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Having found a number of great places to eat thanks to Shady's original wiki thumbup I thought I'd start an international good restaurant/pub/whatever guide. Same format as before, but I've given a little more detail for the hungry traveller.. smile




Parkhotel Tristachersee - an oasis of peace in the middle of the Tyrolean alps- good base for drives on the famous mountain routes of Grossglockner, Felbertauern, Staller Sattel and Sella Ronda -safe parking as remote address, excellent food and wine(own freshwater fish breeding)well regarded in foodie magazines (2 cooking hats in Gault Millau- most renown publication in Austria as Michelin is not published there), modern spa, in Summer private beach on the lake the owners Mr and Mrs Kreuzer go out of their way to make your stay unforgettable,good value for money http://www.parkhotel-tristachersee.at



Zeno - Stunning looking food (and good tasting). Had the degustation menu with matched wines. 105 euro each for the lot. Brilliant. then went and downed a load of Belgian beer in the basement next door!


La Bugatti -http://www.lebugatti.be/ Great food, tiny restaurant, had many locals recommend it. Worth hunting out. Beef cheeks are delicious. Sly Fox
Noordzee- http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g18... Get there early lunchtime, thats all i can say. Great little seafood snacks. Sly Fox

Czech Republic


Zvonice - see thread here on PH excellent typical food with local game served in a medieval tower with magnificent views of the city-cramorra

seconded - http://www.restaurantzvonice.cz/ - shirt

Palfy Palace - Hard to find but well worth it. Like having dinner in a Victorian living room.
V-Zatisi - Another favorite of mine, great food and local wine flight was surprisingly good.

Don Pedro - By the river just up from the dancing house. Small Columbian restaurant, very friendly service with some fantastic dishes. The churrasco was a delight - Shirt.

Ferdinanda - Solid Czech food served in a clean, modern setting on two levels near the railway station. Really reasonable prices and good quality food and drink that seems to be enjoyed by the locals.



Olde Hansa. Somewhat cheesy medieval styled place but rather impressive food. Indoors is candle lit (no leccy in medieval times) so take a torch to read the menu. The menu is vast and you're guaranteed to find something interesting. There are no side dishes so to speak and the cooks choose things which will go with your choice of dish so be prepared for a few surprises. Can be pricey but worth it for the sheer interest of the whole place. -- Snoggledog

Chakra. This may be surprising given the location, but it's an Indian. The food is quite frankly astonishing and would be worthy of a top spot on many curry awards. The Tandoori Roasted Masala Lamb Chops are sublime. All main meals come with steamed rice so there's no real need to order any more. -- Snoggledog



Le Benaton
Michelin-star restaurant about 100yds outside the city walls. Very inventive and beautifully presented modern-French cuisine without being over-priced (Various 2-choice set-menus up to 75pp, we both had the 65), and served to you al-fresco at the back of the property. Service was very formal - wine kept on a central table tended by the wine waiter, each dish explained to you when it is served - but otherwise very good. Would definitely go back. -Havoc- Seconded. Great, good value wine list too. -Zod-

La Chartreuse Du Val Saint Esprit Excellent hotel and restaurants located 15 minutes from Junction 6 of the A26. Convenient overnight stop as it is 1 hour from Calais http://www.lachartreuse.com/ RESSE

La Rochelle

http://www.barandre.com/index_en.html Fish soup, mmmmm - Swiveleyedgit


Le Potiquet 27 rue de l'arbre Sec 69001, Tel: 04 78 30 65 44 Almost hidden down an alleyway but close to Opera House and the Hotel de'Ville. Mix of traditional and modern French food and just enough out of the way to avoid too many tourists. - Psychobert


Le Jardin d'Ivy 75 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, Tel +33 1 47 07 19 29 www.lejardindivy.com Traditional French cuisine and a great little restaurant with loads of character. Gets busy so maybe a good idea to book in advance. - Psychobert

Au Pied de Couchon 6, Rue Coquilliere, 75001 Paris, Tel +33 1 40 13 70 00 www.pieddecochon.com Fantastic place which served the most amazing French Onion Soup - When I was in there we had Delia Smith eating at the next table. - Jazzybee

L'Alsace 39, av. des Champs Elyses 75008 Paris, 24 hour dining all year round http://www.restaurantalsace.com/en/index.htm - Zen.

