Vegetarian restaurant tucked away in the corner of the Custard Factory in Digbeth. Serves up big plates of tasty veggie fare, such as bean chilli and vegetable curries, for one price. Also serves nice fruit smoothies, organic teas and hot chocolate and divine homemade cakes.
Custard Factory, Digbeth
Palma Beach club/restaurant/spa and all-purpose temple of cool on a private promontory jutting out over the sea. Chilled out during the day getting louder as the evening progresses.
Pagell, 1 Cala Estancia
Largely undeveloped inlet, accessible by road but, thanks to Robert Graves, coach parties are banned here. The beach is stony, but the swimming is safe. Eat fresh fish caught by the local fishermen at Can Lluc restaurant, right on the beach, then stretch your legs on the lovely stretch of coastal path between Cala de Deìa and Alconassar.
This restaurant is really special. For 15 euros you are served a huge platter of assorted coquillages straight from the market stalls outside: oysters, mussels, crevettes, crab, langoustes and clams are all affordable for those on even the tightest budget.
The prices start from about 15 euros for a huge platter and go up according to the quantity of raw shellfish you feel like eating. For fans of coquillages this prize-winning restaurant is surely a must, but even for those Brits like me who are terrified of eating something so weird (let’s face it…), the lively atmosphere, the friendly staff and the sight of so many people enjoying delicious food is enough to make you try your first oyster.
It is child-friendly, unpretentious and welcoming, and the wine is good too. Forget Bouillabaisse unless you can get a real Marseillais to make it for you for a tenth of the price and go ‘Chez Toinou’. It is a Marseille institution.
3, cours Saint Louis - 13001 Marseille
Forget trailing around all the overpriced touristy rubbish and head for 'Au Tout Petit' - it's situated on a small side street very close to the market (Les Halles).
The owner is passionate about the food he cooks and speaks good English. The food is fresh and imaginative and there's lots of advice about what to choose.
The place has only been open a short time and deserves as much support as possible.
Also, good news for coeliacs - the owner understands and caters for them.
The price is about 14 euros for two courses, even cheaper at lunchtimes!
Sometimes you want to experiment, sometimes you want to splash out - but on other occasions you just need somewhere safe and simple (especially if the family's in tow). This tidy little restaurant just off Prinsengracht does the job, with friendly service and main courses from about 12 Euros. A lot of locals hanging out here, so it must be decent. There's a fair selection of fish dishes; check out also the pork sate.
With lamb shank with pomegranate and tomato salsa, and cognac chocolate pot on their menu, this is the place to be for a taste of Istanbul's fusion offering. This one stands out in the trendy Beyoglu neighbourhood and is a bar and restaurant, so perfect to start a night out. For a 3 course dinner with wine, it came to £26 a head and was excellent value.
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 149/1, Tepebasi Tel: (212) 245 60 70
Pho (rice noodle soup, pronounced “phur”) is a traditional meal in northern Vietnam, particularly in Hanoi, dating back thousands of years.
Pho looks like a simple dish, but it actually takes a lot of skill and experience to prepare properly. A good bowl of pho calls for sweet and pure bouillon, soft rice noodles that are soaked in boiling water for just the right duration, and of course, tender and fragrant meat (chicken or beef).
Pho Bo is noodles with sliced beef while Pho Ga is noodles with shredded chicken.
This tiny and historic tiled bar in a sidestreet near Sol serves up sensational cod croquettes and battered fish pieces fresh from the fryer, as light and fluffy as deep-fried cloud.
Wash them down with glasses of house wine if you can get to the bar. A Madrid institution.
Calle Tetuán, 12
A tapas bar in Palma, around 3 streets up from el Corte Ingles department store. Was recommended by a policewoman, and turned out to be excellent. Very busy, but excellent food and reasonably priced. Address is Enric Alzamora 2.
Village on the north-west side of the island. Drive up from Palma takes 30 minutes (buses every hour). Go down to the fishing port and have lunch in the restaurant there after a dip (beware the jellyfish).
In the evening try Son Moragues - most beautiful restaurant setting I've ever seen. Stay in 'Es Petit Valldemossa' hotel in the heart of the village. In the morning have a coca de patata with a coffee. This is my paradise.
