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London Reviews -- The Cow, Fifteen, Rocket

Zachary Aron | Aug 7, 2005 06:45 AM

Wanted to pass on reviews of three places I've been to during my trip to London

1. The Cow Dining Room - Located in Westbourne Park (west of Paddington), this place is excellent and better than many of the new gastropubs that have arisen. Reservations are required on weekends.

Downstairs is a more traditional pub, (although they always serve oysters, which is a cool touch), upstairs is more formal, has about 10-12 tables. You have a choice of more oysters, 3-4 starters, 3-4 mains, cheese plate, 2 pastas. So the menu is diverse. The wine list is excellent as well. My soup and lamb with a glass of Spanish wine was spot on.

2. Fifteen - As celebrity chef places go, this is pretty understated, at least by US standards. The prices are higher than normal, although all profits go to charity. The food, though, is top notch, which should be expected. Only ate at the trattoria upstairs, which is a little more casual and reasonably priced. If you've watched enough Jamie Oliver on Food Network, it's worth the pilgrimage to say you went. You need two weeks advance notice to get a table dowstairs at the more formal dining area.

3. Rocket -- Super packed, reservations also required. But, some of the best wood-burning oven pizza in London and very reasonable. Portions are huge, ingredients are fresh and prices are decent for London standards. It was nice to see a place that is a cut above Pizza Express without gouging your wallet. It's in Mayfair and quite popular immediately after work.

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