This hip cafe is tucked away in embassy land in a dilapidated looking house. It is popular with aid workers, foreign professionals and the local trendies. Quite busy during lunch.
Yes it looks bad from the outside but that's the idea, apparently.
(North) Gulshan 2, Road No 72, House 3a, first floor.
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Food Loft (on the top floor of Central Chidlom) and Park (on the top floor of Emporium) are great upmarket food courts with stalls run by some of Bangkok's best restaurants. Great places to eat good food in a buzzy environment.
Central Chidlom: Chidlom BTS station. Emporium: Phrom Phong BTS station.
This wine bar located in a Georgian townhouse serves top class food with an outstanding collection of wine, many of which are served by the glass. The food is modern Irish, the owners sourcing much of the ingredients from their farm in Clare. It's quite simple and un-chefy, but excellent quality. The staff are very knowledgable and helpful with wine, and will often give free samples to help you choose the right one for you. It's always very busy so you need to book ahead. It's also allegedly one of the best singles bars in Dublin!
Ely Street, just off Baggot Street.
This new development officially called Quartier Bloom, but universally called the Italian Quarter is a great little slice of modern urban development. It's a private laneway built by a developer called Wallace with an obsession with all things Italian - so he has stuffed it with some great little Italian shops, wine bars and restaurants. The Enecotta della Langhe is particularly popular for its wines and anti-pasta. It's not generic Italian, most of the units are run by people from one village in the Lombardy region, so the food and wines are all from that area. The giant mural along one side is now a favoured landmark in Dublin - it's a reproduction of da Vinci's Last Supper, but featuring people taken at random off the streets of Dublin - Jesus is an Indian student in Trinity.You can amuse yourself by looking for the secret code in the picture revealing the artist's favourite football team.
Just north of the Millennium Bridge on the quays. Close to the Jervis Luas stop.
Moore Street has become the centre of the new multicultural Ireland. There are lots of traditional old stalls (probably the cheapest place to buy meat and vegetables in Dublin), but there is also an amazing collection of shops and restaurants owned and run by the Chinese, Russian, and African communities.
Moore Street is just off Henry Street, leading to Parnell Street
The other great fish and chip place that starts with a B. Not as good as Burdocks, but superior to any of the usual fast food outlets. There is a very nice branch in Howth, but for most visitors the most accessible is the O'Connell Street branch. There is a great view of the street from the seating area on the first floor.
O'Connell Street, Dublin
A great restaurant with a good buzz almost every evening. It's not the most comfortable, but the quality of the food and service more than makes up for it. 101 Talbot is unusual for an Irish restaurant in that the veggie and vegan options are often better than the meat dishes. Probably the best place for your pre-theatre meal if you are going to the Abbey or Gate.
Upstairs of No 101 Talbot Street
This is a fantastic restaurant with great, authentic Thai food and gorgeous decor. You can eat happy in the knowledge that all the profits from the restaurant go towards health programmes throughout Thailand, and you get free condoms with your after dinner mints, you can't say fairer than that!
6 soi 12 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
Bologna is THE place to spend a weekend eating. It has the most amazing pasta you've ever tasted - apparently it's made from a different sort of flour, but it soaks up the sauce deliciously.
You must visit Tamburini. It’s an amazing deli but also a restaurant/cafe (self service), which has delicious food at lunchtime - packed out when we went, but well worth the queue.
It felt like a Bolognese institution to us.
Via Caprarie, 1 - 40124 Bologna; Tel: +39 (0)51 234726; Fax +39 (0)51 232226; www.tamburini.bo.it/
Another of Oslo's fine seafood restaurants. The dishes are very modern and imaginative, with both a la carte and set menus created to showcase the best of what's on offer. Slightly pricey, but not extortionate like many places in Oslo offering similar quality.
Frognerveien 12b; accessible by tram (Majorstuen 12 from Jerbanetorget or Radhusplassen)
One of the very best seafood restaurants in Oslo, Lofoten is a popular choice for couples and businessmen who want to impress clients. The slightly formal atmosphere doesn't detract from the truly delicious food; for me, this is michelin star quality without quite the same level of fuss and expense. It also provides a wonderful view of the harbour.
Find it on the waterfront, at the very end of Aker Brygge.
A small, family run taverna, close to Piazza Navona.The owner, Paulo brings produce from his hometown in the Sabine Hills. The roast chicken, with potatoes roasted in oil and rosemary is real comfort food. Bread, tomatoes and fresh basil to start, helped on it's way by half-decent house wine. My wife, daughter(ice cream scored well) and I had a truly great evening, and left with change out of £30.The Taverna is closed Tuesday, but signs direct you to a sister taverna, a few steps away (slightly larger,but almost as good).
Via Monte Giordano 12Tel: 06 68 80 10 53
This is a really nice neighbourhood pub. It sells tasty stone-baked pizzas and has a quiz every Monday night. The people who work there and the people who drink there are welcoming and relaxed.
62 Gowlett Road, East Dulwich, London, SE15 4HY
Singapore may be a modern business hub, but elements of its original melting-pot culture remain if you take time to search them out. When bored of the malls of Orchard Road, head to the free museum in Raffles Hotel (third floor) to see photographs and memrobilia of a bygone age: Charlie Chaplain, Elizabeth Taylor, Lord Mountabtten and more including images of streets with rickshaw drivers, coolies and colonials. Chinatown has some charm, but has sadly been made "more Chinese" over the last decade. The nearby Telok Ayer area (where you will find Singapore's oldest Taoist temple next to a tiny park) has some good cafes and restaurants including the budget Lotus Cafe. Porta Porta Restaurant on Stanley Street and Aoili on Boon Tat Street offer inventive and authentic Italian and French food (the set lunches are modestly priced at around S$20 to $30). If you want organic vegetarian food, two doors from Aioli is Yogi Hub.More authentic than Chinatown is Little India, but ignore the infamous Komala Villas Restaurant (now serving poor quality Indian vegetarian food in a bad atmosphere) and head for Sri Saktivillas Restaurant on Cuff Road for fantastic food at cheap prices. On the next street - Upper Dickson Road - is Kulfi Bar where you will find some of the creamiest Indian ice-cream in an amazing variety of flavours (the colours and tastes of the beetroot and pistachio are unforgettable.)Fort Canning Park (not far from Orchard Road) and the Botanical Gardens offer green and pleasant distractions. See the Spice Garden at Fort Canning and the Orchid Gardens at the Botanical Gardens.On Hill Street is the charming Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator. It has a circular design, a marvellous atmosphere and is a national treasure. And for a taste of a more authentic Singapore life, head to the heartlands of Toa Payoh, Tampines or Clementi. Among the Housing Development Boad apartment blocks you will find shops, food centres and coffee shops with economy prices and a genuine local flavour.
I'm a student who lived in Rome last year - went and ate everywhere - and Rome is great for getting a quick slice of pizza, but the best by far is Lo Zozzone (or The Dirty One). For €3 you can have a huge slice of fresh white pizza, with whatever you want in it. Great quality and great price - I miss it so much.
Lo Zozzone, 32 Via del Teatro Pace,
(4 min walk form Piazza Navona)
Tel 06 68 80 85 75
The owner, Giovanni, is a Roman by birth, but was raised in Canada and speaks perfect English - well American English! He and his girlfriend, Simona, serve locals and tourists every night from 5pm - 2am. Great fun.
Via di Tor Millina, 32;
near Piazza Navona
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