It's not on the menu, but if you ask for the steak special in the restaurant at the Ellis Island (one block off the strip behind Ballys) you get a choice of soup or salad followed by a 10oz steak cooked to perfection with a choice of fries, baked potato, mashed potato and gravy or rice for $4.95. It's far and away the best value meal in town!
I travel in central London a lot at weekends, buying games, clothes and various other things. I have always generally enjoyed London, for all its opportunities and tucked-away secrets. But I then found a place which doesn’t have clothes or games. There was a children’s show on there (and this was many years ago) and we decided to sit down and watch. The show itself wasn’t really that good, and I soon tottered off. I wandered around, looking for anything interesting, but just found dull concrete buildings. But in the midst of this wall of grey I found a most peculiar sculpture. It was very hard to describe, as it seemed to be a partly squashed bug. A large sphere of metal with wiggly antennae, with two large flat metal discs behind it and I found it very amusing to hop from one disc to another, as they weren’t very high, and made a loud clang, much to the annoyance of my parents. As I got older I would always visit that metal sculpture. There were several large buildings nearby the metal toy. We ventured inside one once, and found it very family friendly. It often had exhibitions, and had a constant feed of entertainment, such as live music and dance, as well as a cafe, and a well-stocked book shop. This was of course, the Royal Festival Hall, which is now under refurbishment.
As I grew older still we would move around London more, and me and my little sister would beg our parents to let us go to the South Bank instead of boring clothes shops. We soon discovered the far-off ends of the South Bank, which seemed to never have an end to the various forms of entertainment. There were several good restaurants, along the bank, including a Wagamamas we still often visit, a Strada (best Italian food in the world) and a pizza place at the end. In the summer, we regularly visit the South Bank, as it provides a way to take up a day, and make it a fun one. We often meet friends there, or go and watch a show, as well as having dinner.
The great thing about the South Bank is that there is always a place you haven’t been, some unturned leaf, which is always ready and waiting, and bursting full of energy and imagination. And these leaves are always falling, so regular visiting is always needed. Still things remain undiscovered to my family, so we shall keep on visiting, and so should you.
Angus Hegarty, Age 13, East Barnet
Embankment or Waterloo Tube Station
You'll listen to good music, enjoy free tapas with your drinks and mingle with interesting young crowds in a place that is packed every single night (avoid Saturdays).
The food in the small restaurant room is also lovely.
44 Triptolemou St.
+30 210 3471844
Morbegno is a great place: peaceful, relaxed and yet with some excellent restaurants, bars and shops.
The food in the Valtellina is first class – some good strong red wines (not easily obtained outside Italy), excellent cheese and great fresh produce – loved the local salamis, handmade pizzoccheri (buckwheat noodles) – and especially the polenta and rabbit!
The Vecchio Ristorante Fiume (1 Contrada di Cima alle Case, Morbegno; 39-0342/610-248) was excellent. The Osteria San Giovanni (8 Via Nani, Morbegno; 39-0342/601-120) is also a very good wine bar. Fratelli Ciapponi (23 Piazza III Novembre, Morbegno; 39-0342/610-223) is a great cheese and wine shop, opened in 1883, and the vaulted wine cellars are worth a visit to the town alone.
The surrounding countryside is quite stunning. Beautiful in the winter, but I really enjoyed it in the summer with great walks climbing up steep paths out of the valley bottom, leading to spectacular views from the upper pastures. It is also an easy day's trip on the train down into Milan, so you can stay in this lovely little town and still get to spend a full day in Milan. Going up the valley on the train takes you into even more spectacular mountain scenery - another good day out. And of course, a trip down to the lakes around Colico is easy and relaxing.
Giovanni di Penco each weekday serves the most wonderful homemade pasta at the unbeatable price of about £5!!!
Freshly made bread to go with that, a perfect espresso, can you ask for more? If they have time they make panna cotta and tiramisu. Lunch only, no bookings. A bit hard to find, tucked away behind the big theatre. Follow the crowd!