La Truffire 4 Rue Blainville 75005 Paris amazing chef putting a real twist on traditional french food, try the taster menu also great wine celler which moves away from french wines -Zen. Extraordinary selection of old vintage brandies too. -Zod-

Le Tour d'Argentt This place is an institution for Classic French food, it has however gone from 3 to 2 to 1 Michelin Stars from 3 generations of the family.
This place has spectacular views over the Seine and Notre Dam, however you need to be seated in the right place otherwise the view is through the middle of buildings. The service is quite stuffy, lots of old waiters who can be quite abrupt at times. The area this places excels is its wine list, it is in the Guinness books of records for the largest wine cellar/collection in the world, in excess of 500.000 bottles at one stage and subject to a book about the Nazi and wine in WW2. I was fortunate to visit the cellar (a rare occurrence) l gather and wow bottles pre dating the French revolution.

Les Herbieres

Phone: +33 (2) 5127869 In the middle of nowhere, only four tables, one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. -Swiveleyedgit

St Malo

Le Chalut 8, rue de la Corne au Cerf 35400 - SAINT-MALO Phone : 02 99 56 71 58 Lobster speciality, 1 Star. Great seafood restaurant, not bad value. Had lunch over the weeekend. Only small so need to book in advance. - Cactussed


Le Parc Address: 80 Chemin des Anglais, 11000 Carcassonne, France
Phone:+33 4 68 71 80 80. Superb 2** french food. Pastry chef won chef of the year recently. Unbelievable tasting menu. Pricy. Bookings essential in summer.



Aqua (in the Ritz Carlton adjoinig Autostadt) www.autostadt.de, a must for Petrolheads
Germany's most recent 3 star restaurant with exceptinal food at still affordable prices direct in VW's famous Autostadt which is a mecca for us carnuts itself **********************


Restaurant Weinstein- star chef B. Reiser has a perfect setting in a wine hill with magnificent views of Wrzburg- exquisite fusion kitchen, excellent wines
a tip: book a cookery class or a dinner completely in the dark in the wine cellar - served by blind people you will detect completely new tastes -www.der-reiser.de


Rhetymnon, Crete

Avli, a truly outstanding experience- in the middle of the venetian town in an old 15th. century mansion - do sit in the courtyard (this is what Avli means literally in Greek)- some of the best cusine I have ever sampled (not only in Greece)- the menu has two parts - traditional dishes (try the Goat in Honey, or the lamb pilaf) which excel by the use of only freshest regional produce and the beautyful presentation and for those who are happy to experiment some more modern fusion dishes which are by any standard outstanding- Greek, mediterrranean flavours blend with some more modern cooking styles, herbs- this is complimented by the extremely helpfuls staff and a very complete winelist (for those of you who still think Greek wines end with retsina get converted here - there are even some great cretan wines, now...)
For those of you who want to maximise their AVLI-Experiance, there are just 7 suites in this and one adjoining buliding which are every bit as outstanding, and Thanassis the manager goes the extra mile to make your stay unforgettable! cloud9 http://www.avli.gr/avli55_frame.html


Tel Aviv

Ethiopia - Allenby St. Ethiopian obviously! Not fine dining or a great room/location, but tasty, cheap, and different from the norm. Just look at what everyone else is eating and ask for the same, worked for us! Shirt.



Il Geranio http://www.geraniocapri.com/en/index fantastic!

