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

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OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 05-Aug-13 18:40:38

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?

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.

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 08-Aug-13 21:04:04

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.

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 *

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 - 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.

IHeartKingThistle Tue 06-Aug-13 18:35:16

We love Belgo in Covent Garden.

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.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 06-Aug-13 18:27:12

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!

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 05-Aug-13 21:35:52

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Fancies40Winks Mon 05-Aug-13 19:55:22

Polpetto is lovely, but the amount of dishes they recommend isn't enough, even for my friend with a notoriously bird-like appetite.

Hobbes8 Mon 05-Aug-13 19:52:18

There's some nice places on James Street off Oxford Street. I never know what any of them are called, but there's a couple of Turkish / middle Eastern type places and lots of others. Charlotte St near Tottenham Court Road is good too - a branch of Wahaca, an amazing but pricey tapas place and lots of others that I can't remember.

Jenijena Mon 05-Aug-13 19:50:50

Another vote for wahaca - I wish it was a chain, then there'd be one near me. The refried beans are amazing.

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 05-Aug-13 19:50:35

Korean! now that sounds different!
I think my head is going to explode with all of this choice. You see this is what I'm like when wandering round in London. I spend so long choosing that my blood sugar plummets, I get really grumpy and then it all goes horribly wrong!

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 05-Aug-13 19:49:01

Momo looks too pricey for this time, but perhaps another.

I hve to be really careful with indian (and thai) food as coconut upsets my tummy and it seems to sneak into lots of dishes sad

Quodlibet Mon 05-Aug-13 19:48:52

Andrew Edmonds on Lexington St is always good. Also Mildred's (vegi) on the same road.
Polpo/Polpetto if you can get a table.
Loads of good Korean places round Soho.

Rowanred Mon 05-Aug-13 19:46:11

I second Tas- really nice food. Or Troia on belvedere Rd behind the London eye is also excellent( same sort of food as Tas although they also weirdly do good steak and chips!)

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 05-Aug-13 19:41:14

Back up plans are useful in case they are fully booked!

Cheeseatmidnight Mon 05-Aug-13 19:40:56

Momo is amazing!

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 05-Aug-13 19:40:30

Tried to book but their bookings closes at 5:30. Will try tomorrow!

Fancies40Winks Mon 05-Aug-13 19:35:41

Bocca Di Lupo certainly used to be very popular, I would suggest booking unless it's gotten a lot less busy recently.

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