Good restaurants in London?

#1
Right, lads and lasses, I'm in a bit of a pickle. Next Friday is The Jade Dream's birthday and my arrangements have just been shot out of the water. She's working in London all week and was supposed to be flying up on Friday afternoon, but a meeting has been rescheduled and she won't be back until too late.

I've managed to scramble Plan B together, a city break sans kids, but need a good restaurant for the Friday evening within reasonable striking distance of Bishopsgate. Indian or Thai preferably, but any recommendations gratefully received so long as the prices are London-reasonable.
 
#2
Wong Kei in Wardour St used to be splendid! Full of Chinese people, which is usually a good sign!
 
#3
Kwan Thai, Hay's Galleria

Linky here

Not far from HMS Belfast, and overlooks the Thames. I think the Riverboat stops there as well.
 
#4
smartascarrots said:
Right, lads and lasses, I'm in a bit of a pickle. Next Friday is The Jade Dream's birthday and my arrangements have just been shot out of the water. She's working in London all week and was supposed to be flying up on Friday afternoon, but a meeting has been rescheduled and she won't be back until too late.

I've managed to scramble Plan B together, a city break sans kids, but need a good restaurant for the Friday evening within reasonable striking distance of Bishopsgate. Indian or Thai preferably, but any recommendations gratefully received so long as the prices are London-reasonable.
Thai Square City
Cuisine: Thai
starters £4.50-£6, mains £6.95, sides £4.75, desserts £3.50-£3.95, Lunch Express (in Bar) £6.95-£8, set menus £18&£27, lowest bottle price £9.95

136-138 The Minories, EC3

Nearest Tube: Aldgate/Tower Hill

Description: Thai Pot Group is a chain of authentic Thai restaurants that serve food with a distinctive style which is constantly being reinvented with new and exciting flavours. Thai Square City is part of the Thai Pot chain. Catering for private parties of up to 150 guests is available upon request.

Phone: 020 7680 1111
Website: http://www.thaipot.co.uk
Open: Mon to Thurs 12.00-20.00; Fri 12.00-23.30

Enjoy :D
 
#5
Ta much folks. My taste-buds are tingling already.
 
#7
Try scanning through the Eating Out thread on the officer's forum
 
#8
bigbird67 said:
Wong Kei in Wardour St used to be splendid! Full of Chinese people, which is usually a good sign!
Yes, and the waiters are ever so charming... :D
 
#9
Asia de Cuba, St Martins Lane. Outstanding food, on the fairly expensive side if you enjoy a couple of bottles of wine and can go the full distance on the meal - which I can't.
 
#10
Rumpelstiltskin said:
bigbird67 said:
Wong Kei in Wardour St used to be splendid! Full of Chinese people, which is usually a good sign!
Yes, and the waiters are ever so charming... :D
They're the best bit!

"Upstair...upstair...no fok, you eat chinese way,or no eat a'all !!Why you want water...you got tea!!" :D
 
#12
The_Duke said:
For curry, the Cafe Spice Namaste is for winners!

http://www.cafespice.co.uk/

Quality food, avoiding the Brick Lane 'everything in a masala sauce' trap
Seconded.
However once you've finished your eating experience make sure you walk west (or South if you want to pick ap a cab in Mansell St) and not east; Tower Hamlets is a grim old place.
 
#13
If you want to impress her then I would suggest Saturday lunch at the Dorchester. If you book through Top Table they have a special deal at the moment, 3 courses for £27.50. Drinks are a bit steep, but you should be able to get a meal for two with a decent bottle of wine for under £100. For a Michelin stared restaurant in London, this is a good deal.

Link
 
#14
Rumpelstiltskin said:
bigbird67 said:
Wong Kei in Wardour St used to be splendid! Full of Chinese people, which is usually a good sign!
Yes, and the waiters are ever so charming... :D
Bring a stop watch to time yourself eating, to avoid being hurry-upped by them. Also pray that whoever gets stucjk on your table, to share the romantic vibe, is neither a back-packer or a stranger to personal hygiene.

I recommend the Korean place next door (downstairs) to Holborn tube. Asadal it is called, my Googling fingers tell me. The cooking your own food on a little barby at the table is great fun. Have the mixed kimchee...mmm!
 
#15
Mr_Deputy said:
Take her and yourself to the Blue Elephat in Fulham.
Go to website and have a look at the 360o tour. Its every bit a tropical paradise inside. Really.
If you go on a Sunday its £25 each for a freshly cooked and prepared buffet of staggering quality. Call and book in advance, ask to be next to the water features if possible.

www.blueelephant.com/l...index.html
The Blue Elephant. Another fine place - ask for a table on the bridge. Mrs Bigeye and I celebrated our engagement there many years ago. I celebrated my divorce in IndoPak Paradise in Pimlico : another great Indian eatery
 

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#16
If you want to be really swish, go to Nancy Lam at EnakEnak,

56 Lavender Hill, London, SW11
Telephone : 020 7924 3148

You will get what you are given in the best Indonesian and Far East cuisine and be entertained by the lady herself.

The food has always been fantastic and yes you will pay a good £60 per head - but I assure you it is worth it. See if you can get a late notice booking - you never know, you might get lucky.
 
#17
Rasa Sayang in Leicester Square was good (Haven't been for a few years). Wouldn't advise Wong Kei's for a 'romantic' night out, although it is good for novelty. And if you do go to wong's, pay by cash as you may wait some time to get your card back, and be prepared to sit at a different table to the person you're going with.
 
#20
seconded on the Blue Elephant.

For Indian, and a very special experience, The Gaylord, yes really, on Mortimer Street, is a little nearer

http://www.gaylordlondon.com/

They really treat you like a king, and suck up to you so much, that you can almost imagine that you are a local govenor in the days of the Raj, and even if its your first time, they greet you like a regular in the most pleasingly obsequious manner.

You almost expect them to offer you their doey eyed beautiful daughter because they are in fear that you will order the local batallion of East India Company troops to pillage their town unless they are nice to you.

The grub is utterly superb, and in my view, this is THE best Indian naafi in Town
 

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