Like Indian food? Authentic Indian?
The Indian Express in Hampton St, Hampton (bayside Melbourne) provides all that. There is virtually no room to eat in (it is a takeaway after all) but the queues for the takeaway say it all. People come from surrounding suburbs for their fill of Indian... it is that good!
Our local Italian... and we are proud of it. It is somewhere we can walk on a Saturday night... with a bottle of red and enjoy a meal. (It's fully licensed or you can bring your own). Families love it because kids are well catered for here.
It is noisy and buzzy but down the back away from the large Pizza oven it is quieter. The waiting staff are very much at home dealing with us locals (even their guest Canadian waiter is no longer homesick)... Great southern Italian cooking here !
Sometimes it pays to book beforehand...
462 Hampton St HAMPTON 3188
ph: 9598 9396
Superb, coffee house, come bar, come restaurant. It reminds you of a smaller version of the municipal house cafe in Prague. The decoration is opulent and the place is very sophisticated. If you can get a seat in the window it's a great place to people watch, whilst relaxing over a coffee and Jack Daniels as it looks out over the Livu Laukums square, which in winter has an outdoor ice rink, which adds to the ambience.
This restaurant is set right in the centre of St James Park, basically, the Queen's back garden. Superb views in both winter and summer - patio heaters all round so you can still sit outside with a hot chocolate when there's frost on the ground. Great food! Book in advance as it can sometimes get really busy.
Serves up only home-grown UK produce, can thoroughly recommend the duck, lamb and pork, really cooked superbly and the waiting staff add to the experience. For two people eating three courses and wine, you can expect a £100 bill but if you've had a good week in the office, well worth entertaining a loved one.
Nearest tube is St James Park but you can still reach it from both Charing Cross & Embankment (short walk).
Sticks n Sushi is a local chain that has the concept well under control. Stylish, Euro-Japanese and trendy. They have four restaurants and they're all cool and good. They have a super kids menu that puts sushi into reach of the up and comers.
Both restaurant and take away.
In Vesterbro - Istedgade 62.
In the City - Nansensgade 47.
For the other locations check their website:
Peckish after wandering about the town? Head immediately for Sushitarian, just off Kongens Nytorv, for a groovy sushi lunch. There are sushi restaurants galore, but Sushitarian have the lunch angle wrapped up tight in seaweed.
Gothersgade 3. A spit from Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square) and near Nyhavn.
Copenhagen has nine restaurants with one or two stars according to the Michelin Guide.
If you're looking for fine dining then pull out your trusty copy of Le Guide (you always carry it with you, don't you?) and get ready for a taste experience.
Sydney does Japanese food far better than the UK. A fun budget option is Ju-Ju’s in Kings Cross, a typical izakaya, complete with karaoke in the corner. For a special night out Tetsuya’s is undeniably one of the great restaurants of the world, but if you want great food without the name-dropping, Uchi Lounge on Brisbane Street provides impeccable quality for in-the-know locals – there’s a no-booking policy at the weekend so get there early!
(Ju-Ju’s, Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, NSW 2011. (02) 9357 7100)
(Uchi Lounge, 15 Brisbane Street, Darlinghurst. NSW 2010. (02) 92613524)
(Tetsuya’s, 529 Kent Street, CBD NSW 2000. (02) 9267 2900)
Though the guideboooks will steer you towards the Heuriger ('wine taverns') at Grinzing at the end of the 38 tram line don't go there as they are all full of tourists, busloads of 'em, and are not at all authentic. Head for the real thing in Stammersdorf or Jedlersdorf which are just on the edge of the Vienna public transport network on the S3 or out to Klosterneuburg from Heiligenstadt on the bus or by train from the Franz-Josefsbahnhof. Real Heuriger are tiny, only serve their own wine and food prepared by themselves. Usually much cheaper too.
Great local restaurant serving typical Viennese cuisine. Tardis-like in its dimensions it somehow sometimes manages to be full of tourists without seeming touristy. Excellent food, massive portions, really friendly staff. Gets busy so booking recommended if there's a few of you.
