One of the finest French restaurants in the world, with three Michelin stars, it costs a minor fortune to dine here.
23 Place Rouppe; Tel: 02 512 29 21; Nearest metro: Pre-metro Anneessens; Open: 12-2.15pm & 7-11pm Tue-Sat; Closed July; www.commechezsoi.be/
This is a small California chain serving up excellent (and massive!) burgers, delicious sandwiches and the best milkshakes you will ever taste.
The Sunset Boulevard branch is the best location, near the Sunset Strip and with a lovely outside eating area. Try their fantastic strawberry shortcake too.
Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA
To hell with the detractors who will no doubt bemoan the inevitable gentrification of Broadway Market. I for one, only just happened upon this much-forgotten (but very rapidly being rediscovered by all and sundry it would seem) corner of London, when I moved to Hackney last summer. And thus on the same note, to hell with those who will inevitably proclaim this gem of a pub isn’t as good as it used to be. What a wonderful place! A mighty fine array of Belgian beers are available in this relaxed and very cosy boozer that also has a lovely restaurant next door. Admittedly, I can’t vouch for the Sunday lunches, however having sampled the varied menu on offer during the week I can attest that the dishes are far superior to your usual gastro-pub offerings. The manager gave us a genuine welcome and went out of his way to ensure everything was to our satisfaction – something which is again a breath of fresh air in this city where apathetic service seems to be the norm.
24-28 Broadway Market, Hackney
Alongside the amazing array of food stalls you have a range of restaurants and tapas bar including an excellent sushi bar.
L'illa shopping centre (underneath it), on Diagonal although it's such a long street I can't remember where-head up near the hospital.
Go there for the vast array of tasty Belgian and German beers at low cost. You will inevitably get hungry and descend into the 'Jungle' restaurant in the cellar where a plethora of paper mache zoo animals peer at you as you tuck into giant portions of steak and veg type fare with names like 'cry of the rhino'. Great value with roars and squawks to keep you amused throughout the meal.
VI. Jókai u. 30
Once the home of expat boho types, Lamma Island has gone upmarket since the handover and the advent of fast ferries, and is now home to expat architects, designers and journalists: it even sports a sushi restaurant now. Still, it preserves its rural Chinese flavour, with chicken coops, banana plants and paddy fields dotted about the paths forking off the main thoroughfare, which is full of chain smoking old fishermen playing mah jong.
Dubbed the "Idylic Island Shangri-La" because the ugly power station destroyed what once resembled a Greek fishing village. There are no cars allowed, so watch out for the hilarious toy fire engines and ambulances straight out of Postman Pat. Arts and crafts and expat drinkers fill up Main Street (it's basically just a path) at weekends). There’s plenty of great seafood restaurants and western-style bars in Yung Shue Wan. The island also boasts great beaches and a breathtaking, albeit light walk, five miles over the hills to its sister fishing village - also linked to Central.
Great seafood restaurants at both villages. Ask for the Pigeon, one of Chris Patten's favourite haunts, high on a hill overlooking a sandy bay, a 10-15 minute walk from Main Street. Serves gorgeous fried and roasted pigeon.
About 25-50 minutess by ferry from Central's outlying islands ferry pier. Fast hoverferries now operate until 2.30am
Ensure you get on the Yung Shue Wan ferry; the other Lamma island village is five miles away, with fewer return sailings and no hotels shoudl you get stranded.
Quirky restaurant with a fixation for things made with oranges and walnuts - particularly the liqueurs de maison. Really good meal here in October 2005. Very welcoming and a real authentic Parisian eatery in the old-fashioned sense, with a varied and interesting menu. Opens about 7.30pm (except Sundays) and Tuesday-Friday lunchtimes. Try it.
8 rue du Faubourg Poissonniere
Metro Bonne Nouvelle (opposite Rex Cinema)
telephone 01 47 70 03 23
A pub/restaurant between Betlémské náměstí and Staroměstké náměstí.
Huge beer cellar with good atmosphere, mentioned in The Good Soldier Švejk.
Worth remembering for the fact it serves food very late - up to 1am normally - which is extremely handy to know if you've just arrived in Prague off a late train/plane.
And as an added bonus, the food's both decent and fairly reasonable - expect to pay about CZK 250-300 for a hearty meal plus a beer or two.
Jilská 4, Praha 1. From Můstek station, walk towards Staroměstké náměstí and take 1st left (Rytiřská). At the next crossroads go right up Skořepka to Betlémské náměstí, then right again into Jilská.
A great reasonable restaurant with delicious traditional French food just off the Boulevard St Germain. Lovely atmosphere, good seafood and looks like it should be super-pricey but isn't.
Make sure you have plenty of time for your meal though - service is French-style.
31, rue Saint-Dominique, 7th arr.
Nearest metro is Miromesnil
+33 (0)1 45 51 09 03
James Fraser or Will Leonard will take you on a tour of out-of-the way and non-tourist tapas bars. We had a fantastic Saturday night. Six of us were on the tour. We had Andalusian cider, Sherry, some amazing liquors and great tapas, including several varieties of chorizo, beef tapas and splendid octopus. After James left us (at yet another bar), we finally ended up at Chocolateria San Gines to prevent the hangover. The chocolate and churros is superb. For some it will be expensive, but we 'oldies' would still recommend the experience. And, no, we are not their agents!
www.adventurousappetites.com (James Fraser/Will Leonard) 00 34 639 331073
Big, filling, savoury crêpes (or galettes) are the order of the day at this funky French-run restaurant. Huge salads are also on offer and pudding is a difficult choice between ice creams, sweet crêpes or sweet crêpes with ice cream. Cheap to medium price.
c/Tallers, 69, Tel: 93 318 47 24
Metro : Catalunya (L1 & 3) /Universitat (L1 & 2)
This hotel may not be very central, but it provides excellent value for money with great facilities.
Rooms are available for as little as £40 for a double. The hotel has all the usual five star facilities, including a good deli bar downstairs with good coffee and tasty sandwiches – ideal for those who have been on the road for awhile and can’t face any more Chinese food, or badly done Western food. There’s also some nightlife here with a disco and a cocktail bar.
Sheraton Xian hotel
No. 262 Feng Hao East Rd, Xian, Shaanxi Province 710077 , China
Phone + 86 –29- 8426 1888
Best cafe in Prague. Tried a few, yet this one was most oft visited (and on more than one occasion per day). Best place to get a consistently good espresso & double espresso. Hot chocolate is another highlight. Food is limited in selection, but again very good. The toasted chicken sandwiches/ rolls are a must (if still on the menu).
This restaurant has a fantastic international menu; not simply local fare. Prices are quite reasonable for the high-quality food. The welcoming service enhances the ambience and overall dining experience. I had two meals there over a week-long Christmas holiday. It's one of those places I have yet to forget two years on. It's one of the better places I found when in need of a good Martini.
Best Asian restaurant in town ("wild, young, simple, sexy"). Good place to meet other party-goers since on the long wooden tables you can't hide. Try the Japanese soups or the curries. My favourite is the "Red Thai Curry".
Langstrasse 197 (in the lively red light district in Kreis 4); www.lilys.ch
Funny how some places just seem to pack them in while the rest of the city is comatose. More a club than a restaurant, at weekends after 11pm, this place rocks. Folks even get up and dance on the bar (though they tend exclusively to be drunk American students). And check out ladies night on a Wednesday for the free - yes free - margheritas. Arriba!
5 Hengshan Lu, behind Sasha's bar-restaurant on the corner of Dongping Lu Tel: +86 21 64746166 www.zapatas-shanghai.com/
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