Tetsuya's is the best restaurant I have ever eaten in. Is it Japanese? Is it French? Is it Australian? Is it Pacific Rim? I've never tasted such subtle, brilliant and unusual food in dozens of mini courses. A meal for two ain't cheap but you'll never eat out anywhere else like it.
529 Kent Street, Tel: +61 2 9267 2900; www.tetsuyas.com/
A breath of fresh air on the Indian dining scene, just round the corner from Brick Lane on Bethnal Green Road, but so different.
Fantastically fresh food, cooked in an open kitchen in front of you, and they do not use artificial food colouring and use fish from sustainable sources. Their lamb chops are to die for, and the Tandoori Raan (leg of lamb) is the best I ever had, and to top it up the chocolate milkshakes (Jay Rayner's recommendation in Observer) were spot on.
Maida Indian Eatery
148 Bethnal Green Road
Nearest station : Liverpool st
This place covers a range of organic, veggie and vegan foods; with many of the courses being experimental and *always* worth it. You can pick something random and it will amaze you. Excellent friendly service, this place is always busy and once you've been there you'll understand.
St Marks Rd, Easton, Bristol
Bratislava's Old Town centre is completely pedestrianised and has wall-to-wall bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs.
It has a much more relaxed, easy-going and friendly ambience than many other European capitals and, because there are no cars, you can try all the superb Slovak beers, wines and fiery spirits, tottering from one bar to another without fear of being mown down by a Skoda in a hurry.
Highly recommended for gourmets and bon-viveurs everywhere.
Bratislava Old Town
Tram 13 from the main railway station
Bus 61 from Bratislava's M R Stefanik airport.
Only 64km from Vienna
This is a vegetarian restaurant near Sally Lunns. I am not a 'veggie' but was so impressed by the meal we ate that I bought the recipe book!
Friendly atmosphere,welcoming staff and great cooking makes this restaurant well worth a visit.
2 North Parade Passage, off Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NX
Tel: +44 (0)1225 446059
Amongst the usual produce are products peculiar to Cork. Drisheen, a mixture of dried sheep’s blood and herbs in a long pudding skin. Or Crubeen, pigs’ feet boiled “with the hoof on!” And Trotters - sheep’s feet boiled in water.
Tel: 353 21 427 3251
Top notch takeaway chippie. It comes into its own, though, when you eat in. The decor is plain, but you have a choice of the freshest fish sourced locally and cooked to perfection. I'd challenge anyone to go away hungry, and they have a BYO policy. So delicious fish washed down with cold beers from the Co-op down the road. Budget heaven!
22-23 Baker St, off London Road;
tel: 01273 681 256
When I was artist in residence at Embassy Court (www.myspace.com/asrubyscomet ) I would eat in this nearly-veggie cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. It has loads of lovely fresh salads and quiche and such like, and is light and airy, and has very cheap live music nights nearly every night. Absolutely wonderful. Oh and Wifi.
51-55 Brunswick Street East, Hove;
tel: 01273 770 002;
open: Mon-Sun, 9am-11pm;
A little way inland - well away from the hubbub of the seafront - is Bardsley's, one of the best chippies in Britain. The fish is fresh and perfectly cooked, the owners are ridiculously friendly, the tables are formica - this is everything a great chippie should be.
22-23 Baker Street, off London Road. Tel 01273 681256
Their gluttonous "roasts in a roll" are something you'd get in Valhalla - great haunches of meat carved into enormous home-baked rolls with delicious spreads. They make excellent soups, salads and pizzas, but it's with their chocolate brownies that Gruel truly excels: big heavy slabs, crisp on top, gooey in the middle, baked several times a day with quality ingredients.
The atmosphere's good, the staff are enthusiastic and there's a new spacious room downstairs, perfect for mislaying the rest of your afternoon in. This is the best lunch in Dublin.
68A Dame Street, Dublin 2; tel: +353 (0) 1 670 7119
Take a leisurely stroll along one of the prettiest and most historic routes in London. Start in the village of Blackheath and then stroll over the heath to Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory, where you can cross GMT and get a wonderful view of London. Then down into Greenwich, through the covered market and the Naval College, past Cutty Sark, and then under the Thames to the Isle of Dogs via the century old Foot Tunnel.
