||Julie from London, England...
Thought I'd share my favourite neighbourhood restaurant with
you. I'm a Canadian living in London, England and am currently
living in Clapham, London. My flatmates and I have discovered
a great French restaurant called Aux
Trois Soleils which is well worth the visit. Aux
Trois Soleils serves quality food at reasonable (London) prices.
The restaurant is cozy, the serving staff are always helpful
and friendly and the owner makes the effort to chat with every
table. The restaurant is located on Clapham high street. Take
the Northern Line to Clapham Common tube stop and walk north
along the high street. The restaurant is on the east side.
Address: 127, Clapham High Street. Tel: 020 7498 3777
Zelda from London,
is one of my favorite neighbourhood restaurants in London.
It's a really yummy Italian family-run restaurant. It's
advisable to ring before to book a table as it is very near
Great Ormand Street Hospital and two university halls of
residence. The nearest tube is Russell Square. Turn right
as you come out of the tube and follow the road down, past
the round about and international house and around the corner.
Cross over the road and head toward the funny looking island
in the middle of the street. This is Lambs Conduit Street.
Head up the street past "The Lamb" pub and Ciao Bella is
on the same block. In fine weather tables spill out onto
the pavement. There may not appear to be many tables, but
there are more downstairs. Really good piano player/singer
on (I think it's) Friday/Saturday nights. There are lots
of reasonably priced meals to choose from --their pasta
is very yummy, and their pizzas are very large. Expect a
bill of about 30-40 pounds for two people. Address: 86-90
Lamb's Conduit Street WC1N 3LZ Tel No.: 020 7242 4119. Opening
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12noon to 11.30pm Sunday, 12noon
Robyn from London,
My very favorite, very small restaurant for breakfast or
lunch in London, is called The
Muffin Man. There are two floors - the ground
floor is for non-smokers, and smokers can use the upper
floor. Expect homemade food; good soups, real chicken in
the chicken sandwiches, and, of course, tea. It's located
on Wright's Lane in Kensington. Wright's Lane is a tiny,
two block long, street just off the Kensington High Street.
(It's near the Copthorne Tara Hotel, and not far from my
favorite Clark's shoe store.) All in all, a great location.
And, if you stay in Kensington, just a couple of blocks
down the high street is a Safeway supermarket where you
can buy your hotel room munchies!
from San Francisco...
I'm a frequent traveler to London for business and pleasure.
For great Indian food I'd like to recommend Star
of India (154 Old Brompton Road, London
SW5, Tel: 020 7373 2901). Forget all the other Chutney Marys
and Bombay Brasseries, Star of India is a fabulous, intimate
restaurant on the Kensington-Knightsbridge border. Their
food is so good that I go there on my first night in London
and usually go back at least one more time during my stay.
Prices are surprisingly reasonable for this top-quality
cuisine. P.S. It's also a low-key celebrity hangout. According
to The Observer, star-sightings include " Daniel Day Lewis,
John Cleese, Bryan Adams, Yasmin Le Bon and Hugh Grant.
Tom Cruise was turned away because the place was full."
from London, England...
located at 17 Moor Street is just opposite the stage door
of LES MISERABLES in Cambridge Circus. It's a tiny place,
with delicious, reasonably priced food and very good wine.
The staff is lovely, and will treat you just as well when
you travel alone as when you are with others. There are
also a variety of pubs beside the restaurant, behind the
theatre, and across from the theatre that are lovely.
Barbara from Bern, Switzerland...
If you love Indian food and are willing to spend the extra
British Pound, The Bombay Brasserie is the place to go.
It is fine dining at its best. The tastes are divine and
the preparation like art. I love sitting in the conservatory
or having a pre-dinner drink in the bar where you can watch
people come and go. The Bombay Brasserie’s clientele
is mostly Indian, which I think is a very good sign. It’s
located on Courtfield Road just behind Gloucester Road tube
station on the Piccadilly line. Website: http://www.bombaybrasserielondon.com/
Meridith from Oxford,
Hi, I'm an American law student spending
the semester in London. Just wanted to let the dessert hounds
out there know about this little bit of heaven in Oxford.
The Cleo Creperie
in Oxford, England is perfect if you have a serious sweet
tooth, or just a healthy craving for a delicious dessert.
