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^^

have you eaten at the River Cafe?
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^^

have you eaten at the River Cafe?

Nope
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Try it next time. Last I was there (August), it was easily the best place I ate in London, and we ate at some great places. I poasted about it in the wine thread, both the River Cafe and The Fat Duck were incredible, both for completely different reasons.
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Ate at Ria last night. Will post pics and menu on what did you eat last night thread later.. but the food was amazing and the pairings for a non wine-drinker were incredible. Best cocktail I've ever had (North Shore #6 gin and Koval jasmine liquor).
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Ate at Ria last night. Will post pics and menu on what did you eat last night thread later.. but the food was amazing and the pairings for a non wine-drinker were incredible. Best cocktail I've ever had (North Shore #6 gin and Koval jasmine liquor).

Glad you liked it. That place is going to earn a 3rd star. American Contemporary at its finest, simple but incredibly elegant. Really admire that place... it came out of nowhere.
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A-frame in Culver City, Roy Choi's new place in taht old IHOP - fun. The hamburger is good - nice touches on the Korean egoma leaf over the Bibb lettuce leaf, a small swab of chile salsa, I don't like non-traditional burgers but this one really did work nicely. Roast chicken was nicely seasoned, served with the Kogi salsa and a green samosa sauce. Pickled eggs and daikon sides, a la Korean fried chicken. Some of the stuff on the menu seems like they're still experimenting, but it's fun and easy going.
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Earlier this week in London.

St. John
L'Atelier JR


Thanks for the write up. Any more recs? I'll be there in 2weeks.

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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
Try it next time. Last I was there (August), it was easily the best place I ate in London, and we ate at some great places. I poasted about it in the wine thread, both the River Cafe and The Fat Duck were incredible, both for completely different reasons.

I tried getting reservations at Fat Duck and soon realized it was like getting reservations at TFL. I gave up. Is River Cafe similar. Any others easier to get reservation recs?
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I tried getting reservations at Fat Duck and soon realized it was like getting reservations at TFL. I gave up. Is River Cafe similar. Any others easier to get reservation recs?
yeah, the Fat Duck is a really hard table to get. I didn't have any trouble with the River Cafe, I wrote about it a little (with pics) here.
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Locanda Ottoemezzo is good and not too pricy in comparison to the usual michilin star fair
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Thanks for the write up. Any more recs? I'll be there in 2weeks. I tried getting reservations at Fat Duck and soon realized it was like getting reservations at TFL. I gave up. Is River Cafe similar. Any others easier to get reservation recs?
I have seen some bad reviews, but I know the chef and he's a bad-ass. http://www.brasseriejoel.co.uk/ I have eaten at his restaurant when he was in Atlanta, but not his London spot.
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Any good eats and drinks in boise???
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Never written a negative social media review (Yelp, Trip Advisor) but felt compelled after last night. The short form: awful service. The worst in my years of enjoying restaurants. And worse, from what we experienced from several servers and the ridiculous Maitre'd, it was systemic. Don't bother. It was the only restaurant I have ever walked out. The long form: Joelle's was recommended by the innkeeper of the exquisite B&B we were staying. We arrived just before our res time of 7pm. The place is small, with a lovely patio. It was full. With the rec and the number of patrons in what could only be described as a remote spot, things looked good. Unfortunately, things went downhill quickly. The Maitre'd was from the Basil Fawlty school - he confused bumbling incompetence (a litany of poor service decisions in a very short period of time) with charm. Sadly, the very poor service continued with the very pleasant young waitress. It would seem that training was not a requirement for hire at Joelle's French Bistro. So many negatives happened in the hour before the wine arrived, my typing skills on this iPad will not accommodate all the info. We are not food and wine snobs. But, we expect a decent standard when paying for 'fine' dining. I wish I could report on what looked like lovely food. But, after smiling about the service, then laughing it off, our feelings developed to incredulity. At that time (70 minutes and counting) we threw $60 on the table for the $56 bottle of Bordeaux, and left. I wonder if they noticed?
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Any recommendations for restaurants with high quality-to-price ratio in the following areas?

1) San Francisco downtown
2) South Bay (Cupertino, Los Gatos, etc)

Thank you in advance!
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Kinda forgot this thread existed. And even though I already made a new thread, I'm gonna ask here, too. Anyone of you have any experience with noma?
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Not been, but massive foodie buzz about new place in London, Hedone.

http://www.andyhayler.com/show_restaurant.asp?id=889&country=UK
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I have complained on my blog for some time about the lack of ambition of most London restaurant openings in recent years. So many chefs seem content to open profitable bistros serving capable but unexciting food based on serviceable ingredients. This is understandable from a financial viewpoint, but is frustrating for a diner looking for world-class dishes, with few London openings aiming for the very highest standards of food possible. Hedone is an exception, bringing a level of quality of ingredients pretty much unknown even in multi-starred London establishments. For this reason alone it is to me the most exciting London restaurant opening for years.

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?/topic/139323-hedone/
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