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London Restaurant Finds

Wrapping up a week in London, and as our favorite (recommended by Rick) B&B went out of business since the Pandemic started, we found another, this time in Fitzrovia. We asked for the host’s favorite restaurant, and also strolled the neighborhood, finding another favorite of our own. They’re less than 4 blocks from each other, a bit northwest of the British Museum, and a bit southwest of Regent’s Park and Madame Tussaud’s.
Clipstone was our splurge. It’s on Clipstone Street, and has an extensive wine list, including English bubbly that has outscored French Champagne in many comparisons (climate change has made Britain an ideal wine growing region). We got a more affordable bottle of French Sancerre rosé. Our waiter was an Italian. Menu offerings were splendid. Food was expertly prepared, and presentation was impressive. Our mains were Cornish Sea Bass and Yorkshire Hogget (sheep a couple months older than a “lamb”). Special Warm Chocolate Mousse and a Rhubarb Mille-feuille were desserts. Look forward to going there next trip! Clipstone, at 5 Clipstone Street, London. Reservations on Tuesday highly recommended, and other days, necessary.
Special find: Naroon. I now realize that London has a whole bunch of Persian restaurants, and the one we stumbled across is London’s highest rated. They’re surprisingly low priced, for London, and their food was universally outstanding. We went there for lunch on Monday, and went back for dinner last night, instead of a favorite Italian restaurant from past trips. They didn’t disappoint. Be sure to get Bal, chicken wings that will amaze. Their hummus is exceptional. Naroon Koofteh meatball stew has amazing seasoning. They said the chef is from eastern Iran, near the Pakistan border, and uses hotter spices than found in other parts of Iran. Their flatbread is also different, and delicious. It turns out Naroon is a suburb of Tehran, but also a restaurant in London you should visit. We will, next time in London! Naroon restaurant, 60 Great Titchfield Street, London. Reservations are recommended here, too.

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Thank you Cyn for your recommendations. I will put these on my list for my next trip to London.

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Now I'm curious about what your favorite Italian restaurant is!

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Janet, it’s been Briciole, at 20 Homer Street. Staff seem to speak more Italian amongst themselves than English, and many customers did, too.

For a quick bite (especially arancini, cannoli, and sandwiches - plus espresso), there’s also a small Sicilian place, Etna Coffee, open in the daytime, on Baker Street, about 3 blocks south of the Baker Street Tube station. It’s run by two brothers.