One of the best places to enjoy a good meal in the promenade of Aegina. Its specialities are grilled octopus, shrimps, grilled meat balls and of course Ouzo and wine. Huge portions and very reasonable prices.
An oasis of a cafe on Gloucester Road. Relaxing and very friendly. Serving organic vegetarian food, delicious homemade cakes and the best hot chocolate. Includes vegan and gluten free options.
Old Vicarage, Gloucester Road, Bishopston (same building as Amitabha Meditation Centre)
A traditional mehana on a side street in Varna, lovely Bulgarian food including amazing kebabs (try the lamb shaslik!) and of course cheap to boot. The trance background music you can ignore! Was on business in Varna and really wanted to try some local food. I wasn't impressed by the offerings in and around the main square, but was taken there by my local contact, would never have found it otherwise.
Difficult one this - it was dark... Go down Bratka Skorpil Street (Hotel Splendid is on the corner, Cathedral should be behind you) then take the first left after the large villa.
These are three of the best barbecue places on the planet, all within about a four-mile radius in East Austin. Beef brisket and sausage are always excellent, but try the mutton if you are feeling adventurous, as it is tender and superb.
Sam's is open very late on weekends and features lots of music memorabilia. All three places are treasures of our local culture.
Sam's: 2000 E. 12th St. Tel:478-0378
Ben's Long Branch: 900 E. 11th St. Tel:477-2516
Lewis's: 1814 Harvey St. (corner of M.L.K., just west of Airport Blvd.)
(All phone no's are in area code 512.)
For vegetarians and vegans, Mother's offers wonderful food in a charming garden atmosphere. It was just rebuilt after a devastating fire, to the great relief of its many aficionados. Located in the heart of Hyde Park, Austin's first suburb, just north of the University of Texas area.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this is the place to go if you want yummy pancakes and great vegan options in a funky, upbeat atmosphere. Locally grown ingredients all over the menu and pretty socially conscious. We just found it a cool place to eat, with that Austin vibe.
The food is delicious, they follow the principles of local, organic, animal-friendly and fair trade... and everything is very reasonably priced too, with a great, easy, atmosphere and lots to do for children.
7 HOLDENHURST ROAD, LANSDOWNE
BH8 8EH 01202 558303 www.adamandevescafe.co.uk
An excellent microbrewery, bar and eatery in a log cabin in the beautiful Los Glacieres National Park, nestling below Cerro Torre and Fitzroy in this fast growing frontier tourist town.
After a days hiking or climbing, the dark or pilsener style beers, the honest home cooked food, and relaxed atmosphere are perfect. And in summer it's still light up to nearly midnight so you don't feel guilty having an extra glass.
Main street in El Chalten, towards the campsite
Family run Brit-friendly Indian restaurant. I can highly recommend this small, but charming, restaurant. Situated on Rue Raymond Audour, only a stones' throw from the very centre of Old Angouleme, with the stunning square of Place de Minage just around the corner.
The Patron is warmly welcoming, without being obsequious, and is always pleased to meet travelling British customers looking for a taste of India! A word of friendly advice - be sure to ask for your plats extra spicy (the French palate is, unsurprisingly, less used to hot spices than us Brits, so make sure the waiter knows that you want it extra hot).
Rue Raymond Audour - 05 45 95 03 03
A restaurant of character and intrigue. Food like your Dutch granny made for you and served promptly and effectively. The liver and onions had just run out on the specials board as we arrived, so we settled for braised beef, giant meatball, saute pots, cauli and green beans (you select your veg from the specials board). Apple puree, rhubarb and rice pudding custard, rounded off the meal. All in the company of locals (mostly over 70). All great value for £22 with 2 bottles of beer and an apple sap. Only open of an evening though.
1e Helmerstratt, near Leidseplein and parallel to Overtoom. Tram stops on line 5 and 1 nearby
Lovely Singaporean restaurant next to a sex shop in the Paquis. Don't let it put you off, the food is superb and, for these parts, uncompromisingly spicy. A warm multilingual welcome awaits. It's not cheap but it's worth every franc.
14 rue de Neuchâtel
Phone: (022) 7313303
Want to drive to Padstow to sample the various Rick Stein fare on offer? Here's a tip. Don't. Get on your bike instead. Go to Wadebridge (a pleasant enough place in itself), park there and then cycle down the beautiful, flat, and car free Camel Valley Trail along the river. There are ample bike hire places right by the trail itself, all with baby trailers, child-seats, kids' bikes (we took a three-month-old and a very excited two-and-a-half year old) and decent grown up bikes. Even for the seriously unfit/uncoordinated, it takes all of 45 minutes to amble into 'Padstein'. Once there, you avoid the six mile traffic queue and can securely park your bike for 50p in the many 'bike parks' at the end of the trail. And now you've worked up an appetite, Padstow is your oyster...
Another tip, avoid the hordes and head for the back streets - the Rick Stein Cafe (his 'third' restaurant) has his trademark great food, is very child-friendly, and doesn't take bookings. On the day we were there (a gloriously sunny August day) we had to wait for 20 minutes, which was a shorter than the queue for his fish and chips takeaway!
Best Indian restaurant on the Curry Mile. Despite its name, it's the only place you can find south Indian food in Manchester - bhel puri, masala dosa, uttapam. Friendly service, reasonable prices, good for vegetarians.
177 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme
Very good tapas in the best restaurant atmosphere. We really enjoyed it. The food was delicious. Grilled king prawns, steamed mussels, roast lamb, fried and crispy artichokes, patatas bravas. The setting on Rambla Catalubya was beautiful. They have another very lively restaurant in the Born area which was very welcoming and fun. We didn't try the other two but have heard good things about them.
Taller de Tapas
Rambla Catalunya, 49 (Eixample)
93 487 4842
C/ Comtal, 28 8 (Via Laietana)
93 481 6233
c/ Argenteria, 51 (Born)
93 268 8559
Plaça Sant Josep Oriol, 9 (Plaza del Pi)
93 301 8020
The easiest, friendliest and probably best-looking bar/restaurant in BA with top cocktails supplied by a Geordie barman, barflys made up of artists and jovial locals and a kitchen that serves up delicious argie-based food with an often spicy twist (rare for BA!). Enough said.
san martin 941, BA
Google map: tinyurl.com/kpbucl
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