San Vincenco

Il Gambero Rosso - Set up to be Italy#s best Restaurant - you won't be disappointed - 3 Michelin Stars

Ranco (Lago Maggiore)

Il Sole di Ranco - amazing location and views, great place to be when the sun sets, around EUR100p.p. great food, not too modern, not too old fashioned


Trattoria della Vigna - lovely trattoria tucked away on the north side of Porlezza, in the hills. No lake view but beautiful surroundings anyway. Sit out on the terrace on the summer evenings under the vines, with the sound of cicadas in the background, enjoy very helpful friendly service, always plenty of choice of great food, thoroughly satisfying and not expensive.

Arco sul Garda

- Osteria Terrazza de la Luna- super casual Atmosphere in an old austrian fort atop Lago del Garda - very good food


Shangri La Corsetti - Only ever heard good things from my clients in Rome and wasn't disappointed. Large outdoor terrace overlooking a swimming pool, but plenty of space inside too. All types of sea food I've found to be excellent and at a good price. Lots of locals and very few tourists.. Viale Algeria, 141 - 00144 ROMA Tel +39 06 59 18 861 http://www.shangrilacorsetti.it/inglese/ristoranti... -Psychobert


A'Palazzo, Via di Sangusto. di Brancoli, 3160, 55100 Lucca, - If you ever get lost in the hills north of Lucca, this place is well worth a visit. We paid three visits in a fortnight and tried everything on the card. Each meal was superb and very reasonably priced, the bill consisted of a scrap of paper with '160 Euro' scrawled on it. That was for six of us. No website, https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1... Swiveleyedgit



Vincents Can't recall details (google it). Amazing. Seriously. Michelin star quality in a cracking city. Cactussed


Luxembourg City

Cafe Francais Place d'Armes 14, Luxembourg City. We stayed in the hotel arriving late, after the concierge said their Fillet Steak was very good, we had to give it a go. 3 Ph'ers all agreed that it was the best steak we had in many years - Smack

IKKI French/Asian Fusion
Rives de Clausen, Luxembourg-Clausen
Superb food and swish lounge bar overlooking the Alzette river in the redeveloped site of the old Mousel Brasserie (brewery).
Very large terrace which can be covered if the weather changes
There's nothing on the menu I wouldn't recommend! (and no, I don't own the place!)
Expect 70-90/head for 3 courses incl. wine

Mosconi Italian cuisine at it's finest - Michelin* quality
rue Munster, Luxembourg-Grund
A new building built in the style of the surrounding 16th/17th century townhouses
Overlooks the Alzette river in the old part of Luxembourg City. Frequented regularly by visiting dignitaries/leaders.
Pricey, but very good.


Non Solo Vino
italian cuisine, homemade pasta, pizza ...
14 Grand-Rue
L-9240 Diekirch

Le Bonzai Asian (Malaysian/Vietnamese/Thai)
8 rue de la Gare, Diekirch
In a country where Asian food is dumbed down to suit the local, bland palate, finally a restaurant with chefs who, when they say it's spicy, it means it's spicy. Very friendly and accomodating staff, happy to recommend specials not listed on the menu, and top notch food every time.
Buffet lunches are very good value, with l carte dining in the evenings for 30-50 incl. wine/beer


Restaurant Belle Vue

3, Kurzacht, L-6731 GREVENMACHER, fantastic view on the Moselle river,
french cuisine, the owner/cook is a car nut


St Julian's

Pepperoncino's Just off Gorg Borg Olivier Street, next to Muudy Waters' bar. This small and uninspring looking place offers some of the best service to be found on the island, along with great food and a pretty good wine list. It is very centrally located for the nightspots of St Julian's and an easy walk from most of the big hotels. My favourite place for dinner in Malta for the 3 years I lived there. - Pothole


Rebekha's Restaurant 12, Triq it-Tgham (also known as Old Mill Street), Mellieha. (+356) 2152 1145. http://www.starwebmalta.com/profile.asp?id=REB001. Finding it is hard. In a residential street with a small sign. It is a refurbished farmhouse style building with an internal courtyard for warm weather dining, nice cosy dining room for colder weather. The Maltese side of the family put me onto this place and I found it excellent as well. Well cooked reasonably priced food, the rack of lamb was very good. Good wine list and service very attentive.- a2z.



