My husband and I will be in London for seven nights. We have made three dinner reservations, and we've also decided to go to Polpo which doesn't take reservations.
Tuesday (arrival night) -- Moti Mahal
Wednesday -- Rules
Thursday -- ??
Friday -- ?? -- day trip to Oxford
Saturday (pre-theater) -- Kopapa
Sunday -- ??
Monday -- ??
We'll be staying near the British Museum and we'd prefer to eat within walking distance (up to 20 minutes/approximately 1 mile) of our hotel. Also, since we're heading to Barcelona after London, we aren't particularly interested in Spanish cuisine, although we're not ruling out the S. American cuisine at Lima in Fitzrovia.
On which of our open nights should we plan in eating at Polpo to minimize the chance of waiting too long for a table?
Does Hawkmore Seven Dials (HSD) offers nightly specials that are more "exciting" than what appears on the menu? We've read good things about the place, but we felt there was considerable overlap with Rules menu. Are we right? Rules won out because of its history, but is there a compelling reason to go to HSD?
Is Moti Mahal a poor choice for arrival night after a trans-Atlantic flight? Too formal? Too long a meal when we may not be fully with-it? Our reservation is for 6:45 PM.
What casual restaurant do you recommend if we want an early dinner after our long day visiting Oxford?
Opera Tavern is appealing, but everyone writes about their tapas rather than their modern British cuisine. Any thoughts about their British food considering our Barcelona plans?
Thanks in advance! Reading this board, I'm struck by the patience and generosity of the folks who cope with our many, many "Critique My Choices" posts.