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
This is an eating/drinking place for the young and modern - a casual restaurant catering to the twenty-something set. Good food, inexpensive, relaxed atmosphere, well-chilled beer. Try the Frango à Cubana (Cuban chicken, with palmito and banana).
Rua Capitão Salomão, 50, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro; tel: 21 2286 0699;
Recently opened fine fresh seafood stall selling cockles from Whitstable, whelks from Donegal, jellied eels, seafood mixes, prawns, mussels and crabsticks. Food is quality served by Dave and his family. New business and already looking to expand.
Opposite war memorial on Clarence Parade, Southsea ,Portsmouth. Plenty of parking.
This is the best place to eat lunch in Florence. It's tiny, but they can squeeze you in. It's popular with the locals and the odd tourist. There is one hand written menu (changes daily) on the wall. We had simple but incredibly delicious pasta dishes to start (which cost about €3), followed by wonderful roast pork and tumblers of great local red wine. It was so good we went back for bistecca fiorentina later in the week.
Via Rosina 2, near the food market and S. Lorenzo. Open for lunch only;
tel: 055 218 550
Once you get up top at Corcovado you will find that there are no cash machines (ATMs), and that none of the eating places accept credit cards. And that there is not a single drinking fountain (so that in slaking your thirst you spend a few more shekels). Remember that this being a tourist destination, prices are steep (or you might say, sky-high). So be sure you are well-supplied with the necessary before ascending.
Osteria Policarpo, an intimate spot (about 20 seats), with excellent appetizers, pasta courses, main courses, and desserts, and reasonable prices. If I remember correctly the owner is Venetian. Close to Cobal, an open-air gathering place to drink and socialise into the early hours of the morning.
Il Nonno, slightly larger (80 seats), and easy walking distance from the north end of the main metro line in Saens Pena. Pasta in various flavours (our last outing was squash and spinach). They also specialise in galeto (small chickens).
Largo dos Leões, 35 - Humaitá (this is the continuation of R. São Clemente in Botafogo)
Rua Conde de Bonfim, 601, Tijuca
The Relais dell’ Ussero at the Villa della Seta di Corliano is on the road which runs along the foot of the hills from Pisa to Lucca, passing through the small town of San Giuliano Terme. The Villa is a historical fifteenth century mansion surrounded by a centuries-old park. It is a property of great charm in which the owners offer, in 12 rooms, a relaxing stay immersed in the beauties of the local countryside.
The Villa della Seta is very conveniently located near the village of Corliano only 2km along the road from the health spa of San Giuliano Terme, and halfway between the historical cities of Pisa and Lucca (a 15 minute drive to both). Florence is only an hour away and Siena an hour and a half.
The rooftop terrace of Coda Restaurant, which is part of Aria Hotel, has wonderful views, and is a romantic place to eat under the stars, weather permitting. Restaurant U Modré Kachnicky (the Blue Duck) is another nice place, and is walking distance from Aria Hotel.
Coda Restaurant: Trižište 9, Prague 1; tel: (+420) 225 334 761;
Restaurant U Modré Kachnicky: Nebovidska 6, Praha 1; tel: (+420) 257 320 308, 257 316 745;
A restaurant famous for serving some of the best Fiorentina (a regional cut of beef, a bit like t-bone). After Argentina, this is the best beef I have ever eaten.
Don't go if you like it well done.
Viale Don Minzoni, 9, just off Pza della Libertà;
tel: 055 588 226
An excellent and inexpensive place to eat - panini stuffed with meat or veg. "Panini are sandwiches, Jim, but not as we know them!"
Volta di San Piero 6/r, the covered passage at the Santa Croce end of Borgo degli Albizzi;
tel: 055 234 0838
A great authentic Italian restaurant, open late enough to get someting after the theatre.
Pizza's are good, as is the Talgiata di Manzo con rucola (Steak and Salad) and the Lobster Pasta, but the must try is Malleoredus - a Sardinian pasta dish, with pecorino and salami.
19 Canonbury Lane, London, N1 2AS; tel: 020 7226 9791
Nearest tube: Highbury
Inimitable family-run Italian restaurant. Rocco & Gerarda do the business with their pasta and pizzas plus they make a lovely espresso to finish your meal with. It's relaxed, friendly and inexpensive.
4a The Promenade, Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, BS7 8AL;
tel: 0117 942 5829
Go out to the Aran Islands either by boat or plane. On the edge of Europe, they are places to touch the past. Eat at, “The Aran Fisherman,” on Inis Mor and afterwards watch a spectacular show of hard shoe dancing and haunting airs in the village hall taken from the rich traditions of Connemara and Arainn.
Fancy restaurant by Guincho beach. (You could try any of them because they're all great!) Fresh seafood and fish, excellent meat, top wine. A bit expensive but surely worth the while!
By Estrada do Guincho - the road that connects downtown Cascais to Guincho beach; tel: 214 870 275
Lebanese restaurant in a beautiful cavernous basement arch stripped back to the original brickwork. Their menu has an overwhelming array of choice but there's no need to panic as the food is all excellent. Particularly good are their lebanese flatbreads fresh out of the on-site bakery.
13a Small St, BS1 1DE;
0117 927 7937
If you find yourself arriving in Vienna on a Sunday, first orientate yourself by taking the tram all the way around the Ringstrasse - a one day travel pass costs 5 euros. When evening begins, head for the Rathaus (you'll have seen it on the tram ride) where you will find every food choice you can think of in the park. Join the Viennese on an evening out by making your choice and sit in the free seats in front of the Rathaus (what a great name for the town hall). A recording of a memorable recent classical concert or opera will be shown on the screen before you. Relax and enjoy.
The Rathaus is on Dr. Karl Lueger Ring;
By underground: Rathaus or Schottentor station
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