My favourite restaurant in Paris is a delight to savour. The food is typically French and the prices are extremely digestible. That must be the reason why the locals frequent it.
The menu follows brasserie-style traditions.
Chartier, located at 7 rue Faubourg Montmartre (Metro Grands Boulevards) is not just a restaurant. It is an experience.
The restaurant opened in 1896 and is a listed historical monument. White-aproned waiters serve at this "Belle Epoque" venue.
Get the old train, the Ferrocarril de Soller built in 1905, through the almond orchards on the outskirts of Palma under the mountains to the orange and lemon groves of Soller. Have great coffee and cake, or homemade ice cream and orange and lemon sorbet from the local orchards at Fet a Sóller.
A new Italian restaurant opened in Scarborough just three months ago and is the hottest place in town. The food is classical Italian, no pizza or spag bol! Fabulous fresh pasta, risotto and steaks. Gamberoni sale - tiger prawns cooked on a bed of rock salt with garlic white wine and fresh lemon - is to die for!
Everything is cooked to order by the owner Claudio (no microwave in sight!) and served in contemporary surroundings by a great team of friendly and helpful staff. The wine list is full of old favourites sourced from Italy, frascati, barola and classic chianti and is very reasonably priced. £11.90 a bottle for the sangiovese house wine.
The deserts are all homemade daily (the best tiramisu I have ever tasted!). £3 - £4 amazingly good value. Main course pastas and risottos are only £6.95, which is excellent and, to finish, an espresso so good if you close your eyes you could be in Italy!
Already booking is essential and a great idea is booking online, which offers a 10% discount - a good idea for parties. This place is a wonderful find and makes a change from the usual Italian restaurants. Do give it a try when you are visiting Scarborough, I am sure you won't be disappointed.
corner of bar street/st nicholas cliff scarborough north yorkshire
Rather than endure the torture of the office Christmas lunch in one of London’s eateries, we took the Eurostar to Lille in the hope of finding a restaurant to pass a few pleasant hours partaking of good wine and food.
By chance, we stumbled on Le Barbue d’Anvers, and were not disappointed. Housed in a characterful sixteenth-century building just seconds from the Grand Place, the menu included an excellent selection of regional specialities (such as carbonade flamande and waterzoï).
An extensive and reasonably priced wine list was complemented by service that was attentive but not obtrusive.
1 bis, Rue Saint-Etienne
Tél: +33(0)3 20 55 11 68
Fax: +33(0)3 20 15 08 14
The concert hall in Bruges is a beautiful, contemporary venue with an impressive seasonal calendar of events. The performance I attended was a highlight of my trip. There are a range of tiny restaurants opposite the entrance where you can enjoy a pre-theatre meal - accompanied by a beer of course!
The Serena's burgers are to die for - and you get to eat them sitting by their pool in their beautiful grounds. If anyone can work out the secret ingredient please, please post it on Been there.
Kenyatta Avenue/Processional Way - central Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 282 2000
An excellent restaurant slightly out of the normal tourist areas. A converted warehouse with some al fresco dining. Food was excellent and very Belgian. Service was prompt but not intrusive. Lots of locals. Atmosphere was great.
Rue Notre-Dame du Sommeil 12-20 ... Off place du Jardin-aux-Fleurs, Around the Fish Market ... www.manufacture.be
Less than an hour away by car from tree lined canal avenues, bordering open countryside and empty, wild North Sea beaches, there are good restaurants around Breskens, Holland.
It is healthy and open, you can sail, cycle, swim, and as yet undiscovered by all but the Dutch.
For a spectacular meal worth the eurostar trip alone, and if your budget will stretch, don’t miss Comme Chez Soi.
Hidden on a square 10 minutes from the Grand Place, this bistro style Mecca to the finest French cuisine imaginable, lets you gorge your senses with melt-in-the-mouth duck liver, pigeon drizzled in rich gravy and deserts that are so full of flavour, they are just plain naughty.
Only one dish requires an acquired taste - the sea urchin, which tastes at best like snotty seawater, but the rest of the menu is truly food of the gods!
Take a walk down the Rue des Bouchers, a colourful cobbled street lined with restaurants.
The street has a fabulous vibrance and is well-lit with fun neon signs. As almost all the restaurants have outdoor seating, it gives you a good chance to glimpse all the exciting and different traditional dishes available before taking a seat and trying them for yourself.
A good choice for lunch on the Grand Place is 't Kelderke (The Little Cellar) - a restaurant with great atmosphere and food.
The restaurant is built into an ancient cave and serves dishes which are typical of the region.
Soup is a very reasonable 2.25 euros, and moules marinieres, 6.25 euros. My wife had the pot-au-feu, and I chose carbonnades flamandes a la biere, both of which were delicious and priced at just 4.75 euros each.
We drank an excellent beer from tap. 't Kelderke was superb value for money in truly authentic surroundings.
In the historic Grand Place, we found a bar called the Chaloupe d'Or, (Golden Shoe).
Until the 14th century, the building was owned by the tailors' association. The building was destroyed in the 17th century, but was quickly rebuilt in the Italian Baroque style.
The building is topped by a statue of Bishop Saint Boniface, the patron saint of tailors.
The tavern is decorated in old Flemish style and serves a great selection of beers on tap, also several bottled beers.
It also serves delicious traditional food. A great place to visit!
A lovely place we stumbled upon, which is a cafe by day and unpretentious bistro on weekend evenings. A group of us were very well treated despite our being such a large group and being a bit late.
Those of us who could manage it had three
courses for £13, and we all agreed on the excellent quality and value for money.
A pub up the road was charging similar prices for a much less exciting menu, and didn't serve food in the evenings! Cafe Nosh is unlicensed but there's an off licence just across the road. Highly recommended.
Hebden Court, off one of the main roads in the centre of Bakewell.
Leave Nice and travel east five kilometres to the delightful town of Villefranche-sur-Mer with its deep natural harbour and wonderful selection of seafood restaurants.
Note the splendid Baroque church at the top of the hill and wind your way down the medieval streets to the amazing chapel by the sea, lavishly decorated by Jean Cocteau and dedicated to fishermen in the area who initially refused to enter because of the flamboyant naked male angels painted on the walls.
If you like Cocteau's work, travel onwards to Menton to a very camply decorated registry office and a wonderful museum, containing a huge Cocteau collection.
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