Hello! Just a brief summary of my recent visit to London. Plans changed and was not able to cover much ground. First night decided to go to a place near my hotel in the Gloucester Rd Tube station. Memories of India - Just Ok and basic. Pretty normal but with good service. Style Pakistani and Northern India. Will return again just in case of emergency assuming I stay in the same area again.
Second night went to Zayna in the Mable Arch area. Again, style was Pakistani and Northern India. Very friendly and good service. Food was ok; does not know what it gets so high ratings and rave reviews. Will return? Not likely. Better to continue exploring other places.
Went for lunch to Chez Marcelle (Lebanese). Great !! Homemade food at very reasonable prices. I had the opportunity to meet Marcelle since I was the first and only person since I went there early. Had the fatoush and the stuffed cabbage rolls. Will definitely come back. This place with Mosen and Al-Waha should be in anyone list in the middle east category ( Lebanese/Persian).
Last night I was very tired and not willing to even try other options in my list like Indian Zing, Thai 101 or Café Spice Namaste. I decided to go to a place walking distance from the hotel. Went to Thai Taste in Cromwell. Basic thai food but a very good options under my situation and location. I see myself returning again if I stay in the same hotel and does not want to explore further.
I stayed in the Crowne Plaza Kensington.Highly recommended - Just a three minute walk from the Gloucester Tube Station.
ATTENTION: We went to a restaurant in Breda (Southern Netherlands) called Salon de Provence. Please take note and watch this place carefully. It is a BIB Gourmand now but I will not be surprise will get at least one star soon. Had a tasting menu which in my honest opinion compares favorable with 3 starred places like Arzak, Martin Berrazategui and Akelarre in Spain Basque Country at a fraction of the cost. No, I'm not crazy just impressed but the execution by the chef who has experience working in 1 and 2 star restaurants in the past.
Regards and thanks for the recommendations