Thai is often the best value, helped by Australia's BYO culture (in most restaurants you can bring your own wine/beer and pay a modest - $2-5 - corkage charge). Thada in Darlinghurst is cheap and fresh. Thai on Wok in Glebe offers lots of flashing woks and fire. You can eat well for $15 per person.
Thada, 245 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst; Thai on Wok, 193 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Located in one of the arches under the railway line, Secondo is a delightful cafe and second hand clothing emporium. The arch is crammed with all manner of retro clothing, furnishings, there's even a caravan and a dinky bubble car! The menu is great and customers can request bigger portions if required to give strength to sort through the vast selection of vintage and retro clothing. A DJ plays music from the 1950s and 1980s in the caravan on Friday and Saturday evenings. Great idea, great place.
Gorgeous food on a mouthwatering menu: no wonder it's heaving at lunchtime. I choose the earlier breakfast with the divine eggs benedict, a huge variety of breakfasts, including the Full English, Veggie and Turkish (hash browns, halloumi, olives - yum), omelettes and sandwiches. For lunch, visitors are also spoiled for choice with spag bol, curries, burgers, panini, jacket potatoes and salads. This is all washed down with smoothies, drinking yoghurts and great coffees. Get in early to get a seat in this lovely bistro/cafe, with its foliage and scrubbed wooden tables.
Love Walk Cafe & Deli
81 Denmark Hill, London SE5 8RS
+44 207 703 9898
Open Mon-Fri 07.00-19.00, Sat 08.00-19.00, Sun 09.00-19.00
Overground to Denmark Hill, bus 35, 45, 68, 468
Google map: bit.ly/pdCHli
This is a new restaurant which is known as the best seafood restaurant in Sultanahmet. The food is outstanding, you should ask the staff for the special of the day.
The restaurant is on the shore of Marmara Sea with a view of Turkish islands. The "Boukoleon" name comes from the 5th century. There used to be a "Boukoleon Palace" standing right where you sit.
Now you can easily see the archeeological heritage of the old time palace. If you are interested in history, looking for a nice Istanbul view and also outstanding food, I would highly recommend you go to this restaurant.
Hagia Sofia, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
Keralan restaurant on the London Road in Liverpool, round the back of Lime Street Station.
Claims to be the only south Indian restuarant in the northwest, and while that may not be true, the lunchtime thalis (£6, veg or non-veg with fish) are a treat, especially a fantastic tangy tomato curry that comes with the veg option.
More elaborate food in the evenings, including superb pot-roast lamb with coconut. Their vada and aloo bonda are excellent as well, and they'll quickly prepare a take-away bag of snacks if you're catching the train.
Maharaja South Indian Restaurant - 34-36 London Road , Liverpool , L3 5NF Tel: 0871 811 4798
Easily the best, and best value, place to get curry in Edinburgh. Just a handful of tables, no hurry service, everything cooked to order, and massive platefuls you'll struggle to finish.
Cheap, cheerful, and unbeatable. Very popular with locals and students, but with a very diverse customer profile (based on looking at who's in!). Worth coming to Edinburgh for. No, really!
www.kebab-mahal.co.uk, 7 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9B
Dubrovnik, it's a unique city in the whole world. I traveled there in September 2006. I think Croatia is a great country, it has the whole package; history; cultural richness; beautiful places to visit, and great weather.
Pile Bay-Old Town is very romantic. We stayed there at apartments near Fort Lovrijenac. The price was OK and location perfect (only 70 m from magnificent Placa-Stradun). Nevertheless, the location was quiet.
The staff were obliging and rooms clean. Another hot tip is the wonderful fish restaurant Orhan near apartments at small idilic Pile harbour.
