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Lituanica, Beckton, London E6
Evening RGL crew!

Our featured article this week is for Lithuanian restaurant Lituanica, which you can find by following the DLR all the way to Beckton. The cuisine of Lithuania sounds carb-heavy, of which I am totally in favour. If you're not hungry, there's other Lithuanian fun to be had nearby, including a bookshop and beauty salon.

As promised the other week, your intrepid RGL team have ventured to parts south-west, to find out what's happening in Nork and write some new articles. Yes, that's right, I said Nork. Some might say Nork is technically part of Banstead, but here at RGL we like to think that Nork is more of a state of mind. Anyway, if you need a cup of tea while you're there, Lilly's cafe is a perfectly pleasant place to while away the hours as you try to figure out what else to do in Nork when there's torrential rain outside. The answer: go to Sutton, where you'll find Antic pub The Shinner & Sudtone (featuring an alarming number of porcelain owls) and Ii-Ma Sushi, which turned out to be a real find (I want to go back and try some different sakes).

If that wasn't enough, there are new pages for the Canada Water Cafe (a short hop from the Jubilee line station) and the Tip Top Cafe in Swanley, plus an update for Moshi Moshi Sushi in Liverpool Street station.

Phew! After all that adventuring I think we need a break - we'll be back in two weeks.
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Welcome back, another week another delayed Tuesday update for you. I was on holiday is my excuse.

Simplicity, London SE16

This week's featured article is Simplicity, SE16 4JJ, one recently updated following a visit from a prominent RGL administrator. It's a British restaurant by Rotherhithe station. It may not be worth a special trip, but for the area it's pretty decent.

There's a new article for Xi'An Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant in Deptford which features a special menu of food from Xi'an, capital of the Shaanxi province. (I'm sure you know where that is, but if like me you drew a momentary blank, it's in NW China.) Kake's been getting through a fair bit of the food there, and it sounds like a nice place for some interesting dishes. Go for the cold-skin noodles, which you can't get anywhere else in London that we know about.

There's also a reported closure for The Great Wall restaurant near London Bridge, soon to be a Chilango.
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Dan dan mian @ crystal china

Hello all!

Apologies for this week's delay as we quest to find you new things to feature. This week's featured article is Crystal China, SE1 4TP, a Chinese restaurant on Tower Bridge Road, which our intrepid correspondents have enjoyed on a number of visits.

There are two new pages! We have Chipotle, a Baker Street branch of the growing American burrito and taco chain which is also found in a few other London locations and is perfectly decent (I enjoyed the tacos I had at the Covent Garden branch more than at other Mexican places, but the burritos are about par for the course).

There's also Oriental Chinese Shop, which is near Surrey Quays station in Rotherhithe and as you may have gathered from the title is a shop selling Chinese food.

No reported closures.
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Sorry for not posting last week! [personal profile] bob and I have been moving house, and had a lot to do. I did get the featured article up on RGL itself, just didn't post about it here — it was Dial Arch, SE18 6GH, a Young's gastropub in Woolwich.

This week's featured article is Bermondsey Brazilian Shop, SE16 4BD, a small cafe on the Bermondsey/Rotherhithe borders. They serve drinks and desserts during the week, and a buffet of hot food on weekend lunchtimes. They also sell various Brazilian groceries.

Recent additions to RGL include Princess Garden, an upmarket Cantonese restaurant in Mayfair; and the Melbourne, a Stonegate pub in Wallington.

Reported permanent closures are Hiba on Borough High Street, Himalaya Palace Cinema in Southall, and Ochre Lounge in Chiswick. Temporary closures are the New World in Chinatown and the George on Borough High Street.

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This week's featured article is Books For Cooks, W11 1NN, a Portobello Road bookshop and cafe devoted exclusively to books about cooking and food.


Recent additions to RGL include Deli Felice, a nice little local cafe near Rotherhithe Station; Bermondsey Brazilian Shop, a small Brazilian cafe and grocery shop on the Bermondsey/Rotherhithe borders; Canteen, a British restaurant in Canary Wharf; Preto, a Brazilian rodizio restaurant in Putney; and New Aroma, a Sichuan/Fujian restaurant on Gerrard Street in Chinatown.

Only one reported closure, but it's a big one: Pacific Plaza in Wembley, mooted as the replacement for the much-missed Oriental City, has now closed in its turn.

The Pacific Plaza website claims that the closure is temporary, but problems have been evident for some time. The supermarket failed to materialise despite being promised as "opening soon" for over a year, their PR agency reported repeated non-payment of invoices last December, and at the time of writing the Doki (crockery shop) website states that although all Pacific Plaza tenants had been paying their rent, Pacific Plaza was not paying their own rent to Wembley Retail Park.

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This week's featured article is Angel, SE16 4NB, a Samuel Smith's pub on the river, on the border of Bermondsey/Rotherhithe.

Were it not that they don't serve real ale, this would be a fantastic pub; as it is, it is merely a very good one. The upstairs lounge has a great view over the river, and the downstairs is divided into small, characterful areas. Service has always been friendly on our visits.


Recent additions to RGL include Sorabol in New Malden and Ping Pong in St Paul's. We've also updated our writeup of the Queen's Head in King's Cross.

Reported closures are Marie Lloyd Bar in Hackney (now a cafe), Dastarkhan in Lower Holloway (now a different central Asian restaurant), East & West Chinese Supermarket in New Cross, Harem on Brick Lane (now a different Turkish restaurant), and Thai Tiger also on Brick Lane (now an Indian restaurant).

Also, several branches of Oddbins have closed, including the Bromley branch — we're not sure which others have closed and which remain open, so do let us know if you have any up-to-date information.

In more cheerful news, the Rifleman in Twickenham has reopened.

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This week's featured article is Yellow House Bar, SE16 2UE, a restaurant/bar located in former pub premises opposite Surrey Quays Station.

It has a proper wood-fired pizza oven, and also does pretty good brunch.


Recent additions to RGL include Halfpipe in Maida Hill, Chinese Family in Greenwich, Simon The Tanner in Bermondsey, and Brick Box in Brixton.

One reported closure: Princess Royal in Croydon.

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