I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia and I believe
the very best place to eat is a lovely place
on the Common'. Serving absolutely
delicious food at a reasonable cost and deliberately
placed in a community otherwise lacking good
restaurants, owner Jane Wright strives to make
'the common' food a bit uncommon. And, the restaurant
fronts on the famous Halifax Commons! The website
has a delightful link to activities for women
named 'Jane'... Now go and enjoy the great food!
Their website just oozes with friendliness.
Take a look. http://www.janesonthecommon.com/
Janet, Halifax, Canada
There is a fantastic little Jiaoza Restuarant
(Chinese noodle wrapped around meat and vegetables)
one block east of Beijing United Family Hosptial
on Jiang Tai Lu. It is a hole in the wall place
but they have an English menu. Located in the
Lido area, it is called The
Tulip (It actually has an English
sign) and has wood shingles on the outside.
If you stay at Lido Holiday Inn it is just a
six minute walk. Order the jiaozas with a meat
and a vegetable (ten to a plate) fried or steamed
( I prefer the fried). The prices are cheap,
cheap, cheap. My family of six can eat a BIG
dinner for less than ten dollars.
Ronnie, Beijing, China
I live in Chicago and my recommendation for
where the locals dine is the Casbah
Cafe on Broadway. I've dined
here several times and it is one of my favorite
places. It's a small storefront, but the food
and service and atmosphere is first class. I've
never had a bad meal there nor a bad experience.
The cuisine is from everywhere on the southern
shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Expect alafel,
kibbeh, kebabs, hummus, couscous, curries, dolmeh
and, in a nod to Chicago's Northern Shore, pasta.
Address: 3151 N. Broadway Tel: 773-935-3339.
Alexandra, Chicago, USA
in Crismina Beach, Portugal...
The best seafood and the best oceanfront view
in Crismina Beach (7 km from Cascais) is Restaurant
Porto Santa Maria on Guincho
Road. Guincho road is, in itself, a beautiful
attraction. To one side, cliffs and long stretches
of blue-green ocean, to the other, dunes and
ahead, the Sintra mountain range. In this scenario,
every now and then a luxury restaurant crops
up. One of them, Porto de Santa Maria, with
its big, blue and luminous sign, attracts many
people for the excellent quality of the fish.
The house has had a one star Michelin rating
for 25 years, and has been chosen by Mouriscastours
as one of the best seafood restaurants. This
was the place chosen by Bill Clinton to taste
the curious fillet of snook in salt (72 euro/kg).
Customers may also try sook in bread. The place
recalls a country house, with light-coloured
wood and royal blue curtains. Decoration is
very graceful. In this relaxed atmosphere, José
Gouveia, one of the owners, welcomes all clients
with the same sympathy, regardless of status
or condition. The basement keeps the house's
secrets: several aquariums, and more than 30.000
bottles of wine and only the best Portuguese
labels. Big, big splurge! Address: Estrada do
Guincho, Praia da Crismina, Cascais. Tel: 21
487 0240 (144 seats). Website: www.portosantamaria.com.
Cristina, Lisbon, Portugal
in New York City...
My favorite Italian restaurant in New York is
a rustic little place on 57 W. 10th street between
Fifth and Sixth Avenue. In addition to the lovely
decor, they specialize in a delicious appetizer
called the pia dina, which is sort of an Italian
take on a quesadilla. The other appetizers (polenta
with gorgonzola sauce, tomatoes with buffalo
mozzerella and a lot more). Scrumptious entrees
include their gnocchi, swordfish steak with
peppercorn sauce, salmon in a lemon butter sauce
and rigatoni melanzana, and the desserts are
to DIE for: the chocolate mousse has actual
bits of chocolate in it, the nocciola (hazelnut)
affogato with chocolate sauce is divine and
the crema carmelatta is the creamiest. Your
better off going either earlier (6-ish) or later
(9-ish). Around 8 o'clock or so, the joint is
packed. But the service is great and the food
is the best - the only drawback is that it's
cash only. Tel: 212-460-8017
MK, New Jersey, USA
in Tel Aviv...
In Tel Aviv, I'd like to recommend one of my
favorite restaurants, Messa
- Chef Restaurant. They have
a wonderful business lunch of three courses
and has the most delicious, creatively cooked
food I've tasted in years. Messa-Chef is large
with a quiet and tasteful ambiance. Singles
are very welcome and can be seated with other
singles -- very customer friendly. I loved the
salmon and my girlfriends had meat and it too
was delicious. They have the most delicious
cocktails and oh my goodness the desserts! Selections
from the menu include: (1) Seafood gnocchi in
a fine turmeric butter (2) Seared Salmon served
with Pepper and Fig Relish and a light Sweet
Potato Puree (3) white chocolate dessert, with
cherry sabayon and raspberry fundue. Address:
19 Ha'arba'a St. Tel: 03-6856859. Website: http://www.messa.co.il/messa.html
(Hebrew with English menu).
Sunny, Tel Aviv, Israel
veggie in Greensboro...
My favorite restaurant here in Greensboro, NC
USA is The Loop
Pizza Grill. They use the best
Kalamata Olives and Cold-Pressed Olive Oil,
you'd swear you were in Italy! Their website
They also have a ton of vegetarian options (which
is why I go there) including portabello mushroom
sandwiches and a veggie burger.
Whitney, Greensboro, USA
& Wine Bar in Bangkok...
is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. My favorite
table is the one that is next to the Wine room
facing out you can see the entire restaurant
which makes for great people watching. Housed
in a stunning architecturally exciting freestanding
modern building, the food is wonderful, the
owners are great and it is a do not miss Italian
restaurant if you are in Bangkok. Website: www.giustobangkok.com
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 23. Tel: 66 2258 4321
Reservations are a good idea.
Pat, Bangkok, Thailand