Well, we did not hit nearly as many foodie places as I did on my lone trip over the summer (the teens being pickier eaters), but I thought I'd report on some of the highlights.
Sushi: I decided to pursue this despite hearing there wasn't much good out there. We ended up at Yoshino Picadilly because I'd read that they are an importer and supply other restaurants with fish, so I reasoned the quality of the fish would be top notch. We LOVED this restaurant. To start, as my teens have not had sushi (I know, what have I been doing?! but the middle of Ohio is not always the best place for fresh fish), I ordered two orders (four pieces) of fatty tuna, a tempura soft shelled crab and a salmon roll - all mild, easy 'starter' pieces. My oldest, who at 18 is on his way to being a foodie, ordered the smaller chef's sampler sushi platter which came with four different rolls, three pieces of each (I'm sorry I don't remember what they were!). Everyone loved everything so I went ahead and ordered the larger chef's choice, which was six rolls, three pieces of each and only had ONE overlapping roll from the original order. The only thing which was not a hit was the 'teriyaki tuna roll' which the kids thought tasted too fishy. We were still a little hungry so we ordered some of the grilled shrimp and a bowl of miso soup for my daughter. The miso soup was insanely good - the best I've had in 35 years of eating Japanese (got introduced to it late ;-) ). And the bill, for the four of us, no drinks or dessert, came to £80 with service. I definitely would have gone back.
Tea at Oscars: Service could have been better, and it's a loud, busy restaurant not necessarily a true 'tea' setting, but the food was great. We went to two different places for tea - only my daughter and I got tea here, the boys ordered lunch and then wished they'd gotten tea so we went somewhere else. Mistake (Coronation Chicken was not well received). Oscar's had much better food by far. Mini lobster roll, a small mousse cup of pate, don't remember it all, but everything was very tasty.
Buying random meals at M&S food shops was an excellent alternative to eating every meal out, although we did eat out more than I anticipated as when you're halfway across town and staying in that part to see the next thing on your itinerary you don't necessarily go all the way back home for lunch.
The place we ended up for tapas - Andalucia (not our first or second choice but we never got back to Barrafina after discovering we were too early the day we tried and Tapas Bravas was closed the day we tried - although nothing on the website or twitter feed gave any indication they would be) was solid, middle of the road, not adventurous but good. The place we ended up for Indian - Imli Street was a bit better, and a great price point to boot.
Oh, and Christmas dinner at the Wolseley was good. My middle son decided to stay home and sleep so it was just the three of us. While they did have a special holiday meal we ordered off the a la carte menu. I ordered mussels, which were plentiful, but not necessarily the best I've had. My daughter had the roast chicken, which she enjoyed, and my son had a burger - in part because he'd almost ordered one the night before and regretted not having done so, I think. Nothing was outstanding, but everything was solidly good and not crazy expensive. There were crackers for all of us, and it was a fun place to be Christmas Day.
We went to Burger and Lobster as well, but there's nothing more I can add to that which hasn't already been said.
Oh, and we really liked the shwarma at Beiteddine Express - do get the wrap/rolls, not the plates! After a very disappointing 'meal' at Bocconcino - very glad we ordered only starters and waited to order the rest of the meal! - we ended up getting a second dinner here. We found it late, but I think the teens would have eaten every lunch here if it had worked out.
I think that's it. If there's anything thing I've forgotten, I'll add it on later.
I really appreciate all the help! Wish I could have made it to more places - totally forgot to write down the cheesemonger information and just now remembered it - would have loved to go there!
Oh, right, Chao! Now - fun, fast, filling, really enjoyed it.
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