This is a cafe but not as we know it. Think "old time tea room" then make it 10 times bigger, add a billiard room, liveried waiters, mirrored walls, sumptuous styling, fast and efficient service, very reasonable prices and English language newspapers free to read (The Guardian seems to be the one of choice for English tutors to use as source material). An absolute oasis.
Restaurant - we had a table for 17 at the back - lovely food and an excellent atmosphere
I would also recommend Ultramarin - Ostrovni 32, Prague 1 | 224.932.249
Both are superb for big groups.
Kaprova 5, Prague 1 | 224.813.922 | latin music and food
Good quality, friendly Italian restaurant (but no jokes about horses' heads!). Four of us ate here in Sept 2005 - 5-course meal, 2 bottles of wine - 1,850Kr (about £45). Ground floor if you want to pose with the beautiful young things of Prague (and the smokers), down in the basement for a quieter, smoke-free meal. Really very good quality, as well as good value. Try it.
Just around the corner, in a new shopping mall, you can find both Carrefour and M&S!
Metro or tram: Andel.
Exit station following "tram" signs, restaurant is immediately opposite the metro entrance at Na Belidle 42 (telephone 251511244).
Aqua al Due has supplied the perfect solution to never knowing which pasta to pick. As a primi you can order an assaggi or an assortment of 5 pastas! Also absolutely amazing and completely unusual is their blueberry filet mignon, tender and tasty.
Via dell'Acqua, near Piazza della Signoria, Reservations a must, 055 384 170
This is the best place to eat when skiing the Grand Montets. You have to walk from the ski area but only have to walk along a prepared route. You can then sit in the sun or inside the old building and enjoy good food and great views at a more affordable price. It also makes a good break on the way back to the middle station from the top lift. You can also stay the night in the refuge.
Refuge de Lognan, Grand Montets ski area, Argentiere, Chamonix
Always a favourite place in Chamonix, but has been under new management this year and seems even better. There's a great vibe at the place, the food is very good and live DJ's and music on all the time.
Beautiful Belle Epoque traditional French brasserie. High ceilings, smart service, mouth watering food. Reservations strongly recommended as it is always mobbed!!Open midday til 1am
2 rue vivienne 75002 Paris 01 42 86 87 88 metro bourse
On a bright autumn morning when you need a bit of a breeze, take the subway to Brighton Beach and Coney Island. BB is like a weird time warp and a very different country as it's been colonised by Russians, some a bit gangsterish! Walking along the fabulous boardwalk under that clear wide sky, you are miles from Manhattan. Coney Island was closed for the season (end of Oct) - thankfully -but my 2 streetwise sons were still interested to spot 'old' rides etc and strange signs/names in the desolate site.
At Brighton Beach subway
In the heart of the city with all the classy locals dashing for their lunches. Open every Midday & Night. Lively in late evening. Reasonable priced food of high quality!
Ioannina, 45 Averof Street, PO 452 21; Tel: +3026510 26477
If you have only one meal to eat in Ioannina, it has to be at one of the restaurants on the islet out in the lake. Greek cuisine, mainly seafood, reasonably priced. You can choose your fish on the spot and a bit later you can eat it! It can not be any fresher. Main courses €5-€15.
Take the ferry from the lake front to the islet and it is very easy to find from there. People will love to help you to find it.
Bin 941 is quite simply the best restaurant in Vancouver. Small and intimate the atmosphere is cosy and gleeful. The food is interesting and proud but not up is arse! We had the most splendid dinner and have been recommending the restaurant to EVERYONE!
941 Davis Street
The best Chinese Vegan meal you are ever going to have - go on, be brave, and order moss soup for entre, then sweet and sour gluten, tofu with 3 types of mushrooms and honey pumpkin for main, and marvel at the food as the original Mother Chu - must be aged about 80 - sits in the corner nodding off occasionally. I've been going there for 11 years and when I lived in the UK for 3 years I missed it more than Mum.
367 Pitt Street, Sydney. +61 2 9283 2828. Nearest station Town Hall.
This is the best Indian restaurant in Sydney, according to me. The curries are as authentic as the ones in England. If you see what I mean. If you like curry and happen to be in Sydney, eat at The Clove.
249 Crown Street, Darlinghurst.
Instead of walking or driving around Sydney, to get the best vantage points around the harbour hire a 'Tinny', a small aluminium boat with an engine. You don't need a boat licence, and you can fit 7 or 8 people onboard. You can also organise a fishing licence to catch some fresh Sydney seafood.
Vickery Av Rose Bay 2029 telephone: 9371 7036 or 0416 123 339
Follow the smoke and you'll soon find one - a man with a basic charcoal grill turning over a bunch of sticks with cubed lamb. A staple street food it's cheap and safe, if a little fatty. A lot of the vendors are ethnic Uyghurs from the far west of China, who seem to have cornered the market in this trade.
Anywhere. Follow your nose.
A reasonably priced and tasty Chinese restaurant featuring two kitchens: one vegetarian and one not (the other Hon's restaurants combine vegetarian/carnivore menus in one kitchen). Unfortunately there is no alcohol licence. The potstickers are highly recommended!
1339 Robson Street; Tel: 685 0871
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