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LA Hound Coming to LONDON for 2 Weeks... Critique My List!


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LA Hound Coming to LONDON for 2 Weeks... Critique My List!

young_chower | Jul 13, 2010 12:47 PM

I am visiting London for 2 weeks in July. My main goals are to 1) Get a good taste of cuisines that strongly represented in London, 2) sample uniquely British foods (including sampling of good and unique local produce and dairy), and 3) spending as little money as possible.

Some background:
- I will be be staying in Bermondsey in Southwark, with the nearest tube stations being London Bridge (and Borough a close second).
- My personal tastes are geared towards strong, robust, intense flavors. Curries, garlic, etc
- I LOVE "ethnic" food and hole in the walls. Please do not recommend Mexican, South American, Korean, and Japanese food as I can get excellent tastes of these back in Los Angeles.
- I am willing to travel up to an hour each way on the tube if the food is worth it. Would rather not take a bus.
- I am on a budget. I know London is expensive but I'd like to try to spend up to £15 per meal, and ideally under £10. I could go up to £20 if the meal is stellar.

So, here's my list from my research:

Fish & Chips:
- The Golden Hide
- Master's Super Fish
- Fryer’s Delight
- Rock & Sole Plaice

- Harwood Arms
- Bull & Last
- The Eagle (This is maybe... comments?)

- Silk Road
- No. 10 (any other good Szechuan places... say some mixed reviews)
- Leong's Legends for soup dumplings (I've been to Ding Tai Fung... does this compare well?)

Indian (I know its a very diverse cuisine, but I'm lumping them all together):
- Thattukada
- Needoo's
- Tayyabs (say mixed reviews... but it seems popular?)
- Pani Poori stall outside of Thattukad
- Ananda Bhavan

- Franco Macna
- Bocca di Lupo (seems over my budget but the reviews look great)

Ice Cream/Pastries
- Scoops
- Maison Bertaux in Soho

Tea & Cakes:
- A Gold

Kappacasein for Cheese Sandwich

Markets and Shops:
- A Gold
- Borough Market (including the spanish sandwiches and english marmalades)
- Neal's Cheese Yard
- La Fromagerie for more cheese
- St. Johns (just stopping in and getting bread)

- Milk & Honey
- 69 Colebrooke Row

Brewery Tours/Tastings:
- Sambrookes Brewery

- Whole Foods (yes it's from the US but I want to see the British outpost)
- Tesco
- Sainsbury

*Also planning on taking a day trip to Middle Farm to pick vegetables and see an English farm.

1) I really want to try Sri Lankan food. Can anyone recommend a solid choice?

2) Where on earth do I eat when I'm doing all the touristy stuff like
- Oxford Street (and Regency St, etc)
- Portebello Road Antiques
- Royal National Gardens
- Hampstead Heath
- Parliament
- British Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery
- checking out neighborhoods like Notting Hill, Mayfair, Kensington, Camden Town, Chelsea, etc

Thanks! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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