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need some help picking between the following in London.

curiouseater | Jan 11, 2010 06:01 AM

Hi there, we live in Glasgow and visit London frequently, although since the birth of our six month old, the trips are likely to become less frequent! We are hopefully coming down for a couple of days in the beginning of March and I need some help deciding where to go, as the opportunities to eat out are precious now. We will be travelling down with our son but he will be looked after by his gran, freeing us u to have a couple of lunches out.

We would like a burger. We have been to Hache and Ground. I thought Hache was decent enough. It seems the favourites at the mo are Byron and the Hawksmoor. We have been to the Hawksmoor a few times for steak and particularly like the cocktails there so are leaning towards there but is the £15 justified? As a one off I guess allowances can be made.

We would like a fancy lunch. We have been to RHR, Claridges, Maze, Petrus and I have been to the Square which I really liked. The choice is between Le Gavroche and The Square. What worries me about Le Gavroche is that the reviews seem to imply inconsistency. Given that we will be likely to be tempted off menu and as a result potentially spend a lot of money, I worry about being disappointed. It's somewhere I have wanted to go for ages but as you know when a place gets hyped up in one's mind, it quite often disappoints. The meal I had at the Square was one of the best I have had in London and I thought it better than Petrus so I am leaning towards it.

I have been really excited about the option of having Sichuan food, after having it in New York I have a craving for cucumber in scallion sauce, but can't make out from all the reviews which is most authentic between Chilli Cool, Snazz Sichuan and Bar Shu. Some reviewers felt that the food was not spicy enough at Chilli cool which seems to defeat the whole point of going. Any opinions?

If we can squeeze in a fourth meal it would probably somewhere that does modern British, given we have been to St John. Rules looks interesting as does the Harwood Arms. Anywhere else we should consider? Has anyone been to either or these recently?

Thanks for all you help!

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