

First, just the curious question: the website has a "V" by the few vegetarian dishes: and this includes "Crispy Pig's Skin & Dandelion": Is this an error, or is 'Pig's Skin' a British code words for something else? But my second, and more important question: they are on Open Table, but when I try and make a reservation they are telling me I am making too far in advance. Can't find anything on the website as to how far in advance I can make a reservation: does anyone know? How much in advance is a reservation really needed? (I was actually debating going there for New Year's Eve...)

Secondly, two types of (good) food that are hard to find near our house in SF include Greek and South Indian. For the former, hubby loves Greek, and Greek seafood in particular: any ideas where to take him? For South Indian, I've seen discussion of Malabar Junction, and it is very close to our hotel: any updates and (if you like it) suggestions on what to order?

And one more: I can only do one upscale meal, because I blew my budget to make hubby happy and take him to Spamalot. On that note, where would you recommend for a pre-theatre dinner near the Palace that would make hubby's evening complete: considering that he likes a drink before dinner, and tends to prefer comfort over style or pretentiousness, and quality above all? (but that would likely be open on New Year's Day night, which is the night of the play. Come to think of it, NYD is a Monday this (next)year: will that make my search problematic?

Thanks so much!

Susan

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