Casa Di David http://www.casadidavid.com/ Excellent Italian at reasonable prices. Set in a vaulted cellar by the canal. They have another in Amsterdam as well



La Ruina, Cais Herculano, Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermans Beach).
Excellent traditional fish restaurant, open since 1971. No menu, choose your own fish. Very good food and nice atmosphere.


Bica do Sapato, trendy restaurant in an old store house on the habour, great views, modern mediterannean kitchen, reasonable prices for a venue like that, if you don't get a reservation you may be able to get a table as you pop in in the bar aerea, same good food, less space, no tablecloths and smoking, ow great atmosphere, well worth a visit, best for fish (best turbot ever, great scallops), is said to be owned by John Malkovec, it is a off the beaten track, and despite being on the docks about 15 min taxi ride from las docas, the main enetertainment area, cab or car recommended, not nicest walking there, http://www.bicadosapato.com/

A Travessa
Address: Travessa do Convento das Bernardas 12, 1200-638 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone:+351 21 394 0800
Wonderful classic food in the setting of a courtyard of an old monestary

Address: Largo de São Carlos 10, 1200-410 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone:+351 21 342 0607
Supreme tasting menu offerings on Menu Lisboa from up and coming chef Jose Avillez. The next big thing in Lisbon. truly memorable 17-course tasting experience that is quite truthfully world class.



Flowers Winebar and Restaurant http://www.flowersrestaurant.sk/
this is in a beautyful courtyard, in the old town, the menue is the same as in the neighbouring fine dining restaurant but sig more affordable (no it's not a ten quid a person hangout, either) but the food is excellent mediterranean/mod European style, creatively cooked and nicely presented (which includes very good looking waitresses...hehe, they specialise in game and mushromm dishes in the winter and nomen est omen have possible the best wine list (Slovak, Czech and international) this side of Vienna



Cal Pep Plaa Olles 8 08003 Barcelona, Tel: +34 933 107 961 www.calpep.com I think you can book in the restaurant, but I've only ever just turned up and eaten tapas at the bar. You'll get a choice of meat, seafood, vegs, (or all three) and the plates just keep coming until you're full to burst. Saw a lot of toursists attempting to order something specific, (without success), so I just went with the flow. Gets very busy, so expect a queue in the evening. - Psychobert

Asador Etxebarri +34 946583042

Everything is cooked to order on various wood charcoals created on the premises, from Caviar specially prepared over charcoal to Wild Salmon smoked on the premises Prawns,steaks etc all cooked on wood, absolutely fantastic food,lunches only and reservations only. - Kneetrembler

Denia ( Alicante
Pza.Benidorm/Puerto de Denia, www.peixebrases.com Tel: +34 96 578 50 83

Fantastic up market tapas bar & the other part is an excellent fish restaurant- Kneetrembler

Denia – QueQue Dacosta Michelin 3 Stars.

Set 6 ‘Act’ menu each act consisting of three courses. Food fabulously prepared and presented. Wine matching worth the extra as it introduces you to some fairly exotic wines and liquors. Prices extremely high for what was offered though. The restaurant is in the middle of an urbanisation and lacks any form of view as all the windows are screened either by plants or curtains. We found the restaurant had little ambiance and for the prices charged would have expected better.

Moraira/Costa Blanca
Pza la Sort, 4 Moraira, Alicante. Tel 96 649 0808 www.restaurantedgust.com - Host (Miguel) one of the most charming people we have met, fish dishes are superb and a very good choice of Riojas at reasonable prices. RESSE

Moraira/Costa Blanca
Bela Dama Restaurante Mediterraneo
www.bela-dama.com for a great lunch overlooking the boats in Moraira marina. Lobster salad starter is worth the 2 hour flight from home! Puerto Nautico s/n, 03724 Moraira-Teulada, Alicante. Chill out (upstairs) for lat night cocktails is pretty much perfect. RESSE

Pepe Solla,1+ Michelin Stars,Casa Solla,for over 30+ years and has been put forward for a 2nd Michelin Star for 2012.Av Sineiro 7,Carret DE la Toja,36005,Pontevedra Tel +34 986 872 884.
Specialises in the very best fresh Spanish Seafood dishes.

