Fantastic, upmarket, comfy B&B style accommodation with a great restaurant, cosy bar and well-stocked book shop. Ullapool is a lovely town on a breath-taking loch and this is the pick of the places to stay.
18 West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Ross-shire, IV26 2TY
Top of the Hub restaurant, on the 52nd floor of the Prudential building, is a great place to catch views of Boston. Dinners can get pricey but for lunch or dessert it is actually fairly reasonable. It's worth a few extra dollars for the views. Go during an off time so you are sure to snag a table next to the window.
Back Bay or Prudential T Stop
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.
L’hamadriada is the stand out new restaurant in Valencia for my money. Serving outstanding grilled meats and rice it’s much more upmarket looking than its modest prices might suggest (€9-€17 three-course menu del dia and tasting menus from €22-€35), cool staff and you get your food pronto (not always the case in Valencia). The location is fantastic — very central but down a side street out of earshot from all the mooked up party noise.
Plaza Vicente Iborra 3
Tel: +963 260 891
Great restuarant on Dumbarton Road in the West End, just a little further down the road from the Partick railway bridge. Fantastic, honest and well-prepared Scottish food with an interesting, ever-changing menu.
Friendly, non-pretentious service. Always busy and lively. Bring-your-own wine policy means that this is always a cheap place to visit.
The neighbourhood isn't the greatest but don't let that put you off. We have returned and returned and returned and returned!
Roastit Bubbly Jocks
450 Dumbarton Road
Tel: 0141 339 3355
Brasserie Pakhuis is a fantastic restaurant just off the main shopping street (Veldstraat).
It is housed in a fantastic, converted warehouse which makes an amazing setting for a meal.
Food is a wonderful mixture of French and Italian. They also do great fish platters with whole lobsters etc. There is an extensive wine list, and also (of course) an extensive list of beers. As well as the restaurant there is also a bar which you can visit for a drink.
Pakhuis is popular with locals, which I always think is a good sign.
Have a look at their website for a menu and an idea of what it looks like.
Other read posts directed me to Yang Sing in Manchester, where I had the worst Chinese meal I've ever eaten yesterday.
Food was barely edible, service was slow and unfriendly. If you want great Asian food, go to London, New York, Paris or Hong Kong.
This is a really unusual little restaurant, attached to a health spa (but with its own entrance). The menu is vegetarian with multiple Eastern and European influences and some really unusual but very tasty dishes. Lunch is also good. Mid price. In the summer you can sit outside by a quiet private branch off Birmingham's canal network. Book in advance at peak times as the restaurant isn't huge.
Canal Square, Browning Street, Birmingham, B16 8EH (best approached on foot from Sheepcote Street - there is a driveway to apartments off the west side of the street which leads to a footbridge over the canal, the restaurant is on the right). www.bodyandbeing.co.uk/sibilasnew/index.html +44(0)121 456 7634. About 1/2 mile from Five Ways station.
Scottish pub, with charming Scottish landlord and Hungarian wife who speaks excellent, Scottish-accented English. Good beer (Belhaven), satellite TV for the sports fans, and excellent food. The steak Tartare is one of the best.
Ker. Moazsar u 9
06 1311 7611
Off the north end of Ferenc Liszt ter.
After almost three years in Buenos Aires I am pretty much sick of beef and the options for anything else are extremely few and far between. Any food other than red meat is invariably a disappointment no matter how nice the surroundings. So imagine my happiness at discovering a famous Argentine chef's new restaurant just up the road from my house. French trained Paul Jean Azema's restaurant is reasonably priced (although quite expensive by Argentine standards) and the food is fantastic; a mix of French, Indian, US and English and all cooked to perfection. This place is truly a keeper and if it weren't for the fact that i'm leaving BA in a couple of months for Valparaiso in Chile (another amazing place to live or visit) I'd keep my mouth firmly shut and the place to myself. Enjoy...!
Carranza 1875, Palermo Hollywood
Google map: tinyurl.com/nnb6m2
If you have a car do not miss a trip to Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa. Enjoy a great lunch in the Cellars Restaurant after a wine tasting. Each course is accompanied by a different wine and it is a delightful experience.
Go through the village of Franschhoek, take a right at the monument and follow the road up the pass for approximately two kilometres.
