With 2 branches in L.A. (the original in west L.A. on the old Route 66 and a more recent addition in Santa Monica) this is a fine place for a few beers from an enjoyably broad beer menu featuring brews from all over the world. There's no need to go for the usual U.K. available labels so try a nice Fat Tire or Anchor Steam instead, and add a fabulous calzone or chilli bowl from their equally long food menu. Shoot some pool, play the jukebox or look at the tabletops which are full of showbiz memorabilia and great old celebrity pictures.
3rd St Promenade,Santa Monica,CA
Four-star, central, very clean, business rooms (£40) have free internet access. Restaurant does weird western food if you can't face Chinese for the 17th night in a row. I had fish fingers and chips with a blob of jam and my partner had mushrooms on toast with a little pool of lemon curd. Gorgeous.
No.55, Section 2, Ren Min Nan Ave, Chengdu, Sichuan 610016.
The Soupçon should not be missed. The atmosphere is relaxing, convivial and unhurried. The menu is short in length but long on quality. Set menus are under £20 pounds, while à la carte starters are around £5-6, with mains under £15. Typical dishes are Provençal fish soup, hot smoked salmon, confit of duck and coquille de poisson. Local products are used whenever possible, while the wine list is short but well up to the task.
42 High street
Tel: 01424 434348
It's fish and chips for me from French's at Wells-on-Sea. Such a bore when the queues out the door, but well worth the wait. Open or wrapped? Eat in or take out? Cod, plaice or rock salmon? Mine's always haddock. Divine crispy batter, lips greased by chips. Watching that waistline? What does it matter! (Closed Monday to go fishing.)
10 The Quay
Tel: 01328 710396
A picturesque fishing port on the border of Spain and Portugal, at the far western end of the Costa de la Luz. Great for seafood, golf, bowling, kitesurfing, sailing ... phew!
Nearby Isla Canela is where the Spaniards go for THEIR holidays, but the rest of Europe seems to have missed it!
The best damn hamburgers in town, this place is an Austin institution. The decor is quirky diner with mementos from the restaurants 50+ years of service on the walls, seriously though, for a piece of genuine American culture, this is the only place to go.
The malts are awesome too...
6th st, 2 blocks down from Lamar, (you can walk from Whole Foods Market).
A traditional tapas bar in a funny old corner shop.They serve good ham and gulas (funny little eels). It's a cool place to visit because it is on the edge of the red light district and run by a very camp couple. They serve drinks, bitch with customers and chase out drunks and undesirables whilst neatly arranging your ham and goats cheese tapas. We felt welcomed and entertained. Check out the wig shop down the road.
Calle Hortaleza, Chueca
Near to the Paseo del Prado there are narrow streets with lots of bars and tapas bars. This one was fab. It is full of groups of young people. The decor is scruffy-glass beads dangling in the window, green splodges on the walls and menus on pretend paint palettes. It says "pulperia" on the window and octopus is definitely the best thing to choose. We also had razor clams and green chillies. The service was really friendly and the wine was cheap and good. It didn't seem super happening at 1 on a Sunday morning, but a great place to chill out.
Calle Jesus, Centro
Experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi street life, with seemingly non-stop markets, livestock roaming free and every type of chancer and laughably inept con man trying to engage you..top notch, and puts the sedate connaught place to bed.
Near New Delhi train station
Visit Lalit Kala Akademi. See all the art on the walls. Then head down to Bengali Market to sample some of the best chaat in Delhi. (Chaat is vegetarian street food.) Try either of the Bengali Sweet House or Nathu's Sweets. Both are good and are in healthy competition.
Lalit Kala Akademi
Rabindra Bhawan, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi 110001
Bengali Market, New Delhi
Tooting is curry heaven and Kastoori is its nirvana. The restaurant is run by the Thanki family (from Gujarat via Uganda). For vegetarians, like us, this is the best of all restaurants. Start the meal with delicate, filled puris, follow up with marsala dosa (filled super-thin pancakes) served with spicy sambar. Mr Thanki and his staff will help you choose your meal. This ensures that you do not over-order, which is easy to do. Finish off with kulfis (Indian ice cream) and the final surprise of a modest bill for such a wonderful feast.
188 Upper Tooting Road, SW17
Tel: 020 8767 7027
Harrods, a magnet for the tourists. Whatever you think of the store itself, the Food Halls are a wonder in themselves and not to be missed! They are historically Listed in their own right, due to the wonderful decorative wall tiles.
The selection of food and wines are among the best in London, and not always as expensive as you might think. And make sure you visit the wet fish section, truly spectacular!
Harrods Ltd, SW1
Nearest tube, Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line).
Lovely park to go to when you're a bit sick of the often touristy Englischer Garten (however nice it is there too). Little lake in the middle, with a good restaurant and biergarten, where you can regularly catch a bit of live music, in the middle of that.
A cafe in a largely residential area which offers a wide range of drinks, a hilarious 'landlord' (inside joke, sorry), and you can even get a Guinness and have a game of bingo there on a Sunday evening. And it's not even run by anyone remotely English. Has to be experienced to be understood.
Described as 'the finest Indian cuisine on planet earth', this restaurant, part of the Sheraton hotel in New Delhi, is truly fantastic. The menu focuses mainly on North Indian cuisine, with an open kitchen so you can see the chefs at work.
Bill Clinton has dined here, (there is a dish named after him - a mixed Indian platter he apparently said was exquisite), and it is often frequented by Indian celebrities. Having said that, the prices are not too steep (compared to an equivalent meal in a similar setting in Europe or the US, it truly is a bargain), and it is certainly worth a visit.
Hotel Sheraton, Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi 110 021
Tel: 91 11 2611 2233
Fax: 91 11 26113333
The most fantastic Italian Restaurant in Cardiff, probably in Wales. Casanova is run by four young Italians who are passionate about their food. Finally an Italian restaurant without Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread on the menu!
The food is wonderful, superbly cooked, beautifully presented and top quality.The kind of place where the most important thing is the quality of the food! I can highly recommend a visit here.
Cardiff 13 Quay street
Tel: 029 2034 4044
Hands down the best Gujarati restaurant I have ever been to. Choose from a varierty of sumptious thalis, and eat to your hearts content as you are continously served freshly cooked specialities by traditionaly dressed waiters.
Ajmal Khan Road
OK you need to know someone who is a member to get invited to the Habitat Centre Restaurants, but if someone offers to, just grab the opportunity. They are faboulous and reasonable. The Indian, Chinese and the Bar serving snacks, are all equally good.
Habitat World at the Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Tel: 91 11 4122 0000
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