Casa Marcelo,1 Michelin Star,Rua Hortas,1,Santiago de Compostella,+34 981 558 580,
The dishes are different everyday and there is no menu,it depends on the days markets.

Silbario,1 Michelin Star, Colon 11 E,36700,Tui on the Galician/Portuguese border +34 986 607 000.
A modern mix on Spanish/Portuguese Sea Food dishes

O Retiro Da Costina,1 Michelin Star,Avd Santiago 12,Santa Comba,A Coruna,15840 +34 981 880 244
Tradicional Galician food with a modern twist, depending on the daily markets.

As Garzas,1 Michelin Star,Porto Barizo,Barizo,15113,A Coruna,+34 981 721 765
Also a small Hotel right on the sea front.
Specializes on local sea food and rice dishes,buys fish and mariscos direct from the boats and markets, they also have an extensive wine list.

Yayo Daporta,1 Michelin Star,Cambados,reservas@yayodaporta.com +34 986 526 062
Specialises in some of Spains very best local seafood.

Pepe Viera,1 Michelin Star,Camino da Serpe,Poio,Sanxenxo,Pontevedra,+34 986 741 378
Hotel as well as a very modern restaurant,Very difficult to find best to ask.
Very experimental modern kitchen with guest michelin chefs as well as himself,grow a lot of their own veg & herbs.
Creator of the local Michelin starred Gastronomic group, there are another 3 Michelin starred restaurants in the area.

Girona, Massana Restaurant
3 Red crossed knives & forks & 1 Michelin Star
Specialises in Fish,Fantastic service,great menu,good wine list and not overly expensive-Kneetrembler

El Cellar de Can Roca
3 Michelin Star
  1. 2 restaurant in the world for a reason, 2 different tasting menus 8 courses or 14 course, the food is utterly amazing and challenging at the same time, book smartly though, 6 month wait for lunch and 11 for dinner, but worth calling and asking ;-) don't email they are terrible at replying


La Terraza Del Casino

Ex El Bulli chef goes on his own, beautiful roof terrace eating,
some of the best food i've had http://www.casinodemadrid.es/en/gastronomia/index....

modern tapas, very good http://www.cadenalateral.com/restaurantes/restaura...

Resturant StJames The Madrid paella, Lovely old school http://restaurantestjames.com/


La Escollera Es Cavallet Playa,Ses Salines, Reservas:+34 971396572

Excellent meat,seafood,shellfish,salads. Always very busy, superb location looking out to Formentora. - Kneetrembler


S'Espartar Ctra a Cala Tarida,a 4 KM.from San Jose, Tel:+34 971800293

Excellent rice dishes, Baked fish dishes, fresh fish cooked how you like,Shellfish, Choice of meat. - Kneetrembler


Mesn Ca'n Pedro Rector Vives 4 and 14, Genova, Palma de Mallorca, Tel:+34 971 702 162

I ate here a few years ago - I think 2007 or 2008 when in Mallorca for work (Yes I was only on the island for 15 hours for an early morning meeting). Our cab driver recommended this place as it was close to our hotel and the food and atmosphere was very very good. Family run for about 35 years - specialises in roast meats and their Iberian Ham. Their website is not working, but this review is: www.mallorca-restaurants-121.com/restaurantDisplay... Jazzybee



Fem Sma Hus http://www.femsmahus.se/en/ |
Nygränd 10
111 30 Stockholm
Telephone: +46 8 10 87 75 or +46 8 10 83 36 (office)
E-mail: info@femsmahus.se

Simply brilliant food ( try the Reindeer fillets) in a fabulous location- restaurant formed from 5 cellars of neighbouring houses hence the name- goes down 3 levels underground. Entrance is not that obvious- big chunky wooden door in side street. Book in advance
Excellent wine list but as usual for Stockholm highly priced. Had a Chilean wine that was out of this world. Got to be one of the best restaurants in Sweden.
3 course meal for two including excellent wine around £160 -SlyFox

