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London: Bloomsbury suggestions

mmwwah | Mar 1, 200803:47 AM

I'm spending three weeks in the Bloomsbury/King's Cross/Grays Inn area, and while my hotel has a wee fridge (yes, I've already been to the Borough Market today, and it's not even noon yet), there are no self-catering facilities.

Lunches will be taken care of (I'm here for my job), but I'm eager for recommendations of places that offer good food in an environment that's reasonably good for dining alone. Price not a particular consideration.

Last night I went to Carluccio's, despite my general dislike of the Brunswick Center. Friends of mine know Antonio Carluccio (who apparently used to be involved with Slow Food), and they vouched for the chain (except for the one in Ely -- they say it's worse than the rest).

Chain or not, it was a nice meal. The glass of Montepulciano D'Abruzzo was drinkable; the green bean contorno was tasty; and the bowl of mushroom-pancetta soup was an amazement -- I kept spooning up more cepes, morels, and field mushrooms than should fit into the bowl, cornucopia-style.

Tonight I've got a booking for Fino, near Goodge Street Tube station. I've had recommendations for Konaki, Asadal, Roku, and Navarros as well -- any thoughts on those?

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