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London report! Malabar, E&O, The Wolseley

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London report! Malabar, E&O, The Wolseley

NYgal | Feb 13, 2006 04:31 PM

Just back from 1 week in Paris and 2 days in London. The food in London was fantastic! lunch 1: Malabar,a wonderful Indian restaurant near Notting Hill. The place was very quiet, (maybe it gets busier at night), and has a clean, simple modern look. We had a delicious assortment of vegetarian dishes,(they had plenty of meat and seafood choices as well, but we wanted something light). Portions are quite small by NY standards, but the meal was actually very satisfying and filling. Lunch cost about 20 pounds for 2, but would be more expensive if we'd ordered wine and non-veggie items. Best Indian food I've ever had.

Dinner 1: pre-dinner oysters and white wine at The Cow, a gastro-pub in Notting Hill. Very fun atmosphere, delicious oysters called "Irish Rocks". We sat in the pub area downstairs, which I prefered to the cramped upstairs area . Then we went for our real dinner at E&O, which was really a winner. The standouts were prawn and chive dim-sum which were very delicate and fresh tasting, and an excellent tofu braised in black bean dish. The place was buzzing, very "Sex and the City". The service was extremely friendly and efficient. Only thing I didn't like was the over-priced flavored martinis, which were too small.(I usually have a problem with that in NY too).

Dinner 2: The Wolseley. I'd heard about this restaurant in lots of magazines. It's a beautiful space, very elegant, and reminds me of Eleven Madison park in NYC. Food is brasserie-ish, lots of seafood. I had a roquefort tart and roasted Cod with lentils. The food was fine, not great. Worth it for the beautiful room! Good wines by the glass. It's a bit expensive though, about 60 pounds a head. Lots of cigarette smoke, which is annoying in a nice restaurant.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the quality of the restaurants in London. Can't wait to go back.

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