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A March 2005 trip to London by ext212

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Quote: We took advantage of a British Airways winter promo (by clicking around IgoUgo.com!) and gave up cold New York city for cold London. Thank goodness for Middle White pig and oxtail stew -- both warmed our stomachs and our hearts.

St John

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Restaurant | "St. John Restaurant Smithfield"

St John Photo, London, England
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St. John Restaurant Smithfield 26 St. John Street London EC1M 4AY Telephone: 020 7251 0848 To me, finally going to London meant only one thing: dining at St. John Restaurant. I first heard of St. John while reading about Anthony Bourdain, the head chef of New York City's Les Halles, and his search for the perfect meal around the world in A Cook's Tour. While in London, he stopped at St. John to interview Fergus Henderson, the celebrated chef of St. John, who reintroduced the nose-to-tail eating of "both beast and fowl" to food lovers around London and to the rest of the culinary world. When I was planning a weekend getaway, Londo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2005

St John
26 St John Street
London, England EC1M 4AY
+44 20 7251 0848

Fifteen London

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Restaurant | "Fifteen "

Fifteen London Photo, London, England
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Fifteen Westland Place London, N1 7LP Telephone: 0871 330 1515 If you watch the Food Network, then you know who Jamie Oliver is. He's always cooked with a camera in tow. Perhaps this is the reason why the foodie audience is evenly divided into camps that either hate him (jealousy?) or love him (that accent!). After producing books of his favorite recipes and successful TV cooking shows, he started the Cheeky Chops Foundation to help disadvantaged young adults learn the ins and outs of running a restaurant kitchen. The name Fifteen refers to the number of new staff the restaurant accepts each year from a pool of hundreds of applicants. We ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2005

Fifteen London
15 Westland Place
London, England N1 7LP
0203 375 1515

Taro Japanese Restaurant

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Taro Japanese Restaurant Photo, London, England
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Taro61 Brewer St London W1F 9UNTelephone: 020 7734 5826 We wanted to have lunch at the Carnaby Street Wagamama, a noodle shop franchise, just to check out the interior design. They were unfortunately closed the Sunday we ventured out for food. We ended up eating at Taro after we saw its logo further down the street. I fretted momentarily about the possiblity that ordering udon or a rice bowl would be like running to a McDonald's while on vacation. Japanese food, you see, is my form of comfort food. Udon with shrimp tempura and rice with unagi (roasted eel), however, are better choices than any super-sized meal. I quickly got over my hesit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2005

Taro Japanese Restaurant
59 Brewer Street
London, England
(020) 7734-5826

Clipper Bangladeshi Cuisine

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Restaurant | "Clipper"

Clipper Bangladeshi Cuisine Photo, London, England
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Clipper Bangladeshi Cuisine 104 Brick Lane London E1 6RL Telephone: 020 7377 0022 They say that Indian food is better in London than it is in India. I did not eat anything that was either new or palette-expanding at Clipper. That said, I still enjoyed my dinner of standards like kashmiri gosht (lamb stew), saag paneer (spinach and cheese), and even chicken tikka masala. Just like New York City's 6th Street on the Lower East Side, proprietors do their best to pull you into their respective restaurants. They will offer free papadam and they will plead with you until you eventually end up walking through their doors. The competition on Brick Lane is fi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2005

Clipper Bangladeshi Cuisine
104 Brick Lane
London, England
020 7377 0022