Great restaurant where the super chefs of tomorrow are being trained for a tiny fraction of the price you would expect for aplace of this quality. The standards are very high and the service is great. Also has a great bakery. A little known secret in Vancouver.
1505 West 2nd Avenue (just before entrance to Granville Market);
tel: 604 734-4488;
Morena Bar in Kreuzberg serves the best breakfasts in Berlin, massive plates of meat, cheese and fruit with freshly squeezed juice and a bowl of coffee for about €6. It's also a great bar for drinks in the evening, always nicely busy with an interesting crowd. Great for sitting outside too.
Wiener Strasse 60, U1- Gorlitzer Bahnof
One of the finest seafood restaurants I've ever eaten in. Try the Crustacean or Mixed Platter. You need to take a taxi and don't be disappoitned at the outside, just go in and taste their wide selection of fish. Reserve a table because it is very popular. Great atmoshere and not to be missed.
Canary Quay 500 and Eastern Mole Road, Cape Town Docks.
Tel to book:+27 (21) 447 5471
This place in Circular Quay is worth popping into. The two exhibitions I saw, by Edwin Wurm and Ron Mueck, were both been fun and thought provoking. You don't need to be a great art lover to like this place. The cafe attached has great food too
140 George Street, The Rocks;
tel: 9245 2400;
If you are staying in or near the Latin Quarter and are looking for a budget restaurant, with great atmosphere serving really excellent food, then look no futher than Le Petit Prince.
It is very popular with the locals so booking is pretty essential. I ate there on a wet Tuesday evening in February: by 8:30 the place was full and I saw a number of disappointed people turned away.
The fixed-price menu is imaginative, using quality ingredients, and the food is beautifully presented. For a good, reasonably priced bottle of wine, search the 'Coup de Coeur' section of the list.
The only slight drawback with the restaurant is that some of the tables are very close together which may bother those who like a bit of privacy - but, being France, everyone else just minds their own business and concentrates on enjoying the good food and drink!
Rue de Lanneau, off Rue St Jacques, near the Sorbonne.
Nearest Metro station is Maubert Mutualite.
Though not so central as Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and the other well-known hangouts, if you want to avoid the crowds head here for a quiet night out with a local flavour. There's five or six authentic little brown cafes to choose from, and a couple of restaurants too. The scenery's not bad and there's few if any lary stag-nighters.
Just off Prins Hendrikkade: from Centraal station, cross the road and walk east for fifteen minutes, it's opposite the old sailing ship at the Scheepvartsmuseum. Try also bus 22 or trams 9 and 14.
Great old pub with al fresco seating (get there quick), great gourmet pizzas and tons of different rare Aussie beers - what more do you need?
Fantastic views at sunset. Head upstairs to the roof and order 2 for 1 cocktails that come to 3 US dollars for 2 drinks. Watch the street kids harass the tourists, lots of fun... then don't forget to order heaps of spring rolls to give to the kids when you leave.
On the corner of the bar street, one block from the old market.
If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the island, then head north to San Carles and Cala San Vincente. It's a world away from the tackiness of San Antonio. Rent a villa in a pine forest overlooking the bay (San Vincente). The air smells of oranges and you won't hear any pumping house. San Carles is a buzzing village full of locals and (rich) hippies. The life of the village centers around Bar Anita. You can hang around here talking to the locals and watching the world go by all day. Best meat restaurant in Ibiza is there - Can Pages - on the road from Santa Eulalia to San Carles. If food, wine, slow days and a rustic kind of romance is what you're after, then this is where you'll find it!
North/north west of the island. Nearest large town is Santa Eulalia;
A magical seafood restaurant perched on the cliff side at Cala D'Hort beach in the south.
Overlooking the breathtaking Es Vedra island, the paella is the business and the view at sunset is a suitably fitting dessert.
tel: 626 494 537
Cafe Panam is a small French Bistro and one of a kind in Chengdu. While it doesn't serve the local cuisine it is a hot spot for French speaking Chinese, and those who just want a nice glass of wine.
143 Kehua Bei Lu, 2nd Floor, next to the Good Wood Coffee House;
tel: Chloe, +86 13880271515 or David, +86 13438094591
I do not recommend the restaurant U Golema. From the moment we walked in the two waiters on duty acted as if they were doing us a favour, although only one other table was occupied. The service was slow and surly, in fact our only bad experience during a lovely 5 days in Prague. Even our smiles and few words attempted in Czech produced no more than a scowl. I was not with a 'stag party' - it was myself, my wife, our 10 year old son, and another young friend. None of us were drunk, rowdy, or in any way offensive.
After our not inexpensive meal I was shocked to see that 20% 'service' charge had been added (the bill was CZK 1530 and the amount added was 290.) When I queried this with the waiter he asked me how much I thought the service was worth, adding 'This is not McDonalds'. I was now so annoyed at this attempted imposition that instead of adding the normal 10%, I told him I was not prepared to pay anything for service - and I paid the exact amount of the bill, minus the 20% - in cash (no credit cards accepted there anyway).
All I can say is although the food at U Golema was good, the experience wasn't and left a very sour taste. At least at McD's we'd have got a smile without having to pay 20% for it!
Maiselova 8, Jewish Quarter, Old Town, Prague;
Novocaina is a traditional Italian restaurant, newly opened in the heart of Wroclaw's market square.
It's a unique experience; a balance between outstanding tradtional cuisine and a stylish contemporary approach to interior design... not so modern in style... you can find there a mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau, simply feel the rhythm of wood, brass, patina gold and the majesty of claret filling the view.
All the flavours are a link between fully organic ingredients, ancient recipies, hard work and passion. Created in a tradtional sandstone stove eg. pizza rustica.
The menu is quite colorful, still growing and changing the flavours, love the pasta menu... a dinner menu for 2 (with wine and drinks) is about £20-30, a pint of beer is only £1 !!! A really rich selection of drinks and cocktails (cheap as well)... my favourite NOVOCAINA (whiskey, amaretto, espresso, cream).
A place for people who love Italian cuisine, great ambience with a hint of chillout and lounge music... it's a fab place to be, to meet and to enjoy...
Rynek 13, Wroclaw, Poland
Tel 00 48 71 3436915
This a typical Valencia dish. It is made of thick noodles, fish, all sorts of prawns and seafood. It is very tasty and rivals the famous paella.
The best place to eat it is in Gandia, a holiday resort 40 miles south of Valencia. Gandia is the hometown of fideua, however you can ask for fideua in nearly every restaurant in Valencia that specialises in seafood.
This is the best hotdog stall in Sweden! 15 different types of korv (sausage) from across Europe and a variety of sauces, served in a hunk of fresh bread. At 45kr they aren't cheap, but every one of my friends thanks me for taking them there.
Nybrogatan 55 - next to the post office. Deepest Östermalm!
a lovely park to stroll in, just beware of all the other people with the same idea and the rollerbladers. Stop off along the way for a beer and some mici at one of the lakeside bars.
north of the centre, various entrances including Piata Charles de Gaulle, Arcul de Triumf, Str. Scoala Herastrau
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