I recommend visiting Dubrovnik a thousand times!
od tabakarije 19,fon:+385(0)917397545
A smattering throw back to Dublin's hippy scene, which has been nearly totally decimated. This is really only a shadow of some of Dublin's great markets. Still it has a nice feel to it and there are stalls for second hand books, fresh olives, old records and new Japanese and Chinese fashion. There's Simons Place cafe - a real stalwart, and there's a chipper in one of the stalls. Plus there's an entrance to the excellent Market Bar - with its own entrance for when the arcade is closed. It's a fun wee refuge from the occasional rain. A bit over priced in places tho'
Bardsley's is just the most friendly fish and chip shop imaginable with top quality fish and chips. "If you see someone without a smile give them one of yours" says the notice above the counter. And it's absolutely true. Along with the most delicious fish and chips imaginable, and many other fish choices as well as a good vegetarian selection.
22-23 Baker Street, Brighton BN1 4JN
Just up the road from trendy gastropub The Eagle and around the corner from the cosmopolitan tastes of Moro, but a timewarp away, the family-run Golden Fish Restaurant has tiny faux wooden formica tables and benches that give you about as much elbow room as an in-flight meal. Still the best mushy peas I've had this side of the Watford Gap, though, great hunks of lightly golden cod or haddock, and perfectly formed chips.
102-104 Farringdon Road
My parents will happily make a pilgramage from Northamptonshire to Suffolk just for fish and chips, such is the quality of the experience at the Flora Tea Rooms. Beautifully fresh fish in crispy batter, served in friendly, down to earth surroudings. Eat in the wooden cafe or on picnic tables almost on the beach. They do great home-made doughnuts too! Simply follow the signs for the beach car park.
Flora Tea Rooms
The Beach Car Park
It isn’t that long ago that the idea of global cuisine in Ireland barely extended further than sweet’n’sour chicken balls and lasagne. The recent economic boom has coincided with an explosion of gastronomic choice, and this city-centre food hall led the way to the current cappuccino-and-panini culture. It may be a bit overcrowded and chaotic, but that’s part of the charm. And the variety of authentically prepared international food and drink at reasonable prices make it the perfect touchdown spot for footsore sightseers and shoppers with a taste for the exotic.
Location: Entrances on Middle Abbey Street and Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
The Amnesty International café, right in the heart of Temple Bar, is an oasis of calm (not to mention intellect and compassion) in an area dominated by overpriced restaurants and “pubs” stuffed with stag nights and rugby fans. Good strong and cheap coffee, tasty food, great reading material and much more besides, this place sticks out like a sane thumb.
Bar and cafe; amazing location, good food and drink (reasonably priced considering its location) and the most breathtaking views from the terrace. Great flathead and chips, risotto, wine, cocktails etc. Also, if you happen to be around on a Sunday afternoon they also have live jazz.
George and Davis' is situated on Little Clarendon Street in Jericho. It is something of an Oxford institution with quirky cow-themed pictures on the walls and a studenty appeal. It serves great ice cream in an array of wonderful (and sometimes weird) flavours and customers can start a petition for a flavour of their own design
to be made. If 30 signatures are collected the management will consider making it.
The cafe also serves great pizza bagels for those who need a savoury snack. It is open until midnight and, although there are plenty of students in term-time, it's worth making a visit.
G&Ds Ice Cream Cafe, Little Clarendon Street.
The night markets offer delicious food on a budget and a great atmosphere. Pick up some great satay to share with friends and then wander along the waterfront after a couple of tiger beers.
Little india is also a great place to buy some amazing cheap food and is often thriving in the evening
Various hawker centres tinyurl.com/cu2st
Little India's nearest station is Little India
For the budget traveller and for those who want to eat where the locals eat, you find them all over the city! Don't be afraid to sample exotic delicacies, you will be pleasantly surprised for just a few dollars! Oh and, if you like to chew gum don't forget to bring your own because Singapore law prohibits the sale of chewing-gum all over the city including the airport!
Everywhere in Singapore but especially in Chinatown.
Has been tucked away in the Northern Quarter for years now and is still by far the best in Manchester. Small but well considered menu, great wine list and puddings to die for. Last time I was there Ainsley Harriot was at the next table (only down point).
Off High Street. Behind Market buildings.
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