Le Brulot is a fantastic French restaurant in Antibes. It does amazing steak cooked in a traditional wood fired oven (a brulot). They also cook wonderful fish, mussels and other seafood.
This isn't a particularly posh restaurant, it would probably be best described as rustic. However, the food speaks for itself and I always visit whenever I am in the area.
Le Brulot 3, rue Frédéric Isnard 06600 ANTIBES
Tél. 04 93 34 17 76 - Fax 04 93 74 83 94
Seafood dominates the menu. Lobster is the pricey local delicacy, but there are plenty of other affordable seafood delights that are caught locally and arrive fresh at the restaurants every day, the best being red mullet, shell-fish and squid.
Try bottarga (mullet roe), the Sardinian equivalent of caviar that is grated on top of spaghetti and drizzled with olive oil. Spaghetti con vongole (with clams) and alla marinara (with seafood) are also delicious. Culurgiones are pockets of pasta stuffed with pecorino (cheese made from ewe's milk) and ricotta and served in a tomato and mint sauce. Ravioli al sugo di noce (walnut sauce) comes a close second.
No matter how full you are, there is always room for seadas. This Sardinian dessert is the most delectable envelope of deep-fried pastry, stuffed with ricotta or sour cheese and drizzled with a bittersweet honey and burnt citrus peel. If that sounds too rich, try dolci sardi (Sardinian sweets and biscuits) or visit one of the many crowded gelati bars.
The Stubai valley, just 20 minutes south of Innsbruck, is only accessible via a toll road, which helps it to remain unspoilt even by Austrian standards.
The classic glacial valley, dotted with traditional Tirolean villages, winds its way up to the glacier, where you can use the excellent lifts to reach the Jochdole, the highest mountain restaurant in Austria at 3,150m, with fabulous alpine views to Italy on a clear day.
Forget all your assumptions about Greece. This mountainous peninsula is very green with enormous broadleaf trees, ferns, moss, daisies and buttercups. The air is fresh even in August, building is more strictly controlled than in London’s green belt, the roads don’t have any potholes and the cooking would satisfy even the most picky foodie.
An excellent little Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Kreuzberg.
The menu is limited, but there's a daily specials board in English along with a range of tasty lassi drinks.
The service was impeccable with the food cooked right in front of your eyes.
The best thing is, a meal and a lassi only cost me 8 euros.
Skalitzer Str. 103, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg. Across the road from U-Bahn stop Gorlitzer-Bahnhof
This is a tiny shop (you probably couldn't fit more than five people in there at once) in The Shambles that has an extensive menu of great sub-style sandwiches that all cost only £1. It's the perfect place to pick up lunch to eat in a park on a sunny day.
The Shambles, York
The best chefs in Chile are Peruvian and Peruvian restaurants can be found all over the country. One of the best in Santiago is Puerto Peru, on the corner of Condell and Santa Isabel (border Providencia/Nunoa).
The Pulpo al Olivar (octopus with black olive dressing) is divine and the Seco de Cordero is excellent as well. Most items on the menu are very good and the Pisco Sours are some of the best in Santiago.
Le Filou de Montpellier: a Valpo institution on Cerro Alegre (corner Urriola and Alte Montt). Excellent value and excellent French food run by a son of Montpellier.
Get there early in the evening (Friday and Saturday only) or try to book ahead. Set lunches are cheap and very good.
Allegretto Pizza: Pilcomayo, opposite the Anglican Church. English-run Pizzeria, huge and very good thin crust pizzas, good music, local beer on tap.
Mastodonte: Esmeralda, just down from Plaza Anibal Pinto (downtown Valpo): Absurdly cheap and abundant meals (£1.30 for a huge plate of excellent stewed beef, rice and tomato salad), local beer on tap.
Bistro Cuisine et Vins: Papudo, opposite Hotel Gervasoni-excellent red meat (Argentine), well prepared food and extensive wine list. Pricey by local standards but probably worth it.
There are very few places to stay near Castle Drogo, the Lutyens castle at Drewsteignton, and the Old Inn is perfect for the locality. The village itself is like a picture postcard, one shop, one church, one pub (the famous Drewe Arms) and the recently totally refurbished Old Inn.
The house is now very comfortable, beautifully redecorated, and the breakfast is great. The new owners are going to start cooking in the evenings; at the moment they will cook for people who are staying if they want to eat in.
There is fantastic country all around. The house is on The Two Moors Way, and so wonderful for walkers. Castle Drogo a very interesting place to visit. Exeter, Taunton, Totnes are all within easy reach.
Before the new owners took over at the beginning of this year, the Old Inn was in a very bad state. It was totally mismanaged, dirty, dark, depressing, and could possibly suffer initially from a bad reputation. I hope not because they deserve to succeed.
A bit of a hidden gem, the grim street-level entrance belies the splendid interior, and an atmosphere which is reminiscent of the belle epoch.
The service is quite superb, which really stands out after a couple of days of Czech service, which can be surly. Have the Czech breakfast, which includes delicious apple cake. The English breakfast - toast and marmalade, baked beans and chopped up frankfurters, is only worth ordering for its comedy value.
As to Prague, being careful crossing the roads cannot be stressed enough. The drivers only stop on red lights (in theory) or if a pedestrian's corpse jams their wheels. Beware the trams, which are quiet and easily missed above the hubbub.
