Everyone should try the Zurek soup... they serve it IN a loaf of bread and it is to die for. I think I might be obsessed with it having just had it every day for the last four days.
Underneath the Ratusz on the Rynek (main square) ... Apparently it's the oldest restaurant in Europe! Ooooooh!
A great bar/restruarant in a what looks like a white hut on the banks of the Tejo between the Tower da Belem and the Monument, next to the museum. Wonderful food, not at all expensive (€30 for two) lots of veggy options and a terrace outside. Sit and watch the boats go by with a wonderful view of the bridge and Christ on the other side of the river. Save room for pudding and go to the Pasteleria in Belem afterwards for coffee and egg custard tart.
On the river bank at Belem between the tower and the Monument.
A superb vegetarian restuarant serving the best veggy buffet (€12.50) I have ever had. The garden out back was warm enough to eat in in February, there are heaters on the tree! A great place and open every day.
Rua da Palmeira,15 - 5 minute walk from Rato metro. www.terra.vg
Cafe and takeaway. It is a proven fact that fish and chips are uneatable south of the Trent and west of the Pennines. Bryan's set out to be simply the best in West Riding, excelling where excellent was the norm. If you really want it (for they do cater for the less discriminating tastes) there is perfect cod. But exquisite haddock is the norm. With mushy peas, of course.
Headingley. Ask anyone, or follow your nose.
For the tyke with a sensitive palate, now the £ looks down disdainfully on the Swiss Franc, it's worth a visit to Rolle, in the Canton of Vaud, about 25 kms from Geneva. Filets de perche, an amazingly delicate fish, from the Lake Leman (fifty yards away), where they have their own fisherman. Drink their own wine from the local vineyard. Perfect chips
For the Cafe du Port, take the Route du Lac for 25 kilometres, from Geneva Airport. At the entry to Rolle, follow the sign that says "Port". Booking essential
Tel: 00 41 21 825 15 20
Always packed, great quality fish suppers. Queue for a takeout and then eat it outside by the harbour or wait for a table inside.
Pittenweem, the neighbouring village also has a great place, too.
Anstruther, East Neuk, Fife
A lovely front room style cafe/bar. Relaxed vibe, friendly waitress/owner, comfy sofas, interesting wines, nice big cups of tea, and all at very decent prices.
Music was occassionally a bit naff and paintings are not all that, but we had a lovely chilled out time.
Opens 15h00-late in the winter, and 17h00-late in the summer.
The best fish & chips on the planet, real food made the traditional way. Lightly battered flaky fried cod and perfectly cooked chips. Oh ... and the mushy peas are a 'must try'.
73 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PN
Telephone: 0871 3327803
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Delicious crisp and crunchy chips - just as they should be. Served with a wide array of different choices of fish... choose from skate or sole rather than the usual cod. A splendid trip and while you're there, you'll probably find yourself just having to go into one of the best farm shops ever!
A lovely, old-fashioned restaurant, very near Wawel castle. Excellent traditional food, especially game, and friendly and attentive waiters with excellent English, who are happy to explain the food and what goes well with what. Prices are about mid-range for Krakow (i.e. very cheap by British standards).
About 12 of us got there at 9 pm on a Sunday, when they were about to close, and they effectively re-opened for us.
ul. sw. Gertrudy 21, 31-049 Krakow
tel. (48 12) 429 40 22
The Somerset Hotel on Elizabeth Street is a brilliant place to stay. It has amazing views over Hyde Park and the Anzac Memorial. There is very good room service with people coming to clean your apartment everyday when you are out. It is near the centerpoint tower and not far from a good pool called Boy Charlton. It is salt water and suspended on stilts over the actual harbour so you get really good views. There is also a brilliant open air cinema on Lady Mcquaries Point. The screen apparently folds down (we didn't get to go there but i reccommend it anyway.)
There are two really good places to eat. One is called Sushi King - it is on George Street and it does the best sushi in the world. The other is the Lindt Cafe on Martin Place - it is really good and they do this great hot chocolate (you get this jug with hot milk in and a jug with melted chocolate in and you pour them in the mug at the same time the result is an amazing rich lovely cup of hot chocolate).
Of course I also reccommend the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House (my dad conducts there.)
A brilliant wine bar/bistro. One service each evening during the week (7.30pm), two at weekends. Excellent terrines, cornichons and bread on the table to start. Serve yourself a main course (selection of 3 or 4 on the tiled oven at the back of the room, cheese and pud). Wine from the shelf at the side. Great food, value and ambiance. But everyone else thinks so too so book. Possibly a couple of days ahead to be sure. Restaurant across the road is also very well reviewed but I've never been there.