Widely regarded as the best paladare in Havana (if not Cuba), La Guardia certainly doesn't disappoint. It is a restaurant that is located in a beautiful private home and boasts a fantastic menu. Booking is essential as it is quite small but very popular. We had the receptionist at our hotel (the very nice Sevilla in Old Havana) to call and book us a table. The walls are decorated with photos of previous patrons (not as tacky as it sounds), inlcuding Queen Sofía of Spain, Prince Albert of Monaco, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg and Pedro Almodovar. The chair that Queen Sofia sat on is mounted on the wall.
It is located in central Havana, in a residential area. A taxi there is recommended. On approach to the building you may not think that you are not in the right place as there are no signs. You will walk (or may be escorted by a young boy for a couple of CUC) into a beautiful representation of Cuban shabby chic with huge sweeping marble staircases and wall murals. I think the restaurant is on the second floor. Stunning food, great decor, wonderful staff. Not only the best paladare in Havana, but from my experience the best restaurant. Very highly recommended.
Calle Concordia 418, Between Calles Gervasio and Escobar, Centro Habana;
tel: 537- 624940;
www.laguarida.com (in Spanish, has some photos);
Guardian review: travel.guardian.co.uk/countries/story/0,,1587466,00.html
Restaurant and bar in the hills about 5 miles from Ibiza Town. It’s a huge garden covered in Arabic style tents, cushions, candles - the most chilled place in Ibiza. The perfect escape after a couple of crazy nights.
Ctra. San Jose - km 5,6 (On the road to San Jose about 5 miles from Ibiza Town);
tel: 971 396 349
La Zucca Magica is the best vegetarian restaurant in the south of France. It is located in Nice Harbour.
There's no menu as such - you get 5 small, perfectly prepared and utterly stunning courses: some of the best Italian food you'll ever eat and at a superb price. Unpretentious, delicious and fun. Highly recommended.
If you're approaching Nice Harbour from Nice, La Zucca Magica is on the left, facing the harbour.
Villefranche is a 15-minute ride on the No 100 bus from the Gare Routier.
The views as you leave Nice and curve around the Cap de Nice into the Rade de Villefranche are spectacular.
Loads to do when you get there whatever your tastes. Sightseeing: the Citadel, Rue Obscure, the old Port; culture: four museums/galleries, all free entry; relaxing: two beaches, one coarse sand, the other stony; and loads of bars and restaurants.
There's a food market with local produce on Saturdays, antiques (well bric-a-brac) on Sundays, and above all it's a nice, relaxing, cosy place after the brashness of Nice.
PS don't take a car!
When in Brussels, this place is not to be missed for three reasons:
1.The museum is located in one of the most stunning art nouveau buildings in Europe, built by master architect Paul Santenoy.
2. It houses one of the best collections of musical instruments you will ever see, with over 6000 pieces.
3. The top-floor bar and restaurant offer good food in a very stylish décor, where you can relax for a few hours or entertain friends.
Bonus: the stunning views over central Brussels. There is an open-air roof terrace in summer.
2, Rue Montagne de la Cour
Tel: 02 545 01 30
Fax: 02 545 01 79
A great restaurant with a good buzz almost every evening. It's not the most comfortable, but the quality of the food and service more than makes up for it. 101 Talbot is unusual for an Irish restaurant in that the veggie and vegan options are often better than the meat dishes. Probably the best place for your pre-theatre meal if you are going to the Abbey or Gate.
Upstairs of No 101 Talbot Street
Dining in Grossi Florentino's Tuscan mural room shows that special-occasion dining in Melbourne is alive and well. The dining room has high, decorated plaster ceilings, chandeliers, dark wood panelling and the murals. Service is a delight from the black dressed waiters with their long white aprons.
Guy Grossi's menu whatever the season is magnificient... and in our case we walked away with a copy of the book on the restaurant... autographed by Guy Grossi himself.
All in all, a memorable dining experience.
And a final note - all this from an establishment that has been there since the early 1900s, which makes it even more amazing!
Address: 80 Bourke St, City 3000
Phone: 9662 1811
One of Paul Rankin's group of Belfast restaurants, this place had excellent food, really friendly staff and was very reasonably priced. Not much vegetarian food to choose from but a fine choice for carnivores.
Address: 7 Ascot House, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast
Telephone: 028 9033 1532
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