A modern, smart restaurant with Czech and some Italian dishes - reasonable prices with most main courses around 200Kc. Great afternoon cakes.
Tynska 12 (Only 3 minutes from the Old Town Square - go down the alley at the left of the Tyn church.)
tel: 224 829 043
Metro: Namesti Republiky
Restaurant reviews of Havana inevitably mention the Floridita, where Hemingway sank an epic number of Daiquiris and it is this - rather than the cuisine or value-for-money - that is its primary claim to fame (the same applies to the Bodeguita del Media but in that case it was an epic number of Mojitos). If you were to order a pizza at the Floridita what you won't realise is that these are made in the kitchens of Il Gentiluomo, which it adjoins round the back.
Far better to go there to start with, watch your pizza being made and ideally be entertained by a fabulous quartet while you're waiting (just as well as the service is fairly glacial; ask them to play 'Oye Como Va' or 'Chan Chan', rather than the more stereotypical fare). You'll save 30-50% over the Floridita's prices and be able to see what you're eating!
behind El Floridita, on Calle Obispo
For the culinarily inclined be sure to order the local oysters (huitres), prepared in many different ways. One local dish worth trying is Eclade de palourdes - clams cooked over pine needles. And a regional treat is the Chaudrée Charentaise - a creamed, fish stew that resembles chowder.
Local restaurants all over the island
A Burmese restaurant located north 9th Street just to the north of Arch Street. Something unique but satisfying for almost anyone who likes either curries, Chinese, or Thai or all of the above. Try thousand layer bread with potato curry dip and chili shrimp.
112 North 9th Street, www.phillychinatown.com/rangoon.htm
A superb up-market restaurant in the similarly superb Hotel Rialto.
The ambience is perfect; walk in to be greeted by efficient, courteous waiters to a background of soft jazz music with fresh flowers (replaced daily by an appologetic florist who obviously thinks his day-old lilacs are an awful sight to any curious-eyed diner).
The menu is a meat-lover's dream, and even if you're not, there is enough to make you want to order many more than 3 courses, and for around £12 per dish, you can afford to indulge a little in a restaurant you are most likely never to experience again.
Hotel Rialto on ul. Wilcza.
Central Train Station.
The harbour at Mahon is one of the biggest deep-water harbours in the world and it was here that the British anchored fleets from 1713 onwards as it was of enormous strategic importance in control of the Mediterranean. Was this why the gin industry flourished so much on the island?
Our word for the sauce we traditionally pour over many of our dishes comes from here, “grevi” and later entered our language via the British Navy.
Mahon cheese is one of the great Spanish cheeses and is as good as any on the mainland. It is a cow’s milk cheese and is the island’s biggest export. And ice cream. The island is famous for this product. The flavours are infinitely variable. My favourite, Pistachio and Almonds.
Our tour took us across to Pag, featured in many restaurant menus for its tasty cheeses. Take a long leisurely walk round the backstreets of the island and get invited in by the locals to their little cheese dairies (usually the back room of a house), and buy a round to take on a picnic with fruit and local beer. Pag from the mainland appears like a moonscape (I think it's actually made of cheese).
Its a restaurant (like tapas, but Dalmation-style) and I recommend it because the staff are lovely, the food is outstanding (try the drunken figs!), and best of all, you sit at upturned half-barrels and drink local wine out of tumblers in the candlelight - there are no electric lights in there. Perfect.
Hvar Town, wander and you'll find it. I think its near sweet and pretty zimmer frei bar (the one with the white laundry hanging outside - love the bloomers).
The most chilled out, off the beaten track and wonderful hotel I've ever been to. Hosts both brilliant (English speaking), food available to residents and non residents - luxurious home cooking at its best - the seafood risotto was spectacular!
3/4 hour from Pula (which isn't up to much) - has own Website though we booked through Tapestry.
Ok so its not exactly off the beaten path, however Hvar is beautiful nonetheless. For the best seafood ever and fun, friendly staff go to Palladini restaurant in the backstreets behind the main square. The beaches in Hvar are rocky, but for a £3.50 return fare in a taxi boat you can explore some of the neighbouring islands such as Palmizana and Jerolim for the nudists.
