A massive and excellent eatery in central Rome (two minutes off via del Corso), incorporating a posh restaurant, more homely osteria, wine and cookshop and - the highlight for this family - a pizzeria, which on weekends serves a magnificent brunch.
You take a large tin plate, heap it with food from the buffet, and pay by weight (returning as many times as stomach and wallet permit). The kids loved it - as did the many Italian families queuing for tables. Brilliant.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore
This restaurant has the most amazing views of San Francisco. Perched on top of the Hyatt, across from the Ferry Building in the Embarcadero area, Equinox offers stunning views of the bay, the financial district and the Bay Bridge. But this is not all, for not only is the view fantastic, but the restaurant does a 360-degree rotation in about 45 minutes; whilst you’re savouring your meal you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city.
The food at the Equinox is of very good quality. For starters their crab cakes and their oysters are simply superb. Their filet as a main is tender and it melts in your mouth; their salmon is simply-cooked and yet it has a taste of uniqueness. The desserts come in big portions, or bigger than you’d expect at such a restaurant; and by the time you’ve got to leave you feel just right and not in need of any extra nibbles. Prices are a bit high, but if you’ve got the chance to set some money aside before you leave San Francisco, the place is worth a visit.
If money is an issue, we noticed that some people also go in to have a drink and some dessert rather than a whole meal. The one drawback we thought Equinox has is that the menu is not as extensive as one might like, especially if you’re a vegetarian: you might find there’s nothing for you to choose from.
Equinox, at the Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Center,
Equinox Reservations: (415) 291-6619
I visited this restaurant a few times recently and was really impressed. Situated next to some of the most interesting history in London (Brunel museum, Mayflower etc), the restaurant offers great British grub.
I've had the full English breakfast and the evening menu is just fantastic.
St Marychurch Street
Nearest tube: Rotherhithe
Three course meal of food from Mozart's time in a beautiful old Baroque-era hall, while a quartet and two opera singers perform some of Mozart's music.
Definitely value for money (especially if you have a student discount card) - the food and music were both excellent!
Buy your tickets beforehand by visiting the restaurant -- don't just turn up on the evening (the Baroque room fills up first, so you may find yourself seating in a smaller and less spectacular back room!)
St. Peter Stiftskeller
Poprad is so much more than a 'nondescript town in south-west Slovakia' as called in a recent Guardian travel piece. This is both incorrect geographically and unkind.
For a start, Poprad is in the north-east of the country, nestling at the foot of the mighty Tatra mountains making it an ideal base for family skiing, hiking, spa holidays. The town has an industrial past and some blocks from the sixties that are not too pretty but the town centre square has been pedestrianised and painted and is lined with excellent bars, pubs and restaurants.
There are several good museums and the Tatra mountain resorts are 20 minutes ride away on the wonderful elektricka electric train. There is also a 'suburb' of Poprad, the beautiful medieval town of Spisska Sobota which contains some of the best restaurants and pensions in Slovakia.
All in all, Poprad has everything and SkyEurope flies from the UK several times a week.
There is also the fabulous AquaCity, one of the most environmentally friendly spa lido hotel complexes in the world. The Slovak people are really welcoming and the food and accommodation are world-class. The Slovak beer, wine and slivovica must be tried!
Looking for a treat? Have a sweet tooth? Betty's in Harrogate is for you! Selling scrumptious cakes that everyone will devour!
Cream cakes, cakes with marzipan icing, chocolate sponges and traditional jam and cream sponges - yum! Also a range of chocolates too!
Also offering a range of delicious food in the Tea Rooms. Take Betty's treats home with you from the shop!
Telephone- 01423 877300
During office hours 8:30am-5:30pm
For budget travellers, Food Alley at the bottom of Albert Street is a must. It has stalls selling food from almost every country in Asia, from Turkey to Japan and at rock bottom prices.
Try the lamb pasanda from "A Taste of Turkey" (the proprietor is actually Iranian) for NZ$8.50 (that's £2.40 in Brit money).
The food is better than your average food hall.
Lower Albert Street, opposite Stamford Plaza hotel, near the viaduct.
One of the best restaurants in Lancaster! Located on the Quay, QSF is a French restaurant serving delicious food in a relaxed environment.
A great selection of fresh fish, meat and veggie dishes – try to go on Sunday/ Monday when they do ‘Simply Squiffy’ – three courses and a bottle of wine each for a set price (just try not to fall in the River Lune afterwards). Also look out for Quite Simply Food, their sister deli up on Moor Lane in town.
Disappointed that Sabor do Brasil has closed, as I love Brazillian food and hoped to visit it on a visit from Lancashire, but I discovered Brazillian café, Pizzico, 289 Regents Park Road N3 3JY near Finchley Central Station (formerly an Italian deli/café recently taken over by a Brazillian who cooks like an angel).
I have heard it said that it is better than Sabor used to be, and the prices are really good too. So if, like me, anyone is disappointed to lose Sabor, I recommend they try Pizzico.
289 Regents Park Road, N3 3JY
Tel: 020 8371 1999
A groovy newsagents that hasn't been decorated since the 70s complete with 3D wall paper.
