This is Roundhay/Harehill's up and coming restaurant, and extremely good value. The secret is out, because these days Arti is getting a full house and is popular with white and Asian customers alike.
Arti offers some south Indian fare such as dhosa and idli as well as the more standard Indian dishes; warning - the starters are huge and really delicious.
Arti started his restaurant a couple of years back, is very friendly, keen to find out what the customer thinks. This boy's going places! It's a hard act to follow - we've moved to a different city and still looking for an Arti replacement.
285-287 Roundhay Road
Leeds LS8 4HS
Had several very good sunday lunches at The Bluebell - in addition to the normal menu they have one of the best Sunday roasts I have ever eaten.
But there is more to The Bluebell than just the wonderful food, the building is all old timbers and very higgledy-piggledy, service is always very friendly and cheerful - not at all snooty and best of all they serve Cloudy Bay (the most wonderful NZ Sauvignon Blanc) by the glass - my favourite!
High Street, Henley in Arden
It's a fantastic Indian restaurant: its curries have actually been flown out to Europe by people who've tasted them and can't live without them, and there are always lengthy queues for a takeaway and a table at the weekend.
It serves all the `standard' dishes extremely well, together with a wide range of its own specialities - the fish dishes and the Balti curries are particularly good. Service is friendly and efficient.
3-5 South St,Manningtree, Essex.
Fish restaurant. It is by far the best fish I have eaten anywhere. The chef is Mauritian, trained at the George Cinq in Paris, cooks your meal anyway you wish, very accommodating and friendly.
24 Seymour Place London W1H 7NL
Phone 020 7724 5001
Nearest Tube Marble Arch 5 minutes walk
The Tiffin Room is a bit of an anomaly - a classy Indian restaurant in the land of cream teas and ice-creams, otherwise known as the Isle of Wight.
It's attached to Bonchurch Manor, a B&B housed in a smart Victorian house with sea views but you don't have to be a guest to eat there. The food is delicious - the masala dosa was the best I've tasted and sea bass cooked in coconut, tamarind and coriander was fantastic.
Standard curry house fare is often too rich and heavy but this food - cooked by B&B owner Shuba Rao - is light and delicately spiced.
The wine list - chosen by Shuba's husband Mark - impressive too and amazingly good value.
Au Limonaire is a Parisian must. Battered decor and disheveled waiting staff simply add to its charm.
A three course meal for around a tenner and the best grub we'd sampled in the city followed by three acts of entertainment (comedy, drama and chanson) where a hat is passed around for tips afterward.
This local hangout exemplifies what bohemian Paris is all about - culture, charm and cheek (sic).
Bistrot Melac is one of the most intimate, characteristic Paris wine bars located in the 11th arrondissement between Bastille and the Republique square.
The owner, Jacques Mélac is a mix of Cyrano de Bergerac with an enormous handlebar moustache!
He spends a large part of his life on wine. In an other life, he was a sommelier in a big Parisian hotel. A restaurant must on your next visit to the French capital!
Paris is renowned for its food but it is often pricey. However an unassuming, high walled mosque at 39 Rue Geoffroy St. Hillaire serves incredibly tender tagines, beautifully fluffy cous cous, kebabs that tantalise rounded off with baklava and mint tea stuffed with fresh leaves.
Go here and you’ll avoid other tourists and the price tags that they attract.
And, don’t worry about not being authentic; immigration from Morocco to France means a tangine is as French as a curry is British (just don’t let them hear you say that)!
Le Lys is a unique B&B in a 17th century house in the atmospheric Marais district, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame and the Centre Pompidou.
Stéphane and Jean’s elegant home is stuffed with antiques and paintings, and the generous breakfast is a delight, but it is the warmth of their welcome that impresses the most.
By the time you leave, you will be firm friends, and your experience of Paris will be all the richer for it.
Le Lys is on Rue Quincampoix, w, and the telephone number is +33 (0)6 7741 2913/(0)1 4704 2880
Rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris. +33 1 4704 2880
Excellent setting and service, shame about the food. Very bland!
No taste of coconut in coconut rice! Tasteless prawns.
Very disappointing evening considering the location and high prices.
Food needs to match the wonderful décor.
Restuarant Gurtlerhoft, is situated directly opposite the Cathedral in the main square. The restaurant is a quieter, more relaxed alternative to the more popular terraced restaurants that are in abundance.
Passing through a passage opposite the Cathedral you will find the restaurant, situated in an immense arched cellar.
The ambiance in the restaurant is excellent - dimly, atmospherically lit, and decorated with dark wooden furniture. The restaurant offers all the local specialities, wonderfully cooked, and despite the excellent location the prices are reasonable.
Walk from Ribeauville to Kaysersberg and back - about an hour each way. Take a picnic and eat it in a field on the way back or eat in one of the restaurants in Kaysersberg.
This offers a nice gentle walk, it is well sign-posted and you can see the Rhine in the distance.
Wander around Strasbourg and experience the local culture and cuisine.
August is the best time to visit for cultural events and street theatre.
As to getting familiar with the local cuisine, I came unstuck at trying their famous Alsace sauerkraut. They say you've got to try anything once, in the case of sauerkraut, once is enough in my lifetime no matter how many Michelin chefs prepare it.
Apart from that little hiccup I will recommend Strasbourg to anyone who'd like to experience the French/German melting pot.
Climb the Cathedral spire to achieve excellent views over the city and the Vosges mountains.
Visit the European Court of Justice, and end your day with an aperitif and meal at the Petite France Hotel on the balcony by the river.
Go hiking in the Black Forest - just a short distance away over the Rhine from Strasbourg.
No need for a car – there’s excellent public transport on tram-trains via Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe to Freudenstadt on a cheap day ticket or ‘Tageskarte’ that can also be used on regional German trains and rural buses.
Karlsruhe is worth a visit in its own right, for the Stats Baden-Wuerttemburg museum.
While in Germany, enjoy a reasonably-priced ‘Kaffe und Kuchen’ mid-afternoon, perhaps including a real Black Forest Gateau, quite different from what we get here.
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