From there it is only a short walk to Canary Wharf under the progressively larger shadow of the skyscrapers. On the Wharf there are restaurants, serious shopping in the indoor malls, and best of all the Jubilee Line and DLR to take you home again.
Blackheath, Greenwich, Canary Wharf
Five victorian shopping arcades which run off St Mary Street and High Street. The arcades are shopping centres as Jules Verne might have imagined them; beautifully ornate yet ever-so-slightly ramshackle. Full of interesting independent shops and cafes.
Walk along St Mary Street and High Street and you can't miss them!
The former demonstration boulevard of the GDR, the Allee is a unique site, offering a glimpse into the political and architechtural past of East Germany. It has integrated itself well into the West, offering various shops and restaurants. There is a wonderful beer shop along the Allee offering at least 300 different brews; just a little more enticement if you're into that kind of thing...
In its day one of the most painfully trendy bars in London, set-up by the record label of the same name. A great upstairs with intimate booths that you need to grab early to nab; a downstairs with very eclectic DJs and bands. All this plus fantastic White Russians and one of the best juke boxes in town.
Little Portland Street: tube to Oxford Cricus - head to Tottenham Ct Rd, take the 1st road on the leftm then Little Portland is on the left.
Takeaway - highly recommend chicken kebabs, made with everything fresh including the naan, incredibly delicious! Have various other excellent meat & veggie dishes too. Whenever I visit Manchester (I live in the USA now) I always return to Abduls; it is the absolute best. You will not be disappointed!
Three of them are on Oxford Road, one near the old Poly, one opposite the Royal Infirmary (133-5) and one in Rusholme.
The only south Indian restaurant in Glasgow (most Indian restaurants do northern cuisine) and the food is amazing, offering authentic, well-prepared, tasty dishes not tried before.
Rice is combined with lentils to make wonderful dosas, idlis, vadas and uttapams. They are combined with sambhar (dal), rasam (tamarind dal), dry and curried vegetable and pachadi (yoghurt). Also cater brilliantly for vegetarians.
89 Candleriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow;
tel: 0141 553 2585
Microbrewery and bar in a huge converted boat shed on the Fishing Boat Harbour in Fremantle – you can sit and drink their Pale Ale while you watch it being made. Also has a restaurant and a harbourside terrace.
This hotel is run by a Japanese-Turkish family and is located in the beautiful and secluded Paradise Bay.
The hotel is just by the water with a stunning view, and you can relax on the long wooden jetty listening to the nature, without any disturbances. The sea is very clear - just like an aquarium where you can watch the fish go by.
The food is delicious, it is basically Aegean food: vegetables, herbs and mainly fish cooked with olive oil, and the Japanese menu cooked personally by the owners suited my taste.
The deluxe rooms are nicely decorated and are spacious, all with seaviews. The only
thing that might be negative is that the road leading to the hotel is unpaved and quite bumpy. They are waiting for the municipality to fix it, I hope that it works.
I would recommend the hotel to anyone who would like to have a quiet and relaxing holiday, enjoy the seaside and the nature plus a very friendly and comfortable stay.
Cennet Koyu n:48 Gölköy Bodrum 48400 Mugla Turkey
phone: +90 252 357 74 16-17-18
Cennet Koyu no:48 Gölköy Bodrum 48400 Mugla.
Tel: +90 252 357 74 16-17-18
Don't let the fact that Michael Winner recommends it put you off.
It's a proper Italian family restaurant - and the food's nice enough - but the star of the show is the really lovely ice-cream in fantastic flavours. There's a gelateria in the back apparently but I tend to grab and go.
I've had their ice-cream at other places like the Garden Cafe in Regents Park, but don't think that it tastes half as good as when you are sauntering along the road in the sun licking an overloaded cone.
8 Haverstock Hill, opposite Chalk Farm tube
Tel: 020 7482 9000
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