I visited Ireland recently and for a change we went to counties Carlow and Kilkenny, very nice as both are full of history and ruins. Easy access from Dublin (only one-hour drive to Kilkenny), Kilkenny castle is fantastic with lots of nice accommodation. I found a good restaurant especially if you're a beef eater. Enjoy...
A fantastic little restaurant in the most gorgeous village ever. Restaurant is superb, great food, excellent value for money. French chef, English wife (front of house). Gastronomic cuisine served with regional and local produce, old-fashioned but modern, trendy yet unpretentious. Worth visiting.
A blast from the British past - this Parsi cafe in the heart of Bombay's fort area not only serves excellent and cheap Parsi food, but is a relic from the days of the Raj. It caters to the needs of the office workers at lunchtime and tends to be very busy. No tourists to be seen here! The traditional patra ni macchi (a fish dish) is a must. For mains I had the lamb dhansak (not quite the same as what we get in Britain!) which is a delicious dish of lamb flavoured with apricots. Don't expect five-star service! This is a no frills place for the locals which serves up food that you'll struggle to find anywhere else in the world! Recommended for all you foodies out there.
Off Horniman circle, Opp State Bank, Fort, Bombay 400 023. It's a bit hard to find, ask the cabbie to take you to the front of the Bombay Stock exchange (BSE), right opp the entrance to the BSE you will see a lane called Green Lane - you'll find Jimmy Boys at the bottom of Green Lane. tel - (022) 2270 0880/ 2266 2503
The Curry Corner is an excellent family-run Bangladeshi restaurant which has been established for more than 30 years. This restaurant is truly "in a league of its own". In my opinion The Curry Corner is better than leading Indian restaurants in London.
Shamsul and Saleha Krori first opened the doors to the The Curry Corner in 1977. From that date to the present they continue to personally cook everything on the menu. They only use best quality ingredients, (local as much as possible). Locally Sam is often called the Master of Spices - he crushes, grinds and blends his own spice.
The excellence of the restaurant is epitomised by its high quality food but certainly does not end there. To celebrate their 30th anniversary Shamsul and Saleha completely refurbished the restaurant. The new interior is fitting of Maharajas; palatial antique carvings, ruby silk walls and vintave sari bolsters have been used to create the most luxurious and realxing restaurant imaginable. The restaurant was designed by daughter Monrusha because she wanted to make the space a "Krori" family space in line with everything else, this from someone who is extremely busy in her career as a lawyer is indicative of the hands-on approach and pride the family take in running their restuarant.
Son Joshua is in charge of front of house, and he is nothing short of attentive and charming. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, it is one that anyone who appreciates excellent food, service and ambience should try. My personal favourites from the menu include 16 spice masala, sweet Gloucestershire honey chicken, Goan tiger prawn and coconut curry with courgette flower. And do try any of the naan bread on offer and range of homemade fresh cream kulfis because it is all deliciously divine.
Strange name... nice restaurant. The Wet Fish is a small intimate place that serves excellent mezze, tapas, great Turkish food and other Mediterranean fare. Seafood is a speciality. The range of Turkish dips and bread is rather nice. Also nice too are the prices, this is a cheap eating experience. The service is excellent.
427 Hampton St
(in Hampton Village)
ph 9533 1666
free parking out front
Google map: tinyurl.com/qy5zl8
Usagui is a very reasonably-priced authentic Japanese restaurant. Much the best in the city, as evidenced by the numbers of Japanese that throng there on the weekends. It does not do Mexican/Japanese food, like some of the cheaper neighbourhood 'puestos' do, but the real deal. Closed Mondays.
The British owner/chef at Brasserie serves delicious, reasonably-priced Mediterranean food in an atmospheric old house with a beautiful terrace. A leisurely mojito recommended while you soak up the ambience. Open only Weds/Thurs/Fri for lunch & dinner.
Usagui: Manuel Acuña, 1&1/2 blocks from Avenida Americas, Colonia Sta. Teresita. Look for the big yellow rabbit on the right.
