Try the Rajasthani thali at Monica for a taste of real Rajasthani food. It's enormous and it's the real thing. Dont miss it!
It's in the town but very close to the fort gate. The restaurant is on the first floor, with excellent views from the terrace.
Fancy a change? Try the excellent Japanese food at Sakura. We couldn't believe this place wasn't fully booked. The food is authentic and great value. Highly recommended.
It's on the first floor in the ring of shops and restaurants that surround the Swayambhunath Stupa (Boudha). Tel: 4479208
This restaurant was recommended on Been there and we decided to check it out. It's set on two floors and is quite small, but stylish. It's definitely not touristy (at least not when we went in March) but very busy with locals. We were lucky to get a table. Service was great. Food and wine delicious. Not sure how expensive it was as someone else picked up the tab - but I think reasonable.
27, rue de la Prefecture
Phone: +33 (0)4 93 85 29 57
The Wheatsheaf is a beacon of excellence in a sea of mediocrity that is now the chain filled restaurants of Bath. The setting is beautiful and the food and wine are exceptional - it's must if you are in the area.
For one of the best roadtrips in the British Isles, head north on the A82 from Balloch (near Glasgow) at the South end of Loch Lomond.
Stop off for breakfast at The Station Cafe at Crianlarich Station on the West Highland line for an authentic Full Scottish Mid-Morning Snack.
Keep North on the A82, and prepare for the most stunning of Scottish scenery as you will soon reach the top end of Glen Coe (not far past Achallader). Roll down the road (A82) through the valley on a day of good Scottish broken sunshine and rain for the most dramatic effect.
Before you reach the Village of Glen Coe, gather your thoughts in the Boots Bar at the back of The Clachaig Inn - full of walkers in the summer and skiers in the winter - for a selection of over 100 malt whiskys, or a jar of Real Ale from their wide selection.
A perfect road trip.
And the next day, who knows - North, to the delights of Loch Ness, and further North, on the North Cost, Tongue has a rather good bar...
There aren't many road in the North West of Scotland, so it's quite hard to miss!
With the credit crunch really starting to bite and the Euro being so bad against the pound, I'd like to recommend North Cyprus as the place to go on holiday. I've been going on a regular basis for many years and have completely fallen in love with the place.
Apart from being exceptionally good value for money, North Cyprus has so much to offer - great beaches, beautiful historic sites, amazing wildlife, fantastic but cheap restaurants, friendly locals and much more. I go there to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and always come home feeling completely relaxed (even when I've taken the kids).
I always stay at the Mountain View Hotel, a 3-star English/Cypriot family run hotel in Kyrenia, as I'm made to feel so at home and am always shown to the best local restaurants. If you haven't been - North Cyprus really is a must visit place!
Alfresco dining area under a grape vine overlooking the Aegean. Great host Yannis has been serving the hill-top community with a range of dishes for thirty years. You can even buy the charming terra cotta plates you eat off!
Old Village, Alonissos, Northern Sporades. Flying Dolphins and ships from Volos and Aghios Constantinos. From port, take taxi or bus to the Old Village. Tel. 00 33 24240 65182. www.alonissosastrofegia.com
Huge concrete building packed with market stalls selling fish.
Fresh stuff gets snapped up early (4am) in the morning by chefs, but whatever time you get there you can choose your catch and have restaurants in the same building cook it up for you.
Prices are marked so you won't get ripped off (although there's always a little room for haggling) and it's all very photogenic.
Subway Line 1- Noryangjin station (follow the map in the subway station when you arrive).
This is a great way to take in a bird's eye view of the city and eat a lovely meal at the same time.
The restaurant at the top of the KL (Menara) Tower is a revolving one, so within an hour you'll have enjoyed a 360 degree view of the city while eating a whole array of tasty food at the fixed-price buffet.
It's also excellent value - although I'd advise you to stick to water and avoid the overpriced drinks.
Book yourself in for a sunset meal!
No. 2 Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2020 5444
This is the home of cheap eats in Adelaide, and the gateway to the famous Central Market on Saturdays, where you can buy a dizzying array of fresh produce, and hang out in some of the city's hippest cafes. The vast malls and bustling foodhalls in Chinatown are also close by.
The street stretches from nightclubs to the austere court buildings of Victoria Square, with a world-tour of eateries crammed inbetween.
