When I was in Paris for an exhibition recently I took a couple of American customers to this restaurant because it combines a famous landmark with French cuisine. I thought it would be an unforgettable experience for them and I was not disappointed.
It is on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower so at night the views are spectacular especially if you can get a table by the window. It is quite avant garde in the way it is designed with a sort of circular swirling purple light above which sounds strange but it is all done in the best possible taste. The lighting is quite subdued so that people can see the city and there are candles on the tables so the atmosphere is wonderful.
I am not easily impressed in restaurants becuase I do a lot of entertaining all over the world but I thought the food and the service here was excellent. We had the cheaper of the menus (not that any of them are exactly "cheap") but it was just great and as far as I was concerned it was certainly worth it.
You'll skip the queues at the bottom and go straight up to the first floor in a lift. If you are looking to do something in Paris for your partner or customers, you can't beat this.
Limon is one of the most amazing and bohemian restaurants in Gumusluk and only about eight minutes walk from the harbour/beach. We booked a few days in advance to reserve our favourite antique sofa in the meadow, from where we sipped cocktails, nibbled on freshly-made stuffed marrow flowers and watched the last few rays of sun. Our food was brought over to the sofa and we stayed there all evening listening to live music and generally feeling at one with nature. It was a 10 minute stroll back to Villa Myndos, a little further on up the hill. Booking essential
Yali Mevki no.1, Gumusluk, Bodrum, 48400
Trattoria Anita is a great restaurant in Florence. They have the greatest food and really good prices. The waiters are really nice and funny and make you feel right at home. I go there anytime I'm in Florence and have never felt sorry.
2 Via del Parlascio, Firenze, +39 055 218 698
Rosa's is a restaurant owned and run by Rosa. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The food is cooked fresh when ordered and there is a wide variety of vegetarian food, which I found limited elsewhere on the island.
On the path at the turn off between Casa Iguana and Grace's Place.
This beautiful restaurant, with its airy courtyard and elegantly decorated interior, is by no means a secret. However, I urge you all to sample the wonderful array of very reasonably priced Vietnamese traditional meals on offer. There is even a chance to visit the food stalls where your authentic and delicious meals are prepared and cooked.
138 D Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, near the Reunification Palace
I've popped into this place a couple times for a drink and a meal and have to say it's absolutely fantastic. It has brought to the area something my wife and I have thought has been missing for years. They've taken an old pub and re-vamped it into a modern bar and restaurant. They've kept the old features though with the exterior painted classic black & white and the same theme running inside with the oak frame ceilings and open log fire. It may be a bit on the steeper side of things price wise but it's worth every penny and still cheaper than anything you'd find in Manchester or Liverpool. I had the wild boar for mains which was fantastic with the scallops for starters and all I can say is 10 out of 10. If you get a chance when in the Wigan/Manchester area it's definitely worth a little detour to visit. Next to the canal as well, this place was a really relaxing spot last summer.
This must be one of the very best mountain restaurants, high above the Passo Pordoi, in the great, majestic bulk of the Dolomites. Sass Pordoi is a very well visited mountain top restaurant, viewing station, and walking base for many reasons. First off it is convenient, easily accessed off the major pass of Passo Pordoi that connects the main resort centres of the region. Second, the journey up is by cable alone, one of the truly great cable car ascents. Third, you can walk for miles, take in the sun, or simply sit back and marvel at the glorious views. Fourth, you can simply marvel at the glorious views. Fifth, well, you get the idea. And, while you are there, you can enjoy proper mountain food. Hearty, nourishing, and with a healthy side plate of views. Oh, did I mention the views. So, a simple menu. Convenient drive for starters, followed by a great cable ascent for our fishiest course of the day, hearty fare with a side of glorious views for main, views for dessert, and maybe a chance to drink some views as you relax afterwards. Stunning.
An excellent restaurant serving authentic, traditional Mexican ingredients in a modern style in a beautiful open air courtyard. Prices are high by Mexican standards so take advantage of the three course, 85 pesos lunch served only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2.30-4.30pm and make sure to try the complimentary shot of single village mezcal bottled especially for the restaurant.
Alcala 403, about 5 minutes walk north of the Zocolo.
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A fairy tale malga (hut for summer pastures) serving delicious rustic fare of fresh eggs and ham from the chickens and pigs who are lucky enough to live in this idyllic spot. There may even be a weekend barbeque if you are lucky. The stupendous peaks of the Croda Rossa tower immediately in front of you and on the slopes of the sheltered col, there is mountain golf, a tree swing and home built trebuchet. Weissbeer or elderflower cordials refresh and sustain you on a walk through a truly astonshing landscape.
Best accessed on the Northern Dolomites walk at the junction of Trails 28, 3 & 4. Alternatively accessed by bus from Brunico - Monguelo - Villabassa or Lago di Braies to the Hotel Ponticello then trails 18 & No.3. If you don't like steep ascents then getting the shuttle bus up to Prato Piazza might be an alternative.