Bla Dorren (Blue Door) http://bla-dorren.se/
Södermalmstorg 6,
116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: 08 743 0 743/743 0 740
Email: admin@bla-dorren.se

Described as a Beer Hall with food. Dozens of different beers available. Hearty food and good portions (i had Moose burgers which were delicious). Very reasonably priced for Sweden too. Just around the corner from Hilton Hotel in Slussen. Very friendly staff and superb lively atmosphere. -SlyFox



Auberge Du Lion D'Or Place Pierre-Gautier 5, 1223 Cologny | Genve
T: +41 22 736 44 32
F: +41 22 786 74 62
Email: info@liondor.ch

Simply brilliant restaurant with stunning food and set in the hills of Cologny, overlooking Lake Geneva and the city itself. Expensive, but worth every penny.
Saw/Met Mika Hakkinen there once, which was a bonus! - JAGS



Meze by Lemontree. Stunning food, and the best desserts i have ever eaten. http://www.mezze.com.tr/menu.pdf - Sly Fox



Robata Grill 591 REDWOOD HWY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941 (5 mins North of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco), Tel: 415.381.8400 | Fax: 415.381.2942 www.robatagrill.com Great Japanese Sushi and Grill. I'm not normally a fan but since having a great Prawn Tempura Sushi topped with Smoked Eels, it has become a regular stop off while I am out there - Jazzybee

the house 1230 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA, Tel: 415 986-8612 http://www.thehse.com/ Great Asian Fusion restaurant. Gets very busy so may need to book. Small clean but smart Cafe style restaurant - Starters typically under $10, Mains $20-25 Excellent food, most satisfying restaurant meal I've had in a long while. I ate here 06/01/11 - Jazzybee

Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, Phone: 415.655.5600 - A bizarre combo of a modern Japanese fusion restaurant, with a jazz club inside it. live performances are piped through to the restaurant, and there is an upstairs mezzanine bar where you can sip cocktails and watch the performance on plasma screen if you can't get into the club. The food is exquisite!

Las Vegas

Joe's Seafood Ceasar's 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 http://www.joes.net/las-vegas/
Seafood or steak, Great food, attentive staff. markcjd

Lotus of Siam 953 East Sahara Avenue Suite A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104 http://www.saipinchutima.com
The exterior looks odd but this Thai restaurant is one of the best eateries in town. Top notch food and far more wallet friendly than anywhere on the strip. Try the braised ribs and scallops - shirt.

Los Angeles

Gjelina 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 http://www.gjelina.com
Great food and great craft beer. Maybe a bit dark and 'hipster' for some. Arrive early or book ahead - shirt

Picca Peru 9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 http://www.piccaperu.com
Peruvian restuarant serving tapas style fare. Food is absolutely top notch and very inventive. Highly rated by local and national press and it's easy to see why - shirt

The Factory Kitchen 1300 Factory Place, Los Ageles, CA 90013 http://thefactorykitchen.com
Hidden in the arts/fashion district, this place serves hearty italian food with style and flare. Worth the schlep downtown, head to the villain's tavern after for drinks - shirt.

New York

Nougatine 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023. One of Jean Georges' restaurants in the Trump Hotel. I came across it by chance with the other half. Fantastic food in a relaxed, smart enviroment and at the time (2$-) brilliant value for money. GWC

Gallaghers Steakhouse 228 W 52 Street. Open for 80+ years, steaks are wonderful. They have a glass fronted cool room where you can see the steaks going through the ageing process. Handy for Broadway - worty

Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Avenue, Manhattan. Three star Michelin restaurant, exemplary service and food, with a wine list to match. Innovative menu and reasonably priced for the standards they achieve. Its a must visit when going to NYC. - digikal

Carnegie Deli 854 7th Av (corner of W 55th street) - possibly the definitive New York deli experience. A favourite of celebs and politicians and for very good reason. The food here is immense. No frills, just extremely good quality and large portions. Try their famous pastrami or corned beef sandwich. Another must visit to get an authentic NYC deli lunch. - escargot

Savannah, GA

Brasserie 529 529 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA. A French-style brasserie in a secluded location in a vibrant town. The quality of the food was completely unexpected, and great value too. The 5 course tasting menu with matched wine is $85 per head, and the chef will create the menu based on what's good on the day. Fantastic food, service and value. - Output Flange.



