Book the honeymoon balcony! It’s perched high up the mill itself. I had a great view of the sunset framing my wife's hair. Good "Euro" food, but almost triple the price of other tavernas.
Do not climb the steps if you have a heart problem, talk in the bar beforehand was of a customer who had a heart attack after the climb up.
Look up to find it. tel: (+30) 2427 024550
Dessert houses are small shops spread across the main city areas of Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, serving desserts of all types. Most of them are offered chilled, with the main ingredients been exotic fruit and pudding. Desserts are very popular amongst the locals and also ideal for anyone looking for sweet refreshment after an exhausting walk under the hot sun. Prices are very reasonable as well.
What isn't there to do here? Take the cable car on the Powell/Hyde line. Get off, walk through Ghiradelli Square to try and blag free choccy samples, take lots of pics of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate, grab some clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, maybe some crab too, trek over to Pier 39, shop and wave at the sea lions. Find a bench and watch the perfect sunset over the bay.
Vegetarian & vegan restaurant, with fantastic and imaginative dishes. Neither me nor my partner are veggies/vegan but have eaten here twice as the food is simply great, especially the pasta dishes. Leave room for dessert too as they are sublime!
Always busy so best to book ahead.
56-58 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh,
(Off the Royal Mile and the Cowgate): tel: 0131 556 5888;
Classic Sichuan (and Chongqing, where hot pot is even spicier) food. Large bowl of soup/sauce in the middle of the table, perched on a gas hob/burner. Most often the metal bowl has a barrier vertically across the middle, so that a red, spicier soup is in one half, and a white, less spicy soup is in the other. Fans of the spicy half and the less spicy half can dine together, and of course you can mix and match.
Your group orders food, which is brought to you so you can decide what to put into the bubbling soup. Sliced pork and beef, vegetables, doufu, and mushrooms are all standard fare, and you can also get kidneys, liver and many other body parts for the soup. A very sociable way of eating.
Some places do a 'buffet' deal where you pay one price per person (rather than paying for the food you order), and you stroll up to the buffet table to get the food bits - good for your first hot pot, and this overcomes ordering problems. The buffet deals are pricier, but usually include beer and red wine and soft drinks.
Hot pot (huo guo) restaurants are on almost every vaguely lively street. One town we were in had seven hot pot restaurants.
More detailed guide on www.randomstuff.biz in the Eat section of Chengdu.
Not only the best vegetarian restaurant in Brighton but in my opinion the best restaurant in Brighton period... and I'm not even a vegetarian. Organic wines and ciders, elaborate towering salads, wonderful staff, and the most glorious and imaginative (vegetarian, but who cares?) food you've tasted in ages. I recommend the rosti. Should be £20-40 a head, depending how carried away you get with the wine. And you should. Take a date.
71 East St, Brighton; tel: 01273 729 051;
This is a pub which is located near Bardsleys fish and chip shop. It sells Harvey's bitter, which is brewed in Lewes, a market town near Brighton. You can order your fish and chips in the pub and your bitter at the same time.
13 Baker Street, Brighton; tel: 01273 683 173
Alta Mar is right on the harbour front at AguaDulce, 20 minutes from Almeria, nestled among interesting bars (Free Amigos with Peter) and other more touristy ice cream parlours and noisy cafes, it is easy to see the class and quality of its owners and meals.
It's worth a trip for the fantastic mediterranean cuisine, 70 euros for two, the finest Spanish wine, amazing mozzarella salad starter, freshest sea bass which would give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money (and no F-word) and the finest chocolate pudding cooked specially in the oven for 12 minutes.
My mouth waters at returning there, oh, and the most charming Dutch/English owner and free drinks to follow. A find.
Puerto deportive de Aguadulce tel:950347740
There are two Gingerman restaurants in Brighton. Both the tiny original in Norfolk Street and the newer one at the stylish Drakes hotel are superb. Excellent, well-thought-out menus, great value fixed price menu, and a great wine list. However, it’s the friendliness of the staff that make both Gingermen truly special. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
21a Norfolk Square; tel: 01273 326 688 and at Drakes, 44 Marine Parade; tel: 01273 696 934;
T-a-T is the best veggie restaurant EVER. It simply shines - I was taken there by some meat-loving friends and we now go every time there's a special occasion. It challenges every cliche about veggie food and puts the middle finger up at chefs who can't cook veggie food but pretend they can (death to lasagne, risotto & the vegetable stack). The Mock Turt has the world's best meringues and tom rarebit and has held onto its delights even after a change in long-term ownership.