It's at 3842 metres in the cable car station at the top of the Aiguille du Midi. Advertised as the highest Savoyard restaurant in the Alps (I'm guessing it's the highest in the whole world!) The food is good and the views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Aiguilles are fantastic. You basically get a real taste (albeit very much a lite version) of the experience of high-altitude mountaineering. The downside is that it costs 41 euros to get up there.
A fantastic little pizza restaurant perched above the Vesubie Valley on the outskirts of the Mercantour National Park. Super wood fired oven pizza - great grilled meat and apple tart to die for and then there's Babette the waitress, the singing etc etc...
Belvedere - only one restaurant - one hour north of Nice - reso 04 93 02 03 30
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Sarajevo is famous for its old town and lively cafe culture but you're never far away from the mountains and Barice offers one of the most rewarding weekend morning excursions. Located just a few miles outside of the city, the pastures provide a fantastic view through the valley and over the capital. On arriving in Barice, after a steep, coiled ascent, you'll find a hikers' hut with benches outside. Fare is simple but the welcome is roaring. Try a Bosnian coffee, some slivovica (local brandy) or the 'ustipci sa kajmakom', savoury donuts with local goats' cheese. And, if you're feeling ambitious after all this, there are hiking trails from Čavljak up to Bukovik and Crepoljsko.
The best way to get to Barice is by car or taxi. While hiking is possible in the area, the very real danger of landmines means that you should only be off road with an experienced local guide and on the marked hiking paths.
From Sarajevo, start in 'Hrastovi' area of town and look for the street 'Osmana Nakasa'. This road leads into a street called 'Put za Barice' (which means 'Way to Barice') and this will bring you to the hikers' hut.
Amazing food, atmosphere and if you've a few quid to spare you can stay up there overnight in their one and only room. The next morning you can have breakfast before skiing down the un-tracked mountain before the lifts open.
Fighting cows, stunning views, and huge wedges of homemade cake make this homely alp herdsman's dairy farm turned walkers refuge unmissable. Nestling 2000m up on summer alpine pastures above the Rhone on the Tour de Mont Blanc, Bovine route, the refuge offers great meals, giant bowls of hot chocolate or coffee, and those cakes. You can even stay in the simple dortoir accomodation if the walk up was all too much. Swiss Valais fighting cows are the serious celebities here with pride of place for the Reine des Reines champion adorned with a huge traditional cow bell and giant floral headress. The heats of this sumo style pushing contest are on the alps, with the final down in Martigny in the valley. Photos of past champions adorn the farmhouse kitchen, and the young pretenders are in the fields.
Alpage de Bovine, on the Tour de Mont Blanc Bovine route between Champex and Col de Forclaz. Good public transport to either end, then a couple of hours walk.
ALPAGE DE BOVINE
Buvette et petite restauration + dortoir, ouvert de mai à octobre. Renseignements Gérard Rouiller
La Fontaine CH 1921 MARTIGNY-COMBE
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There are so many good reasons to visit this alpine restaurant it's hard to choose one for the top of the list. For me it was the summer journey from Interlaken, through the 'valley of seven waterfalls' and up the 10,000 foot mountain on a series of trains, funiculars and cable cars, each with a view wider and brighter than the last. There are plenty of places to get off and use your legs, but I enoyed the ride so much that my walking boots never hit the path.
The Piz Gloria restaurant sits at the top, revolving gently through 360 degrees, so your mouthfuls of rosti, buttery pastries and coffee are interrupted by gasps and gulps as the gleaming peaks of two hundred mountains are rolled out before you.
If you're there early enough, you can even have a 007 buffet breakfast - this was the baddie's lair in the film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
The Rocks is a precinct of Sydney near the harbour that has an old English feel to it combined with the relaxed laid back Australian attitude. It has a huge range of pubs, bars and nightclubs that are definately worth checking out, in particular The Argyle Hotel.
A restaurant that I have to tell people to steer clear of. Service was dreadful with one starter arriving as we were leaving. Food was quite poor which was surprising considering the many places in the city you can find great food.
At the end of the night we were short changed with our money as well!
86 Bis Le Tranh Ton, District 1
On of the city's most popular restuarants as evidenced by the lunchtime and evening queues.
Vietnamese cuisine served in an airy courtyard.
138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
(0)8 829 9449
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Popular outdoor barbeque restaurant with a large menu of meat and seafood.
Good fun as you can barbeque your meat at your table.
Good value, great service and full of locals which is always a good sign.
Perched on a mountainside watching over the tyrolean village of Alpbach and facing across to the slopes of the Wiedesbernhorn, the Rossmoos is best approached via horse drawn sleigh from the village. The Rossmoos is a charming and wonderful reminder of Austrian hospitality and unpretentious enjoyment. My vegetarian daughter and wife, suffer the stuffed mountain mammals and birds positioned around this home from home, but for the whole family this is an annual pilgrimage that never disappoints.The food and ambience are mutually excellent and even the ageing accordian accompaniment feels just right. Having been warmed throughout and fit to burst, you return to Alpbach by sleigh, stargazing a cloudless night sky.
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