A restaurant serving good food at reasonable prices. At lunch it has many local workers who come in and just have the menu del giorno - but there is a very good choice if needed, with excellent fish and meat. The pasta is also home made.The owner looks for his own porcini mushrooms when in season, and sticks a sign outside saying "Funghi porcini frescha". Also sells pizzas, cooked in a woodburning oven.
Via Duchessa di Genova 47/A
Stresa Tel:0323 30266
It is on the corner of the road that leads to the station.
The best Pizza restaurant in Rome. Without doubt. When I first saw the entrance to this place I wondered why eight people were already waiting outside before it opened. It looks nothing from the outside, although parts of Trastevere are very pretty. Rather than the touristy places to eat in Rome here you get a real taste for Italian food (pizza mainly) at its finest. It's totally Italian, no English on the menu. Take a few minutes to see what others are odering, the staff are friendly so don't feel embarrassed to point and say you would like the same! It's tiny, full of character and if you are really lucky a cello player will sing and play to you. One of the best moments in Rome I have ever had.
0039 06 5880516
Fantastic little tea room in the village of East Budleigh near Budleigh Salterton in Devon which serves up great breakfast and lunches as well as scrumptious selection of cakes. Also open some evenings for BYO Caribbean nights cooked up by the owner Janice. The most popular dishes in our group were the spicy peanut soup and jerk chicken with rice and beans. Separate vegetarian menu too.
Fancy That Tea Rooms
Nr Budleigh Salterton
Devon EX9 7DL
If you're looking for a place to eat on the Royal Mile then this is a great place to check out. Great chilled out vibes, good home baked cakes; carrot cake and cheesecake is heavenly. Hot and warm food - love their steak pie and butternut squash risotto... wash it down with one of their fresh fruit smoothies or a Peroni. Perfecto!
170 High Street, Royal Mile near St Giles Cathedral.0131 622 0667.www.alwayssunday.co.uk
Cap D'es Falco is a restaurant situated in the protected national park of Ses Salines, close to Es Cavallet Beach, in the South of Ibiza.
Sunsets here are simply beautiful, the white light surrounding the restaurant makes it perfect for a romantic dinner or a wedding party.
I would suggest to try the home-cooked Italian cuisine and delicious desserts, otherwise some grilled meat accompanied with some spanish wine.
It can be difficult to find cheap food at the Fringe - especially as most places seem to be packed or overpriced in August.
Here are some tips for eating on a budget:
- Carry a bottle of water, a few snacks and a packed lunch with you during the day - you can munch during during long queues for tickets, and avoid the premium prices at cafes and sandwich shops in the city center.
- Head to the Edinburgh Farmer's Market on Saturdays for some budget-friendly food. Held between 9am and 2pm at Castle Terrace, it's stalls sell filling hot takeaway food, such as venison burgers and a hog roast!
- Some of the venues have great cafes, but they can get crowded in between shows. Instead, try the street stalls around the main venues such as Johnston Terrace and Bristo Square. The Traverse Theatre Bar and Café has a decent selection of reasonably priced food, and the courtyards inside the Pleasance Dome Theatre are home to stalls selling huge hot dogs and burgers.
- With some shows, food actually comes as part of your ticket. Early risers can catch Shakespeare for breakfast at C Venue at 10am, and watch the Bard’s best plays with a croissant and a cup of tea or coffee.
- For a cheap meal out, check out the Mosque Kitchen (officially called The Lunch Box) where you can pick up huge portions of halal curries for just a few pounds.
A basic Southern Indian restaurant specialising in parathas (stuffed pancakes) located in the heart of Paris's little visited Indian quarter. It is cheaper and more relaxed than the now all too touristy falafal in the Marrais.
The Masala Paratha at just €4.50 includes a large gently spiced Paratha with a fiery dahl along with a couple of dips. There are selections of authentic Southern Indian snacks which you can buy to take away. Friendly service and the sure fire sign of quality - largely frequented by the local Indian population.
Quick, filling and perfectly placed for a pre or post Eurostar meal it is the best value meal I know of in Paris.
189 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
75010 Paris, France
+33(0)1 40 34 30 70
Google map: bit.ly/lTygle
After a walking through the very chic neighbourhood of St Germain where cash is king, switch to the Quartier Latin for a meal solely based on tartes. It is cheap, very cheap, it is cheerful and above all, the chocolate and raspberry tarte is so good it may make you tear up.
53 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France
+33(0)1 43 37 21 89
Google map: bit.ly/gN0ak3
If you go to the Amalfi coast, you must go to Da Gemma. It's a great restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine. Ask for their recommendations before choosing. Great sea food!
Via Fra Gerardo Sasso, 9
84011 Amalfi (SA), Italy
+39 089 871345
This restaurant is tucked discreetly in the corner of the square in Lannepax a sleepy village off the Vic Fezanzac - Eauze road. It's an old and traditional restaurant which has been there for many years. There are new owners. The food is little short of magnificent and not the more usual confits and steak. Here I had lamb's brains in chervil cream sauce, shredded chicken in a pot with hints of North African spices, and the usual desserts.
The wine is local and is included. Not the usual slightly ordinaire but good local red and rose.
Service is fun, attentive but never over the top. On complimenting our waitess I asked the secret of their successful melange of food and spice. "The secret is that the kitchen is led by women," she smiled and when I checked that service was included she told me it was but that the smile was not.
The meal on the terrace was delightful and for four, including coffee the price was 58 Euroes. Head for Lannepax and a simple and delightful gastronomic discovery.
