For vegetarians and vegans, Mother's offers wonderful food in a charming garden atmosphere. It was just rebuilt after a devastating fire, to the great relief of its many aficionados. Located in the heart of Hyde Park, Austin's first suburb, just north of the University of Texas area.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this is the place to go if you want yummy pancakes and great vegan options in a funky, upbeat atmosphere. Locally grown ingredients all over the menu and pretty socially conscious. We just found it a cool place to eat, with that Austin vibe.
Family run Brit-friendly Indian restaurant. I can highly recommend this small, but charming, restaurant. Situated on Rue Raymond Audour, only a stones' throw from the very centre of Old Angouleme, with the stunning square of Place de Minage just around the corner.
The Patron is warmly welcoming, without being obsequious, and is always pleased to meet travelling British customers looking for a taste of India! A word of friendly advice - be sure to ask for your plats extra spicy (the French palate is, unsurprisingly, less used to hot spices than us Brits, so make sure the waiter knows that you want it extra hot).
Rue Raymond Audour - 05 45 95 03 03
Lovely Singaporean restaurant next to a sex shop in the Paquis. Don't let it put you off, the food is superb and, for these parts, uncompromisingly spicy. A warm multilingual welcome awaits. It's not cheap but it's worth every franc.
14 rue de Neuchâtel
Phone: (022) 7313303
This restuarant is truely unusual in location, it's right in the middle of the north Langkawi mangroves. You can drive to the carpark then take a short walk along the wooden walkway to arrive at the front of the restuarant, or you can arrive by boat at the rear as part of the mangrove tour for a terrific lunch. The tour includes the price of lunch.
The food is excellent and as you would expect cooked to order, piping hot. They have milder western style dishes and the most superb Thai food, poultry, seafood and lots of locally grown veg.
The service is great and the staff take a great deal of trouble to make sure that everything is to your satisfaction.
Perfect for families, my children of 13 and 10 still talk about it and we will go back again on our next visit to Langkawi without doubt.
Don't miss out, it is just to unusual to miss.
Kampung Belanga Pecah,Mukim Kisap,Daerah Langkawi, tel: 604 966 6699
Want to drive to Padstow to sample the various Rick Stein fare on offer? Here's a tip. Don't. Get on your bike instead. Go to Wadebridge (a pleasant enough place in itself), park there and then cycle down the beautiful, flat, and car free Camel Valley Trail along the river. There are ample bike hire places right by the trail itself, all with baby trailers, child-seats, kids' bikes (we took a three-month-old and a very excited two-and-a-half year old) and decent grown up bikes. Even for the seriously unfit/uncoordinated, it takes all of 45 minutes to amble into 'Padstein'. Once there, you avoid the six mile traffic queue and can securely park your bike for 50p in the many 'bike parks' at the end of the trail. And now you've worked up an appetite, Padstow is your oyster...
Another tip, avoid the hordes and head for the back streets - the Rick Stein Cafe (his 'third' restaurant) has his trademark great food, is very child-friendly, and doesn't take bookings. On the day we were there (a gloriously sunny August day) we had to wait for 20 minutes, which was a shorter than the queue for his fish and chips takeaway!
When staying in Rio, definitely do not stay in Copacabana etc - too many tourists… and you may as well be in Benidorm.
We stayed in St Theresa. There are great authentic restaurants, cafes etc. The architecture is colonial Portuguese. And best of all, to get down into Rio centre you take a tram down the 3:1 slope, this too is 100 years old, and it feels like it.
Very good tapas in the best restaurant atmosphere. We really enjoyed it. The food was delicious. Grilled king prawns, steamed mussels, roast lamb, fried and crispy artichokes, patatas bravas. The setting on Rambla Catalubya was beautiful. They have another very lively restaurant in the Born area which was very welcoming and fun. We didn't try the other two but have heard good things about them.
Taller de Tapas
Rambla Catalunya, 49 (Eixample)
93 487 4842
C/ Comtal, 28 8 (Via Laietana)
93 481 6233
c/ Argenteria, 51 (Born)
93 268 8559
Plaça Sant Josep Oriol, 9 (Plaza del Pi)
93 301 8020
Best steakhouse I've eaten at (and there's been a few). Good service and amazing Porterhouse steaks. Try and leave some room for the cheesecake desert.
Take the L train to Bedford Ave, you'll see the restaurant from the platform off to your right.
It's a new restaurant on the main road at Klong Prao beach, 20m on the left past Tropicana entrance. Pumpkin serve excellent traditional dishes and vegetarian. Run by Leng who also takes care of the Blue Lagoon Thai cooking classes.
Gesthers is simply the best restaurant in Gozo. Serves traditional Gozitan dishes, the recipes having been handed down from generation to generation. Opens only at lunchtime, Monday through Saturday. It is very reasonably priced. The decor IS very basic...don't let it put you off. Bragioli and spaghetti with rabbit sauce come highly recommended. I've been going there for the last 12 years and have never once been disappointed.
21st September Street in Xaghra. Street at right angle to main church....or ask any local!!!