Brasserie: Priscilliano Sanchez #1171, immediately on the right hand side of the road triangle. Zona: Chapultepec/Centro.
Fatal actually means wooden plate in Hungarian but the portions may well prove life-threatening.
Located in Pest off the Vaci Utca, the restaurant is easy to find, cheap and offers huge traditional meals, mostly cooked and served in the dish dish, atop of a wooden plate.
I had the pork knuckle and only got halfway - highly recommended but book in advance if you're going in the evening.
Address: 1056 Budapest, Vaci utca 67.
Phone: +36 1 266 2607
Directions: In southern Vaci utca, halfway between Fovam ter (trams 47 49, buses 15 City, trolley 83) and Ferenciek tere (metro M3, buses 5 7 7A 7exp 8 15 78 112 173exp City).
Made in Italy is an Italian bar, pub and pizzeria open from 12:00 to 17:00 and 19:00 to 01:00 and closed on Tuesdays.
This place is fantastic with nice and original decorations but what is best is the particular taste they give to food, typical of south Italy. Tapas are free and you get the best Italian food with every drink.
it's in calle Alhamar 22 Granada madeinitaly.jimdo.com/index.php
This is a lovely little bistrot in the Ile Saint Louis which so many visitors miss. We'd walked all the way from the Place de l'Opera and by the time we reached the island we were starving. Parisian food is very variable but this restaurant has an interesting, imaginative take on the bistrot staples such as confit de canard and boeuf bourginon. All the food is beautifully prepared and the service is friendly and helpful.
69 Rue St Louis en l'Ile. Metro: Pont Marie. Tel: + 33 (0) 1 40 46 01 35
What a find! Large bar/restaurant, beautifully decorated with real imagination and character. There is a very New York feel to this bar. Cool, relaxed and totally beautiful. Cocktails to die for with a varied menu to suit all tastes and very nicely priced. Staff are friendly, this is a great place for a party. Got talking with one customer who will be holding her wedding here. Not to be missed.
Popping into this cheap little Venice restaurant near the train station on the way home bought an unusual surprise.
I've been told since that it's a chain but it's not like places in England. The dishes are simple but tasty and my pasta was cooked fresh to order while I watched.
The salad was also good quality and (another surprise!) we had a reasonably priced beer to accompany it too.
Lista di Spagna, Canneregio 124
A Venice restaurant with a proper city feel! This eatery is trendy and fun – and a welcome change from the tourist haunts that dominate the city.
The food was interesting - as well as the usual pasta there were dishes like beef with nuts and plum - and also quite reasonable. I think it was about 30 euros for three courses.
We ended up staying here all night (with another bottle of wine, of course) as there was live music and were surprised to find ourselves staggering back to our hostel at nearly 1am!
Fondamenta de la Misericordia, Cannaregio 2540
This is a new five-star hotel just in front of the cathedral and the Giralda. It's super-modern and it has some great stuff inside it, such as a Japanese restaurant, Spanish modern food, a cocktail bar, rooftop terrace with insane views, spa massage facilities, and great service.
It's one of the best places in Singapore to eat crab - chilli pepper, butter, in soup, steamed, in butter and pepper. The last time I went there we also had the fish, which was a great surprise because it was so well cooked.
Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
I can't remember the block number, but taxis and people staying in the area will know it.
Secreted in a tiny village between Torquay and Exeter this restaurant is a delight. Using mostly local ingredients to create excellent menus at what - at least to London eyes - are very reasonable prices.
Great small Italian restaurant close to Bedford and Luton where they serve authentic Italian cuisine which will not cost you an arm and a leg. Always a good and varied evening meal restaurant and lunchtime coffee bar menu.
Gio's Italian Restauarant
83 Bedford Road
Barton Le Clay
Tel: 01582 883042
This restaurant specialising in fresh seafood offers a unique experience of dining in style, whilst practically sitting on a beach. The Seafood Platter consists of an impressive variety of locally caught delicacies, served attractively in stunning surroundings.
Beach Rd., Fish Hoek, Cape Town
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