Outsized Indo-fusion cuisine. For those with a fang for flesh, the Punjabi Meat Masala is the meal of choice. A meal for two will bring the bill to Rs 1,000.
11 Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar; Tel: 26153333; www.punjabibynaturerestaurant.com/
Authentic south Indian vegetarian food served in a stylish cafeteria. A culinary adventure into steamed rice cakes, chutneys, spicy pulses and peppery vegetable dishes. Prices start from Rs 23.
Connaught Place; Tel: 2334 7755
On top of Manchester’s museum of the city: elegant building, great panorama. French-ish, but with local delights including Lancashire hotpot and steak and kidney pie.
Levels 5 & 6 Urbis, Cathedral Gardens; Tel: 0161605 8282
A fun art hotel run by two Germans in the colonial San Telmo district. Each room is decorated with works by different artists. Its modern restaurant serves kitsch cocktails and there are art events, poetry readings and DJ parties on weekends. Prices range from $30 to $50 a night.
The best meat in town can be found at Cabaña las Lilas. Its luxurious setting in the converted dockside area of Puerto Madero complements the impeccable service.
Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo, 516; Tel: 4313 1336
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A small Spanish restaurant specialising in seafood that, tucked away at the end of a shopping arcade. Not many people know it despite its location at the heart of Recoleta, delicious food and excellent service.
Quintana, 456; Tel: 4807 0606
The best restaurants in Brazil are in São Paulo, a city of Italian immigrants, and the owner of the best restaurant in São Paulo recently opened this outlet in Rio. It’s where Rio’s celebrities hang out. When they’re not checking each other out they are eating sophisticated Italian food that wouldn’t be out of place in top-of-the-range Milan.
Rua Anibal de Mendonça 157, Ipanema; Tel: 021 2239 8158; www.fasano.com.br/
A great Brazilian invention is the restaurant where you pay by weight. There are hundreds of these throughout the city and many of them are really good: you go to the buffet, and pile up the plate with salads, barbecued meats and cooked dishes. At the end you weigh your plate – and pay for what you have served yourself. Its unlikely to be more than 20Br$, or £5 for a sizeable feast.
Don't be put off by the queue outside this Chinatown favourite on most weekend evenings. Parties of four or less usually get seated within half and hour and it's worth the wait. Unless you're unlucky you share a large round table with others - a brilliant way to meet strangers who aren't strange. Its soup dumplings are a must. The soup is in the dumplings; getting it out without getting it all over you demands finesse. Cash only.
9 Pell St, Chinatown, subways 6,W, Q to Canal St
A terrific Ukrainian diner in the east village, which is open all night on Fridays and Saturdays. Fantastic broccoli and cheese pirogis and mushroom and barely soups; blintzes sure to ensure that you die happy from heart failure. And the best burgers in the city.
9th street and second avenue: Subway F, V to second avenue, R, W to 8th st, 6 to Astor Place; www.veselka.com/.
One of the finest French restaurants in the world, with three Michelin stars, it costs a minor fortune to dine here.
23 Place Rouppe; Tel: 02 512 29 21; Nearest metro: Pre-metro Anneessens; Open: 12-2.15pm & 7-11pm Tue-Sat; Closed July; www.commechezsoi.be/
The most famous place for chips in Brussels in Place Jourdan. A basic portion costs €1.70/1.90. You can add an assortment of sources and meats.
1 Place Jourdan, Quartier Europeen; Tel: +32 02 230 540 56; Nearest metro: Schuman
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