I can never work out where to eat in central London.

(39 Posts)

I know its a bit bonkers, but we really struggle to find somewhere that is a)yum b)not a chain c)affordable. d)wont give us food poisoning

dd and I are meeting up with dh later this week one evening. We can go anywhere in central London. We pretty much like any food (but prefer not a curry) and as long as it meets the above criteria we would probably be happy!

Any suggestions please?

Rewindtimeplease Mon 05-Aug-13 19:57:28

Oh Charlotte street is sweet and worth going to if not a Londoner.

But much closer to Oxford street than Tottenham court road! In fact, there Is a little alleyway off Oxford street that opens up into st christophers place. Blink and you miss it kind of alleyway, on the same side as The Gap, and very close to it.

Baconsarnie Mon 05-Aug-13 19:57:33

I second Quodlibet's suggestions of Mildred's and Andrew Edmonds. Both great, tho you'd have to book for Andrew Edmonds. Or there's a great Thai place (chain) on Wardour St and Store St. Always queues. But they move quickly. Will google name for you.

Baconsarnie Mon 05-Aug-13 19:58:51

Busaba Eathai. Tho sorry, just realised you're avoiding Thai!

Taffeta Mon 05-Aug-13 20:10:14

Momo scammed DHs credit card and then denied it. Avoid like plague.

Taffeta Mon 05-Aug-13 20:12:37

Wahaca has quite a few branches, Bluewater, Covent Garden and South Bank that I know of.

forevergreek Mon 05-Aug-13 20:26:10

Wahaca is a huge chain

I like china town. But can never remember the name of where we go but it's on outside rather than on main street

Penthouse
Nizimi - sushi, charlotte st, but not cheap. Actually lots of sushi places but most £30+ each plus drinks.
Tibits for Lunch

Is polpetto like an Italian tapas? I like the look of their dishes.

Bocca Di Lupo is booked smile thank you for everyones suggestions. It's not the first time I've had this issue so I will be back to this thread I'm sure!

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 06-Aug-13 18:31:54

Whenever I have a chance I go to Bar Shu. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water... grin But only if you like Sichuan food.

We love Belgo in Covent Garden.

Laquila Tue 06-Aug-13 20:22:19

Ooh Gallic are you thinking of Gallipoli on Upper St? I love those!

If you want cheap and cheerful then Bistro 1, which has one in Soho and one in Covent Garden, is brilliant.

Other than that then I'd suggest having a look on toptable.co.uk - we got a good deal at a hotel on Piccadilly recently that I forget the name of. Good food, easy location and nice and quiet.

Also I'd recommend the Wolseley for a special occasion - not that cheap but lovely food and great setting.

gallicgirl Tue 06-Aug-13 22:24:51

No, dp is just looking it up because I've forgotten the name. There's an old lady who cooks bread in the window.

* waits *

* waits *

* goes to poke dp who has been distracted by a spreadsheet *

we went to Boca di lupo. Really enjoyed it, though we didn't quite get the hang of ordering little dishes so they came out in a bit of a bizarre order. dd had the pigs blood and chocolate pudding. shock which rather tasted like chocolate spread. we ordered carefully so it wasnt too expensive. Only criticism is that although the staff were lovely to us they generally seemed quite stressed.

Quodlibet Fri 09-Aug-13 19:05:09

Op glad you enjoyed your meal. To answer your question Polpetta is 'Venetian tapas' so a really unusual, quite rich and interesting set of small dishes. Thinking about it, I am not sure if you can book in advance of the day, but its definitely worth popping in to try to bag a table if you are in Soho early evening.

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