They are famous in Belfast for their original Italian recipe ice cream. It only comes in one flavour and you can buy cones, tubs, oysters and sliders. Ice creamalicous.
9 Atlantic Avenue, Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 2HN, 028 9074 5344
Visocchi's is an institution in Dundee. The ice cream here (from an Italian family, naturally) is so good that locals will eat it in the height of winter, and there are queues outside when it's warm and sunny.
The restaurant is also first-rate, and they only shut when Italy are playing in the World Cup final.
40 Gray St,
Paella takeaway just off the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Heretical though it may be to eat paella on the hoof, the above place came in very handy when we were about to leave for the airport and still hadn't sampled Paella Valenciana.
Calle Padilla, 1
Tel 00 34 96 394 44 16
Dubrovnik, it's a unique city in the whole world. I traveled there in September 2006. I think Croatia is a great country, it has the whole package; history; cultural richness; beautiful places to visit, and great weather.
Pile Bay-Old Town is very romantic. We stayed there at apartments near Fort Lovrijenac. The price was OK and location perfect (only 70 m from magnificent Placa-Stradun). Nevertheless, the location was quiet.
The staff were obliging and rooms clean. Another hot tip is the wonderful fish restaurant Orhan near apartments at small idilic Pile harbour.
I recommend visiting Dubrovnik a thousand times!
od tabakarije 19,fon:+385(0)917397545
Langage Farm have their own herd of Jersey cows, which they milk to make all sorts of yummy dairy things, but most especially the best ice cream ever!
They've got about 20 flavours, including cointreau and chocolate, ginger and apple and blackberry crumble.
You can visit the farm in Smithaleigh, PL7 5AY, just off the A38 or for a more scenic ice cream opportunity they have a van on the road that circles the Hoe in Plymouth itself.
Restaurant in Bairro Alto that gets it right in a pop art, azulejo tiles adorning the walls and mightily tasty arroz de polvo (octopus rice) way.
Should you like your fish, dust off your Portuguese and brave the lusophone only menu.
Rua Marechal Saldanha 23/25; Tel 21 346 47 91
While in Auckland city:
If you'd like to see some beautiful old villas wonder in the suburbs of Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Parnell and Mt. Eden. All these places offer a great mix of clothes' shops and cafes especially Ponsonby Road and Jervois Road.
If it's a fine day, get on the ferry to Waiheke island [only takes 20 minutes], and visit some of the famous vineyards [Stoneridge is one of my favourites]. Have lunch at spectacular Te Whau restaurant.
On a weekend, head North of Auckland and visit Warkworth, Matakana and Leigh. There is a farmers' market in Matakana on Saturday mornings from 8am - 1pm and plenty of small vineyards producing excellent wine. Stop and eat at the Sawmill Cafe in Leigh and burn it all off afterwards with a long walk on breathtakingly beautiful Pakiri beach.
Bratislava's Old Town centre is completely pedestrianised and has wall-to-wall bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs.
It has a much more relaxed, easy-going and friendly ambience than many other European capitals and, because there are no cars, you can try all the superb Slovak beers, wines and fiery spirits, tottering from one bar to another without fear of being mown down by a Skoda in a hurry.
Highly recommended for gourmets and bon-viveurs everywhere.
Bratislava Old Town
Tram 13 from the main railway station
Bus 61 from Bratislava's M R Stefanik airport.
Only 64km from Vienna
A superb Cuban restaurant on the banks of the Danube, found in the pistacchio ice cream-coloured Esterhazy Palace.
The Slovaks have done a fantastic job of recreating a steamy Havana atmosphere and the elegant domed ceilings and walls are covered with black and white photos of Cuban nightlife.
Great mojitos (175Sk) with Angostura bitters. Pricey but superb food and live music every night from nine pm. There's a friendly Cuban guy who welcomes visitors at the door.
Typical of the relaxed, welcoming and laid-back atmosphere in Bratislava's pedestrianised Old Town.
Don't listen to comments from boorish, drunken stag partyers from the UK: Bratislava is one of the safest, friendliest and cheapest city break destinations in Europe.
Namestie L. Stura 4.
Tel: 02 5464 0167
Trams 11, 13 & 14 to Namestie L. Stura.
The European flagship of the Four Seasons chain. Recently renovated to its glorious, Art Nouveau best.
Stunning all the way I'm sure, but I've only been in for tea, as I'm a poor student and not a millionaire, like you. I ate in the bar area, which is beautiful, and the food was good and the service impeccable.
Wish I could afford to stay there. Donations on a post card to...
Roosevelt Tér 5-6. 1051
Tel: 36 (1) 268-6000
Fax: 36 (1) 268-5000
I know, I know, it's a bit hypocritical after telling you to avoid the place in a previous tip, but I actually quite enjoy it there.
It's like going out in a market town in England on a Friday; raucous; loud; packed with fools and too much drink. But it also has some of Dublin's best pubs, live music, galleries and restaurants.
It's rare that the sense of violence, which always seems a wrong look away in London, is felt here.
I wouldn't recommend Temple Bar at night for someone in search of a quiet drink, or a civilized time. The puddles of vomit and p!ss ensure that, but it is great fun if you're in town for a laugh with a group of friends.
the centre of town
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