Bar/restaurant in a lovely converted 1920's French colonial house, with a balcony overlooking the street where you can watch the world go by.
Serves European dishes and a selection of cocktails as well as local beer.
One of the few late-night bars in Hoi An, with good music and pool table, darts, board games and book exchange.
110 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An
Tel: (0510) 862212
A 'modern' styled Italian restaurant serving very good old style Italian food. Good wine list too. And something unusual ... the restaurant is situated in what was the old Jack Lilley Triumph motorcycle building.
109 High Street, Shepperton TW17 9BL
Tel: (01932) 269006
A short walk up the high street from Shepperton station.
Quality Indian food in a trendily designed restaurant. Their Goan fish curry at £10.50 and the tandoori jheenga sheesh for £11.50 are delicious fishy treats.
216 Cheltenham Road, BS6 5QU;
Tel: 0117 924 0458;
Vrh is a small non pretentious restaurant in the hill village of the same name, about 40 miles from Rijeka in the heart of Istria and the ‘truffle region’.
This is a family run restaurant, which uses local ingredients and offers home-made wine, sparkling wine and all sorts of ‘rakija’ (grappa). We enjoyed locally made cheese (with truffles), prosciutto and home made bread, as well as home-made pastas with truffles filled with cheese, and traditionally prepared roast meat. The meat was the best Sunday roast we ever had! The lunch was completed with a wine and rakija tasting in the owner’s cellar. Good value for money (£10-20 per person, including drinks).
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
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
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
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
'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).
Alta Mar is right on the harbour front at AguaDulce, 20 minutes from Almeria, nestled among interesting bars (Free Amigos with Peter) and other more touristy ice cream parlours and noisy cafes, it is easy to see the class and quality of its owners and meals.
It's worth a trip for the fantastic mediterranean cuisine, 70 euros for two, the finest Spanish wine, amazing mozzarella salad starter, freshest sea bass which would give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money (and no F-word) and the finest chocolate pudding cooked specially in the oven for 12 minutes.
My mouth waters at returning there, oh, and the most charming Dutch/English owner and free drinks to follow. A find.
Puerto deportive de Aguadulce tel:950347740
Amsterdam is hardly short of Turkish restaurants, but you could do a lot worse than this one. Housed in an old synagogue, the high ceiling and fairy lights give the gaff an unusual ambience. Food is great value, starting at about 6 Euros, though the best stuff is served after 5pm and is made for sharing.
Albert Cuypstraat 182;
Trams 16 or 24
Cosy pub run by the Schwinzerl family and frequented by a complete cross-section of Graz society. Excellent traditional food. Try the Grauburgunder wine; the Most (cider; a typical product east of Graz, but rarely served in pubs in the city); the knödel mit ei (fried slices of semmelknödel with egg and parsley - a work of art); the frankfurter mit saft (poor man's gulasch- just the gravy, with a pair of frankfurters); the gulasch proper. And if you want a serious dessert (smallest serving is for at least two people) try the gibance ("kipp-an-tse"), a fat pancake oozing with creme fraiche and jam - it's a local legend.
The coffee is also very respectable. Order a verlängerter (say "eee hett gairn an kafay, an ferlengerten bitte").
A wonderful Graz institution, hanging in there in an age of yuppification.
It’s on Mariahilferstrasse, which is the street parallel to the river and one block away from it, behind the Kunsthaus (blue bubble). Stroll across the blue pedestrian bridge by the "island" and head through the nearest gap between the houses - the pub is at the back corner of the house on the left.
Tel: 316 71 20 08;
Tram stop: Südtirolerplatz;
Closed on Thursdays and Fridays, otherwise (unlike many establishments in Graz) it is open all day, including public holidays.
Google map: tinyurl.com/qmuesn
Fressgass is actually called "Große Bockenheimer Straße", but because it's a street with many restaurants, people like to affectionately call it "Fressgass", which could roughly be translated as "munch-street". Most restaurants are a little bit more expensive here.
This restaurant used to be a hospital and is the real-deal for stereotypical Bavarian food. The staff wear traditional Bavarian clothing and the menu is nearly 100% meat with cabbage and/or potato noodles. Also has good beer, but not one for the vegetarians.
tel: 0911 22 1761
Famed for its Middle Eastern thali, the restaurant on the ground floor is generally packed - and for good reason. Despite the rather minimal decor, the waiters are turned out impeccably in smart bellhop outfits, and the food is very decently priced.
B1/107, Assi Ghat, Varanasi;
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