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London dinner

Thursday, October 26, 2006

It appears that Britain's dubious reputation as having Europe’s worst food may have come to an end. London is now a cosmopolitan city with countless restaurants and cafés and an enormous variety of cuisines. According to Gourmet magazine, London is now one of the places on earth to enjoy great food.

Brixton, just a 10 minute Tube ride from central London, serves up the flavours of Jamaica, true to it origins, and is becoming increasingly popular.

Bamboula Jerk Kitchen is fun and friendly. It seats just 22 diners at a time and has a small bar which serves a good rum punch. The menu includes dishes such as flamed jerk chicken dusted in herbs, escoveitch fish, callaloo lasagne and chicken rundown simmered in white wine, garlic and coconut cream sauce. There are side orders of yams, potatoes and dumplings. Many of the ingredients are imported from Jamaica.

The S&M Cafés in Islington, the City and Portobello offer traditional British meals at affordable prices. (S&M comes from sausage and mash). Food is healthy and affordable and they serve eat-in and take-out meals. Their gourmet sausages are much sought after and come in 14 varieties, including venison, wild boar and vegetarian. They also have shepherd's pie, toad in the hole, spotted dick and other meals synonymous with Britain.

S&M Cafés open every day and serve brunch on weekends. They cater for those who like something a little different, as well as satisfying urges for homemade comfort food. Decor is retro and while the food has improved since then, the atmosphere is very '60s-'70s.

There’s no doubt that curry is a favourite in England. Brick Lane, in the East End of London, is the centrepiece of the city’s Bengali community. The local community calls the area Banglatown! Sixty-eight percentof the ward’s population is of Bangladeshi origin and it’s an excellent place to find a good, cheap meal.

Preem serves excellent food which is oven-cooked, keeping oil at a minimum. They marinate food to enhance flavours and diners can enjoy dishes such as lemon chicken channa, an aromatic dish cooked with fresh herbs, lemon and chick peas.


The capital of England.

Cost has over 300 hotels in London. Rates start at around $100 a night twin-share, including breakfast.

Emirates has flights to London.

Fare to London from;
  • Melbourne, $1951
  • Brisbane, $1952
  • Perth, $1953
  • Sydney, $1967
  • Adelaide, $2456
  • Darwin, $2543

Tickets from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth are on sale until December 15, 2006. All are valid for travel between February 1- 24, 2007. Tickets from Adelaide and Darwin are on sale until August 31, 2007. Travel validity dates apply.

Prices quoted are correct on October 26, 2006.

More information

Ph: 1300 733 858
Fax: 02 9599 3667

Ph: 1300 303 777

Afro-Caribbean Restaurant
12 Acre Lane
Brixton, London SW2 UK
Ph: +44 (0)207 737 6633
Fax: +44 (0)207 737 4336

S&M Cafés
48 Brushfield Street
London, E1 6AG
Ph : +44 (0) 20 7247 2252

4-6 Essex Road, Islington
London, N1 8LN
Ph : +44 (0) 20 7359 5361

268 Portobello Road
London, W10 5TY
Ph +44 (0) 20 8968 8898

Indian Restaurant
120 Brick Lane
London, E1 6RL
Ph: +44 (0)20 7247 0397

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