Paris is not known for its vegetarian fare so check out L'As du Falafel on the Rue de Rosiers in the Jewish quarter.
Their falafel would turn even the most dedicated carnivore into a veggie!
Encased in pitta bread, the chick pea balls, humous, pickled red cabbage and salted cucumber make an excellent (healthy) pick me up for the foot-sore weary tourist.
Eating out in Paris? A must visit is the Au Virage in rue Lepic (a stone's throw from the Terrass Hotel in Montmatre).
It is a tiny, unassuming place which spills out onto the pavement. We sat between the scaffolding on the pavement & enjoyed every minute of it! It has great food, hospitality & is very reasonable in terms of price.
For a truly romantic dinner try Restaurant Lapérouse overlooking the Seine - you will not find a place like it anywhere in Paris.
It is unique in that it still has private dining rooms in the rear of the building for clandestine dinner parties.
However, the best place to eat is in the main room for the view of the river. After a superb traditional French meal, I proposed to my fiancée on New Year’s Eve just as the fireworks were starting to explode all over the city – we are to be married next year!
Family run Indian restaurant. Great food. I've eaten there loads of times and never had a bad meal.
Freshly baked naan bread and chapatis, not reheated boot leather like some of the other restaurants in this provincial industrial town.
Delightful staff. Well, I like it anyway.
Green Lane, Derby (town centre, round the corner from Debenhams).
There's a restaurant called Marc Mitonne in the 1st arrondissement near the Louvre-Rivoli tube station.
If you go there on a Friday (which we did), the dessert you choose can be served to you as many times as you want! We had tarte tatin and home-made sorbets twice.
Yes, I know that Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, not Ethiopia, but this little eatery specialises in Ethiopian-style dishes - and you can hold the predictable jokes too.
There's a limited but great-value repertoire here, and on an empty stomach the all-in get-your-hands-dirty dishes are to die for. If there's a group of you, order a variety of mains (all served on a stodgy bed of pancakes) and you can pull off a massive dinner for under 15 Euros per head.
+31 20 6223485
Bus no.22 from Centraal Station
It’s a perfect apartment block/hostel.
Boris, the owner, is really friendly and will meet you from the ferry port. He will happily tell you the best beaches, restaurants, etc. He will also sell you wine grown locally by his family. I bought three litres (it worked out at only about 75p a bottle!) and as he will tell you, it doesn’t taste too hot until the second glass, but then it's actually really nice.
The personal touch in these apartments is really welcomed. Boris seemed to be into providing value for money, and a pleasant experience to the traveler, and not making massive profits.
I went in September 2007 and he was in the process of refurbishing the entire building to a very high standard. The rooms are large, clean, and most look out to the garden that has limes, pomegranetes, oranges, olives etc. He was also about to put in a terraced BBQ in the garden with seating area among the fruit trees.
The apartment's location is about a 5-10 minute walk from the town, and 15 minutes' walk in the other direction to the Zlatni Rat beach (the one in the brochures).
If he suggests you go to a restaurant called Mendula - GO THERE! It’s really romantic, cheapish, and the custom is for the waiter to offer everyone a free drink after your meal. They also have a help yourself salad bar that is free when you order almost everything on the menu. (Be warned though; it’s a bastard to find so get Boris to draw you a map!)
A fantastic curry restaurant, hidden away a few minutes walk from Old St tube station.
Stumbled upon it a few years ago and have been a regular ever since. A great range of traditional Indian food prepared with the best ingredients - mouth wateringly tender meat, delicious mango chutney with cracked black pepper and slivers of chili, even the garnishes are prepared with care and taste delicious.
Attentive, friendly service, the best peshwari naan bread I've ever tasted. Reasonably priced, and due to its location off the main Shoreditch drag it's bizzarely easy to get a table despite how amazing this place is.
20 City Road, London, EC1Y 2AJ, 020 7374 4842, Old St. tube.
Charles Royal runs these tours and he enthusiastically showed us the numerous wild plants that are edible on the island. He explained that the Kawakawa tree, Maori Bush Basil or Maori Pepper have many uses and gave us little sachets of the crushed, prepared leaves he said we could use to spice up many dishes. Charles told us there are seven edible varieties of ferns and pointed out the Hen and Chickens fern, which is surprisingly soft and sweet to the taste.
When we'd done exploring and sampling, he took us back down to Hinemoa's pool, where we sat dabbling our feet in the warmth as he produced on a camping stove, like a magician bringing a rabbit out of a hat, a selection of quick-cook courses, made with some of the herbs and ferns he'd just shown us.
It's an amazing experience of a Maori tradition and way of existing with the land that is truly wonderful.
Charles Royal, Kinaki NZ, PO Box 1030, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand. 0064 7 345 3122, www.maorifood.com
Forget Atomic Cafe, just a few metres down the road is the uber cool, but totally unpretentious cafe Agnes Curran.
It serves great java and sells art, antiques and homewares making it really classy and very quirky.
There's something really special about Agnes Curran. It is full of character and a real find; not only that but it is renowned for the Kiwi delicacy Lamingtons: a wedge of sponge soaked in dark chocolate, coated in coconut and served with raspberry jam and cream. The staff are lovely too. What's not to love?
181 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. Tel: 464 9 3601551
One of the best Nepali restaurants in London, arguably the best in west London. There is a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian, and the knowledgable staff will guide you if necessary.
116-118, Ruislip Rd, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9RU
Tel: 020 8578 3255
Nearest tube: Greenford, then E6 bus.
In the same building that Tommy Cannon met Bobby Ball, on an small retail park just outside Oldham town centre is perhaps one of the more unlikely places for a multi award winning curry house.
Nevertheless, a small army of waiters provide excellent customer service, the modern decor is punctuated by a backdrop of projector screen Bollywood movies and the food is a testiment to Oldham's Curry Chef of the Year. A true 21st century curry house and one of the reasons I look forward to Friday!
Unit A3 Laurel Trading Estate, Higginshaw, Royton, Oldham, OL2 6LH.
This is the best view in The Cape. You dine on superb food while the restaurant turns at a leisurely pace giving you a view of the city from on high.
It's 22 storeys up at the top of the Ritz hotel and looks like an alien spaceship has landed on top of the building to the casual observer. Inside it's well decorated with an open kitchen and candles on the tables.
There is nowhere else you can get this standard for so little money (mains from 90 rand). A pianist plays while you dine which, combined with the great food and super service, makes for an unforgettable experience.
You cant miss it. Its that building in Sea Point with the flying saucer on the top. Ritz Hotel Sea Point
Excellent place to spend time in Delhi. The place offers designer stores for Indian handicrafts, restaurants, cafes in the outer and middle lane, some of Delhi's oldest bookshops and Lodhi Gardens are right next door!
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