An absolute gem of a restaurant. Mekk stands for 'moodne eesti koogikunst' which means 'modern Estonian cooking art'.
Modern Estonian cuisine in the restaurant of the Savoy Boutique hotel.
Very friendly service with wonderful food. Desserts were superb.
Both good places to get a cheap quick meal.
Guzman is a small chain of Mexican burrito bars. Get the mini veggie burrito and a frozen margherita for $14 before a night out ...
Sabbaba is similar, but a falafel joint. One also in Newtown, city end of King St, one at Bondi. Good falafel pitta pockets, again very reasonably priced. Don't bother with Sabbaba's frozen cocktails though, Guzman's are far better!
While I'm on about good food and cocktails in Newtown, there's a tapas bar called Soni's, five minutes toward the city from the station, which does good tapas and margheritas. Upstairs is Madame Fling Flongs which I have yet to visit but apparently does good cocktails in a slightly kitsch seting.
Guzman y Gomez
175 King Street, Newtown
+61 (0)2 9517 1533
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148 King Street, Newtown, 2042
+61 (0)2 9519 8084
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169 King St, Sydney, 2042
+61(0)2 9565 2471
Madame Fling Flong
+61(0)2 9565 2471
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Good cheap food and beer. While centrally located, this is popular with locals and tourists alike.
At the moment there is a series of pictures of Tallinn on the walls which clearly show how the city has changed in the last decade.
Situated in the heart of the old town, this is a great pub with a more local clientele than the pubs around it.
Drink is great value as is the food. I got a whole joint of pork (no kidding!) with potatoes and sauerkraut for only €6.40.
This is a fabulous place down near the Old Harbour. Service is semi-canteen style in a slightly industrial setting. There are burgundy tables and chairs, velvet curtains, dark grey stone counter, daily fish offerings and specials all chalked up on the blackboard.
The ingredients are all organic.
Haddock 1290ISK, garlic chips 450ISK, tap water is free (as always), tzatziki skyronnaise 250ISK. My meal came to 2000ISK (£12.50) for three huge bits of fish in a really nice light batter, the fish was perfectly cooked inside. The chips aren’t French fry matchstick style, but potato wedges, and a little oily.
The skyronnaise (the bistro’s own mayo/sauce made with skyr instead) is really great:
the price for all skyronnaise sauces is 250ISK and you can choose from lots of different ones such as basil and garlic, coriander and lime or rosemary and green apple.
Café Loki is located up by the iconic church, the Hallgrimskirkja and is found upstairs above the craft Textíll shop.
Cafe Loki has a real buzz about it. Every visitor I met in Reykjavík was talking about it, either planning to go there or having had a great time.
The Estonian waitress/manager is very friendly and welcoming. The menu offers traditional Icelandic favourites like plokkfiskur, rugbraud and svidasulta.
Café Loki, Lokastigur 28, 101 Reykjavík
+354 466 2828
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Average main course price 1,300ISK
Café Loki open Mon-Sat 10.00—18.00, Sun 12.00—18.00
Textíll open Mon-Fri 12.00—18.00, Sat 11.00—15.00, closed on Sun.
Fish Factory (Fiskfélagið) has been open for 18 months and is really shaking up the Reykjavik world of fine dining.
23-year-old wizzkid chef Gústav Axel Gunnlaugsson won the Icelandic Chef of the Year 2010 award.
Gústav Axel was born in Húsavík and is the youngest person ever to win this award.
His ‘Around Iceland’ menu gives a real taste of this Arctic land, where flavours spice up the dark winter months.
Fish Factory is housed in the unusual Zimsen building, dating from 1884.
Previously, the house was located in another part of Reykjavik, but in 2006, the building was uprooted and renovated before being replanted at Grófartorg in 2008.
Fish Factory’s philosophy is to use Icelandic ingredients fused with herbs and spices from around the world.
Icelandic chefs are very proud of local ingredients such as lamb, langoustine, whale, puffin and, of course, fish.
Fish Factory highlights produce from all parts of Iceland in a fun, comfortable, yet classy setting.
The interior is dark and cosy with light streaming through stained glass windows.
Early on in the day it is great for chicharrones (ask for a quarter - un cuarto) and a cool beer from the bar. Then later in the afternoon sample some of the tapas (it is pretty economically priced as it is a public bar.) Try arranque (tomato, bread, garlic dip typical of Rota) and orteguillas (fried seaweed) and enjoy the sunshine or sit in the shade of La Merced tower. About 5 tapas and one 1/2 ración came to 20€ (feeding three hungry people).
Mercado Publico, c/Libertad, Rota
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It is a bar that a friend recommended to me. It's nothing fancy and you can either sit at the bar or in one of two rooms with tables. We ordered four tapas (carriada, espinacas con garbanzos, pisto con huevo, and champinon a la plancha) with five drinks and it only came to 15 euros. Great home-made Spanish food.
C/ Herbolarios, 17 41004 Seville, Spain
+34 954 215 177
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After days of picking out fish in my 'vegetarian' salads, and getting thoroughly bored of pasta with tomato sauce, it was a joy to find Il Margutta. The huge vegetarian buffet meant that I finally got to enjoy Italian food. And the beautiful, quiet location, tucked away near the bustle of the Spanish Steps, was magical. I half expected Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn to stop by.
