Strasbourg is a brilliant place for food. For original and inexpensive experiences, try to get away from the touristy venues around the cathedral and head to ‘Broc en Stock’ (15, quai des Pêcheurs), an Italian restaurant where everything, from the chair you’re sitting on to the bikes and lamps surrounding you are for sale.
To enjoy Flammekueche (specialty from Alsace, like a square thin crust pizza with cream, onions and bacon), go to the trendy ‘Le Flam’s’ (29 rue des frères).
And to experience superior jacket potatoes French-style, head to ‘La robe des champs’ (4, Rue de l'Ecurie).
The two of us spent £34 for 3 courses including Kir aperitifs, a carafe of house wine and complimentary digestives - exceptional value for one of the best meals we have ever had.
Beautiful food described and cooked with love said the English-speaking guys who wooed us through the evening. We shared a platter of 3 cold soups: - Gaspacho - crème de petits pois à la menthe - Soupe de melon aux copeaux de jambon cru. This was followed by
Carpaccio de bœuf, vinaigrette de tomate et gingembre confit, glace Wasabi and completed by a crumble aux fruits rouges et pommes, coulis banana. If you can appreciate their love of food and artistic flair then go but it is not for the steak and frites brigade.
Location: 4 rue d'Amphoux, Avignon
Worth a trip to Paris just for this tiny gem. Les Papilles, 30, Rue Gay Lussac, 75005 Paris.
Paris food not as good as it used to be? Well if anyone actually was seriously considering the answer to that question, this little restaurant wine-bar tucked away behind the Jardin du Luxembourg is it. The three-course menu for under 30 euros tickles the tastebuds (les papilles) every time, but the real secret about this restaurant is the wine.
Leading a double life as a wine shop, Les Papilles offers wine at ridiculously cheap prices, just add a corkage charge. Guaranteed to make heads turn!
You could walk past 100 times without noticing. You certainly wouldn't go in unless someone recommended it. The restaurant is on the second floor of the Strand Continental Hotel, which was popular with Indian intellectuals in the 1930s, and nothing has been changed since, not even the lino on the stairs.
It takes dinginess into a whole new dimension and the service can be a little odd, but it offers really good authentic Indian food at rock-bottom prices. An unforgettable experience.
143 Strand WC2 (020-7836 0650)
A nice Left Bank bistro, Le Nemrod is in the Rue du Cherche Midi, just around the corner from the Bon Marche.
Good value for lunch or just a coffee or a pichet of wine - good for Beaujolais. A great place for classic Auvergnate cuisine.
51,rue du Cherche-Midi
tel: 00 33 1 45 48 17 05
A nice cafe for Sunday brunch. At the western end of the Ile St Louis, Le Flore does a fantastic 20 euro brunch menu. It will keep you going until the evening.
Le Flore en l'Ile
42, Quai d'Orléans, 75004 Paris
Tel : 01 43 29 88 27
Au Dernier Metro (70 bd de Grenelle) is a very chaotic and working class cafe.
Inside is the most delicious, and keenly priced, homemade Basque inspired menu (try the robust Saucisse Basque or the delightful Confit de Canard) that is complimented with some inconspicuous yet beautiful wines and very flavoursome draught beers.
Arm yourself with some basic French and get caught up in the friendly and down-to-earth Parisian atmosphere. As long as you can make yourself heard over the football playing on the TV behind the bar!
The London House is quite unlike any Indian Restaurant I've ever been to.
It's situated in the large village of Eccleshall about six miles from Stafford. From the outside it's a beautiful old double fronted building; inside it's modern, light and airy.
There is an extensive menu with many house specialities. The staff are lovely, always welcoming and friendly. Despite its rural location, it is always busy. It's worth a trip!
Eccleshall near Stafford.
I came across this neat and clean fast food outlet. The nicest thing was the service and food quality, this was a surprise because I have visited many fast food outlets and they are very very different.
They have tasty grilled chicken, bbq sauce chicken and all the normal stuff, they even make homemade smoothies.
212 High Rd, Ilford
An award-winning Nepalese restaurant that I just can't get enough of. In a city of myriad curry restaurants, many of them very mediocre, this cosy little hidden gem sits on a road that also houses two other Nepalese restaurants - but it is undoubtedly the best.
I know people who travel miles to visit this place, as does Peter Crouch, apparently. I find it very difficult walking past on my way back from work, as the smells are to die for. Try the chicken makhanwala.
140 Burton Road, West Didsbury. On the 111 bus route from Manchester town centre. 0161 445 2145
A broken down car in the middle of the Brecon Beacons and an inability to get to our pre-booked accommodation was not a great start to the holiday, but without those factors we would never have happened across Ardwen House - a true gem of a B&B. We were warmly welcomed into a beautifully refurbished room with en-suite roll-top bath, invited for drinks in the library before dinner, and utterly spoilt with some wonderful home-cooked food. We were hooked.
Split's only veggie/vegan restaurant. A welcome relief after eating pizza all week!
They have a daily set menu for 50KN (£5) which includes soup, salad and a main meal. Open 9-6pm.
Also just round the corner on Mladenova is the Tonic juice bar selling a variety of fresh juices and smoothies.
Lestina 2, off Krizeva in Varos area
If your raison d'etre is for fine wine and cheese, when in Paris a trip to Rue Mouffetard is a must.
Secreted away in the 5th arrondissement (or Latin Quarter), this open street market offers a wealth of treats for the gourmet-minded.
Look out for top-quality goats' cheese in all shapes and sizes, and enjoy snuffling in bin ends for bargain bottles. And once you have splashed the euros, relax in one of the many restaurants or cafes - located at the far end of the road, opposite a church, Le Pain Quotidien's delicious cappuccino and outside seating gets my vote.
Very near MACBA (which is a must-visit). Simply fantastic food. Mains of cod poached in mint and grapefuit oil and seared tuna in wasabi and sesame were both gorgeous. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Carrer dels Angels, 8
A 70s-designed Tortilleria in Gracia straight out of a film set (think the milk bar in A Clockwork Orange and you are close).
All-white leather and black wall paintings with ridiculous variations on the humble tortilla. Fantastic place full of the pretty people.
C. La Granada del Penedès, 25
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