Iceberg's Dining Room & Bar, Bondi Beach
Go for the excellent Bloody Marys and the roast pork with fennel seeds over butternut squash, if it's on. Mobile Chicane

Doyle's at Watson's Bay
Nicest fish and chips I've eaten anywhere in the world. Mobile Chicane

Glemore Hotel (02) 9247 4794
Decent food if not a good selection of beers. The views from the rooftop bar are suprerb IMO. Staff friendly and service good. Salmon is worth a punt. BTP.

Cafe Sydney www.cafesydney.com Level 5, Customs House,31 Alfred Street,Circular Quay NSW 2000
Fantastic views over the Harbour including the bridge, with a nice Cocktail bar. Jazz on a Sunday afternoon with a Seafood grill. Relaxed atmosphere and good food, I can recommend the peppered carpaccio of wagyu beef with celeriac remoulade and parlsey and lemon dressing. GWC

Altitude Top floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street,The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000

Modern Australian cuisine with fabulous views over Sydney from the 36th floor of the Hotel. Good selection of wines and excellent food and service. You can also just enjoy the view with a drink in the Blu bar next to it. GWC

Cha Cha Char
Eat your way around the Australian coat of arms... emu and kangaroo steaks were served rare and were excellent. Also one of the nicest desserts I've ever eaten in my life: pistachio parfait with rose-scented hokey pokey on a raspberry sauce. Worth the air fare alone. Mobile Chicane

Cooks Hill NSW 2300 (Newcastle)
Aharn - 80 Darby Street
Good traditional Thai resturant with friendly service. Good portions with some serious heat in the traditional dishes. Proper taste of Thai but will not suit all tastes. Pork Gang Pa is to die for - [homer mode] Mmmmmmm [/homer mode]

Ricketts Point,
if you go for brekkie go early or be prepared to wait, wonderful food, and friendly service, CarTimeNow



Issimo 931 West Nanging Road (Entrance on Taixing Road)
Great posh Italian in contemporary setting - Planet Claire

Noodle Bull 1/F, Mansion, Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
Cheap and tasty noodles - Planet Claire


Peter's Tex-Mex Grill No. 50 Guanghuacun Nanjie Xinguanghua Plaza
If you fancy a change from Chinese, then this Tex-Mex fits the bill, with 3 other restaurants around Chengdu and others in Beijing and Shanghai - Planet Claire


Blue Lotus Inside Lotus Market on West Di'an Men Street
Cheap and tasty Thai overlooking Shichahai Lake - Planet Claire


Tsim Sha Tsui

Gripps Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
American themed bar/restaurant, still haven't found a 12oz fillet to beat the ones I had in here. Perfection! - Shakotan


United Arab Emirates

Verre (Dubai Hilton Creek) Fine dining from Gordon Ramsay - the original and first in Dubai.

Ravi Restaurant - Satwa Road, Dubai Frill free and cheap as chips - think plastic chairs and formica tables. The Pakistani food here is amazing, a true insitution, and attracts everyone from taxi drivers to rich locals. Ravi's is currently at No.1 [of 4000+] on Trip Advisor's recommended things to do in the Middle East, and not without good reason.


South Africa

Cape Town

Belthazar Lower Level V&A Waterfront, Cape Town http://www.belthazar.co.za/ On the V&A docks offering a good range of food and wine. Local deer species are splendid and large, fresh, Oysters from £2 each. 2003 grangehurst pinotage for £22 well worth a go.