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#1 paganyid

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 10:46 AM

Any suggestions? Dairy preferred, also a place where non-jews will feel comfortable...

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:31 PM

In which area?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:43 PM

There are more dairy restaurants than meat around where I live. Maybe your guests would be comfortable eating in Kanteen in Brent Cross Mall. Depends how posh you want to go, but Kanteen has very good food and if you don't there at lunch time, it's not manically busy.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:51 PM

I'm reposting what I wrote last year in a similar thread (with a few changes); I hope it's useful:
With regards to Kosher Food in Central London/West End - if one is not makpid on CY, breakfast is not so problematic (cereal and milk in hotels). You can buy DD's kosher sandwiches at locations throughout central London. Here is a link to a list of all places where they are sold. There are not many kosher restaurants in Central London - I can think of the one in Bevis Marks Synagogue, which is very fancy, and Reubens. There is a small cafeteria in the Chabad 'Centre for Jewish Life', which is near Bond Street station. There is also Adafina in St. John's Wood, which has a hotel delivery service and is closer to Central London than Golders Green. I think they sell Adafina sandwiches in Selfridges, which is a famous department store in the West End (Oxford Street) and in other locations in Central London. There is also a (basic) cafe at the Jewish Student Centre - UJS - in Euston, but it is not open in the evenings. There is a Shwarma restaurant called Pita which is in West Hampstead, that is closer (5 stops on the Jubilee line from Bond Street) to the West End than Golders Green/Hendon. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of Kosher restaurants in London.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:06 PM

If you want central London there's a branch of Isolabela in the Westfield Shopping Centre Shepherd's Bush. That's a pretty classy dairy restaurant in a VERY upmarket mall.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:08 PM

thanks. good suggestions, ill pass it on...

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 05:49 PM

If you want central London there's a branch of Isolabela in the Westfield Shopping Centre Shepherd's Bush. That's a pretty classy dairy restaurant in a VERY upmarket mall.

I second this suggestion.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:14 PM

If you want central London there's a branch of Isolabela in the Westfield Shopping Centre Shepherd's Bush. That's a pretty classy dairy restaurant in a VERY upmarket mall.


Good idea. I would add that Westfield is not exactly in 'central London' but fairly close to it. Also, the restaurant isn't ridiculously expensive by London standards, if I remember correctly. I wouldn't say that all of Westfield is upmarket, rather they have all the shops that a normal shopping centre has and also an upmarket section with designer stores etc.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 02:35 AM

Good idea. I would add that Westfield is not exactly in 'central London' but fairly close to it. Also, the restaurant isn't ridiculously expensive by London standards, if I remember correctly. I wouldn't say that all of Westfield is upmarket, rather they have all the shops that a normal shopping centre has and also an upmarket section with designer stores etc.


Ok. I've never been to Westfield but reports from people who have been all say they just window shopped as everything was designer and out of their pocket-range. If Golders Greeners want to go to Gap, M&S etc, they don't need to go all the way to Westfield for that, they can go to the Brent X mall.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 09:04 AM

White House.i ate there once.i think in Hendon.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 09:25 AM

The White House you ate at has closed down; they moved across the street and took over the Isolabela branch in Hendon; and Isolabela moved to Golders Green. They are both owned by the same people.

But as the OP specified a preference for dairy.... White House is a meat restaurant. There is an Express version of White House almost opposite Isolabela in Golders Green; not very comfortable seating, very "goldfish bowl"; we have never eaten there as we try not to eat KLBD meaty.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:20 AM

The White House you ate at has closed down; they moved across the street and took over the Isolabela branch in Hendon; and Isolabela moved to Golders Green. They are both owned by the same people.

But as the OP specified a preference for dairy.... White House is a meat restaurant. There is an Express version of White House almost opposite Isolabela in Golders Green; not very comfortable seating, very "goldfish bowl"; we have never eaten there as we try not to eat KLBD meaty.

BTW, the new White House in Hendon is 'express' too.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:25 PM

But as the OP specified a preference for dairy.... White House is a meat restaurant. There is an Express version of White House almost opposite Isolabela in Golders Green; not very comfortable seating, very "goldfish bowl"; we have never eaten there as we try not to eat KLBD meaty.


Is that for halachic or social reasons?
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 02:46 PM

Is that for halachic or social reasons?

MH prefers to eat minimum Federation. As there aren't many Kedassia meaty restaurants around, he's happy to eat Federation; he knows the Dayanim on the Beis Din personally, and in general there is a full time mashgiach in a Federation restaurant. Which is not always the case in a KLBD one.

BTW, the new White House in Hendon is 'express' too.


Ah; good to know.
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:47 AM

Interesting. I often try and avoid Kedassia - not for halachic reasons related to kashrus, but because I dissaprove of their disparaging attitude towards others, and the frequently strong-handed methods they use to get their way.

I am also extremely opposed to the despicable lies they spread about the NW London eruv, and sickened by the way they inject their anti-halachic stance on this matter into entirely irrelevant contexts. For example, a leading Kedassia affiliated rabbi alludes to the eruv as an example of 'not being mekabel Torah properly' in a book of Divrei Torah on the chagim. There is simply no excuse for this scandalous behaviour.

Moreover, there have been occasions where rabbonim have reportedly expressed opposition to the eruv for 'hashkafic' reasons (ie it may lead to excessive socialising etc). As the Munkatcher Rebbe writes, these 'objections' have 'the smell of heresy emanating from them'.

I find it hard to respect people who have spent decades falsifying the halacha in order to fight against a mitzvah, especially when many of them did not even take the simple courtesy of hearing out the other side. It is all the more difficult to retain equanimity when this attitude causes certain of their rabbonim to be 'machsil es harabbim' by instructing their followers to make a bracha on eiruv chatzeiros. What is even more vile is that they publically advertise this so called 'psak', as a means of denigrating other rabbonim. (See the Kedassia publication 'Hakohol' from last year).

That said, I am sympathetic to the plight of rabbonim within the organisation who dissaprove of these shenanigans but for political reasons/fear of terrorism cannot speak out.
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