A great destination for families, Muscat has everything and cheap at that. My tip is to make sure you leave your luxury hotel with private beach etc, to eat. Yes, you won't be able to drink alcohol in Omani restaurants but the selection of Arab food, seafood (lobster for £5 a head), Indian food and Persian (among others) are a delight, obscenely cheap compared with hotel fare, and served by friendly locals. The Mermaid on the beach just along from the Hyatt is a particular gem.
One of the most reasonable restaurants in Prague is, surprisingly, the level 2 cafeteria at Ruzyne airport terminal 1. Not to be confused with the extortionate establishments downstairs and heavily patronised by Czech aircrews, the cafeteria can be accessed both from the transit lounge and departure hall.
Hearty Czech soups are cooked daily, fresh tea can be had from big caddies or, if you want to spend more, they will cook a steak for you to order and the cook will bring it to the table.
Level 2, Terminal 1. Ruzyne airport Prague.
Great food, especially the shrimp which I loved. They also serve very good paella. I did not know where to find this dish here in Rio, and found it by luck while walking down the street. It's very popular with the locals.
Rua General Urquiza 104, Leblon
The most amazing Indian food I have ever tasted in modern chic surroundings, it's just a couple of minutes' walk from Bold Street. Definitely try the Paneer Makhani - diced cottage cheese simmered in creamy tomato sauce with just a touch of honey.
Also fab is the Patrani Sea Bass which is steamed with coconut, sesame, coriander and mint and enveloped in banana leaf. The lunch menu is very tasty with a choice of nine dishes all very reasonably priced. Finish it off with a fruit sorbet which is divine! I love it so much here I actually ate both my lunch and dinner there last week!
130 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AG 0151 709 9955, Five minutes from Liverpool Central Station.
On a recent trip to New York I scoured the city to find the best family restaurants serving gluten-free food for coeliacs. I am the coeliac in our family but we needed a place where my four-year-old daughter was welcome too.
I found about ten restaurants and diners, many of which had separate gluten-free menus. I will only mention the five I visited and can vouch for (was not violently ill afterwards). They were all child-friendly and demonstrated an excellent knowledge of what is involved in preparing safe food for coeliacs, including the issue of cross contamination.
Bloom’s Delicatessen Café:
An informal, diner-style restaurant. Separate gluten-free menu. GF specialties are omlettes, hamburgers, fish, steak, and probably the best place in NY to eat guaranteed GF French fries (you can buy them to take-away too). Open all day until late. Take-away and delivery service. Budget - cheap.
Outback Steak House:
An Australian themed restaurant with a separate gluten-free menu. Typically satisfying steak house fare with a couple of indulgent GF desserts and a children’s menu. Open all day until late. Budget - medium.
Peter’s Gourmet Diner/Restaurant:
A firm favourite. Peter’s is the best place for GF informal all-day food on the Upper East Side, especially good for breakfast and brunch. It’s not huge, though there are terraces at the back and front of the restaurant for outside dining in warmer weather. American diner-style eating with an extensive menu and probably the most varied GF menu for casual eating I’ve ever seen: pancakes, waffles, omelettes, all kinds of eggs, loads of sandwiches, burgers, plus a full dinner menu, and desserts. If there is something you want that is not on the menu they will have a go at making it for you too. Friendly service. Open all day until late. Delivery available. Budget - cheap.
A small, popular, informal dinner venue with some fantastic authentic risotto recipes. This place is busy most nights, though tables clear quite quickly so booking isn’t usually necessary. Risotteria serves all manner of fantastically cooked GF risottos, pizza, salads, desserts, and even GF beer. GF breadsticks on the table are home baked and delicious. A restaurant truly dedicated to coeliacs. Seating is squeezed in a bit but worth it. Budget - cheap/medium.
A large, popular, family-orientated restaurant on the Upper West Side. Sambuca is a great place to enjoy an unhurried family dinner (not open for lunch). It serves southern Italian food, with a separate GF menu that includes a really good range of GF pastas and sauces, as well as chicken, veal, steak, seafood , vegetable dishes, plus homemade GF bread and chocolate brownies. Good for parties and celebrations too. Lively ambience. We had one of our best evenings here.
Bloom’s Delicatessen Café
350 Lexington Avenue (corner of 4oth). www.bloomsnewyorkdeli.com
Outback Steak House
There are two of these: See www.outback.com for both addresses.
Peter’s Gourmet Diner/Restaurant
1606 1st Avenue (between 83rd & 84th). Tel: 001 212 989 3122
270 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village. www.risotteria.com
20 West 72nd Street. www.sambucanyc.com
More info on GF restaurants in New York at: www.glutenfreerestaurants.org
Coeliac UK: www.coeliac.co.uk
Celiac US: www.csaceliacs.org
We went there on Saturday February 3 2008 and had a really lovely meal. The staff were friendly, the food was really good, and the presentation, texture and taste were superb. The chef even comes around to all the tables to ask if everything is OK - not something that I have experienced before. We will certainly be going there again in the near future, and have already booked the table.
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