Il Bacaro is an awesome restaurant about five minutes from the Pantheon. Like a lot of places in the area it's not exactly cheap, but it's also not astronomically expensive, and for sure less pretentious than many places in the center. One thing really separates it from the competition; the quality of the food. Prepared fresh daily by skilled, caring personnel, as much love as time and effort go into cooking these fabulous dishes and makes all the difference in taste. Seasonal menus are also a bonus, meaning you only get food REALLY in season at the time. The pumpkin sauce is to die for, the meat delectable, and leaving without dessert may just be a cardinal sin.
They even have a menu on their site. I also have to give props to those who recommended it to me, my apartment rental booking agency, Leisure in Rome. Their English was so good, and they were so helpful and informative, right down to tipping me off about this little gem and others. I'll paste a link to the apartment I stayed in too, a surprisingly quiet place in the heart of Trastevere (lovely) that I absolutely felt at home in: www.leisureinrome.com/_apartments_in_rome-in-trastevere/Trastevere_apartment,S,399.html
A modern twist on a tea-house that is also a restaurant. So far I have had brunch, afternoon tea and dinner there! I love it because it's a relaxed environment with great food and you can people watch everyone going past on Whiteladies Road. The staff are very friendly and helpful when trying to choose a tea which is a bit overwhelming at first.
Papaji's House of Teas
109 Whiteladies Road
opposite Clifton Down train station
In this small Austrian village, you'll find an exceptional restaurant with beautifully creative dishes. Mid-day meals very reasonably priced. Evenings are more expensive than other restaurants in the area. Great dining which retains a touch of its Austrian roots.
Its a 20 minute taxi from downtown, but this place serve some fantastic food including the best barbequed pork ribs I have ever tasted. The Jamaican chicken served with plaintain and the Roasted duck (advance order only) are outstanding. Popular also is their breakfast for dinner.
Pick up a good bottle of wine from a supermarket and jump into a taxi. But do call early as the restaurant barely seats 25 max and they fill up fast.
19 Lorong Setia Bistari 2
Off Jalan Beringin
Tel 03 2095 3304
Cosy and friendly restaurant in the heart of Biarritz next to Les Halles market. Drinks are very reasonable (could get a nice bottle of red wine for 16€) and food is lovely. We had cote de boeuf with frites for two (39€) and were pleasantly surprised with the huge pile of meat presented to us... Thoroughly recommend it!
8 rue des Halles, tel. 05 59 24 16 91
The Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok is renowned, but fewer people know about the free performances that can be seen on weekend nights at the Studio 9 restaurant within the theatre compound. With stunning views across the Chao Phraya River to the illuminated Grand Palace and a good value menu of modern Thai dishes the restaurant is appealing in its own right.
But what really makes it a location for a night to remember are the free displays of contemporary Thai performing arts which are shown on Friday and Saturday evenings. With dining tables set around the performance area this is a unique opportunity to see innovative young artists displaying their skills while tucking in to a delicious meal. On the night of our visit we were mesmerised by lithe acrobats contorting themselves within swinging hoops, and seemingly magically suspended from fluid streams of silk, all to a background of haunting Thai music.
Studio 9, 69/1 Soi Wat Rakang, Arun Amarin Road
A short walk from Wat Rakang Pier. Cross river ferries run every 5 minutes until 10 pm (3 Baht) after which you will need to return by taxi.
Cocktail bar in Lower East Side. AMAZING cocktails, including ones made with house-infused vodkas in various flavours. Has a nice zinc top bar for that classic NY cocktail bar experience. The bartender was really friendly, and we even got some lovely aperitifs on the house to go with our drinks.
Make sure you don't miss it though - we initially thought it was shut, as there is just a small sign and you have to go downstairs to get to it! Incidentally we also ate at one of it's sister restaurants, Schillers, which was also lovely.
281 Lafayette St
This is the best place to hear bluegrass music in the world. Everybody who is anybody has played there or will. They have the greatest house band I've ever heard, "The Time Jumpers", made up of the funniest, fastest, and most dazzlingly proficient session musicians in the city.
The Station Inn is an institution, but also completely unwrecked by its success. And it's just gotten better - they have smoked barbeque that they make in some weird cast iron septic tank looking thing that is delicious. If you do one thing in Nashville, go hear music there. You won't regret it.
10th Avenue South, downtown Nashville, behind the old Union Station and off Broadway.
Bar on Houston St in New York. A really nice little bar with a great atmosphere. Make sure you go up the stairs and not to the bar below, which is a completely different place! We went in happy hour (around 6pm-8pm I think), which was cheap cocktails and 2-4-1 on draught beers (and good ones at that - try the Brooklyn white or pilsner). The best thing was that here Happy Hour stipulates that you MUST have two drinks each to benefit - brilliant, more beer! Also it's just down the road from Katz's deli so perfect for pre/post sandwich drinking. They also had cheap tacos on that night, which also looked pretty good, and they seemed to have various different food and drinks offers on each night of the week.
