OK, so it's Sicilian and we're talking Rome, but Capricci Siciliani delivers the best baby squid in the known universe. Fantastic seafood, excellent wine list, including many native Sicilian grape varieties, reasonably priced, and a warm and inviting staff. Over an 8-day visit, we actually had dinner here twice, and our 14-month-old enjoyed both the delicious bread and unending attention. Two truly memorable meals.
Via di Panico, 83 (near Piazza Navona;
tel: 06 4543 3823;
This is a restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine and traditional Polish food. It opened in February 2005, is situated in the old Jewish part of Krakow and was very welcoming. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent and we felt that it was good value. It was very popular with local people which is always a good sign!
ul.Kupa 15, close to the Old Market;
tel: 12 431 0875
I fell in love with Vancouver the second the plane banked and I caught a glimpse of the Capilano Mountain range. After a day experiencing a rather windy cable car ride, and boating in Vanier, I discovered the Blue Water Cafe. Oysters served with Vodka and Tabasco was the recommended dish. The staff are amazing and filled with tips and advice on time spent in their city. The terrace gives you yet another opportunity to pose. Which we did. My best advice; make your next holiday in Vancouver.
1095 Hamilton Street;
tel: 604 688 8078;
The hotel Wentzl is absolutely brilliant. Beautiful location and rooms and good service.
On the first floor they have a restaurant which I think is the best in Krakow. Ariel is also very good.
You don´t have to do much in Krakow. Just strolling round the streets is a pleasant experience.
I was there during Christmas time. They have a very nice Christmas market on the main square in December.
Famed for its Middle Eastern thali, the restaurant on the ground floor is generally packed - and for good reason. Despite the rather minimal decor, the waiters are turned out impeccably in smart bellhop outfits, and the food is very decently priced.
B1/107, Assi Ghat, Varanasi;
Though not so central as Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and the other well-known hangouts, if you want to avoid the crowds head here for a quiet night out with a local flavour. There's five or six authentic little brown cafes to choose from, and a couple of restaurants too. The scenery's not bad and there's few if any lary stag-nighters.
Just off Prins Hendrikkade: from Centraal station, cross the road and walk east for fifteen minutes, it's opposite the old sailing ship at the Scheepvartsmuseum. Try also bus 22 or trams 9 and 14.
Siem Reap's premier restaurant. For a taste of what the colonial lifestyle might have been like before the guns started firing take a pew on the veranda in this old French villa . The menu is extensive, tasty and not that expensive, and Angelina Jolie can't be wrong about the cocktails (they even named one after her).
If you really like it, there's a guesthouse too.
No. 341, 50 m north-west of the Old Market, Svay Dangkom, Mondul I;
In spring and autumn, when the sun comes out but there's still a nip in the air, there's no better place for an al-fresco lunchbreak. En Zo serves a variety of home-made soups in weird and wonderful flavours (for example spicy peanut or spinach and cream) at prices from about 3 Euros - ideal for a hearty but healthy meal.
Jodenbreestraat 94A, near Waterlooplein and opposite Albert Hijn supermarket;
tel: 020-422 22 43;
Don't miss this great restaurant in the former Jewish quarter, especially on a night when a klezmer band is playing. The kosher food is superb - try the stuffed goose neck! It's a good idea to book a table.
tel: 12 421 79 20;
Visiting Cardiff on business, I took the wife, and on a recommendation visited Cardamom Indian Restaurant on a Thursday night. What a little treasure this place is! Fantastic cuisine excellent service and a very contemporary feel. A night to remember. Thank you Cardamom.
442c Cowbridge Road East;
tel: 029 2023 3506; www.cardamom.org.uk
An elegant and friendly restaurant serving traditional European Jewish cuisine, not kosher, in the main square of Kazimierz.
Szeroka, 18, Kazimierz;
Trams 4 and 9 will both take you from Krakow city centre to Szeroka;
tel: 12 421 79 20;
One of Lyon's few non-smoking bars, the Cafe 100 Tabac (say it out loud - you'll get the joke even with schoolboy French) is in a busy little side street off the main Rue de La Republique. It serves reasonable wine and beer at low prices, often has interesting and enthusiastic staff, and can provide a simple meal at lunch or dinner.
The big selling point is the intimate and friendly atmosphere, the art on the walls, and the traditional Lyonnais style of the building, with exposed stone, wooded beams and a little mezzanine accessed by a tiny spiral staircase. As with so many Lyon bars, space is at a premium, but it's rarely crowded and the small scale means that it's easy to strike up a conversation with your neighbour.
Smokers should try the Cafe 203 (another French-language gag) next door, which is run by the same people.
23, Rue de l'Arbre Sec, Lyon 69001;
tel: 04 78 27 29 14;
Chlopskie Jadlo (Peasant Food) is a chain of restaurants serving good traditional food in large portions at very low prices. Three branches in Krakow.
Pod Aniolami (Under The Angels) serves traditional and contemporary Polish food at reasonable prices, in a tasteful restored cellar. The wild boar with cranberries is excellent.
With a set menu at 19euros for 3 courses, the quality of this restaurant’s food is surprisingly good, with fresh ingredients and a lovely mix of herbs and sauces. Last night we went there. I had the salade landaise which comes with duck and mushrooms and a lovely seasoning and the lambchops as a main dish, seasoned with herbs. Dinner for 2, including a bottle of Buzet was a very reasonable 68euro. The service is incredibly good, fast and friendly. The clientele is a mix of locals and tourists but the food is authentic French.
If you can't stand small Parisian restaurants because there is no clear separation for smokers and non-smokers, this might not be the place for you. The perfect place to end an evening after having visited the Invalides or the Musee Rodin, both nearby. Oh, yes: make a reservation.
56, Boulevard de Latour-Maubourg, 7th arrondissement, close to les Invalides;
tel: 01 45 51 93 08;
Open every evening, closed Saturday and Sunday lunchtime
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