Terre a Terre: 71 East St, Brighton; tel: 01273 729 051; www.terreaterre.co.uk
The Mock Turtle: 4 Pool Valley; tel: 01273 327 380
Probably the best pizzeria in Asia, and almost the world! I don't just say this because I was starved in Tibet and would have eaten anything. Instead, I lived in Kathmandu for 3 years and Fire and Ice never once failed me. We (and most other expats including Italians) used to go at least 3 times a week. Not only are the pizzas out of this world, but the atmosphere is great and the service is brisk and friendly. The place is always full of diplomats, NGO workers, Nepali and Indian families, Tibetan monks, mountaineers on their way to or back from the mountain, anthropologists etc. Run by an Italian lady, who has the Parmesan made in Lhasa. Unforgettable!
Sanchaya Kosh Bldg. 219, Tridevi Marg, Kathmandu (just at the entrance to Thamel, behind the carpark. Everyone knows it); tel: 01/250210
No one should visit Damascus and miss having an ice cream at Bakdash Ice Cream parlour in the Souk Hamidiyeh. (There is an imitator, so beware). Bakdash has mountains of white ice cream in the window, chandeliers, and lots of customers at all hours of the day. You buy a token for 25 Syrian pounds (about 20p) and exchange it for an enormous cone of ice cream that is rolled in pistachio nuts. Yum!
Bang in the middle of the Souk Hamidiyeh. Ask anyone - everyone knows it
Large family-run Italian restaurant, with wide choice of traditional, non-pretentious food. Also an excellent range of gluten free pasta, fish dishes and salads. Execellent pudding menu, including strawberries in season and chocolate truffle torte.
Great welcoming atmosphere and excellent value for money.
1-3 Brighton Place, The Lanes;
tel 01273 775 477
A cool, relaxed vibe makes our local the best pub in Brighton - good food (yummy meatball sub!), good beer, friendly funny staff, and old school decor with a twist (check out the photo of cabaret girls next to the bar).
67a Upper Gloucester Road
Great pub, nice people, serving big, tasty food. Very informal - sometimes riotous - pub quiz every Thursday night from about nine.
Not been the same since the glory days, but still jolly good fun.
You could also try wandering on through Kemptown past the Hanbury Ballroom and St George's Church, turn right at the end and you're back on the seafront, with great views of the ocean. Or the naturist beach, if that's your bag.
92, St Georges Rd, Kemptown;
tel: 01273 682 259
For fresh fish, try Brighton and Newhaven Fishsales on the edge of Shoreham harbour. Absolutely fresh off the boat, they supply a whole load of local restaurants, but have a large counter too. Good range, including local black bream and beautiful sea bass.
For Fish and Chips, Bankers on Western Road is a favourite. Sit down and takeaway, old fashioned feel, fantastic chips.
Brighton and Newhaven Fishsales: South Quay, Basin Road South, Aldrington Basin, Portslade;
tel: 01273 430 646;
Bankers: 116a, Western Rd, Brighton;
tel: 01273 328267
The best secret cafe of the island is on Campos beach. Excellent sandwiches, salads and pasta, well groomed cocktails, and the must have - enormous cheesecake pieces (surely the best I've ever tasted).
After your swim, relax by playing backgammon or reading a book listening to nice world music. Before you leave, don't forget to buy a trendy George's Place souvenir t-shirt!
On the far left of Campos beach, 5.5 km from the port of Skala. When you get to the beach, You have to walk through the sand to reach it; tel. 22470 31881
A genuine family-run Italian restaurant down Preston Street, just off Western Road, with a great menu ranging from the de rigeur pasta through to excellent meat and fish dishes, all made with fresh ingredients and served with the best owner/maitre d around - the Italian owner Angelo! By far the best restaurant in Brighton.
29 Preston Street, Brighton;
tel: 01273 328 775
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