You could walk past 100 times without noticing. You certainly wouldn't go in unless someone recommended it. The restaurant is on the second floor of the Strand Continental Hotel, which was popular with Indian intellectuals in the 1930s, and nothing has been changed since, not even the lino on the stairs.
It takes dinginess into a whole new dimension and the service can be a little odd, but it offers really good authentic Indian food at rock-bottom prices. An unforgettable experience.
143 Strand WC2 (020-7836 0650)
The London House is quite unlike any Indian Restaurant I've ever been to.
It's situated in the large village of Eccleshall about six miles from Stafford. From the outside it's a beautiful old double fronted building; inside it's modern, light and airy.
There is an extensive menu with many house specialities. The staff are lovely, always welcoming and friendly. Despite its rural location, it is always busy. It's worth a trip!
Eccleshall near Stafford.
An award-winning Nepalese restaurant that I just can't get enough of. In a city of myriad curry restaurants, many of them very mediocre, this cosy little hidden gem sits on a road that also houses two other Nepalese restaurants - but it is undoubtedly the best.
I know people who travel miles to visit this place, as does Peter Crouch, apparently. I find it very difficult walking past on my way back from work, as the smells are to die for. Try the chicken makhanwala.
140 Burton Road, West Didsbury. On the 111 bus route from Manchester town centre. 0161 445 2145
Split's only veggie/vegan restaurant. A welcome relief after eating pizza all week!
They have a daily set menu for 50KN (£5) which includes soup, salad and a main meal. Open 9-6pm.
Also just round the corner on Mladenova is the Tonic juice bar selling a variety of fresh juices and smoothies.
Lestina 2, off Krizeva in Varos area
Along Greenwich Avenue there's plenty of bars and food stops. Enjoyed a cheap Sam Adams during happy hour (forget the name but it was Irish!).
Bleecker Street seems to cater for every type of drinker so if you can't find a decent boozer there, something is wrong with you. Blind Tiger very popular and my sort of place with good range of ales.
The pace here is more laid back than midtown.
Greenwich Ave or Bleeker Street (between 8th Ave and 6th Ave)
Search out your own gem on any of the side streets
Very near MACBA (which is a must-visit). Simply fantastic food. Mains of cod poached in mint and grapefuit oil and seared tuna in wasabi and sesame were both gorgeous. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Carrer dels Angels, 8
A 70s-designed Tortilleria in Gracia straight out of a film set (think the milk bar in A Clockwork Orange and you are close).
All-white leather and black wall paintings with ridiculous variations on the humble tortilla. Fantastic place full of the pretty people.
C. La Granada del Penedès, 25
We like real food and do not always find places that cook well. The Monro cooks very well and we had skewered ostrich and a very nice dish called British Classics which I had.
It came in little pots and was traditional local food. We have travelled all over England for the summer and this place is the one we will remember the most. Everyone there looked after us and took the time to explain everything to us.
Food, people and prices are all excellent. You will not be afraid to go back many times.
Forget the guide books that say that most tourist restaurants are a rip off. Try Le Sergent Recruteur on L'ile St Lousis Paris 75004.
Atmposheric premises serving 1st sourse: soup and pate and bread and basket of crudites and basket of sausages (as much as you want!). Then choice of main course, followed by sheese board which is left with you then desserts and as much beer or wine as you want. All for €40.50. I rate it 10/10 for food and ambience.
A group of friends and I decided this June to take a trip to Sofia, probably one of the best decisions of the year.
Pri Yafata is a traditional Bulgarian restaurant, complete with live music, decoration and a vast menu. The food is also very reasonably priced.
This place is also the top recommendation by Lonely Planet and quite rightly so! If you're in Sofia, it's certainly worth a visit.
East to find, just off of the Blvd Vitosha and a short walk east of Makedonia Square. The Lonely Planet guide book gives the best directions as do most hostels and hotels who will no doubt have heard of it!
Family run Indian restaurant. Great food. I've eaten there loads of times and never had a bad meal.
Freshly baked naan bread and chapatis, not reheated boot leather like some of the other restaurants in this provincial industrial town.
Delightful staff. Well, I like it anyway.
Green Lane, Derby (town centre, round the corner from Debenhams).
Yes, I know that Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, not Ethiopia, but this little eatery specialises in Ethiopian-style dishes - and you can hold the predictable jokes too.
There's a limited but great-value repertoire here, and on an empty stomach the all-in get-your-hands-dirty dishes are to die for. If there's a group of you, order a variety of mains (all served on a stodgy bed of pancakes) and you can pull off a massive dinner for under 15 Euros per head.
+31 20 6223485
Bus no.22 from Centraal Station
It’s a perfect apartment block/hostel.
Boris, the owner, is really friendly and will meet you from the ferry port. He will happily tell you the best beaches, restaurants, etc. He will also sell you wine grown locally by his family. I bought three litres (it worked out at only about 75p a bottle!) and as he will tell you, it doesn’t taste too hot until the second glass, but then it's actually really nice.
The personal touch in these apartments is really welcomed. Boris seemed to be into providing value for money, and a pleasant experience to the traveler, and not making massive profits.
I went in September 2007 and he was in the process of refurbishing the entire building to a very high standard. The rooms are large, clean, and most look out to the garden that has limes, pomegranetes, oranges, olives etc. He was also about to put in a terraced BBQ in the garden with seating area among the fruit trees.
The apartment's location is about a 5-10 minute walk from the town, and 15 minutes' walk in the other direction to the Zlatni Rat beach (the one in the brochures).
If he suggests you go to a restaurant called Mendula - GO THERE! It’s really romantic, cheapish, and the custom is for the waiter to offer everyone a free drink after your meal. They also have a help yourself salad bar that is free when you order almost everything on the menu. (Be warned though; it’s a bastard to find so get Boris to draw you a map!)
A fantastic curry restaurant, hidden away a few minutes walk from Old St tube station.
Stumbled upon it a few years ago and have been a regular ever since. A great range of traditional Indian food prepared with the best ingredients - mouth wateringly tender meat, delicious mango chutney with cracked black pepper and slivers of chili, even the garnishes are prepared with care and taste delicious.
Attentive, friendly service, the best peshwari naan bread I've ever tasted. Reasonably priced, and due to its location off the main Shoreditch drag it's bizzarely easy to get a table despite how amazing this place is.
20 City Road, London, EC1Y 2AJ, 020 7374 4842, Old St. tube.
One of the best Nepali restaurants in London, arguably the best in west London. There is a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian, and the knowledgable staff will guide you if necessary.
116-118, Ruislip Rd, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9RU
Tel: 020 8578 3255
Nearest tube: Greenford, then E6 bus.
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