Any ice-cream lover will tell you that the best cornet in the world is to be found in Italy. Well, they're wrong. The creme de la creme (if you'll pardon the pun) is to be found in chic central Paris.
Berthillon ice cream, sold at vendors throughout the Ile St Louis, is utterly delicious. The wild strawberry flavour is fruitily fresh, and the double chocolate is any chocoholic's dream. Forget the glorious architecture of the island; these cones are worth the trip in themselves.
A new Italian restaurant opened in Scarborough just three months ago and is the hottest place in town. The food is classical Italian, no pizza or spag bol! Fabulous fresh pasta, risotto and steaks. Gamberoni sale - tiger prawns cooked on a bed of rock salt with garlic white wine and fresh lemon - is to die for!
Everything is cooked to order by the owner Claudio (no microwave in sight!) and served in contemporary surroundings by a great team of friendly and helpful staff. The wine list is full of old favourites sourced from Italy, frascati, barola and classic chianti and is very reasonably priced. £11.90 a bottle for the sangiovese house wine.
The deserts are all homemade daily (the best tiramisu I have ever tasted!). £3 - £4 amazingly good value. Main course pastas and risottos are only £6.95, which is excellent and, to finish, an espresso so good if you close your eyes you could be in Italy!
Already booking is essential and a great idea is booking online, which offers a 10% discount - a good idea for parties. This place is a wonderful find and makes a change from the usual Italian restaurants. Do give it a try when you are visiting Scarborough, I am sure you won't be disappointed.
corner of bar street/st nicholas cliff scarborough north yorkshire
Rather than endure the torture of the office Christmas lunch in one of London’s eateries, we took the Eurostar to Lille in the hope of finding a restaurant to pass a few pleasant hours partaking of good wine and food.
By chance, we stumbled on Le Barbue d’Anvers, and were not disappointed. Housed in a characterful sixteenth-century building just seconds from the Grand Place, the menu included an excellent selection of regional specialities (such as carbonade flamande and waterzoï).
An extensive and reasonably priced wine list was complemented by service that was attentive but not obtrusive.
1 bis, Rue Saint-Etienne
Tél: +33(0)3 20 55 11 68
Fax: +33(0)3 20 15 08 14
Le Chat Bleu is not simply a chocolate shop established in 1912 - although the chocolates are pure, dark and handmade - but also a repository of superb preserves. Home of the most blackcurrant I've ever had in a jar.
3, Rue des Manneliers, 59000 Lille
Tel : 03 20 15 01 73 - Fax : 03 28 52 61 04
Stock your freezer with French delicacies! Shopping day trips to Lille by Eurostar are short enough that your frozen food doesn't defrost and there are plenty of small boutiques to entertain even the most fussy shopper.
The Serena's burgers are to die for - and you get to eat them sitting by their pool in their beautiful grounds. If anyone can work out the secret ingredient please, please post it on Been there.
Kenyatta Avenue/Processional Way - central Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 282 2000
An excellent restaurant slightly out of the normal tourist areas. A converted warehouse with some al fresco dining. Food was excellent and very Belgian. Service was prompt but not intrusive. Lots of locals. Atmosphere was great.
Rue Notre-Dame du Sommeil 12-20 ... Off place du Jardin-aux-Fleurs, Around the Fish Market ... www.manufacture.be
A lovely place we stumbled upon, which is a cafe by day and unpretentious bistro on weekend evenings. A group of us were very well treated despite our being such a large group and being a bit late.
Those of us who could manage it had three
courses for £13, and we all agreed on the excellent quality and value for money.
A pub up the road was charging similar prices for a much less exciting menu, and didn't serve food in the evenings! Cafe Nosh is unlicensed but there's an off licence just across the road. Highly recommended.
Hebden Court, off one of the main roads in the centre of Bakewell.
A typical Argentinian parilla. Order the bif de chorizo, which is basically a sirloin (nothing to do with the sausage!). You'll get one big enough for two; order potatoes (papas) any way you like (natural - boiled; fritas- chips). Bottle of Malbec or a Qulimes beer.
Follow with a helados (ice cream) and coffee. In June it set me back 40 pesos - including tip.
Definitely no fancy stuff here, this is a local restaurant full of portenos. Although tourists do know about it. Fantastico, I thought!
Stroll down the street to Bar Seddon afterwards. In fact, San Telmo is full of interesting bars, cafes and restaurants.
Avenida Defensa 858, San Telmo.
Google map: tinyurl.com/kt38yq
Started in Nov 2003, Susan McLeary's walking food tours of Wellington, Greytown and Martinborough are a tasty experience, whether you're a gourmet or just a foodie on tour.
On the Wellington Walking Gourmet tour, we sampled minced lamb kaftas and had a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens in Meat on Tory, and took a choc taste test at Schoc Chocolate Therapy (the Earl Grey with dark choc was a pleasant surprise).
We tasted freshly-roasted flat white coffees at Mojo Coffee Cartel - coffee is big business in Wellington - enjoyed the variety of produce at Moore Wilson Fresh's food hall, and rounded the four-hour tour off with an excellent lunch at one of Wellington's best eateries, Logan-Brown.
Excellent value at $210 (just £70) per head.
Susan McLeary, Zest Food Tours, PO Box 6030, Wellington 6141, New Zealand, 0064 4 801 9198, www.zestfoodtours.co.nz
About an hour south of Mombasa is Diani beach, with the usual white sand, clear water and palm trees.
Forty Thieves bar/restaurant is a popular haunt that opens right on to the beach and at night is an amazing place to sit and watch the ocean.
Food is good, particularly the crab. There is music later in the evenings and a pool table but there are quiet corners and comfy sofas to sit back on and enjoy where you are. Locals and tourists alike go there which tells you something.
A chic and, in terms of British prices, good value restaurant on the banks of the Vltava where you can watch the passing tourist boats and the crowds on Charles Bridge. There are plenty of river-view tables. Specialises in fish but also has other dishes and limited vegetarian menu. Approx £50 for 3 course meal with drinks.
200m from the Manesuv Most bridge on the Kampa side.
Villeneuve lez Avignon really should be visited by anyone intending to spend more than a day in Avignon. Some 10 minutes' drive to the other side of the Rhone is this superbly preserved late medieval village with great views across to the Palais des Papes.
Apart from the Chartreuse, fort, abbey gardens and village square, there's a great restaurant in a hotel next to the church. Very good food in menus costing around 70€.The sommelier is happy to recommend wines at anything from 20€ up.
Le Prieuré, 7 pl du Chapitre, Villeneuve des Avignon. 04 90 15 90 15
Surely the best restaurant in Avignon. A couple of set menus at around 65€, including the famous tomatoes in every course, plus a 'surprise' menu for around 115€ - one of the highest quality meals I've ever eaten. An ideal place for a very special meal.
Christian Etienne, 10 rue de Mons, Avignon. 04 90 86 16 50.
An excellent restaurant, in a very upmarket hotel. High quality food, with two set menus apart from the à la carte.
Beware: the 33€ menu is only available at lunch (and then not on what has been charmingly mistranslated as 'off days', ie public holidays). Otherwise, the menu costs 105€, but is well worth the price.
A delightful garden for eating outside, looking at the back of the Palais des Papes. Must book.
La Mirande, 4 place de la Mirande, Avignon. 04 90 14 20 20.
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