Adelaide's melting pot of cultures is displayed in all its delicious glory, with enticing scents and aromatic spices pouring out of restaurant windows. Choose from Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Japanese, Asian fusion, noodle bars, Chinese and yum cha, French and Argentine cuisine, and seafood restaurants serving fresh fish.
It sounds exhausting, but you could eat out here every night and never be bored by this smorgasbord of international cuisine.
A few personal pointers - The Greek Mezze does excellent Dolmades and Spanakopita (spinach and feta in phyllo pastry) and Ying Chow specialises in North Chinese dishes - the salty coriander chicken and red vinegar ribs are incredibly moreish.
Gouger Street, Adelaide, 5000
Google map: tinyurl.com/n6o94l
Haigh's is the Cadbury's of Australia, and Easter Time is the perfect excuse to drop into their factory and visitor centre for a guided tour.
This family-run company has been making hand-crafted chocolates for years, has won numerous awards and is famous with kids across its native land for making yummy Chocolate Frogs and Apricot Fruits.
A short drive or bus trip from the city centre, the tours are free and incredibly popular (call to book in advance) and last about 20 minutes.
After 'educating' yourself in the art of chocolate, visitors are rewarded with a special chocolate tasting and a free cup of tea or coffee, before picking from a factory fresh selection of chocolates and boxes of reduced 'seconds'.
The Gift Shop alone is worth the trip for a delicious souvenir - best buys include the 'Sparkling Shiraz Truffles' from South Australia's winelands and the 'Australia Collection', with chocolates using homegrown ingredients like macadamia nut and wattle seed. It's enough to convert even the most die-hard Dairy Milk fans.
I love, love, LOVE Leb-i-derya. I don't care one jot that it's over-priced. It's refreshing to find a society in Istanbul hangout that's friendly and welcoming - even on a Saturday night in July without a booking. And the views are sublime. Try to arrive before sunset otherwise you'll completely miss the point and good luck in finding it! If you get lost, ask the doorman at the Richmond Hotel on Istiklal Caddesi for directions...
Kumbaracı yokuşu 57/6 Tünel, Beyoğlu
An indoor gourmet organic food market in Newmarket in Dublin with a wonderful clubby atmosphere, amazing hot food stalls, organic fruit and veg, friendly cafe, chat, organic and fair trade clothes, etc. Open Thursdays 2-8pm and (best day) Saturdays 9.30am-4.30pm.
Newmarket, Dublin 8
This French Renaissance style building was built by the Lord Mayor in 1889, and today the hotel is a Brisbane institution.
But you won't find a room here - the 'Brekky Creek' is a pub and restaurant serving up the juiciest steaks you'll find in the city, and beer 'off the wood' (out of wooden barrels).
The bar is always packed out, thanks to Brekky Creek's stellar reputation. But this no-nonsense steakhouse for hard-core carnivores more than lives up to the hype.
Hotel breakfasts never satisfy me completely. That’s why everytime I'm visiting a new city I try to go out for breakfast. While at Rio I had breakfast in some deliciously cozy places. I have to say I enjoyed my breakfast at Felice Caffé. I later on discovered that it’s actually a hip place to go to at night. Anyways their salad fruit with granola and yogurt is so fresh. Advantages of being in a tropical city: all fruits are sweet and tasty! They have several types of bread and jams. It was a real feast. That’s my tip for sure.
Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30, Rio de Janeiro 22071-110
Tel: 55 21 2522 7749
Fortitude Valley was once Brisbane's home of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, with junkies and wannabe rock stars wandering the streets. The area may have lost its edge but is still a hip spot for bright young things, flocking to the buzzing clubs and bars of Brunswick Street Mall at night. By day, the pedestrianised street is the place to be seen sipping coffee in the cafes, or browsing the quirky market stalls on a Saturday for some kitsch-cool finds.
Google map: tinyurl.com/r7qvws
Fantastic custard tart available from most pastelarias around the city, although the original ones come from one shop in Belem (Antiga Fabrica dos Pasteis de Belem - you can spot it by the queues outside) where they call them Pasteis de Belem. Custard tart really doesn't do it justice, they are truly stunning and one is never enough.
At pastelerias across the city, or at Antiga Fabrica dos Pasteis de Belem, Rua de Belem 84-88, Belem
Excellent, friendly restaurant serving traditional, delicious Portuguese fare.
Reasonably priced food and an excellent wine list to boot.
The fish is particularly good and the customary cheeses and meats to start are the best I've tasted in Lisbon (especially the Queijo de Azetao).
Travessa de Queimada, Bairro Alto
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