As far as nightlife is concerned, the main bar is Carpe Diem, which is fun but pretty expensive.
Find accomodation through the tourist office www.hvar.hr. The general standard of private accommodation on is very high; we stayed at apartments Konstantin and experienced true Croatian hospitality.
Brac is famous for its Zlatni Rat beach, pictures of which you can see everywhere in Croatian tourist literature.
If you want something less crowded and more peaceful, the village of Sutivan fits the bill. It’s only a few minutes bus ride from Supeter, the ferry terminal.
A glorious distance view of Split - especially at night - can be seen from Sutivan. It has good quality accommodation and quite a few beaches, cafes and restaurants.
I would recommend the Pizzeria Bracera; at the top of the Riva by the jetty - you can’t miss it. Good quality pizza at decent prices. The ‘Nasa More’ pizza I would recommend.
You can take excursions from Sutivan to elsewhere. The boat ‘Mali Jure’, which you can’t miss by the Riva, does fish picnics to Hvar, Trogir and Omis.
This friendly attractive restaurant is on a small, pretty square very near the Burg. It only appears to seat about 40, so booking on a weekend is probably essential.
The decor is simple but elegant—white walls, white linen on the tables, cane chairs, and subdued lighting.The staff were attentive, without being overbearing, and very pleasant.
The restaurant specialises in fish and seafood, the menu includes Lobster Soup, mouth watering Scallops in Herb Butter, Catfish, Eel, Ray and a wonderfully tasty and childishly messy Bouillabaisse. The food is of an excellent quality, well cooked and delicious.
It is more expensive than average at 113 euros for two people (two courses plus one dessert, 2 beers and 2 coffees) however the food and the ambience of the restaurant is well worth the money.
050 33 34 94
Go to Sveti Klement (Saint Clement), an island near Hvar. It’s a half hour boat trip away, and then you have to walk for another 20 minutes (there isn't a road but a path sorts) to get to Konoba Dionis, restaurant in the middle of the fields. Bit of a trek, but it's worth every penny once you get there. The food is delicious, fresh sea produce of course, and the views are stunning.
Last summer a group of us stayed the whole afternoon there and had a wonderful time. We ended up paying what the guy 'approximately' charged us because they knew the owner (I think he stopped counting how many brandies he served us after a while) and leaving a lot more in tips.
See pictures here: www.menego.hr/?lang=cro&ctg=2&in=dionis&path=img/dionis/&page=0 (Croatian language website)
Konoba Krkjaši in Uvala Krknjas bay, serves up fresh fish and excellent meat dishes at reasonable island prices and is set in a lovely garden. It’s tucked away by a wooden pier where you can moor shallow draft boats.
Uvala Krknjas Bay, Drvenik Island. You can get a ferry from Trogir Riva.
Tel 021 893 073 or mobile 091 575 0925
This pub is very upmarket and expensive but serves great food and has a startling array of malt whiskys, wines and beers. The menu is top class and food is served until 10pm (7pm at weekends). The pub has a sedate atmosphere at the weekends. A couple of tables outside allow you to watch the world go by in the evenings.
159 Rose St
Tel: 0131 225 4610
For a fun atmosphere, decent food, and flirty Italian waiters, it's hard to beat Steps of Rome Trattoria. This is a great little place in San Francisco's acclaimed North Beach district, which is arguably one of the most popular areas in SF for dining. Also, right next door is the original Steps of Rome Caffe - the Trattoria's "older sister," if you will. Atmosphere here is a little more refined and quieter than the Trattoria. The food is also more expensive, but it's good.
(Tip: The biggest downside to North Beach is that parking is even worse here than most other SF regions - in other words, it's pretty close to nonexistent. Spring for a parking lot, or take public transportation. If you do find a lot, don't lose your ticket! I did that once and ended up paying over $30 to get my car out of the lot. Boo!)
Ton Kiang is often considered to be San Francisco's best Cantonese and Hakka restaurant. Most entrees are in the $10-15 range. Makes the annual San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants list.
It's located in the Richmond District, which is 4 miles west of Chinatown, and shouldn't be confused with the Oakland suburb of Richmond in the East Bay.
5821 Geary Blvd. (between 22nd and 23rd Aves), Richmond District;
tel: (415) 752-4440;
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