A wonderful restaurant and hotel set right on the beautiful golden sands of Pantai Cenang. The food is delicious with a great fusion of Asian and European tastes. The cocktails are fantastic. I especially recommend the jug of frozen Margharita. Perfect to watch the sun go down. This place is so beautiful, afterwards I strolled out to the beach with my girlfriend and proposed to her. We are getting married in Malaysia this year!
Pantai Cenang07000 Langkawi Kedah Malaysia
Restaurant/bar in yet again, an old French mansion. Excellent outdoor terrace with the the best fresh spring rolls in south-east Asia. Get your fill of cold Beer Laos on a hot afternoon and watch the world stroll by.
Nam Phou Place (right across from JoMa Bakery)
It's a classic old style bar/bistro/restaurant with a bit of style and little pretension. Quality food, and wine of course, it's smokey and well decorated, a picture of classical South American dining.
Liguria. Av. Providencia 1373.
Metro Tobalaba (North exit).
Family run restaurant/trattoria very close to the Colosseum, excellent value and friendly staff. This is a much better choice than the restaurants that actually overlook the Colosseum and much more 'local'. Wide menu selection as well as the usual pizzas (which are very good). They also have a massive collection of games which you are welcome to play with during or after your meal - we were there for about 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon...
La Pace del Cervello
Via dei SS Quattro, 63.
Tel: 06 7005173
At the 'back' of the Colosseum, ie opposite to where you go in. There are few parallel streets running away from the Colosseum, this is the 2nd from the left and about 100m down on the left - just after the Spar!
Fantastic restaurant in Civitella Marittima. Never had a better meal in a more beautiful place.
In Civitella Marittima, 35km south of Siena, Tuscany, the village where we rent a vacation rental and where we will most certainly go back next year.
The Ming Kee serves the best chilli squid in the world, and the other seafood is good too. Po Toi Island is just off the southside of Hong Kong Island but time has stood still there. Most of its inhabitants are from one lineage (family) group and they specialise in seaweed and other herbal remedies, which they sell from little stalls.
Mainland tourists get brought here in swarms in huge boats from Aberdeen to eat at the Ming Kee but they have left by 1pm. Until peace is restored you can hike around the island, taking in spectacular views of the South China Sea and the islands. On a clear day you can see the islands which lie out to sea from Hong Kong, but were always part of the People's Republic.
It is not easy to get to. The ferry, is an experience in itself, an aging multi-coloured family boat, the husband collects the tickets and the wife pilots the boat. It runs from St Stephen's Pier, Stanley, by St Stephen's beach on Sundays only (it used to go at 11 and 12 and return at 3 and 4 but you would need to check). Otherwise you have to hire a kaido or junk.
I stayed four nights in San Francisco in September and ate at a lot of great places. However Alfred’s stands out for a number of reasons. My guidebook recommended it as the best steak house in San Francisco. However not only is it great steak, it’s a very lovely old-fashioned romantic restaurant. It’s full of red velvet banquettes, large tables with white linen and white aproned waiters.
I had the 14oz (that’s the smallest they did) sirloin with mash and my boyfriend had the Porterhouse 20oz, which is a speciality - he could only manage half as it literally took up the whole plate. The bar is also lovely to have your coffee or for a pre-dinner drink - they specialise in single malts.
659 Merchant Street, it's located between the financial district and Chinatown on Market and Kearny and is not really near any other restaurants so you'll have to look hard. My taxi driver didn't know it so make sure you take a map; tel: 415 781 7058; www.alfredssteakhouse.com/
The Al Faisal Tandoori is one of the best places for a no frills Indian meal in Manchester. It's a tiny and basic place with fixed Formica topped tables and bright green chairs, each table adorned with a plastic jug of water. There's a menu handwritten on a white board, not a huge choice, but everything there is freshly cooked and delicious.
I would say that the Chicken Tikka is one of my favourite dishes at any restaurant anywhere (and I’ve been to a few), it’s nicely charcoaled on the outside, and tender and softly chickeny on the inside and served with a wedge of lemon, salad, rice and chickpeas. It’s about the best inter-shopping lunch you could hope to have.
I must also add that it’s as cheap as chapattis, we’re greedy and struggle to spend more than £15 for two. Also brilliant lamb curry, lamb tikka, soft and slightly brioche like naans and great daily specials. Don't be put off by the outside.
58 Thomas Street, Manchester, Lancashire M4 1EG; tel:
0161 834 3266
This Vietnamese and Thai restaurant is the perfect setting for a romantic meal. The decor is beautiful and tasteful, the food is absolutely delicious and there is a comprehensive wine list. It is also right in the heart of the old town making a walk there at night really picturesque. What really makes it though is the service, which is personal without being over-attentive; we found it by accident one year and paid another visit 12 months later and were amazed when the staff remembered us. Definitely worth a visit to Amsterdam alone.
Beulingstraat 9, 1017 BA Amsterdam; tel: 20 627 57 55
Several excellent restaurants, of all cuisine types, such as:
Skewers,9a Thai Van Lung (Mediterranean);
Mogambo, 20Bis Thi Sach (American);
Al Fresco, 27 Dong Du (International);
Au Lac Do Brazil, 238 Pasteur (Brazilian);
Chao Thai, 16 Thai Van Lung (Thai);
La Fourchette9 Ngo Duc Ke (French);
Bavaria, 9 Ngo Van Nam (German).
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Quite possibly the best Indian cooking outside of India, with an excellent tandoori chicken on offer. During the day you can feast on a large platter of different dishes - dhal, curried potatoes, rice, chicken and several chutneys and dips - while at night there is a more robust choice of such north Indian delights as masala dosai. The food is always of a very high standard, the service friendly and efficient, and the lassi possibly the best I have ever tasted. An excellent dining experience.
Chulia Street, Little India
Only Uruguayans eat more beef per capita than the Argentines so it stands to reason they'd know a thing or two on the subject.
La Celeste, a parilla set in the cobblestone alleys of trendy Palermo Viejo serves an excellent steak dinner with all the fixings, including a decent Malbec for 30 pesos. Plus there is a table soccer game in the outside patio to help you make room for dessert.
Crizia is a palatial restaurant in downtown Buenos Aires (according to the waiter, the building used to be a bank). It's trendy, with slick decor, a very good DJ, plenty of BA's beautiful young things as fellow diners - but the food (Mediterranean and Sushi as well as the ubiquitous slab of Argentinian cow) is absolutely top notch with wines to match. The Chocolate Por Serena dessert is a must for chocolaholics.
Foodies who prefer fish should head for Coyar de Buitres in Palermo Viejo - the salmon teriyaki was nigh on perfect the other night.
Crizia: Lavalle 345 (1st Floor)
Coyar de Buitres: Honduras 5702, y Bonpland
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It's a brilliant restaurant serving an all-you-can-eat buffet and parillada (BBQ). The deserts are amazing too - so save some room. Extremely popular throughout the day because it's such good value. In the evenings, be prepared to queue.
Av Alicia M de Justo 1714, Puerto Madera
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