Hermans Tradgard, is a vegetarian buffet restaurant up on the heights of the south island of Stockholm; Sodermalm. It offers great value - all homecooked veg food, wonderful views over the water across to Djurgarden & the city from its big outdoor garden seating area. Don't be put off by it being only vegetarian - I have been there with people who love their meat but was positively surprised how much they enjoyed vegetarian food. There's usually 4 hot dishes and 8-10 salads plus homemade breads etc. Don't forget to incl a lush cake in your meal deal!
Fjallgatan 23, Slussen underground
This charming Lyonnaise restaurant tends to be favoured by well-heeled Americans. But don't let that put you off. A meal here is an experience: from the gorgeous chinaware to the traditional pots of steaming casseroles, foie gras and toasts, and sumptious desserts.
32, rue St-Marc 75002
Tel: 01 42 96 65 04
A massive and excellent eatery in central Rome (two minutes off via del Corso), incorporating a posh restaurant, more homely osteria, wine and cookshop and - the highlight for this family - a pizzeria, which on weekends serves a magnificent brunch.
You take a large tin plate, heap it with food from the buffet, and pay by weight (returning as many times as stomach and wallet permit). The kids loved it - as did the many Italian families queuing for tables. Brilliant.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore
This restaurant has the most amazing views of San Francisco. Perched on top of the Hyatt, across from the Ferry Building in the Embarcadero area, Equinox offers stunning views of the bay, the financial district and the Bay Bridge. But this is not all, for not only is the view fantastic, but the restaurant does a 360-degree rotation in about 45 minutes; whilst you’re savouring your meal you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city.
The food at the Equinox is of very good quality. For starters their crab cakes and their oysters are simply superb. Their filet as a main is tender and it melts in your mouth; their salmon is simply-cooked and yet it has a taste of uniqueness. The desserts come in big portions, or bigger than you’d expect at such a restaurant; and by the time you’ve got to leave you feel just right and not in need of any extra nibbles. Prices are a bit high, but if you’ve got the chance to set some money aside before you leave San Francisco, the place is worth a visit.
If money is an issue, we noticed that some people also go in to have a drink and some dessert rather than a whole meal. The one drawback we thought Equinox has is that the menu is not as extensive as one might like, especially if you’re a vegetarian: you might find there’s nothing for you to choose from.
Equinox, at the Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Center,
Equinox Reservations: (415) 291-6619
We left a 50 euro note on the table in payment of our bill. As we left the restaurant we were accused of not paying, were assaulted by the staff and a few minutes later stopped by police. We had to pay twice under the threat of having our passports confiscated. DO NOT LEAVE MONEY ON THE TABLE.
Don't be fooled by the name, it's not actually a wine bar, it's more of a restaurant. Great selection of food and reasonable prices in a laid back atmosphere make it one of my fave restaurants in town. Try the pizzas they're ace, and I hear that the fried chicken (no it doesn't come in a bucket) is meant to be top notch.
You can just go in for a drink downstairs, try the cocktails - they’re lovely.
You can go early doors (5-7pm) and get a pizza for £6 and a bottle of wine for £10, bargain!
5-7 Chapel Walks
I visited this restaurant a few times recently and was really impressed. Situated next to some of the most interesting history in London (Brunel museum, Mayflower etc), the restaurant offers great British grub.
I've had the full English breakfast and the evening menu is just fantastic.
St Marychurch Street
Nearest tube: Rotherhithe
Three course meal of food from Mozart's time in a beautiful old Baroque-era hall, while a quartet and two opera singers perform some of Mozart's music.
Definitely value for money (especially if you have a student discount card) - the food and music were both excellent!
Buy your tickets beforehand by visiting the restaurant -- don't just turn up on the evening (the Baroque room fills up first, so you may find yourself seating in a smaller and less spectacular back room!)
St. Peter Stiftskeller
One of the best restaurants in Lancaster! Located on the Quay, QSF is a French restaurant serving delicious food in a relaxed environment.
A great selection of fresh fish, meat and veggie dishes – try to go on Sunday/ Monday when they do ‘Simply Squiffy’ – three courses and a bottle of wine each for a set price (just try not to fall in the River Lune afterwards). Also look out for Quite Simply Food, their sister deli up on Moor Lane in town.
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