I'm moving from my beloved New York to London, and specifically to a flat just about on the Hoxton/Shoreditch border. I'm hoping both for restaurant recs and for some advice on how to outfit my kitchen.
For restaurants, I've searched the board and had a great experience at the Princess already; tried to get into the Fox unsuccessfully; and had some bad pho at one of the Vietnamese places (probably my fault not theirs). I've also shamefully not been to Brick Lane yet for Indian - again, my fault. Any other recommendations for the area, probably in the 40 pound range or less (I'm young enough for it to hurt a bit), and also, maybe more usefully, for neighborhood cheap eats?
On the same note, I'm working near Liverpool St; any advice for lunch takeout around there?
The second point is, I left my previous kitchen with my family, and now I have no idea how to outfit my new kitchen in London with cookware, knives, etc. Just where do I go to get this stuff? There's no cooking.com, Amazon doesn't seem to have a heck of a lot; where does one buy, e.g., Henckels Pro S knives (I'm pretty brand-loyal about those)? Sauce pans (not so with those)? Nobody at my company has given me a satisfactory answer as to where people shop, so, well, here I am.
Of course, any advice as to where to buy the actual food to put in said pots and chop with said knives would also be appreciated - Spitalfields market, I'm guessing?
Thanks for any and all help. I'm pretty sure that having something to cook will make the transatlantic displacement a lot easier to take.