The island of Torcello, 45 minutes from Venice by Vaporetto, is where Venice began. A perfect antidote to palaces and high renaissance art.
This tiny windswept island in the marshes was the place where the first settlers, fleeing from Attila the Hun, found refuge and laid the foundations for the mighty Venetian republic. Incredibly it once had 20,000 inhabitants before malaria took hold. Now all that's left is a wonderful church with fantastic 11th century mosaics and a bell tower which gives stunning views over allotments, marshes and the distant towers and domes of Venice.
There's also a rather fine restaurant Al Ponte del Diavolo, serving (very) local rabbit and fine pasta with wild fennel sauce (on the day we went). A perfect place for a spring lunch and to reflect on the beginnings and end of the Venetian republic!
Take the Vaporetto (LN route) from Fondamente Nuove stop. Change at Burano for shuttle to Torcello.
An organic bakery and cafe selling fresh, tasty food, with cosy atomsphere and friendly service. By far the healthest place in the east end of Glasgow, a place notorious for poor health statistics. It's fun too - worth the trip.
Tapa Coffee and Bakehouse
21 Whitehill Street
0141 554 9981
Fantastic sandwich bar just outside the Reina Sofia art gallery - it does some great fishy treats like their famous calamari baguettes. It also does succulent meats and my favourite, an anchovy fantasy...
Outside Reina Sofia art gallery.
Lyttelton likes its kitsch, there’s no denying it. Home not only to the over-the-top Wunderbar, but also this strange little gem of a restaurant.
Located in a gaudy red and yellow art deco building, with cheap formica tables and Mex-influenced menu, the Volcano and its Lava Bar buzz with an energy lacking in most city centre eateries. Maybe Lyttelton is where Christchurchians go to get their groove on.
Address: 42 London Street, Lyttelton
Phone: (64-3) 3287077
Restaurant Chartier is possibly the best restaurant in Paris (although I haven't been to many!).
They change the menu every day so you can try a different meal anytime you go and the food is always gorgeous.
The waiters are really friendly and, with a mixture of English and French, you can always have a good chat with them. They have time for everyone even though it's a busy restaurant.
There's not many problems with it apart from it's quite hard to find - it's on Rue Du Faubourg, Montmartre and there are at least four Rue Du Faubourgs in Paris!
The other thing is the room vibrates a bit when the Metro train passes underground!
from Roisin (age 12)
7 Rue Du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris
There's a Metro Station just outside the Restaurant.
Beautiful restaurant with very nice service and a reasonable price tag. We had oysters which were out of this world.
Oysters were not previously palatable for both my wife and I, but this experience was to die for.
We have not stopped eating them since! So now we are all zinced up and with a few of the shampoo bubbles we have been lifted to a new way of life.
As an Ex-pat Northener who's eaten a few portions of fish and chips over the years, I've had nowt in Manchester or Leeds to match the amazing quality of the meals served in this award winning, family run, 100 seater. Looking at the guest book, people from all over the world would seem to agree.
Near the Welsh end of the A40 about 4 miles from the Irish ferry port of Fishguard, in the small village of Letterston.
In one of the most interesting streets in Liverpool, Bold Street, Microzine offers men's attire you won't find in many other shops and art by people such as Jamie Reid (best known for his work with the Pistols).
Plus the fact it has THE best cafe bar - Micro Pushka, with great priced food from the Pushka restaurant. FAB!
"Wine bar, karaoke box, sake bar" the restaurant describes itself. I would say great Japanese and Korean food and nice selection of wines and drinks!
Not what you would expect from a sidestreet in Dublin, but a really pleasant surprise with its contemporary decor and nice staff.
I did not check out the karaoke though!
7-9 Exchequer Street
+353 1 6334071
Excellent traditional fish and chipshop feeding the thousands of home counties students who choose to live in Sheffield for three years.
Open really late, always cooking and always busy; fantastic service.
Witham Road / Fulwood Road - the main drag up through Broomhill on the way out to the Peak District (above the hospitals and the university - just beyond Threshers).
A good variety of fish - huge haddocks, crispy cods and well-battered salmon. Quality mushy peas and gherkins, too. Prices are, as they say, reassuringly expensive. But the portions are to die for — eat the lot in one sitting, and you probably will.
36 Muswell Hill Broadway, London, N10
The best fish & chips on the planet, real food made the traditional way. Lightly battered flaky fried cod and perfectly cooked chips. Oh ... and the mushy peas are a 'must try'.
73 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PN
Telephone: 0871 3327803
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
The Somerset Hotel on Elizabeth Street is a brilliant place to stay. It has amazing views over Hyde Park and the Anzac Memorial. There is very good room service with people coming to clean your apartment everyday when you are out. It is near the centerpoint tower and not far from a good pool called Boy Charlton. It is salt water and suspended on stilts over the actual harbour so you get really good views. There is also a brilliant open air cinema on Lady Mcquaries Point. The screen apparently folds down (we didn't get to go there but i reccommend it anyway.)
There are two really good places to eat. One is called Sushi King - it is on George Street and it does the best sushi in the world. The other is the Lindt Cafe on Martin Place - it is really good and they do this great hot chocolate (you get this jug with hot milk in and a jug with melted chocolate in and you pour them in the mug at the same time the result is an amazing rich lovely cup of hot chocolate).
Of course I also reccommend the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House (my dad conducts there.)
The Old Keswickian is a traditional fish and chip shop in the centre of
Keswick at the heart of the Lakes. It doubles as a take-away and eat-in restaurant which is popular with locals and tourists alike. The shop uses local Cumbrian produce and is perfect for a quality fish
supper after a hard day's walking!
This legendary street stall near the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba does not disappoint. Although the main stall concentrates on meat dishes, for (us) veggies there is a separate section which produces some of the most delicious snacks in Mumbai. Bustling, friendly, a joy.
Behind Colaba Causeway, close to TaJ Mahal Hotel & Gateway of India
Punjabi Indian restaurant a little way out of town (about 1.5 miles) but worth making the effort for.
Staffed by possibly the smiliest gents I have ever seen or met. Not massive portions by some standards, its all about the flavours, which are consistently a notch above other curry houses around and about. Still a proper good feed though, and all at a belting price.
Raja's has almost a permanent place in the Leeds Good Food Guide.
There are many many other ethnic eateries along the same road (Roundhay Road) so it's worth a look if you're not bothered about Raja's, but there are no bars in the area (except for a well dodgy Irish bar).
If you crave booze give me a knock, theres always beer and wine in the fridge, and I live just round the corner from Raja's.
186 Roundhay Road
0113 248 0411
It sounds worse than it is, but this concoction of hot, thick wurst slices topped with aromatic spiced tomato sauce and a sprinkle of curry powder must be close to sausage heaven. Try the best in Berlin at Konnopke’s Imbiss or Witty’s and be converted!
Konnopke’s Imbiss - Schönhauser Allee (under the arches)
Witty’s – Wittenbergplatz 1 (in front of KaDeWe)
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