47 E Houston St
By now it must be obvious that I'm hopelessly in love with Tuscany and its fabulous vistas, and Montecatini Terme doesn't disappoint at all.
Though the springs and spas that sprung up around them draw a fair bit of business, it's much less touristy than many other places in Tuscany one can hit. And why argue with a place where I can enjoy hot springs AND Tuscan cuisine?
At Ercolini & Savi, I was treated not only to a lovely stay by another warm, welcoming staff, but the restaurant was just FABULOUS. And when not eating in the hotel they were very kind with recommendations. Since they helped organize so much for me and gave me a stress free holiday I promised them I'd spread the word!
Via S. Martino 18 - 51016 - Montecatini Terme (PT)
Booked like most of my trip through my new best friends: www.italiancollection.com/en/ercolini-savi.html
This is an organic micro brewery and restaurant/bar. They have a small range of their own beers - I don't like beer and they managed to find one that I like! They also have a full bar with other beers (organically produced). The restaurant sells a range of organically produced food and the staff happily advise you of the day's specials (their baklava with local walnuts and ice cream was the best ever.) They also have live music at the weekend.
102 S State St
Ukiah, CA 95482-4903, United States
Yang Yang's is one of Chengdu's hottest local restaurants; visited by locals and ex-pats alike. If you arrive late for lunch or dinner expect to have to wait for a table.
For purveyors of Chinese cuisine this restaurant fits into the "dirty delicious" category. For those who don't know, dirty delicious is a category of local restaurant that would not meet Western standards of hygiene, but whose food is outstanding. Notable dishes on the menu include tie ban qie zi, and tie ban tu dou si.
English menu: yes
English speaking staff: no
Walking directions: From the American Consulate on Ling Shi Guan Rd. head east to the next intersection, turn left (north) at the WoWo 24 hour convenience store, continue walking for about 100 meters and it is on the right hand corner.
Google map: tinyurl.com/yaexwgn
Fantastic little cafe/restaurant/bar with great food at a reasonable price in a lovely part of the city. The staff are friendly (often a rarity in Prague) and and the beer is good. They have a select lunch menu deal as they are usually quite packed during the lunch rush. One of my favourite places when I lived in the city.
Jagellonska 10, Praha 3, Vinohrady
5 minute saunter from metro Jiriho z Podebrad
A small, stylish restaurant near the Sagrada Familia serving excellent, imaginative modern Catalan cuisine. Great value menu at lunchtimes. The staff are fantastic, friendly and welcoming, fabulous wine list too at reasonable prices.
Shetland's former capital is a village with 1,000 inhabitants and a small but busy boatyard. Very much a working community, Scalloway has much to attract the visitor in terms of history. Its hotel, located between the equally excellent museum and second hand bookstore/post office, offers great food at good prices. Much use is made of local produce, and the cuisine is Scottish/French - good attention to detail, and very attentive and friendly service. The hotel provides separate public bar and dining room - and the food can be enjoyed in either. The dining room has an air of formality about it, but is very family friendly. An imaginative menu, good cooking, and throughtful presentation. Three courses for two plus wine, coffee and an excellent selection of local cheeses - just under £100. Highly recommended.
Main St, Scalloway, Shetland, ZE1 0TR
If you need a rest from refried beans and are willing to break the backpacker budget for the day, here are two tips on places to eat in Quito's new town which will satisfy any cravings for a taste of home. Start with lunch at Super Papa which serves tasty jacket potatoes with any filling imaginable. In the evening feast on traditional fish and chips in the cosy and authentic Queen Victoria British pub.
Super Papa, Juan Leon Mera
Reina Victoria, Reina Victoria y Roca
Grand Baie is buzzing with life. Banana bar is the place to hang out and to sit and have a beer and a nice casual meal. I suggest Sunset Cafe by the Canelle shopping center. From there you can book a catamaran to go and visit for the day one of the little islands like flat island. Good fun and nice trip. I've been going to Mauritius for the last 15 years and every time I'm there, my heart sings. What I love most is the people. Never stops to suprise me the beauty of that island. The food is really nice in most of the places, but my favourite is the Italian restaurant by the Banana bar called Don Camillo.
The Royal Palm hotel is a gem to visit or to have dinner which it will cost you big bucks.
Palais De Chine does excellent chinese food and if you are lucky and it's in season you can order the best crab cooked in black bean sauce.
To eat Don Camillo 2638540. I don't know the phone numbers of the rest, but easy to find all the above, They all in Grand Baie area
It's the deepest fresh water lake in the world. It's 1.6km deep and has 1/5th of the worlds fresh water in it. Home to fish and seals that are only found there. The surrounding countryside is all beautiful forests. Listvyanka itself is tiny and the only place you can get smoked omul, the best known of the tasty local fish.
You can catch a marshrutka (minibus) or regular bus to Listvyanka from Irkutsk. Irkutsk is on the Trans-Siberian train route and well worth stopping off at for the lake alone.
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