Métro: Lourmel. 181; Rue de Lourmel, 75015
Tel: 08 26 10 06 01
A great little restaurant on The Grove. Now here’s the important bit most reviews forget about – timing. In my view this establishment gets it right. Food does not appear conveyor belt style, and instead you're able to enjoy your meal mulling over life and quaffing some of the fine wines which the owners carefully select, or delight even in the art of watching your Martini shaken not stirred. The food is just brilliant. Try it for yourself!!
Willy Mossop's 52 The Grove Ilkley
The Old Keswickian is a traditional fish and chip shop in the centre of
Keswick at the heart of the Lakes. It doubles as a take-away and eat-in restaurant which is popular with locals and tourists alike. The shop uses local Cumbrian produce and is perfect for a quality fish
supper after a hard day's walking!
It's got the authentically cheesy name, the friendly Italian (?) family running it and, like nearly everywhere in Herne Bay, it is quite full of old people. Fish and chips are super fresh and the clean, but a bit dull, cafe bit looks out onto the sea (via a main road).
Herne Bay is generally worth a visit. A lot quieter than Whitstable, the demographic skew also means that there are alot of funny charity shops, old fashioned fruit and vegetable shops and a cool icecream parlour, just down from Ernies.
The beach is good for a blustery walk along shingles and it is a lot less crowded than Whitstable can get.
77 Central Parade, Herne Bay Telephone: 01227 366 471
The restaurant seems like a simple family ‘trattoria’ and the owner, Giorgio Soave, was waiting to give us a warm welcome when we arrived. But it is far from being the simple place we had imagined. The food and service were magic, the waiters have just the right mix of helpful presence and discretion, and every detail of our evening was perfect.
After a glass of sparkling Prosecco, we started the meal with a delicious soup made with green asparagus and the smallest fresh peas you can imagine, truly wonderful. Giorgio makes his own salame, ‘pancetta’ and ‘lardo’ and although I was a bit dubious about the fat at first I was amazed at how delicious it all was, served with toasted bread with an exceptionally smooth olive oil and small green peppers, then fresh goat's cheese with chives, and an excellent Valpolicella classico to accompany it.
I suspect Giorgio knows more about food than anyone I’ve ever met. He can explain the difference between the green and white asparagus which comes fresh from the field and is served with egg and the finest slices of black truffle. He knows just where and when to pick the best mountain mushrooms, where to find the finest truffles, how to prepare the most delicious strawberry sauce to accompany his home-made tortelli with ricotta and nettles (magic!), how to choose the most delicate baby spinach leaves as a base for the tenderest ‘maltagliata’ (a rare beef fillet roughly chopped and served with fennel and Amarone sauce)…
He serves the local Monte Veronese cheese with a preserve known as ‘mostarda di mele’, which is made with apples and the essence of mustard and makes a perfect combination.
We had no room for dessert, but when he brought out a plate of icecream topped with chestnuts in honey, with home-made pastries, we couldn’t resist.
Each course was served with the right wine – and the Amarone we drank with the ‘maltagliata’ was exceptional – then coffee and grappa, or rose liqueur for the ladies.
We enjoyed our meal so much that I felt I had to write about it! It wasn’t cheap, but we sometimes like to treat ourselves, so if you would like to do the same, just drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch, or have a look at Giorgio’s site – we hope you will enjoy your evening as much as we did.
GROTO DE CORGNAN
Di Giorgio Soave
Via Corgnan, 41
37010 SANT’AMBROGIO VALPOLICELLA
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If you want to eat in LKF try running the gauntlet of Wing Wah Lane which is just off D'Aguilar Street (where most bars are concentrated).
As soon as you set foot on the street out come the chasing pack of touts trying to divert you into their restaurant but it is worth holding out and going round the bend to Co Co Curry which has a wide and tasty variety of Malaysian and Thai food as well as the extremely tasty Roti. Tasty and excellent value.
Perfectly washed down by a selection from their wide range of bottled lagers.
Wing Wah Lane, Lang Kwai Fong
Simply walk up Theatre Lane from Central MTR Station and be greeted by D'Aguilar Street. WWL is up the hill on the right.
34th Floor Restaurant with 270 degree views overlooking Victoria Park, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Victoria Harbour.
All you can eat dim sum, sushi, sashimi, miso soup, freshly cooked noodles, sandwiches, quiches, fresh Fruit, chocolate fountain, Haagen-Dazs and cakes. Add all you can drink sparkling dry white wine and a price of HK$200 each (about £15) and you have a full stomach, few drinks, happy wife and happy wallet.
And if you have not had enough you can go back on a Sunday. Less of a buffet, more of a meal, and unlimited champagne instead of Sparkling Wine. HK$250 each.
Saturday Sparkling Tea Buffet is 1pm to 4.30pm.
Sunday Bubbly Brunch is 11.30am to 3pm.
Book early to get a window seat!!
281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay MTR Exit D1
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