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Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 10 February, 2007 - 12:30 pm:   

Hi, anyone interested in such a thread and if so any suggestions as to the format? ie local/not local, London South/East/West/North, Everywhere Else, etc or more specific such as East Dulwich/Lordship Lane, etc.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 10 February, 2007 - 12:43 pm:   

Anyway,while you're all thinking, I'll get on with recommending Ganapati, Holly Grove, SE15, ( Peckham). It is small, cafe style, unpretentious, and looks like you've stepped into someones front room. The food is South Indian therefore fairly spicy but absolutely delicious and well presented. There is a small garden to the rear stocked with exotic plants which you can eat in. Can highly recommend this place as its a great find. Its close to the Peckham one way system but in a conservation area so nice, quiet, and green. Visitor parking possible.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 12 February, 2007 - 12:00 pm:   

I recommend Belair in Ballery road, Dulwich.
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Monday, 12 February, 2007 - 02:58 pm:   

Belair has apparently completely changed. It is now called Beauberry house and is very Japanese which is probably not a bad thing. Robwinton would probably enjoy it as I believe that it has about 450 wines to choose from.
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Monday, 12 February, 2007 - 03:52 pm:   

I had lunch at Beauberry House last summer and must say I enjoyed the food. However, I was very glad it was lunchtime on a hot summer day and we were eating outside as the interior would give anyone a migraine. Bright orange and shocking pink are bad enough colours on their own but as a combination?!
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Monday, 12 February, 2007 - 04:43 pm:   

Beauberry House has been slated in every press release from here to Timbuktoo. Unfortunately they decided to pay homage to Stelios, and created an Easy Eating franchise. However they overlooked the 'value' side.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 12 February, 2007 - 10:26 pm:   

I went to a function there last year as part of the Dulwich Festival; the venue was fantastic and they served a barbeque which was good. My last eating experience there with the previous management was poor as the food came really late and wasn't fresh. I was hoping things had changed but perhaps not. Quite a bit different but if we want to do ' posh' and take guests out we go to Joannas in Westwood Hill as usually reliable- not really posh but has an air of class and quality that is hard to beat for French/contemporary food.
Joined 18-07-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 21 February, 2007 - 01:40 pm:   

Been to Beauberry House a couple of times now. In a nutshell food and wine - excellent, service and decor - must try harder. Not in the same league as Chez Bruce for instance (even though prices are much the same)
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 23 February, 2007 - 02:35 pm:   

You did say outside SE23:
Went to 11 (Elf) this week. This restaurant is hidden in a former post office building behind the central station in Amsterdam. Although the entrance looks like a typical high-rise on a run down estate and you would not expect the lift to reach the 11th floor, when you get to 11 you find a very pleasant restaurant with great views of Amsterdam.

Due to its location and reputation you will not find many English people here (a welcome change in Amsterdam) but menus are available in English. It is a bit trendy but not over the top. The food is the main attraction - I had some lovely tuna to start and then more fish as the main course (Red Snapper in a sauce that was deigned for, and would have been better with, cod). Wine was a bottle of Pinot Grigio (isn't it always) but they did have a number of other bottles that sounded worth trying.

So when you next need to impress somebody in Amsterdam, this is probably the place to go.
Joined 27-11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 27 February, 2007 - 02:29 pm:   

Interesting to hear that there is some reasonable food to be had in Amsterdam. I've been over a couple of times recently and the food was unremittingly, depressingly awful. Mostly, in fact, in the "worst meal of your life" kind of category.

On the plus side the drinking is very good indeed. I can recommend the Ahrend's Nest, which serves every single beer that is brewed in Holland, and De Wildeman (the Wildman) Cafe. The latter despite the presence of several unfortunates in there sporting "The Dam '07" t-shirts and compelling me to look pleadingly to the barman for forgiveness for my country. De Wildeman has the most fantastic and constantly changing beer selection. And this was where I had my best meal in Amsterdam: cheese and crackers.
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 27 February, 2007 - 04:14 pm:   

There are a number of excellent Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam (particularly but Amsterdam also has some of the nicest falafel restaurants this side of Lebanon (Maoz in Leidsestraat in particular).
Joined 27-11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 06 March, 2007 - 11:11 pm:   

Not that i want to be unremittingly negative but I did go to an Indonesian only a few hundred yards from there and which had been warmly recommended to me. I'm afraid it was very disappointing: friendly but amateurish.

My top tip for eating in Holland is as follows: wake with traditional hangover, slouch down to the supermarket with comrades in crime, buy in and prepare an enormous fry-up, wash down said fry up with a few glasses of your host's special reserve collection of lambic beers, walk very slowly to the nearest pub. The great beauty of this dietary regime is that you feel like eating nothing else for the rest of the day and so save money, time and the inevitable disappointment that will come from spending time in a Dutch restaurant. The down side is that I have more time to sit in the pub, listening to my mate Trev reminisce about his experiences as a Harrier pilot in the Falklands. Still can't have everything I suppose.
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 07 March, 2007 - 08:50 am:   

Personally I find that pub food over there is OK. Snert(dutch pea soup) and croquettes do the trick.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 07 March, 2007 - 03:01 pm:   

I go every year to visit friends, and all we ever eat is meat. In every form imaginable. And lots of cheese. I return to the UK craving vegetables. I will try some of the above next time I'm doing the 'dam.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 22 June, 2007 - 11:09 pm:   

The Barbur did the most bland Palek Paneer I ever tasted (anyone spot the curry snob here?) - I e-mailed them hoping to get a freebie but they never got back to me. Odd that despite their high reputation with all the other decent curry houses competition should keep their prices down (but it doesn't). We're pretty fortunate, decent curry houses both in Forest Hill central, and on the posh estate if we go down to East Dulwich or Peckham. Anyone tried the South Indian in Peckham?
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 23 June, 2007 - 09:50 am:   

If you mean Ganapati then yes - think its a fab place.