Eating in Europe
Jack’s is a small chain mainly on the west side: Ashford, Bagshot, Feltham, etc. Not readily accessable if you are in the city though. I spent several months in Feltham/Chertsey on business and Jack’s was a favorite.
I guess bangers and mash are readily available. I think I was thinking of eels, pie’n’mash. East End fare had really disappeared when I was there but looking at the internet it appears to have made a come back. I remember at the London Museum there was a display about the "lost culinary traditions" of the East End.
might prove helpful. It has a section entitled " how to find us " which gives direction and modes of transport. As you can see it is really not a viable trip by taxi from London, it would cost you at least 100 pounds round trip by taxi, and its something you would have to book with a reputable private cab hire firm, a London cab that you hail in the street would never take you that far. You would be much better off getting the train and then as they advise a taxi from the station.
Again, I would contact the Fat Duck well in advance beforehand to check whether reservations would be required at the time of your visit. As Ive said before its really not my kind of thing but I can understand why someone would want to have the experience of eating there 🙂
Thinking about it, Brighton is only an hour from London by train so if you for some reason decide to make a trip here I can definitely make some more firsthand personal recommendations.
Miss Kitty, is the Fat Duck reasonably accessible from London via Taxi?
The Fat Duck isn’t in London, its in a village in Berkshire. Its cutting edge experimental cheffy not roadfood but would definitely be an " experience ".
I have to say I have not heard of a fish and chip chain called Jack’s, the only F & C chain I can think of is Harry Ramsdens, franchised from the legendary original in Yorkshire. Harry Ramsdens are ok, Ive eaten in the one down here and its fine but I prefer a couple of local indepedents. Not much use recommending Brighton restaurants tho if youre going to be in London. Could try this list
:http://www.londoneats.com/news/top10chippies.asp. If you are adventurous enough you could try real old fashioned London food at Manzes on the Tower Bridge Road – proper old style eel, pie and mash shop.
Most indian food is good too. Again I haven’t seen a dearth of bangers and mash ? most caffs and greasy spoons will serve it up, and a lot of decent pubs too, even some top rated chefs! its viewed as retro chic I think 😛 Try the Sausage and Mash cafe in the Portobello road.
Pubs definitely will give you a good taste of local. Not all are reliable for food tho. Steer clear of pubs that look like they were built in the 1970’s have peeling paint and " 2 steaks for 5.99 " offers.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Be sure you go out for an "English Breakfast" one morning, complete with bacon, eggs, toast, beans and sausage – it should hold you over for the rest of the day.
For a Roadfood experience, I recommend pubs in London. I found good food, good beer, reasonable prices and a fun time. Easy to strike up conversation with the locals if desired. Check guide books for suggested places.
In London, try the Indian cuisine; it is so much better than the stuff here. I really liked the chicken biryani I got at several places.
For stereotypical British, stop by for some fish and chips (Jack’s is a good chain). Bangers and mash are hard to find these days, but you can probably find a Yorkshire pudding.
My suggestion for Barcelona would be a pita place (NOT Pita Inn!) that I can’t remember the name of. However, it is right off Las Ramblas between a Starbucks and Pan & Company and there is always a line, so you should be able to find it. It’s all vegetarian, so falafel pitas, but you can stuff your pita from the greatest salad bar ever. Spiced chickpeas, great garlic sauce, peppers, etc. It is so good, and you can go back for more salad fixin’s. I am jealous you get to eat there (if you so choose).
The next place is less roadfood, more awesome in terms of deal. It’s an all you can eat (great fresh salad bar, though), but more importantly, ALL YOU CAN DRINK. As in, beer. All you can drink beer. For 9 euro. That’s amazing, if you’re into beer drinking in BCN. I was and I stayed there eating a huge salad and drinking beer for about 4 hours one afternoon. It’s a wonder I didn’t fall into the harbor. Anyway, I think it’s called Fresco or something to that effect, it’s right around Plaza Cataluna, if you ask someone you’ll be able to find it. Anyway, have a great time and def. go see La Sagrada Familia and the Gaudi buildings and park. Happy travels!
Stephan, thanks for the info. I will be in each place for aprox 4 days. Cost is not an issue as long as the quality matches the price. I have read that The Fat Duck in London is currently rated #1 on the "The World’s best places to eat list" so that’s the only place we have planned on going to thus far.
We would like to eat the local cuisine from each State/Country. I really enjoy all types of food from American to Indian. Anything that really stood out to anybody as being extraordinary would be a great recommendation. I have read and followed Zagat for years but sometimes find great places that are either not rated or rated incorrectly. It would be nice to have some other opinions.
Thanks again for your input.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Welcome to the forums.
What kind of food are you looking for? How much are you willing to spend? How long are you going to be in each city? You have a pretty broad topic that could head into a million different directions. With all due respect, your question is not much different then saying "Hey, do you know any good places to eat in the United States?"
I will be traveling through Europe for a few weeks and was looking for some recommendations in the following places:
Any feedback would be appreciated.
In London, if you would like a very nicely cooked entrecote steak with pommes frites, I recommend Rowley’s, located on Jermyn Street, just off of Regent St., near Piccadilly Circus. The steak (their specialty), which is brought to the table already sliced, is served on a warming tray, in butter sauce. It is normally cooked rare, and is quite good. The pommes frites are unlimited, if you want more of them. They are good also.
For Chinese cuisine, if you want food that is better than most of the stuff in London’s Chinatown, head for Queensway, in the Bayswater section. There, you will find both the New Four Seasons, which is very good if a bit inelegant, as well as the much fancier Royal China. Both are excellent, and Royal China is known for the best Dim Sum in London, which they serve every day until 6:00 PM. There is also another location of Royal China on Baker Street, but I found that the "attitude" at the Baker St. branch was a bit too much to deal with.
In Soho, if you are looking for something different, try Olsson’s (also known as Garlic & Shots)–which features a LOT of garlic in everything. The decor is very casual–or perhaps even funky, and the food is good, but I found the noise level of the rock & roll, as well as the amount of cigarette smoke to be really annoying. However, if you are up for a fun evening and don’t mind the smoke, then I recommend it.
For very good Turkish food at reasonable prices, I recommend Efes Kebab House, on Great Portland Street.
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