Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

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Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Ratatouille » April 5th, 2018, 12:14 pm

We will be in London for a week at the end of May (25th to June 1st.) The Bank holiday is with family for a get together however we will be on our own from 29th-31st. Mr R is insistant that he MUST go to Kew archives on one day and probably the British Library so there is the possibilty of me having a totally free day on one of those 3 dates. We are staying at the Renaisance at St Pancras - having got a really good deal for the 4 nights via Eurostar.

I would absolutely love to see anyone who can meet up so any suggestions for dates and venues welcome and we'll try to coordinate. Please bear in mind I do no do the underground !
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby aero280 » April 5th, 2018, 12:41 pm

Oh no! We are away...

We are coming back from France and the Black Forest on Thursday 31st. Arriving in UK at the tunnel in Folkestone around lunchtime... :(
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 5th, 2018, 12:45 pm

I’ll be around but everything is subject to how OH is. Should be fun.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 5th, 2018, 1:06 pm

Count me in :tu: ... would be lovely to meet up with you Rats :bounce: Best day for me would be 30th as I am in the shop on the 29th and 31st, although the 31st could be doable ;)
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby StokeySue » April 5th, 2018, 1:51 pm

I can do any of those, slight preference for the 30th here too but can manage the others

Any thoughts on where or what type of food?
Granary Square (the reconstructed area behind Kings Cross) might be a handy option, I know Rats doesn't like the Tube, but Soho and Marylebone are short bus hops from St Pancras (and I as I have to go past there to get into town I can volunteer my services as a native guide, if required)
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby suffolk » April 5th, 2018, 2:12 pm

Afraid that we're travelling home from our hols that weekend and will then be recovering from a long drive ..... have a lovely time everyone :cocktail: :cocktail:
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby earthmaiden » April 5th, 2018, 6:25 pm

I would be interested. I am free most of that week except for Tuesday 29th. Maybe Rats could tell us what kind of cuisine would be a treat and those in the know could recommend accordingly.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Ratatouille » April 5th, 2018, 6:43 pm

I'm happy with just about any cuisine - bar possibly French! I am perfectly happy to take a taxi. It looks like 30th seems a good day. I'm so looking forward to meeting those of you who can come. See you soon I hope :wave: :wave:
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Amber » April 5th, 2018, 8:06 pm

Sorry to miss you, but we’re away in the Baltic.

Hope you have fun. ;)
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Seatallan » April 6th, 2018, 10:12 am

We're away too (Lakes) but do have fun Rats :luv: :wave:
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby miss mouse » April 6th, 2018, 2:25 pm

I am another possible for the dates.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Zosherooney » April 6th, 2018, 9:24 pm

We have visitors passing by that weekend but have a lovely time ;)
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby karadekoolaid » April 7th, 2018, 2:50 am

Let me call Turkish Airlines and see if they can get me another flight via Istanbul.... :) :)
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Ratatouille » April 7th, 2018, 12:07 pm

I'll treat you to a drink (or 2) if you get there :cocktail:
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 7th, 2018, 12:16 pm

I'd like to pencil in the 30th. I'd be happy to meet up and will be glad to eat any cuisine. I'll eat anything these days, even French, although my first choice would be Indian. I have no idea on venues though. I'll keep my eye out on suggestions.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby StokeySue » April 7th, 2018, 1:08 pm

We need to think about both cuisine and location
There's time to do some research but good to start thinking
The new kid on the blick is Korean, which would be interesting maybe, but I don't have a specific recommendation, just avoid Bi Bim Bap (awful chain) or Judy Joo's Jinjuu (pricey, pretentious)
Here's a list of some
https://londonist.com/2018/01/london-s-best-korean-restaurants

For Indian I'd definitely recommend Darjeeling Express (very "in" but very friendly and prices reasonable) or Cafe Spice Namaste but that's not the easiest to get to. For a good conventional curry Chettinad on Percy Street (Fitzrovia, Tottenham Court Road station) is handy. And I'm sure everyone else has a favourite too!

