It’s a perfect apartment block/hostel.
Boris, the owner, is really friendly and will meet you from the ferry port. He will happily tell you the best beaches, restaurants, etc. He will also sell you wine grown locally by his family. I bought three litres (it worked out at only about 75p a bottle!) and as he will tell you, it doesn’t taste too hot until the second glass, but then it's actually really nice.
The personal touch in these apartments is really welcomed. Boris seemed to be into providing value for money, and a pleasant experience to the traveler, and not making massive profits.
I went in September 2007 and he was in the process of refurbishing the entire building to a very high standard. The rooms are large, clean, and most look out to the garden that has limes, pomegranetes, oranges, olives etc. He was also about to put in a terraced BBQ in the garden with seating area among the fruit trees.
The apartment's location is about a 5-10 minute walk from the town, and 15 minutes' walk in the other direction to the Zlatni Rat beach (the one in the brochures).
If he suggests you go to a restaurant called Mendula - GO THERE! It’s really romantic, cheapish, and the custom is for the waiter to offer everyone a free drink after your meal. They also have a help yourself salad bar that is free when you order almost everything on the menu. (Be warned though; it’s a bastard to find so get Boris to draw you a map!)
A fantastic curry restaurant, hidden away a few minutes walk from Old St tube station.
Stumbled upon it a few years ago and have been a regular ever since. A great range of traditional Indian food prepared with the best ingredients - mouth wateringly tender meat, delicious mango chutney with cracked black pepper and slivers of chili, even the garnishes are prepared with care and taste delicious.
Attentive, friendly service, the best peshwari naan bread I've ever tasted. Reasonably priced, and due to its location off the main Shoreditch drag it's bizzarely easy to get a table despite how amazing this place is.
20 City Road, London, EC1Y 2AJ, 020 7374 4842, Old St. tube.
Charles Royal runs these tours and he enthusiastically showed us the numerous wild plants that are edible on the island. He explained that the Kawakawa tree, Maori Bush Basil or Maori Pepper have many uses and gave us little sachets of the crushed, prepared leaves he said we could use to spice up many dishes. Charles told us there are seven edible varieties of ferns and pointed out the Hen and Chickens fern, which is surprisingly soft and sweet to the taste.
When we'd done exploring and sampling, he took us back down to Hinemoa's pool, where we sat dabbling our feet in the warmth as he produced on a camping stove, like a magician bringing a rabbit out of a hat, a selection of quick-cook courses, made with some of the herbs and ferns he'd just shown us.
It's an amazing experience of a Maori tradition and way of existing with the land that is truly wonderful.
Charles Royal, Kinaki NZ, PO Box 1030, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand. 0064 7 345 3122, www.maorifood.com
One of the best Nepali restaurants in London, arguably the best in west London. There is a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian, and the knowledgable staff will guide you if necessary.
116-118, Ruislip Rd, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9RU
Tel: 020 8578 3255
Nearest tube: Greenford, then E6 bus.
This is the best view in The Cape. You dine on superb food while the restaurant turns at a leisurely pace giving you a view of the city from on high.
It's 22 storeys up at the top of the Ritz hotel and looks like an alien spaceship has landed on top of the building to the casual observer. Inside it's well decorated with an open kitchen and candles on the tables.
There is nowhere else you can get this standard for so little money (mains from 90 rand). A pianist plays while you dine which, combined with the great food and super service, makes for an unforgettable experience.
You cant miss it. Its that building in Sea Point with the flying saucer on the top. Ritz Hotel Sea Point
Found this wonderful retro-style steakhouse on my first visit. Superb steaks are cooked by owner/chef Jimmy in his open style kitchen.
Smooth jazz plays in the background while you eat. Try the brandy steak and the chilli calamari.
The Buzbey is a Cape treasure. Reasonably priced, booking is advisable at weekends. Gay friendly.
Three Anchor Bay near Sea point.Next door to Clicks chemist as you walk or drive towards Sea Point alons Somorset Road.
It's a very nice restaurant serving good Portuguese food. It has a very friendly atmosphere - it's family run.
Although it isn't mentioned in the menu, it has an excellent vegetarian option, which is very imaginative (rare in Portuguese cooking!).
Rua Bombeiros Voluntarios 1, R/C, Horta, Faial, Azores
(Next to the fire station)
I've only ever had great meals and service in this restaurant over the last 20 years. Mr. Khandoker is a bit of a local institution largely because of the amazing amount of charity work he does. Go.
812 Kingsway, East Didsbury, Manchester
The Kashmir is, in my opinion, Bradford's best curry house.
Downstairs it's a basic curry cafe - everything you expect from that genre, formica topped tables, no cutlery, food served in school dinner type bowls - upstairs it's a normal curry house. I have never seen anyone eating upstairs!
The food is freshly cooked, tasty and filling. Only a wimp uses cutlery!
Nearest station is Forster Square. The Kashmir is just up the hill from the IMAX cinema.
This is a hidden gem, set in the greenfields of Fairlop Waters in Ilford. Phenomenal chilli chicken, and excellent veggie options.
The food is supposed to be authentic Mumbai cuisine, which is the one place in India where you can find the whole country's various delicacies united. It overlooks a lake, and you can smoke some great apple mint tobacco in their sheeshas. Great value for money.
It's in the Fairlop Waters complex on Forest Road, Barkingside, Essex, London, IG6 3HN. Fairlop tube (central line) is just a few minutes walk away. I found it here: www.london-eating.co.uk/6766.htm
This must be the best Indian Restaurant in the Milton Keynes area. The food is superb - excellent. It is very consistent, we have yet to have a poor meal there. The service is great.
122 High Street,
A fantastic place. It has grown organically over the years and is a huge word-of-mouth success. Like others in the list, the menu is not as extensive as some but everything is delicious
372/4 Northolt Road South Harrow Middlesex HA2 8ES
This place is a real oddity. Very old fashioned and mainly inhabited by ageing Poles. Pictures of the (last) Pope abound.
Head downstairs for the great little Polish food store (good vodka and sausages) and the interesting restaurant. This place serves seriously authentic Polish food. Anyone who has eaten Polish food will know that it is an acquired taste, but for those who already know they like it, this place is excellent. Beware - the menu is in Polish and many of the staff do not speak English.
Polish Catholic Centre Social Centre Bordesley StBirmingham
0121 358 7102
Simple little veggie place in Digbeth. It's been there for years and still produces consistently tasty and wholesome food. Good value too. One of only a few such places in Birmingham.
54-57 Allison Street
Just one of the best restaurants in Birmingham. Upmarket and quite pricey but a millions miles away from most of the rubbish served up elsewhere in Brum. Well worth splashing out on. Four lovely rooms upstairs as well for any one staying over.
The Sheesh Mahal on Kirkstall Road always manages to amaze me with both the quality of the food and service on offer. Azram, the owner, is always serving and chatting with his regulars, and nothing is too much trouble for him, whether it is explaining the history behind dishes on the menu, or providing cake and a free bottle of wine for a friend's birthday.
There are many very, very good curry houses in Leeds and Bradford, but the Sheesh manages to serve food that's up there with the best. The service always tips the scales in the Sheesh's direction though.
Key dishes to try include the prawn puri starter, and either the fish balti or sheesh gosht karahi with a side order of cauliflower and aubergine. I've tried most of the menu and have yet to have a bad meal there.
Kirkstall Road, Leeds
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