The residents of this market town know a good thing when they see it: the Mulberry is always full. It must be the enormous portions, the fresh seasonal food and excellent value. Start with wild mushroom tart, served on square, elegant crockery; finish with hot chocolate brownies or a sundae straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Veggie options are creative and the potato dauphinoise is not to be missed. At lunch a mere fiver will get you a huge ciabatta stuffed with whatever you want, plus chunky chips and salad. You won't need much else for the rest of the day.
11 Raymond Street
Tel: 01842 820099
The frendliest, tastiest, cheapest sushi in montreal, it looks a bit dodgy from the outside, with odd Chistmas lights and palm trees in the window, but the sushi and service are amazing, we never spent more than $40 for two, and we eat a LOT. And everytime we went they gave us a few free samples and a delicious tempura banana for pudding.
On the corner of Mackay and Sherbrooke, in the Concordia ghetto, opposite 2150 Mackay - underneath a bookshop.
I can't remember the name but it's easy to find - opposite the main Brahma Temple on the edge of the town, this is where all the pilgrims stop to refuel. We were in Pushkar for a week and ate here for every meal. The food is fresh, delicious and cheap, on the hot side of spicy, but not unbearable, there are tables outside and inside, very few tourists here, so the service can be brusque, but the food more than makes up for it.
Opposite Brahma Temple, (not on the corner, the next one up).
This is a very very smart and very very expensive restaurant. The chef Sergi Arola is a disciple of Ferran Adria (of El Bulli fame).
The restaurant is a pure white space like an art gallery (altho' it is funny to leave temporarily to go to the loos which are in the actual hotel and are all ostentatious ruching and brass signs.)
Food is served either a la carte or in degustacion menus of up to 12 (or maybe more) courses- €125!!!
The food is aspiring to be techno gastronomy. Not sure that all the dishes worked, but the theatre with which they were served was fab.
It's not an every day restaurant, but it feels pretty special.
Altho' alot of customers seemed to be anglophone the waiters did struggle a little as some ingredients were unusual and neither their English, nor our Spanish could fully cope. So if you have a Spanish gourmet dictionary that might be useful.
Hotel Miguel Angel
Miguel Angel, 29-31
Tel: 00 34 91 399 37 78
If you are wary of street vendors, for a taste of authentic and safe snacks and sweets, try one of Haldiram's stores. I especially recommend their Rajkachori, which is a savoury snack with chick peas, yogurt, tamarind chutney, namkeen and lentil crisps.
Originally called Connaught Place, this is the centre of New Delhi. You find everything here - big shops, restaurants, art galleries, hotels and craft emporiums. More importantly, if you go to the lanes behind the main circle, you will find very good eating places. Now, with the Metro Station in the centre, you can go to the far flung parts of Delhi as well.
Underground Station of Connaught Place / Rajiv Chowk
"The Thai cafe" is what we affectionately call this treasure. Once a kitchen with communal tables in a Thai food shop, it has now moved two doors away, leaving more room for diners. The food is exquisitely fresh and beautifully presented, and the service is excellent. Watch your order cooking — the kitchen is visible from the restaurant — and learn how to cook it yourself: the chef gives lessons. A friend who moved to Spain daydreams about how her order might be flown to Granada. I dream of the hot sour soup with mushrooms, and the prawns and long beans in oyster sauce.
320 Upper Richmond Road, SW15
Tel: 020 8789 8084
Small but stainless steel spotless vendor on the second floor of Ansla Plaza. A healthy but extremely tasty (and hygienic!) version of India's staple street food of chickpeas (both black or white or a mixture of the two) with bread. Here it is no-fat, comes with a grilled "kulcha", with the channas in a disposable paper bowl.
If you are not into channas, they also have some absolutely delicious steamed momos, both veg and non vegetarian.
A fantastic restaurant if you are looking to treat yourself. It was refurbished last year and has a modern but elegant feel to it. The food while not cheap is really wonderful, particularly the masala fish.
18 Regal Building
Tel: 11 2336 0717 (info)
Raku Ya is a great little Japanese restaurant located on the sea front a stone's throw from the main market. Classic Finnish design sensibilties afford this place an authentic Japanese feel and the marriage of fresh Finnish fish with Japanese presentation is as good as any Japanese restaurant you will find in London.
I tried grilled eel, scallop sashimi and beef tataki and all were excellent. There is a decent wine and sake list as well as the usual selection of Japanese beers. Service was good and all staff speak English.
There are several private booths, an upstairs "party room" and a further 20 or so covers. While not cheap, a bill for 2 came in good value at €60.
A huge, excellent, cheap cafeteria-type restaurant on the fourth floor of Vroom & Dreesman's department store where fresh food is cooked in front of you. In the summer you can eat outside at the roof-restaurant with great views of Utrecht.
Vroom & Dreesman in Hoog Catherijne shopping mall, adjacent to Utrecht Central Station.
We had the best pizzas here from a whole week sailing around the Croatian islands. Staff are young and friendly and wine & crepes ok too!
We think the address is VL Lekaj Lek but from the sea gate head to the middle of the island then left. It's in a quiet courtyard and quite small.
Imagine a converted Labour Exchange which brews its own multi-award winning beer on site, with a devoted all-age clientele in spacious, comfortable surroundings and place a wonderful Thai kitchen upstairs in its heart (you can see the chefs working as you savour a pint at the bar) - sounds almost too good to be true. It's very good value too and the service is excellent.
Pizzerria/ristorante. Good food, friendly staff, great value. Meal for two with 20 euro bottle of wine came to 56 euros. Don't mistake it with the place across the road (Il Ghibellina), which was horrible.
Via M. Palmieri 30-34r, near Piazza Santa Croce;
tel 055 293 372
Lovely local Thai with friendly service and a large menu that includes lots of vegetarian options. Great Pad Thai, Nasi Goreng and curries. When we lived in Cheltenham, we used to go every week - now we miss it!
12 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham GL50 2AQ; tel: 01242 260 666
Great Japanese restaurant. Not some run of the mill sushi bar but a classic place serving great food. Sushi/sashimi is great and their other dishes are also very tasty. Best Japanese food I have had so far.
62 Market Place, Warwick
Tel: 01926 493 318
This Vietnamese restuarant in Hackney serves the best Vietnamese food in London by a mile and very cheap. The goat in lemongrass and chilli is sublime. It's also a BYO so you can stuff yourself for under a tenner.
251 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 3NS
The best fish restaurant in London, owned and run by the family who also have the fishmongers next door. Completely unassuming in unfashionable Finsbury Park - if you don't know about it you'll never go there and that's part of what makes it so great.
101 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3P;
tel: 020 7272 9719
Tasty, fresh and healthy Lebanese food at very reasonable prices. The staff are friendly, and you can eat in or take away. They are also happy to cater for parties at home etc.
94 Churchfield Road, Acton, near Acton Central station;
tel: 020 8993 3335
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