'Corfu' and 'island retreat' may not be words which the traveller may think go together but there are still a few underdeveloped pockets located on the Albania-facing coastline of this green Greek isle. Tucked into the north-east is the village of Kalami, which makes a great base for exploring this rocky peninsula by bus, car, moped or legs. Heading north along the pretty coastal path leads you to a bay backed with swaying eucalyptus. Here at Kerasia, the lone taverna is the coolest move to avoid the midday sun. South of Kalami, a more rugged path, which itself passes through deserted bays and coves, ends at Agni. This gourmet's paradise plays host to three tavernas - all revered by gastronomes from the island and afar. Indeed, the most popular, Agni Taverna, was the purported location of the meeting between Peter Mandelson and George Osborne last year. I guess they thought it was a neat retreat as well!
Went there in 2008 and 2009 (March) and each time found the food to be well above average and much better than in other bodeagas nearby. It is a lovely location and service is very friendly.
Mykonos does have the reputation for being a party island but if you are looking for a serious bit of R&R, head to Ostraco Suites. Situated on a hilltop just above the hustle and bustle of Mykonos town, this is a fantastic place to stay. We were met at the airport by one of the staff and welcomed with an upgrade on arrival to a suite for a few nights which was heaven! Rooms are really luxurious and the breakfasts are served on the veranda - fresh fruit, home baked breads and so on - the list goes on. If you do feel like heading into the lively town centre, try Interni restaurant, an incredible setting tucked away in the old town and delicious food/cocktails. One other tip, Ostraco Suites will organise jeep hire for you - we hired one for a few days to explore the island and stumbled across beautiful Fokos beach, deserted with a huge stretch of white sand (just remember to take your own picnic/water etc as there are no bars or kiosks nearby, just one taverna on the beach only open from 1-7pm!)
Tucked away at the south eastern corner of Rhodes island is the fish restaurant of your dreams. Mediterranean blue wooden chairs and gingham tablecloths. A gallery of fresh fish to choose to get cooked for you, home made chips, tzatiki,greek salad, beer and a deserted beach or a wild flower strewn hill to walk after. Octopus hanging up to dry. Perfect.
Head for Plimmiri. You can't miss it, all there is there is the restaurant and a church.
A great restaurant with fabulous views situated in small town of Glossa in the NW of the island of Skopelos (recently made famous by Mamma Mia). Excellent food, wine and olive oil with locals and tourists equally welcome. See photo of view from one of the balconies.
Tel: 0030 24240 33076
Address: GLOSSA, SKOPELOS 37004, GREECE
Try the Rajasthani thali at Monica for a taste of real Rajasthani food. It's enormous and it's the real thing. Dont miss it!
It's in the town but very close to the fort gate. The restaurant is on the first floor, with excellent views from the terrace.
Fancy a change? Try the excellent Japanese food at Sakura. We couldn't believe this place wasn't fully booked. The food is authentic and great value. Highly recommended.
It's on the first floor in the ring of shops and restaurants that surround the Swayambhunath Stupa (Boudha). Tel: 4479208
This restaurant was recommended on Been there and we decided to check it out. It's set on two floors and is quite small, but stylish. It's definitely not touristy (at least not when we went in March) but very busy with locals. We were lucky to get a table. Service was great. Food and wine delicious. Not sure how expensive it was as someone else picked up the tab - but I think reasonable.
27, rue de la Prefecture
Phone: +33 (0)4 93 85 29 57
The Wheatsheaf is a beacon of excellence in a sea of mediocrity that is now the chain filled restaurants of Bath. The setting is beautiful and the food and wine are exceptional - it's must if you are in the area.
Alfresco dining area under a grape vine overlooking the Aegean. Great host Yannis has been serving the hill-top community with a range of dishes for thirty years. You can even buy the charming terra cotta plates you eat off!
Old Village, Alonissos, Northern Sporades. Flying Dolphins and ships from Volos and Aghios Constantinos. From port, take taxi or bus to the Old Village. Tel. 00 33 24240 65182. www.alonissosastrofegia.com
KOTO helps disadvantaged young people in Vietnam by teaching them cookery and beverage skills and English.
The food is delicious and safe and they serve both European and Vietnamese traditional dishes.
There is also bar on the 2nd floor. The restaurant is near the Temple of Literature.
The staff is all KOTO trainees with good skills and a friendly manner. I am sure you will feel pleased with them, and happy as you are indirectly helping street children brighten their lives.
This is a great way to take in a bird's eye view of the city and eat a lovely meal at the same time.
The restaurant at the top of the KL (Menara) Tower is a revolving one, so within an hour you'll have enjoyed a 360 degree view of the city while eating a whole array of tasty food at the fixed-price buffet.
It's also excellent value - although I'd advise you to stick to water and avoid the overpriced drinks.
Book yourself in for a sunset meal!
No. 2 Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2020 5444
You can’t have a proper road trip without authentic road trip food. In America road trip food means a fifties-style diner on the east coast, and a fifties-style drive in on the west coast. Driving some 900 miles between the two Californias (Southern and Northern) we stumbled on Ricks Drive In & Out in downtown Whittier, California. The menu is huge. The food cheap and tasty.
Order up a basket of chili cheese fries with a turkey burger; breakfast burrito, taquitos and fried zucchini with a side of ranch dressing, or a pastrami sandwich, with a stack of onion rings and strawberry shake.
Viva La Vida!
Ricks Drive In & Out
Whittier, California 90602
7254 Greenleaf Ave
I love, love, LOVE Leb-i-derya. I don't care one jot that it's over-priced. It's refreshing to find a society in Istanbul hangout that's friendly and welcoming - even on a Saturday night in July without a booking. And the views are sublime. Try to arrive before sunset otherwise you'll completely miss the point and good luck in finding it! If you get lost, ask the doorman at the Richmond Hotel on Istiklal Caddesi for directions...
Kumbaracı yokuşu 57/6 Tünel, Beyoğlu
This French Renaissance style building was built by the Lord Mayor in 1889, and today the hotel is a Brisbane institution.
But you won't find a room here - the 'Brekky Creek' is a pub and restaurant serving up the juiciest steaks you'll find in the city, and beer 'off the wood' (out of wooden barrels).
The bar is always packed out, thanks to Brekky Creek's stellar reputation. But this no-nonsense steakhouse for hard-core carnivores more than lives up to the hype.
Excellent, friendly restaurant serving traditional, delicious Portuguese fare.
Reasonably priced food and an excellent wine list to boot.
The fish is particularly good and the customary cheeses and meats to start are the best I've tasted in Lisbon (especially the Queijo de Azetao).
Travessa de Queimada, Bairro Alto
Zuka is a little neighborhood restaurant in Leblon. Nonetheless delicious, though! I think this place is mainly known for their coal grilled food, or at least that’s what my hostess told me. I went there once but I was truly impressed with the menu. I ordered a tuna tartar with curry sauce and wished my my hunger had not been satisfied. So many options and so tasty - I definitely recommend it.
R. Dias Ferreira, 233b Leblon
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