For Middle Eastern I think Al Waha is hard to beat, and we'd be a small enough group this time, or I coukd track down a good Turkish (there are dozens but not all that well sited for transport)

There's a lot of buzz around Spanish food at the moment, with Jose Pisarro, Nieves Barragan, Eyre Bros et al, could look into that

And there's Chinese of course including Wildies' favourite dim sum :D
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 7th, 2018, 1:36 pm

Just to throw in some other stuff. I adore Henry Harris. Is this new place too Frenchified?

http://cheesenbiscuits.blogspot.co.uk/2 ... nwell.html

In that area too there is Moro and a few others.

http://moro.co.uk/

Bellanger? Fischers? The new Joe Allen's? And my favourite for lunch Café Murano.

Talking of Indian, the Dishoom at the Kings X plaza is very good. They might let you book midweek. ;)
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Ratatouille » April 7th, 2018, 1:54 pm

I like Cafe Murano, anything Indian or, funnily enough, classic Brit. Not wild about Japanese and Thai, although I love bits it can be difficult because of the coconut.

Anything seafoody and I'm always up for Chinese. What's the name of the place that specialised in head to tail? Turkish sounds fun

French bistro I can do/get any day of the week. We could of course save that for a meet up here!

Keep the ideas coming.I am not at all sure what is expensive in the UK these days. What sort of price, minus drinks are we looking at?
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 7th, 2018, 2:05 pm

Nose to tail is St John Rats. (Not cheap though).


https://stjohnrestaurant.com
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 7th, 2018, 2:13 pm

Just throwing this in the mix. Quite the best restaurant I've ever eaten in.

http://www.rani.uk.com/menu.html
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 7th, 2018, 2:17 pm

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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 7th, 2018, 2:27 pm

Chiquito at half term?. :o :o :o I think not.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 7th, 2018, 4:23 pm

Oh, what? Too noisy? I do remember it being quite echoey. Wouldn't put me off going back though for their good grub.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 7th, 2018, 6:05 pm

I am in the hands of the experts as I don't get out much ;) (Well not into London that is :lol: )
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Ratatouille » April 7th, 2018, 6:19 pm

I really dislike noisy! But keep em coming!
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby KC2 » April 7th, 2018, 6:20 pm

I'm watching this thread as I'd love to join you - I've missed all the meets for a few years as I've had health problems, but maybe this time it'll work out ...
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby StokeySue » April 7th, 2018, 6:58 pm

OK, haven't been to many of these but all on my mental wishlist
Ceviche Soho - Peruvian seafood, I ate so well in Lima, and I like Martin Morales on TV
http://www.cevicheuk.com/soho

PP suggested Moro, good idea (near Sadler's Wells)
http://moro.co.uk

Been trying to get to St John, or its off shoot St John Bread and Wine (which might suit) for some time
https://stjohnrestaurant.com

I mentioned Darjeeling Express so here's a link
https://www.darjeeling-express.com

I mentioned Jose Pizarro, not cheap but boththe tapas bar and the Broadgate restaurantvlook interesting
https://josepizarro.com/jose-pizarro-broadgate/
Nieves Barragan has Sabor / Asado but you can't book Sabor and I think it is too expensive for this kind of group

Here's a link to Cafe Murano
https://www.cafemurano.co.uk
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby earthmaiden » April 7th, 2018, 7:42 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:I am in the hands of the experts as I don't get out much ;) (Well not into London that is :lol: )


Ditto. I hope that Rats can whittle it down :lol:.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Ratatouille » April 8th, 2018, 1:18 pm

Quite liking Moro, but bearing in mind the price , how about Marcus Waring at the Gilbert Scott?:
https://www.thegilbertscott.com/#set-menu
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 8th, 2018, 1:20 pm

One of my faves. 8-) 8-) 8-)
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Postby Ratatouille » April 8th, 2018, 1:37 pm

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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Catherine » April 8th, 2018, 1:55 pm

I've never been there but I was going to suggest Roast
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby earthmaiden » April 8th, 2018, 3:04 pm

I suppose the Gilbert Scott is more English than French. It looks lovely and I have certainly heard good things about it. It would mean you could have a lie-in too Rats! :lol: :lol:

I like the sound of most of the suggestions so far. My person preference steers away from Indian but anything is an adventure.

