The Thai restaurant Chao Phraha on the Nieuwmarkt is superb and great value, as good as any Thai restaurant anywhere! Especially delicious after you have visited the Jolly Joker, three doors away.
Anyone going to Amsterdam shouldn't miss out on Supperclub, which is a restaurant and bar and even has it's own nightclub downstairs. The setting is fantastic; make sure you ask for a bed on one of the raised balconies so you can relax and watch the weird and wonderful entertainment going on beneath you.
You should definitely book in advance though, as much as two weeks before you leave. The food is great - it's rich, unusual and they have lots of small portions, so you can try most of the menu. And don't miss the cocktails! Then, for the more adventurous, dance the night away in the club with the beautiful people of Amsterdam!
Stay at the Albion hotel, close to the Menin Gate. Stylish, friendly, good value; easy walking distance to the centre.
Eat at the De Stoove. A 100-yard walk off the tourist centre behind the cathedral rewards you with good food, a classy environment and personal attention.
Take the battlefield tour with Salient. A young vibrant guide gives an informative and moving trip.
Albion Hotel: www.albionhotel.be/
St.-Jacobsstraat 28, B - 8900 Ypres Belgium
Google map: tinyurl.com/n8t6dw
De Stoove: Surmont de Volsbergestraat 12
Salient Tours: www.salienttours.be/
5 Meensestraat, Ieper 8900
Google map: tinyurl.com/mla7lu
Visit Supperclub: an audio-visual feast and the food's not bad, either! Once you've installed yourself on one of the beds, lie back and enjoy an evening's entertainment and a five-course 'surprise' menu.
While in Amsterdam don't miss a night out at the original Supperclub restaurant. It's an amazing dining experience where you recline on beds and are entertained by artists and musicians throughout the four course surprise meal. A real thrill!
You might think tourist boats rather corny, but the service based near the Heineken Experience is not as crowded as others.
Our captain asked if we spoke English as he only spoke Dutch; what a fibber! "The canals originally had 3 metres of water, but now are only 2 metres because of 1 metre of bicycles," he told us.
In the evening, eat in Jordaan at the Eetkamer, Westerstraat 76. This small neighbourhood bistro is double its old size, but still friendly with a lovely atmosphere of locals noisily enjoying themselves with brilliant food. Don't book over the net: Frans doesn't read emails.
Check out Da Groene Lantaarn located on the canal (Bloemgracht 47) in the Jordaan district - this fantastic fondue restaurant is off the main drag, but well worth the trek.
Every kind of fondue is on offer, but no meal is finished until you have the chocolate fondue. It's a terrifically romantic place, and we were lucky enough to be there in the snow - it holds many happy memories.
Get a table to eat at the Restaurant De Belhamel and ask for a window seat. The views of the canal are beautiful. I highly recommend the beef. We had a gorgeous, romantic meal there for a very reasonable price. I can't wait to go back.
When visiting Amsterdam and doing the tourist thing, walk down the always-busy Kalverstraat untill you come to Vroom and Dreesman, the nicest and freshest restaurant in town.
Walk through the front area and up the stairs and choose your own food from one of the many cooking islands. You can see your food being freshly prepared in front of you, with the freshest vegetables. You also can wash it down with a bottle of chilled wine or beer.
Vroom and Dreesman is particularly good if you're a vegetarian like me, as the pick-and-mix approach is very convienient.
This is an excellent, clean restaurant serving traditional south Peruvian food in a beautiful garden setting.
If you are intrigued about Peru's famous raw fish dish, ceviche, but not sure where would be safe to eat it, this is a good place. The standards are high and the place is very popular with wealthier locals and business people. Still, prices are cheap for westerners. Service is excellent and you may get to hear local live music even at lunch time.
The restaurant is on the outskirts of the city but all the taxis know how to get there. Av. Dolores 111, Sun-Thu closes at 7pm. Fri-Sat closes at 10pm.
Lovely, cosy little restaurant in San Blas owned by a Canadian lady serving amazingly rich and tasty dishes. I'd recommend the medallions, from what I remember you get a beautiful cheesy mash with it.
I lived in Cusco for a year and this place was always a guilty pleasure!
Carmen Bajo 169 San Blas, Cusco, Peru
An Armenian restaurant. The name means "Come, Come". There are two such, and we ate in the ul Dobrudzha branch. Small rooms in what feels like a private house, so a delightfully intimate experience.
The food was delicious, although the service somewhat erratic. Excellent wines - we had the Tcherga white and red, both superb. No holds barred, our bill was about 60 Leva each, but one need not be so extravagant. A very good evening out, if you don't mind it being leisurely.
Booking a must - on a midweek night we couldn't get a table at the other branch, and ours was full.
ul Dobroudzha 10
02 989 33 83
ul Sheinovo 18
02 946 17 35
Where to start? This is a little, six-table, tucked-away Italian restaurant run by patron/chef Emil, a Bulgarian who spent 17 years in Italy.
The night four of us went it was empty (Sofia natives disappear in August). No menu, we willingly went along with whatever Emil proposed. After bruschetta, wonderful antipasti, then a ravioli (home made, of course) of spinach and ricotta with a gentle creamed tomato sauce with shrimps and courgettes. Each flavour given its proper due.
Then two of us shared a salt-baked fish, two shared a fillet steak with fresh peppercorns. Although we had no room for more, Emil suggested we share a tiramisu and a torta ricotta. How can I ever eat another tiramisu, now that I know how it can be? Both desserts made for the Gods. Limoncello on the house.
Only Italian wines here, so perhaps wine is a little more expensive than elsewhere. Each dish simple, each element a perfection of taste and texture, cooked with passion. What more could one want? This was a meal I will never forget. For such a memory, we spent 60 Leva each, about €30. Booking is essential. (I know, it was empty the night we went, but that was chance!)
ulitsa Lavele 11 - entrance in ul Lom
02 986 08 54
(between bul Todor Aleksandrov and bul. Aleksanser Stambolski)
open 11.30 - midnight
I found this place whilst on holiday in Cornwall in July. It's a bar/ restaurant/ live music venue in the most beautiful idyllic setting literally yards from the beach on the edge of a nature reserve.
Great views, great food, great music, great service. And it seems to be open round the clock too!
Sandsifter Bar and Restaurant
Hayle TR27 5ED Tel: 01736 758457
A fine Indian restaurant with a €11.50 set lunch (not Sundays) and lovely decor. Something different from steak frites - and in a country where Indian restaurants are still a rarity, well worth finding.
Rue de la Clouterie, Chartres - old city centre, 5 mins walk from the cathedral
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