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A Londoner here wondering what in a hamburger context is meant by buttered buns?

Is this how they are toasted? ie on a griddle with a dab of butter or some other arcane method?

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I had lunch yesterday at Barbacoa. Jamie Oliver's new barbecue joint overlooking St Pauls in the new One New Change development.

I was strangely underwhelmed by the decor, clearly very expensive but for a barbecue joint soulless. You walk in to a sterile bar come greeting area which although the restaurant was 80% full had no one in it other than a couple of greeters. The main dining room is around athe corner a little bit so the hubbub did not appear to reach this area. All the light fittings were the so overused bulbous dangly shades that all the designers are using at present, or so it seems.

Once we got to the table, having walked the length of the display kitchen which looked great, with a wonderful view of St Pauls Cathedral things looked up. But not all that rapidly as service was very helpful but kitchen times were slow. We had Chicken wings, calamari with crushed avocado, pulled shoulder and a leg of lamb steak on cannellini beans. All nicely presented and the meat flavours were good.

Verdict: Good enough but not memorable and expense account prices due to its location. Will I go back, yes if in the area and someone else is paying.

London Dining

I'm not a Wahaca fan. Good looking places and some cheap dishes but really average grub and hopeless corn chips. I've never had a decent Mexican in London although I used to enjoy Cafe Pacifico in the 80's. Haven't been there for years. Will try CP again and report back.

London Dining

Hello Serious Eaters, I spent a few days in NYC recently and regretted not having more local gen from New Yorkers on what was good and where to go. I'm hoping that if I can point a few of you in the right direction over here, you'll return the compliment.

In NY I think you have a better chance of striking gold than in London where particularly in the hot spots chains tend to dominate. For this reason I hope I can bring you a report from time to time on what's new, what's good and what's more what to avoid.

First off I went to The Opera Tavern in Catherine St Covent Garden this week. This is a modern tapas bar and restaurant opened in a victorian pub. 50% off all food until the end of the week.

We had skewers of pork, lamb and beef from the Rebata grill and a fabulous Pork and Foie Gras burger. Most meat served on the rare side even the pork, but I can cope with that after a wonderful pork fillet served rare at Brindisa in Borough Market.

All the usual tapas extras like Padron peppers and great olives.

Verdict: Worth a detour, service was a bit daffy but enthusiastic and caring.

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