Taking the vegetarian restaurant theme a step further this is a vegan restaurant that doesn’t cook any of its food with two locations in Toronto; the original in the up and coming Junction neighbourhood and a new location in the swanky ‘Yorkville’ area; home to the stars when they are visiting for the film festival. Skeptics (as I once was) approach the restaurant with a certain level of trepidation however turn into converts to this new way of eating. The menu is varied offering lighter lunchtime fare such as salads and wraps through to the more substantial entrees including Pad Thai, Pasta and Pizza all of which are filling and warming even on the coldest Toronto winter’s day in spite of them not being the images of steamy plates of food which such dishes conjure up. The real treat is the end of the meal – a selection of organic teas which are served with ‘traditional’ desserts such as ‘chocolate brownie’ or ‘cheesecake’. Quality food which appears to have been made with thought and care with absolutely no compromise on taste makes this a real hidden gem.
Red Veg is where vegetarians and vegans should go when they are craving some fast food - burgers, hot dogs, fries, wedges, falafels and even cake too. It is really reasonably priced and you can eat in or take away. It is as simple as that really ... don't miss the spicy babycorn firesticks!
The Rainbow Cafe is my favourite vegetarian restaurant of all - and I make it my mission to check out as many as possible across the globe! It is Cambridge's only fully vegetarian restaurant and I never visit Cambridge without stopping in. As a vegan myself, I find it has a vast array of choices that cater for me (clearly marked on the menu) as well as lacto-ovo-vegetarians. The menu has an eclectic feel with cuisines from across the globe you don't usually find on other vegetarian menus. My favourite thing about the restaurant is its daily specials dessert board - spoiled for choice with a range of desserts made freshly on the premises that day, including at least one vegan cheesecake (the best I have ever had!) The staff are always friendly and there is even free organic baby food for little ones.
9a King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ
It is situated down a little passageway opposite the gates to King's College but there is a sign pointing it out so it shouldn't be too hard to find
the website has a little map as well as the menu
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This family run, vegetarian Indian restaurant on the backstreets of Bradford has exceptional food - flavours I had never tasted before in my life. The staff are friendly and accommodating and have not let their recent stint on Gordon's Best Restaurant go to their heads. They also do take outs and a deli.
This is a fantastic vegan restaurant that does an all you can eat buffet for about 13 euros. Drinks are extra. Good tasty food and a variety of dishes, this is really good value. The decor is tasteful and clean.
Most visitors to Mombasa don’t head into Mombasa town itself but tend to stay in their resort and only venture out of the confines of the hotel to go on safari. If more tourists headed into Mombasa town they will be in for a treat if they go to New Chetna restaurant.
This Gujerati vegetarian restaurant has been dishing out no nonsense veggie meals for years. The lunch thali buffet is great value at £2.50 and seems to get better each time I go there. I first ate here in 1990 and was last there a couple of weeks ago and it was as good as ever.
Haile Salassie Avenue, Mombasa
Tamil Nadu, home of India's most ornate temples, is also a mecca for vegetarians, as its population is largely Hindu. King of all veggie dishes is the humbly named 'meals'. Order a 'meals' in any non-tourist restaurant in Tamil Nadu and you will be served a feast on a banana leaf! Waiters ladle steaming curries and rice from large buckets, accompanying the main dish with smaller measures of delicious dhal, pickles, coconut chutney and spicy sambar. Refills are always offered. Knives and forks are not, so enjoy eating as a tactile experience. Your leaf will be folded and thrown away at the end of your meal, which should set you back around fifty pence!
Available in any walk-in-off-the-street restaurant in Tamil Nadu
Wonderful authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh.
Though small, the food is superb and great value.
Run by a young woman from Saigon so you can be sure of its authenticity.
No drink licence yet but its BYOB with only £1.50 corkage fee.
This is a fast food joint located at the bottom of the slopes in Mottaret village, nearby to Meribel. A seasonnaire's best kept secret, the outlet provides delicious burgers that are the size of your head (perfect for nourishment after a morning on the slopes), all for around €5 which make them pretty much the cheapest thing you can buy in the Alps. Plus, they really are scrumptious.
30 seconds off the slopes, but past the slopeside restaurants at the bottom of the runs in Mottaret. The stall is opposite the newsagents and will be easily located if you lookout for young snowboarders with burgers that look too big for human consumption.
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So, you have made it to Ushuaia and you need the perfect photo to capture that "end of the world" feeling, there's only one place to go: up to the Martial Glacier. Not only for the spectacular views of the glacier itself, but also so that you can fit in some great skiing on the way down while looking out across the bay towards the Antarctic. It's been a long journey to get there and having hiked up to the glacier you need a good energy fix and something to warm you up before the fun begins: the solution is Tierra del Fuego Mountain Soup. It's hot, it's creamy, it's loaded with maize and chillis and cheese and it's served with an endless supply of freshly baked bread. It's a South American fondu, it's delicious and it's less than $10 dollars for a bowl big enough for four. Simply cannot be beaten!
If you find the Martial Glacier, you'll find the soup - just follow your nose! There is only one slopeside restaurant before the pistes begin and that is where it's at. Enjoy!
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