211 47 Malmo
Eat at the Oystercatcher for 'fine' dining in an informal atmosphere or at the Mad Crab for wonderful sunsets over the bay. For accommodation avoid the Capt. Whidbey Inn which is overpriced and very 'tired' and stay at the Anchorage Inn. Great breakfasts and Dave and Dianne are lovely hosts. A 5 minute drive from Coupeville takes you to Ebey's Landing where you can beach walk for miles looking out across the Pacific and encounter no one. Brilliant even when the fog comes in.
The hip crowd, and everybody else loves it. Just refurbished, it's still excellent value and the food by wunderchef Bjorn Malmsten is Scandinavian with a twist.
Booking has become essential if you want to eat or simply have a beer in the bar.
Sodra Skolgatan 30A
214 22 Malmo
Little Avalon is a cafe just a long enough walk from the fantastic flat sandy beach to dry off after a long days body boarding or surfing. If you like animals visit Helena the chicken and her friends for free at the pets corner directly oppsite (but watch out for Lloyd the cheeky talking turkey!). I would have a strawberry crush and a mars bar melt (it's delicious!). The best snacks in Cornwall!!!
By Isabella Lily Brizzolara (age 8).
Cross the road from the beach look for the sign and walk towards the caravan site.
"Wine bar, karaoke box, sake bar" the restaurant describes itself. I would say great Japanese and Korean food and nice selection of wines and drinks!
Not what you would expect from a sidestreet in Dublin, but a really pleasant surprise with its contemporary decor and nice staff.
I did not check out the karaoke though!
7-9 Exchequer Street
+353 1 6334071
As someone who drinks real ale and likes homely food in real pubs I would say you just have to visit the Speculation Inn on the road to Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire. Locals range from surfers and oil refinery workers to local farmers and international consultants....all chasing that rabbit pie and Reverent James! Since Gerry and Teresa (Owners) put a wood burning stove in the front bar the heat has caused beer sales to go up by 36%.
The Badger Bolt (run or walk across lanes and paths from another pub) takes place 24th Feb and that night the Speculation hosts the Badger Bash! (live music, no animals will be harmed in the pursuit of pleasure).
Take the road to Freshwater West beach from Pembroke and The Spec is on a sharp bend ....can't miss it.
This is undoubtedly the best chippie in the country - it was chosen by the BBC for inclusion in the "50 places to eat" programme, but at the last minute they were told that they wouldn't be included - I guess Ainslie wanted the trip to go to the chippy they included in Sydney!
Anyway, the food is always marvellous and it has a very wide reputation. Warning - if you go when the Royal Show is on, expect even longer queues than normal as it seems as if all the exhibitors come over from Stoneleigh to get their dinner!
I've been using it for around 30 years and it's never been less than perfect.
School Lane, Kenilworth, Warks.
Traditional fish and chips. Excellent quality fish, cooked to order in a light batter with hot chunky chips. Varied menu with good pea fritters, pies, burgers, sausages etc and many side dishes.
146 Wells Road, Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 2AG Tel: 0117 9085511
Kingsway Shopping Precinct,St George, Bristol, BS5 8NS Tel: 0117 9616626
This is an excellent Italian restaurant on Dohany Utca near the main road Rakoczi Ut. The food is of good quality and the portions impressive. Try one of their pizzas, almost impossible to finish. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere good. It's also reasonably priced.
1077 Budapest, Dohany Utca 40. Tel 354-07-88
I don’t know its name but it’s the first chippy after the traffic lights (right) heading east from the Highlands on the A85. It has a happy looking fish sign above the door.
The most consistently good fish and chips I have ever had, been more than maybe 15-20 times – never disappointed always good with friendly service.
Been to the “Real food Café”, Tyndrum many times, expensive and not close in quality. Ben Ledi Cafe down the road in Callander has been good but not consistent.
The famous Antstruther chippy is good, but not as good as the Callander chippy!
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