Riemergasse 10, 1010 Vienna, five mins walk from the Stefansdom down the Schülerstrasse from where the fiakers (horse-drawn carriages) wait, Tel.: 0043 1 512 6357
Tiny little restaurant in 17th century vaulted cellars. The second best Bohemian kraut (cabbage) soup in the city (I'm keeping the best a secret) and great mixed (light and dark) beer. Always plays classical music. So hard to find that even a local policeman didn't know where it was but well worth the search.
Ledererhof 9, 1010 Vienna, www.brezlgwoelb.at, tel.: 0043 1 5338811
Restaurant. In the beach suburb of Palo, at the Eastern end of the city (bus from the Alameda goes there)- great fresh fish, no menu. They cook what's good that day and the waiters bring it out on trays and shout out what it is. If you fancy it, stick your hand up or just ask for a look. Helps to know your Spanish fish names.
On the beach front at Palo.
One of the best-kept secrets in town is the cafe atop the Post and Telegraf Museum. A stunning view of town and light, traditional Danish courses for lunch. Loads of blue-haired, sophisticated ladies, but that’s part of the charm.
Købmagergade 37, 5th floor
Use the elevator at the back of the museum
Tel: (+45) 33 41 09 86
Brewery run pub-cum-restaurant with great Czech food (that means meat, dumblings, more meat, in all its glory). Pleasant surroundings for a lunch (you can sit on the pavement in the summer, although it's probably best in the winter), near the Jewish quarter, and good service too.
V Kolkovne 8, 110 00 Prague
Tel +420 224 819 701
A beautiful Italian restaurant, with a very scenic view (the restaurant lies directly next to a bridge which spans the picturesque Landwehrkanal - very romantic in the evenings!!).
It is a busy, but nevertheless charming restaurant which tends to attract younger people who like to enjoy genuine Italian cuisine. The menu is simple (antipasti, pasta, pizza, dolci), but everything (and I mean everything: we went up and down the menu) is of extraordinary quality and taste. Try the desserts and don't forget to make a reservation!
Il Casolare (Trattoria-Pizzeria)
Grimmstraße 30, Ecke Planufer
U-Bahn: Kottbusser Tor (U8+U15)
Tel.: 030-69 50 66 10
Excellent bar-ish restaurant that is what British gastropubs should be like. The beer and wine are excellent and the food is superb. Short, uncomplicated menu (one starter, five main courses, two desserts). I particularly recommend the fish: last time I went I had halibut, which was superb. Eating perched on a bar stool is the way to go, don't worry about waiting for a table.
Oderbergerstr. in the north-centre of the city, just to the west of the 'wall route'. Nearest stations would be Eberswalderstr or Bernauerstr.
It's a restaurant come guesthouse situated in Trok Mayom which is an alley that runs parallel to Koh San Road. It does by far and away the best food in that area and they also sell wine by the glass which is difficult to find. For those not yet used to the delights of firey food it does a fab western menu in tandem to the best currys I have ever tasted (try the Massaman). As a guesthouse it's not great but it is cheap.
Runs paralell to Koh San Road
Appealing little bistro on the Place des Carmes, a pretty little tree-lined square.
Almost impossibly French, with red checked tablecloths, candles in wine bottles and a traditional, (inexpensive) French menu.
Gets busy with locals and tourists alike, especially at weeknds, so worth booking a table.
Madame is friendly and will try out her English if translation is needed.
Place des Carmes, Avignon.
This Japanese restaurant perched high above Hollywood Blvd offers spectacular views of the entire LA basin from the ocean to downtown and the mountains.
Go there for drinks before dinner somewhere else (the restaurant is okay, but overpriced and there are far better Japanese restaurants). If you've never been to LA before, Yamashiro's view will give you a sense of where everything is in the sprawling megalopolis. Spectacular.
1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068 (off Franklin Ave. - v. well sign posted). Phone: 323-466-5125
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