I've never been to Roast either Catherine though have heard of it - it looks pretty good (but can't see a set menu which might make the final bill well beyond the purse of some people).
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Zosherooney » April 8th, 2018, 3:12 pm

Please can we (2) be added to the list of attendees....... As long as there is consumption of nutritional biomatter we will be there ! He is not keen on sushi.....and struggles with offal but gut bucket here, will mine sweep without a problem..... :oops: :tu:
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby StokeySue » April 8th, 2018, 3:35 pm

Another classic Brit Place Andrew Edmunds (Soho)

http://www.andrewedmunds.com/
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 8th, 2018, 4:30 pm

StokeySue wrote:Another classic Brit Place Andrew Edmunds (Soho)

http://www.andrewedmunds.com/


Gosh that menu scribble is annoying. :o I’d love to go there but am a little bit worried that they open their lunch bookings three months in advance. Le Gavroche do that and we’ve never managed to get a table yet. :(
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby StokeySue » April 8th, 2018, 5:07 pm

I have a couple of friends who go fairly routinely (I'd go with them but it's romantic tryst without the kids :D ) They seem to have no trouble getting a table, even on a Friday, but there are only two of them (obvs)
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 9th, 2018, 11:09 am

Quo Vadis is also lovely and I recommend the set lunch.

http://www.quovadissoho.co.uk/wp-conten ... l-2018.pdf
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Postby Zosherooney » April 9th, 2018, 11:27 am

That's very different, set menu looks good too. :chef: :chops:
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Postby Herbidacious » April 9th, 2018, 11:39 am

I can't quite commit now, but in principle I would like to.

I took my American cousins to Andrew Edmunds. It was very good, but it's quite small.

Last time I was in Quo Vadis I was on a table next to Sean Connery*. They infamously charged me £20 for a plate of asparagus (back in 2001) - the vegetarian option. They look a little more veggie friendly now.


*And OH had a pee next to him :shock: Another guy asked SC for his autograph in the loo!!!
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Ratatouille » April 9th, 2018, 11:48 am

Pepper Pig wrote:Quo Vadis is also lovely and I recommend the set lunch.

http://www.quovadissoho.co.uk/wp-conten ... l-2018.pdf


Yum!! It's years and years since I last went.
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 9th, 2018, 11:49 am

Jeremy Lee has taken over at Quo Vadis now ( maybe 10 years ago) Herbi and I believe the restaurant has moved across the road from where it was. I think Simon Hopkinson is involved in some capacity. Last time I was there he was “in”. They have also merged with Barrafina I believe. The stained glass is lovely and the food was ace last time I went. The only cloud was that Toby Young was on the next table. I didn’t ask him for his autograph!!! :o
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Postby Ratatouille » April 9th, 2018, 11:59 am

I would risk that, anyway I wouldn't recognise him. I don't do faces - just voices!
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Postby StokeySue » April 9th, 2018, 1:17 pm

I hadno idea Quo Vadis was so reasonable
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Postby earthmaiden » April 9th, 2018, 2:55 pm

Nice ... not sure my provincial wardrobe will rise to the occasion but it'll have to :lol:
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Postby Zosherooney » April 9th, 2018, 3:14 pm

Is it a suit job ? Dresses for the totty?
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 9th, 2018, 3:19 pm

Not when I was last there! I don’t own a dress, or even a frock. ;) :lol:
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Re: Mini meet up in London at the end of May?

Postby StokeySue » April 9th, 2018, 3:34 pm

I don't think most London restaurants require anything smarter than Zedel does these days, I quite miss dressing up to go out, but less cost and less laundry!

According to their website it is the same building since 1926, I remember reading Leoni's autobiography

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Postby Pepper Pig » April 9th, 2018, 3:46 pm

I think then that it was divided up for Barrafina or one of them moved upstairs. I know I read something about it. The little grey cells don’t retain much these days. :oops:
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Postby suffolk » April 9th, 2018, 3:51 pm

Friends are members at Quo Vadis ... definitely no dress code as such. 8-)
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