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    i really really hate travelling so havent been to many places
    but auckland, sydney, melbourne, osaka, tokyo, all thousands of times better
    assuming new york and la and vancouver are thousands of times better.

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    I was in LA fairly recently - the vegan food shits on anything over here, but the rest isn't so hot IMO. Had the worst Japanese food of my life there - didn't think it was possible for it to be that bad (had good Japanese too, of course). I thought the Mexican food was mediocre, and we made a point of checking out all the trendiest taco trucks. Last time I went to NYC, was approx equal to London in terms of good food and bad food, but that was forever ago.

    Osaka better yes, lived there for a while - still possible to get poor food, but rare. No idea about Australia, as I probably will never go there.

    Only places I've ever had consistently good food, and where eating out has been a consistent pleasure, were Japan, Budapest and the countries of the former USSR. SE Asia v decent too, but I don't have much experience.

    So I think London is kinda average for European/American cities, albeit with terrible gaps (eg Thai food, as you mentioned upthread). Eating out <<<<<<< home-cooked food, most places in the world. But posh kids have still ruined the experience by making it more pretentious and more expensive for average food.
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    i dont think theres such a thing as good mexican food. everyone i know whos been to mexico itself says the same thing. its even worse there than it is in england.

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    ive mentioned it on here before i think but the fact you cant get decent bread in london is just surreal.

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    ive heard good things about italy greece and turkey. heard terrible things about everywhere in south america.

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    Food in the Yucatan is good (region not the pub, much as I like the pub, food is not its strong suit), and fish tacos can be blissful, but yes, Mexican food does lend itself to very bad, stodgy interpretations. Some of the stuff I had in LA I wouldn't give to an enemy.

    The bread debacle, I agree with - surreal is the word. I remember (vaguely) having decent bread somewhere in the UK recently, but it happens rarely.

    I thought Italy was overrated til I had really good experiences in Rome. Just stick to pasta, pizza and rice. I love Greek and Turkish food, but lots of in-country bad versions as well as the good stuff. I did eat well in Istanbul tho.

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    I took Luka to the best Indian restaurant in the country, curious to hear his reflections on it now he's safely out of my clutches.

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    Which one was it?

    What is the best fried chicken in London? I went to Bird the other night - the actual chicken is great but they spoil it with over-enthusiastic addition of sauce. I still ate a whole skillet full though.

    The bread thing is weird. You can get good bread but it's hipsterised and therefore expensive. British people in general are happy with low quality facsimile shit if it's cheap, just look at our government.

    I though New York was miles better for food 'cos eating out is much more part of the culture, and it's not being sold back to you as a luxury like every fucking thing in London.

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    I think the cheap bread that you get in Turkish shops is the best solve for the something decent + not being economically sodomised equation.

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    the turkish bread is lush when it;s fresh but its only fresh for 35 seconds. also it tastes very sweet.

    British people in general are happy with low quality facsimile shit if it's cheap, just look at our government.

    I though New York was miles better for food 'cos eating out is much more part of the culture, and it's not being sold back to you as a luxury like every fucking thing in London.
    these two points are very good and very important.

    droid, i wasnt just saying i liked the food so i didnt get put in the wicker man. i really liked the food.

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    Heh, just checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    heard terrible things about everywhere in south america.
    I think food in South America is probably pretty great if you eat meat, pretty limited if you don't. A vegetarian mate of mine has lived there twice, probably for a couple of years in total and mainly in Argentina, which as far as I can tell is virtually an entire nation of HMGovt's. This is a country where the 'vegetarian' option in restaurants is often not even fish but chicken.

    I asked him what Argentinian vegetarians eat at Christmas, and he glumly said "Meat."
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    Only been there once (Colombia), but the vegan food was arguably better than the meat (tho obviously far less easily found). Not a food destination to brag about, aside from the fruit which was epic.

    Loads of countries in Europe think vegetarian means 'with chicken'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyL View Post
    What is the best fried chicken in London? I went to Bird the other night - the actual chicken is great but they spoil it with over-enthusiastic addition of sauce. I still ate a whole skillet full though.

    The bread thing is weird. You can get good bread but it's hipsterised and therefore expensive. British people in general are happy with low quality facsimile shit if it's cheap, just look at our government.

    I though New York was miles better for food 'cos eating out is much more part of the culture, and it's not being sold back to you as a luxury like every fucking thing in London.
    Morley's. Korean fried chicken is pretty fantastic, not sure where the best spot for it is in London tho.

    Totally. The majority of British people hate nice things, and will destroy them if they can, replacing them with low quality facsimile shit. Or anything at all, as long as it's not obviously nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    Totally. The majority of British people hate nice things, and will destroy them if they can, replacing them with low quality facsimile shit. Or anything at all, as long as it's not obviously nice.
    step back for a minute and think about how amazing that is. you may no longer think it's crazy, since you've live every day for so long, but that is a fucking crazy nonetheless.

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