Try to get off the main streets at night, as the pimps, drug dealers, strip club and bar advertisers are utterly persistent and will follow you for long distances. Unless, of course, you are there for "sucky sucky" or the half price attentions of a lesbian midget.
One more thing: Large numbers of British stag groups are absolutely running riot there, and you can feel the resentment, even hatred, of many of the locals. If you are Prague-bound, start practising your Canadian accent now.
Narodni Trida 20, in the New Town.
Tucked up in the ranges overlooking Melbourne is a series of small villages, most with little restaurants, cafes and bistros. At the small village of Olinda is 'the Cuckoo' restaurant probably one of the best known and famous for its Bavarian (German) based entertainment and food.
It's been there for about 50 years and thrives with families going there for a great night out.
The food? A huge variety of seafood, meats, side dishes, hot and cold. The freshly made pancakes are a favourite for desert, with cream of course!
The music and entertainment? Bavarian with something for all the family.
508 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda Victoria
phone: +61-3-9751 1003
Fax: +61-3-9751 2229
We found this restaurant provides quick takeaways and decent sit-down dining. The menu covers all the traditional stuff, like pad Thai, satay stir-fries and curries.
You can try Poppy's 'Anna and the King' dish - a combination of Penang curry with mushrooms, tofu and vegies, which apparently won them a food award.
298 Bridge Rd
(straight across the road from the Town Hall)
Richmond 3121 VIC
Phone: (03) 9428 7222
This must be the best seafood restaurant in the whole world.
The whole lunch experience starts at 12pm when you pitch up on the beach with your own cooler box filled with wine and ice cold beer.
From there, a 12 course seafood meal gets served along with homebaked African bread made in the cast iron ovens on the beach.
All in all this experience will have you playing in the sun and sea while dining in a five-star location with the best meal. You're kindly asked to leave by 6pm but I'm sure if you ask nicely they will let you stay for the dinner session which is from 7pm - 2am.
Been twice to this restaurant and the second visit was disappointing. The service was slow at times, although the place was not full. The staff did not appear happy and seemed to be apathetic. The wines were quite pricey and I thought the meals were no better than the average 'chain' Italian restautrants.
Seafood of course is one of the main dishes on this warm seaboard that teems with an abundance of fish. Try the Mussels Mariniere cooked in white wine with a little garlic and parsley, the juices mopped up with fresh crusty bread from the local bakery. Or the langoustines seared over charcoal, the gentle smell of the charred shells anticipating the feast to come. And wild Atlantic salmon caught 20 miles up the river having spent three years across the ocean in the Sargasso Sea, and now responding to the timeless urge to breed in the place it was spawned. Wrapped in soaked newspaper, (the Irish Times of course), stuffed with herbs grown on the hillside near Old Kinsale Head, and steamed to perfection over the very hottest of charcoal, the succulent flesh falls off the bones.
Sutis was recommended by the owner of the Cagaloglu Hamam (Turkish bath) in the Sultanahmet area. We were expecting a tourist trap, but loads of locals eat there - always a good sign.
Prices are insanely low for the area and you can definitely find something for under six lira. We tried the tavuk durum for 3.75ytl - chicken, fresh vegetables and fries in a thin flatbread. It was the best thing we'd eaten in Istanbul!
Paket Servisi Saatlerimi - just up the road from Cagaloglu Hamam, towards the Grand Bazaar.
Tel: 512 01 61 - 522 02 54
This is probably the best Indian Restaurant in Edinburgh, however, what it lacks is its location.
It's not on a main road or thoroughfare, but don't let that put you off. You'll find it tucked just behind the Royal Museum of Scotland and the Festival Theatre.
Friendly and inviting staff - and great food. No artificial flavouring here just fresh tasting food...oh and ice cold Kingfisher on tap as well!
11 South College St, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA
A great tapas bar/store on the edge of Elvira (so it is convenient for late nights). A deli by day, you can sample local wines by the glass, each with free tapas- carefully made by the young team.
Order a tabla mixta and you won't need to eat any more, all night! If you want foodie souvenirs they also sell a wide range of local specialities, fresh and dried as well as wines and liqueurs. It is a surprisingly buzzy and friendly place and very popular with locals.
Calle Elvira 150
Tel: 958 270 245
I like everything about Tavi - the town itself is beautiful with pretty streets, an enormous park which the children love and a river running through it.
There is a lovely indoor market selling everything from homemade pencils to olives but the real draw for us is the small, but perfectly formed, farmers' market which is held in front of the town hall on Saturdays.
I bought the most delicious bag of home-grown organic salad from one of the stalls (stall owner was also the grower) which we had for lunch with homemade bread and tangy sheep's milk cheese also from the market.
There is a wonderful cheese shop around the corner for a larger range of cheeses too.
And the man on the bread stall is gorgeous.
A lovely inn/hotel nestled in the above hamlet, a few hundred yards from the edge of Dartmoor proper. The food is exquisite, service friendly and fantastic, with a beautifully tranquil beer garden to soothe those aching legs after a hike on the moor.
I got up early one morning in April and walked through the woods below the hotel which were stunning in the light of early dawn. And sitting atop Hay Tor at 7am is simply breathtaking.
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