Up four flights of stairs and with a most unlikely stag symbol outside (the building was once used for the processing of game animals) this proved to be a very pleasant, bright space with good vegan food. The night before we had been to Munich's most famous veggie restaurant, Prince Myshkin, where the food looked divine but unfortunately didn't taste quite so wonderful. This was better.
Ledererstrasse 3, 80331 Munich
My recent trip to Dubrovnik was absolutely fantastic! We explored the hidden beaches, visited the botanical garden on the island of Lokrum and had the most delicious meal at the Proto restaurant right in the centre of the old town.
Restaurant Proto - www.esculap-teo.hr/restaurant_proto.html
We rented a house in the old town and the owner recommended the little restaurant in the harbour. I can't remember the name but it's through the wall around the corner from the palace where the launches leave from. The squid is great and the risotto, but you do need to get there early. Cheap and cheerful and a great place to people watch.
Keep an eye out for concerts in churches around town that are also interesting and easy to get to.
Taking buses to the main ferry port is also very simple and means you can take excursions to islands futher north. They leave from the north side, just outside the walled town.
In a nightmare of over-priced harbour-front bistros this little take-away joint was perfect. Serving fresh pasta in funky chinese food containers, the prices were cheap, the food tasty and there is a little square nearby where you can eat it.
19, rue des templiers
Open from 11 AM
La Rochelle offers a mind-blowing number of eating options. The closer to the harbour, the more expensive it gets.
For a decent priced quality feed, try Le Madrigal. Wonderful pizza, small, friendly and cheapish. Decent kid's menu, too.
18 rue Bletterie
17000 La Rochelle
Tel: 05 46 41 08 28
Not as you might think an Indian restaurant but a Bosnian eaterie. You can sit alfresco and choose from the interesting menu which includes several vegetarian dishes including spinach strudel, mushroom salad with cheesey bread, a tasty Greek salad and everything seems to come with a delicious baked potato.
Nikole Gucetica 2
Great spot by the harbourside. Don't heed the advice of the guide book and avoid all the harbourside restaurants, as they are not all tourist traps! This place was brilliant and much better than the "recommended" places further away (where the cats had to finish our meals!) Order any grilled fish or the local special fish pot - which is a delight to look at, let alone consume. Arrive with empty bellies and go home very happy!
Komiza on the harbour front where the ferries drop you off.
Both excellent restaurants for fresh fish. You sit outside in the lovely old streets of Hvar. Listen to the waiter for the days catch and he'll put together a wonderful platter of fish tailor made for how hungry you are!
Walk up from the town square and waterfront and you will find these two places close together on Niksa Budrovic.
Restaurant Den Dyver appears as if it should be a decades if not centuries old Bruges institution, however, the restaurant actually opened in 1992 and since then has established itself as one of the favoured and most respected restaurants in the city.
What attracted us, and I dare say many who choose to visit the restaurant, is that the dishes are cooked using Belgian beer and served with a glass of local beer – or wine if you wish – as an accompaniment.
There is an a la carte menu, however, the set menu – which changes monthly – allows you to have 3, 4 or, at times, 5 courses plus a beer or wine selection for between 46 and 74 euros (extras such as aperitifs, coffee and water not included) per person, which represents very good value for the quality of food you are served.
That food is excellent, inventive and with wonderful mixtures of flavours, very well cooked and marvellously presented.
Inside the restaurant has a kind of smart country cottage (a large country cottage) look to it with a wood-beamed ceiling, brick and plaster walls and wooden furniture, however, the crisp white tablecloths, lovely ironwork chandeliers and large fireplace are more country manor house than country cottage. It is an inviting and attractive interior and the staff all of whom were attentive, informative and very friendly aids this ambience.
The restaurant only seats 60 so booking is essential, you can do this and gain more information about Den Dyver from their website www.dijver.be
I would certainly recommend this restaurant, the food and service are both excellent and the atmosphere convivial and relaxing. My one – very, very slight criticism – was that the gaps between courses were rather long. However, that did allow us to sit back, chat away and enjoy sipping some delicious Belgian beer.
050 33 60 69
La Camargue is a French brasserie in Leith not too far from the Royal Yacht Britannia. A large lobster hangs over the door which does give you a clue that it is very much seafood orientated. What do you expect? Leith is a port after all! It does however cater for meat eaters as well, so fear not.
A two course of starter and main costs £16 and is good value. Starters include lobster soup, mussels, oysters and salmon. Mains range from fish such as Dover sole and halibut to meat such as venison and steak. Check out the website for the menu, but for £16 it allowed me to try things I have never tried before such as oysters. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The bar next door, Cameo bar, is worth a visit as well.
23 Commercial Street, Leith; tel: 0131 554 9999;
Transport: take the (very frequent) bus 22 from Princes street to get to Commercial Street;
It's not swish or swanky or in a prime location with stunning vistas of the city, but is nevertheless worth a visit. One of the city's first Mexican restaurants, it's still the finest. Obviously, it does great margaritas, and the food isn't bad either, but most important of all, the staff are friendly and the place unpretentious. In a Stockbridge basement, you'll even forgive the outdoor toilets such is the warmth of the reception.
49 St Stephens Street
To my knowledge, the greatest sausage and mash restaurant around. Three types of sausage, three types of mash, three types of gravy, plus specials - mix and match your way to mash heaven. Champ with pork and apple and onion gravy, if you're asking.
4a Forrest Road, EH1 2QN; tel: 0131 225 7069, and 47 Thistle Street, EH2 1DY; tel: 0131 225 5782
Pataka is simply one of the best Indian restaurants ever - with no flock wallpaper or fake Indian music. It's decorated in the style of Rennie Mackintosh and the food (plus the service, atmosphere etc) is simply wonderful. If you don't believe me, ask Inspector Rebus. He goes there!
190 Causewayside, Edinburgh;
tel: 0131 668 1167 / 662 9434;
'Stone ground' doufu/tofu restaurant. Recently expanded and is now an integral part of the Yulin Hotel. The finger-length deep-fried doufu with vanilla/custardy sauce is a delight. Cannot remember the name, but there is a picture menu. Loads of other types of tofu/beancurd, good veg (broccoli=xilanhua), although some meat dishes can be greasier than other Sichuan restaurants.
50 metres west of the junction with RenMinNanLu and 1st Ring Road (YiHuanLu).
Always best to eat where the locals do. This restaurant just up from Haymarket Station is one of the best in town for fairly priced, imaginative Scottish food with a twist. Book ahead as the locals love it!
99-101 Dalry Rd (up from Haymarket Station);
tel: 0131 313 4404
Gilroy, CA is the worlds garlic capital and much of its produce ends up at the "The Stinking Rose" on Columbus Avenue. This is a reataurant dedicated to all things garlic - even ice cream. While this may sound a bit gimmicky, if you like your food strong and unambiguous, there is nothing better. Also check out the t-shirts on sale there - they are guaranteed conversation pieces for when you get back home.
325 Columbus Avenue | San Francisco | 415.781.7673
Very nice restaurant staffed by recovering alcoholics, ex-drug addicts etc, etc.
As a recovering alcoholic I lived in San Fran for 2 years during the dotcom boom and bust.
I lived just down the road from Delancy Street and spent many happy evenings there.
I loved it!
San Fran is cool too - but expensive...
600 Embarcadero Street
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