Restaurant in Vieste. Super friendly service, authentic but lively food. Also the restaurants on the steps down to the main piazza. Cenarola was particularly fantastic for a long sunny lunch.
Il Dragone is in a cave 2m under the central Cathedral. So look for that, and then go down! Also very nearby (down some steps from Il Dragone) is Cenarola. Pass through the resto to the outdoor seating.
Sushi in Rio may seem random but there are two good reasons to try it. One, you'll probably tire of rice and beans. Two, Brazil has the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan so there are some excellent restaurants to choose from. Two modern, trendy venues on the same street are Manekineko and Sushi Leblon.
Manekineko: 021 2540 7461. Sushi Leblon: 021 2274 1342. Both on Rua Dias Ferreira, Leblon.
This is the best kebab shop I have ever been too. It is always packed even at four in the morning and you often have to wait a while, but it's worth it. The shish kebabs and koftes are amazing and are served at decent prices. It is also a mini restaurant, serving up tasty caserole dishes. Even the doners are reasonably wholesome and soak up alcohol wonderfully after a hard night on the lash.
Holloway Road, 3 mins north of Seven Sisters Road.
A great restaurant that is quite reasonably priced. If you look for the cheapest places to eat then you might be disappointed with the quality of the food, as we discovered. But the service and quality here was great. I want to know how to make walnut sauce!
Situated next to the market; www.trattoriazaza.it/
The Oyster Bar in Central Station is a very stylish restaurant with fantastic clam chowder, and oysters available to buy individually. If you have time to kill at the station this is the place.
Off the food court in Central Station
Modern Scottish food intrigues, but there is not enough of it. La Garrigue does great things with duck and other Languedoc specialities, and the cheeses and lavender brulee are very good indeed.
www.lagarrigue.co.uk/ 31 Jeffrey St, Edinburgh
Really nice little tapas bar - cheerful atmosphere, decent food and cheap sangria. It's in the heart of the south laines, so is good for post-dinner pubs such as the Cricketers. Book a table - it fills up early - and don't chat to Carlos if you're in a hurry to leave ... he's great, but he can talk for Barcelona.
5 Union Street, Brighton Tel: 01273 327177
This is a hotel of the future. Facing a tranquil green park in the Kifissia area of north Athens, the hotel is boutique style with fluid design, soft style that mingles rounded forms with bright, lively colours. It offers internet TVs complete with cordless keyboards that come as standard. For more local interaction, guests can check out the hotel's two-level restaurant and bar, where the modern Greek, European and international flavours of the menu are mirrored in the cosmopolitan blend that make up the Semiramis' clientele. It is a must for those who love design hotels! ₤155 per night.
Harilaou Trikoupi 48, 14562 Kifissia, Athens, Greece Tel +30210 6284400 Fax +30210 6284499 www.semiramisathens.com
Oxford has had a market for hundreds of years, and it is still thriving. Now there are more and more coffee-shops and upmarket retailers, but still just about enough butchers and fresh produce stalls to keep it interesting. Don't miss Brown's Cafe, where they make tea in proper teapots, with leaves, not bags. The rock cakes are good, too.
Accessible from High Street, Cornmarket Street and Market Street Map and virtual tour at: www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/coveredmarket/
After its beer, Belgium is most famous for chocolates. If you're a chocoholic visiting Antwerpen, you'll want to try the city's own chocolate speciality; Antwerpse Handjes (little Antwerp hands). Some are chocolate all-through, others have various fillings, but all are in the shape of the familiar hand that's the symbol of the city.
The reason for the hand is a legend that a giant called Druoon Antigoon lived on the banks of the River Schelde on the site of what's now Antwerpen and he used to extract a toll, punishing anybody who refused to pay by cutting off one of their hands. He was finally defeated by a Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo (often claimed to be a nephew of Julius Caesar) who symbolically cut off Antigoon's hand and threw it into the river. Thus, according to the legend, the city was named after Brabo's throwing of Antigoon's hand into the Schelde, from the Dutch hand (as in English) and werpen (English: throw).
Available in shops all over the city.
One of the best Churrascuria restaurants in Rio where a never ending supply of meat is paraded out of the kitchen on swords and carved directly onto your plate. Great all you can eat buffet too. Pricey but worth it.
Leme Beach, Avenida Atlantica
The Globe is a cafe, bookstore, gallery, internet stop, live music bar and just all round nice place. It has good food (sometimes a real find in Prague) and a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.
Find the Globe at www.globebookstore.cz/ , or in Prague on Pštrossova, next to Národní Třída metro.
Restaurant run by an expatriate Frenchman. Lovely courtyard setting, very professional service by waiters in white gloves and superb food and wine. One of our best meals ever, and well worth the £90 for two as a lovely dining experience.
47 Derb Zaouia, Bab Doukkal (in an alley opposite the Culture delegation building in Rue Fatima). Tel 044-387040
The Lord Jim Pub was founded by the late Jim Phillips and his wife, Annie, in 1974. It was once a favourite haunt of Ronnie Biggs and today is one of Rio's most popular nightspots with both expats and a young Carioca crowd. If you're looking for somewhere to watch the English Premier League, Series A, La Liga or the Champions' League, The Lord Jim shows two, sometimes three, premiership matches a week and four Champions' League games every round on its big screen. And following our long-awaited Ashes triumph, cricket junkies will be able watch live coverage of England's winter tour to Pakistan.
The pub has a selection of imported draught beers including Guinness, Heineken and Old Speckled Hen, and, if you feel like a taste of home, the pub grub menu includes full English breakfast, fish and chips and a selection of pies, steaks and curries. If you're staying at the Copacabana Palace, Annie Phillips is still around, working as hospitality manager.
The Lord Jim Pub is at Rua Paul Redfern 63, Ipanema, a block and a half back from the beach, near the Jardim de Alah, between Rua Prudente de Moraes and Rua Visconde de Pirajá. You can't miss it. There's a working red London 'phone box outside. Tel. 2259 3047, www.lordjimpub.com.br
There are two Gula Gula restaurants in Rio - one in Ipanema and one in Leblon. I went to both and the food was amazing. However, the setting at the Ipanema one was much classier; the Leblon one looked more like a cafe. There is an excellent selection of food (the same menu at both) and I thoroughly recommend the Chef's Salad. The dressing was amazing and there was far too much to be able to eat it all (yes it was just a salad, and I eat a lot!), although I did make room for the hot chocolate mousse.... mmm!
The staff at both were fantastic and the prices were really good - about the equivalent of £12 for main, dessert, water and half a bottle of wine. I'd say go for the Ipanema one if you want a better atmosphere as it had a lovely outdoor area and was less crammed inside than the Leblon one.
132 Rua Anibal de Mendonca, Ipanema
A great fish restaurant at the heart of Santa Teresa, just next to the tram stop. We had a lovely dorado in coconut milk sauce. Good fresh food at very reasonable prices. If you go for a night in the many atmospheric bars in this area, this is the place to eat.
Largo des Guimares Santa Teresa
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