just wanted to write a brief review after a few days in london. i go to london about once a year and just returned from a 3 night stay in bloomsbury.
-noble rot for a pre-dinner bite to eat and a glass of wine was pretty solid. we're big wine drinkers and heard good things about this place. id say it was actually worthy of the attention its been receiving. great list of interesting wines by the glass, a nice space and a tasty cheese plate. id certainly return here next time im in town...particularly for their slipsoles that i was dying to try.
-marksman for dinner was a total dud. its a great pub with good service but the food was pretty bad and very disappointing. this was my only real gastropub of the trip and i wouldve done much better if i just went to great queen street like i usually do. their 'famous' beef bun was a doughy piece of bread with some beef in the middle. in chinatown, you can get a pork bun for 60 cents here in new york. their rump steak was the toughest piece of meat ive had since the 1980s. the only thing i liked was the fried potatoes with aioli.
-trishna...second time here and a winner just like the first. its a great looking space and everything we had was delicious. i had the rabbit served three ways, the aloo chaat, the duck seekh kebab and a bunch of other stuff. at 120 pound/couple it was pricey but delicious.
-granger and co for brunch on friday was enjoyable i guess. packed at 1145 in the morning but we had no wait for 2 seats at the big bar. pancakes were great and the corn fritter was tasty. not a bad option in the area but thats about it.
-palomar for dinner was a hit. nothing we ate was inventive or creative but the vibe of the place and the service made it a great night out before we saw suede at the forum. fatoush salad, the buttery bread, the shakshukit and eggplant were all great. id probably skip the octopus 'steak' but the sauce was tasty. and the jerusalem mess for dessert was light and nice. once again, great service made this place a winner.
-berners tavern for breakfast was solid as well. nothing special food-wise. i had a plate of smoked salmon and eggs...but the service and space were perfect for a final breakfast with friends before our train to paris.