Place de la Mairie, Lannepax, 32190
I think the Cardamom Club is the only restaurant in Ibiza that deserves to be considered master in true Indian Cusine.
Cardamom Club restaurant is situated in Santa Eularia Des Riu (this is the Catalàn name, the spanish name is Santa Eulalia Del Rio) on the east side of Ibiza, 15 km from Eivissa (Ibiza town).
Definitely a place to go for a trip on the beautiful east side of the island, a calmer place with a little more mature crowd.
Calle de la Sequia des Mallorqui, Santa Eularia Des Riu, Ibiza
Tel: +34 971 330 017
Open for dinner from 7.30 PM, Tuesday closed
Bacchus is restaurant situated in the tiny town Santa Gertrudis in the center of Ibiza.
It's open all the year round and it's located in one of the oldest fincas in Santa Gertrudis.
The wine list is excellent, is not a case this restaurant has been named after the Roman God of Wine!
The food menu is quite exotic, with a mixture of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
I recommend to go to Bacchus to have a delightful dining experience and to take a look at Santa Gertrudis: a very small town but well known for its nice restaurants and their good food.
Carrer Venda de Fruiteria
Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza - Spain
+34 971 197 625
Summer: Monday - Sunday / 8.00pm to 1.00am
Winter: Wednesday - Sunday / 12pm to 5pm & 8pm to 12am
This bar/restaurant has a fantastic spot on the surf pounded beach of the same name, a short bus ride to the west of Porto city. With a large decked area strewn with sofas, loungers and tables looking out over the Atlantic it’s a really relaxing place for a sundowner. This plus the chilled house background music and churning sea dotted with relentless surfers makes for a hybrid Ibizan/Cornish vibe.
Praia da Luz, Av Brasil, Foz do Douro
Take the No.500 bus towards Matosinhos which starts outside Porto train station and follows a scenic route along the shore. Get off just after the castle.
The Olive Garden is a relaxed, comfortable restaurant / pension with a fantastic view overlooking Kabak Bay in Southern Turkey. Aptly named, the place is situated on the family olive plantation of owner Fatih Bey.
A former chef in nearby Fetihye, Fatih has amassed a loyal clientele of trekkers, tourists, and Turks who regularly stop by for his wonderful meals, composed of organic produce grown in his garden.
We first encountered the Olive Garden during a trek on the Lycian Way, which runs alongside his garden. Although we hadn't planned on a stop, Fatih's open personality and great food enticed us to stay three days before we could tear ourselves away from the views and lovely Kabak beach. If you are looking for a little unspoiled beauty along the Turkish coastline, Kabak is the place.
Kabak is a 40 minute bus ride (dolmush) from the Fetihye otogar, through Oludeniz and Feralya, to literally the end of the road. Get out at the little busstop and walk back up the road a short way to Momma's Restaurant (Momma will likely say the Olive Garden is closed, but it's open from March-October). The Olive Garden and Kabak beach are located along the little path downhill, marked by red and white paint.
Great restaurant tucked away behind the Sao Francisco church with what I would term ‘retro-chic’ interior and lovely atmosphere. Friendly and attentive English speaking waiters. Good choice of Portuguese dishes with a modern/global take; the game stuffed sausage was very rich but delicious. Take cash, they do not have credit card facilities.
Cometa Restaurante, Rua Tomaz Gonzaga 87, Tel: (351) 222 008 774, no website
Take time to linger for a meal here if you are visiting the Taylors Port Lodge; it’s also worth the climb up the hillside even if you’re not. We had the terrace area virtually to ourselves on our lunchtime visit and the views over Porto were stunning. There is a fairly extensive and quite pricey menu but the food is of a really high standard and well worth the money. I had the biggest, tastiest piece of cod I’ve ever come across even in other Portuguese restaurants. Be sure to try a ‘Chip Dry’- white port aperitif; it is deliciously crisp and refreshing.
Barao de Fladgate Restaurant at Taylors Port Lodge, Rua do Choupelo 250, Vila Nova de Gaia, Tel: (351) 223 742 800, www.taylors.pt
In a cavernous room on the Vila Nova de Gaia waterfront, with diner’s comments posted all over the stone walls, this restaurant was buzzing on our visit. And no wonder when for €29.50 (€32.50 at weekends) an all you can eat and drink buffet is on offer.
The friendly staff showed us the ropes despite linguistic barriers and proceeded to foist food and alcohol on us all night. Just when we thought we couldn’t eat another morsel from the buffet tables (a huge selection of traditional Portuguese fare) we were given a fruit platter the size of a small bath, and a shopping basket full of nuts was doing the rounds. On top of the beer and wine we had already imbibed, decanters of port, and then brandy, were left on the table and finally an unidentifiable but potent liqueur. Try it if your stomach dares!
Tromba Rija, Av Diogo Leite 102, Vila Nova de Gaia, Tel: (351) 223 743 762, www.trombarija.com/gaia-rg.html
Shiodome City Centre is a 42 storey building with great choices of bars and restaurants on the top two floors. The view is as good as, or even better than, Park Hyatt.
I've been to Fishbank for drinks and Izakaya En for dinner and both of them were very reasonably priced and food was very good. It's very close to Ginza and Tsukiji but the nearest station is "Shiodome" on Oedo line.
Shiodome City Centre www.shiodome-cc.com/skyview/index.html
Privado is the lounge bar of El Ayoun, a well known stylish restaurant situated in San Rafael.
El Privado is a unique place on the island, with superior service and some of the drinks considered to be the best on the island.
Of course the music makes you dance but always being elegant and sexy.
Calle Isidor Macabich, 6 - San Rafael Centre Ibiza
+34 971 198 335
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