It's located on Gloucester Green, very near the main bus
station. This place serves sinfully rich crepes and ice
cream, as well as a full menu. I had a crepe called the
English Rose that was packed with lightly warmed bread pudding
covered in melted milk chocolate and finished off with a
scoop of premium vanilla ice cream. My friend had the banana
and chocolate crepe stuffed with bananas and covered in
chocolate sauce topped with vanilla ice cream. Yum! Oh,
and there's a non-smoking section too, for all the Journeywomen
like me who don't like smoke indoors. The Cleo Creperie
Tel: 01865 791898
Brandi from Oxford, England...
Especially if you have a serious craving for a delicious
in Oxford is a perfect spot to take an afternoon break from
sightseeing. I know; I discovered this yummy spot when I
lived in Oxford. Cleo Creperie is located on Gloucester
Green very near the main bus station. This place serves
seriously sinful, amazingly rich crepes and ice cream as
well as a full menu. My favorite 'sin' was a crepe aptly
called the English Rose. It was packed with buttered bread
pudding, lightly warmed, covered in melted milk chocolate,
and finished off with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream.
Oh my goodness it was good. Give it a try, ladies! Telephone:
Flo from Welwyn
Garden City, UK...
A London friend introduced me to a great little Maida Vale
neighbourhood restaurant that serves Asian fusion -- Oriental,
Thai, Japanese and Chinese. I chose yummy veggie pad thai
and a dessert of grilled bananas covered in a tapioca and
coconut milk custard. This dessert is totally delicious
if you like sweet things. The place is called Kwai
Chi Asiatic Kitchen and Bar on 2-4 Fernhead
Road, Maida Vale tel. 02089695403. It's modern, clean and
has gotten good reviews. Prices are moderate by UK standards.
We found it a perfect spot for people watching. The nearest
tube stop is Queen's Park but if you phone I'm sure they
will give you directions.
Maggie in London,
I’ve enjoyed several meals at this communally run
vegetarian restaurant, Bonnington
Cafe with its long tradition of exceptional
food served in a laid back, Bohemian atmosphere. The chefs,
mainly residents from Bonnington Square, work on a rotation
system. They open for lunch and supper. A 3-course meal
is a snip at under £10.00 including tea or coffee.
Alcohol is not sold but you can take your own or, if you
forget, buy from the off-license shop opposite the restaurant.
Check their site to see which local resident is cooking
each day and for enquiries or reservations. A great example
of communal living. 11 Vauxhall Grove, SW8 1TD. TUBE: Vauxhall,
2 minutes walk. Website: http://garden.bonningtonsquare.org.uk/bonnington/cafe.html
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Eva from Edinburgh, Scotland...
There's terrific food at a pub called The
Last Drop in Grassmarket in Edinburgh. It's
nicer than most pubs, and the food is both reasonably priced
and outstanding. My favorite dish is called "Hangman's Pie."
It's a cross between a pot pie and a shepard's pie -- yum,
yum! James is the manager -- tell him Eva from NY sent you,
and he'll take especially good care of you -- although he's
a wonderful host to everyone! The clientele is great there.
I've gone in there on my own any time of day, any day of
the week. I've never had a negative experience. The staff
watches out for you -- and so do the other patrons. Their
night/weekend security is wonderful, and they take special
care of solo female visitors. They have people come in from
all over the world -- I've had fascinating conversations,
and lifelong friendships have started in the Last Drop!
The staff can also tell you about the best, hottest restaurants
and nightlife -- Edinburgh nightlife changes more quickly
than New York's! The Last Drop is also historically fascinating
-- it is next to the former gallows! Hence the play on words
"The Last Drop" -- not only was it the last drop you'd drink,
it was your last drop when the gallows opened. Slightly
Helen from Edinburgh, Scotland...
Stockbridge is in the area of Edinburgh where many of the
city's young professionals live. In that part of the city
(away from the busy center) I recommend Bell's
Diner on #7 Street. Stephen Street. An Edinburgh
institution, it's been around for about 30 years. You get
homemade burgers (with nut burgers for the veggies), steaks,
milkshakes, wonderful pancakes and ice cream etc.. with
servings big enough to leave you feeling painfully full.
If there's more than two of you, book very early as it's
tiny and gets pretty busy. Highly recommended! Tel: 0131/225
8116 Mon - Fri & Sun 6-10pm, Sat noon - 10:30 pm.