Report on 150 Great Eats Worldwide
Jane Leidke from Beijing, China...
Near the Yabalu Russian Market at the Southwest
of Ritan Park (Embassy area of the city) is the Ritan
Park Restaurant. It has indoor dining and outdoor
cafe tables set along a Chinese garden in traditional-style
Chinese architecture. Don't be confused by the small restaurant
along the sidewalk - go back further into the building and
find a nice place to relax and eat. The menu is in English
and it lists many wonderful dishes to try (as well as some
pretty strange items and very unusual English translations
of animal parts). Cost is very reasonable - a recent lunch
for two adults and one child was just $6.00. We had jiaozi
(dumplings), fried rice, pork and scallions, and stir fried
green beans (a signature dish). Enough food for all of us!
Lor Malloy from my travel writing in Beijing...
For strictly veggie, I recommend the Green
Tianshi Vegetarian Restaurant. This is across
the street to the north of the Tianlun Dynasty Hotel. Open
10am-10pm. Credit cards are accepted. No MSG, no smoking,
no meat, no eggs, no alcohol. High protein, low calorie, zero
cholesterol. The menu has photos of its dishes and is in Chinese
and English. This is very conveniently located a few meters
from Wangfujing Street, the main shopping area in Beijing.
It is across from the Songhe Hotel and near the Tianlun Dynasty
Hotel. The roast “duck” is Y96, roasted vegetables
with fresh “meat” clusters in Xinjiang style is
Y18, vegetarian prawns Y72, and grilled vegetarian “beef
steak” Y68. The restaurant's predominantly white setting
is very pretty. Address: 57 Dengshikou Street. Tel: 6524-2476,
6524-2349 Email: friend@Greentianshi.com
located on the grounds of the Xinjiang government representative
here in Beijing serves modestly priced food, but there’s
no menu in English. You can go to the front of this huge noisy
hall with its white linen table cloths and point at what you
want: bun stuffed with mutton, chunks of mutton on yellow
and orange rice; skewers of barbecued meat, spicy hot and
wonderful. You can take photos of the chefs too. Most of the
patrons are local. It is located south of the Xiyuan Hotel
and the zoo. Xinjiang Fan Jong, San Li He 7. Tel. 6833-2266
X 6618 or 6617. P.S. If you want or don't want anything specific
in terms of food ask someone at your hotel's front desk to
write your preferences for you and show this note to the folks
at the restaurant.
Wang’s Home Restaurant is located
in a lane north of the east side of the Jinglun Hotel and
south of the west side of the Kerry Hotel (It also has other
branches in the city). This is a simply decorated restaurant
with plastic covers over cloth table cloths and walls in
need of renovation. But the food is excellent and extremely
well-priced. If you point at its English menu, waiters in
black sweaters and trousers (with no English), can bring
you seven juicy, meaty, melt-in-your mouth spare ribs for
about Y35. Crispy rice is Y25-Y28 and one order is enough
for four people. Boiled dumplings with pork and vegetables
are Y10. Jasmine tea Y2. Spicy dishes are noted. It is open
12 noon to 10pm. You can also ask for their take-out menu.
Tel. 6591-3255, 6594-3602.
from Beijing, China...
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.
Lor Malloy from my travel writing in Shanghai...
In Shanghai I like the fast food court in the basement of
the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Pudong.
The Hyatt supervises it so the food should be reliable. It
doesn't always have Cantonese food but when it does, you can
get decent duck and pork barbecue with rice in the Y25 range.
This restaurant is in the Jin Mao Building where you can also
get a wonderful view of Shanghai from its roof. Of course
the food in the Hyatt itself is great and much fancier, but
it is also considerably more expensive.
go in China, I try to eat in the Dong
Bei Restaurant chain, mainly because its
restaurants are so lively and fun, and the food is good.
But don't go there for a quiet romantic lunch. Wait staff
greet you sing-song fashion and scurry around in brightly
coloured costumes. You can get disposable gloves so you
can eat your deep-fried pork hocks by hand. The food in
northeast Chinese style is cheap and these restaurants are
usually packed so get there early. There's a branch in Shanghai
near the City Hotel on Shanxi Nan Road. From here you can
walk off a heavy meal along streets of cheap boutiques with
the latest women's fashions all the way to the Xiangyang
Market (for inexpensive knock-offs).
For upmarket food, my favourite is M
on the Bund, not just for the food, but
for the view from its balcony of the Bund at dusk when the
lights come on. I've eaten there twice (when a friend on
an expense account was paying), but for the price of a drink,
I have sat on the balcony before restaurant patrons arrive,
and enjoyed the view. There are other Bund-side restaurants
in this area too, but I find them too flossy. M on the Bund
is on the 7th floor at No. 5, The Bund, entrance on Guangdong
Road. Tel. 63509988. Website: http://www.m-onthebund.com/
Helen from Shanghai...
In Shanghai there are two Cafe
Montmarte Restaurants -- the New Factories
address and another on Hong Mei Lu, near Hong Qiao Pearl
City. Both serve French cuisine. Both are very nicely decorated
in traditional French Cafe Style and (very important) have
nice clean toilets and washrooms. Each day Cafe Montmarte
offers a blackboard menu with choices like venison, rabbit
and sole which are no more than $12 per dish -- some even
appear under tha daily special for $7. If you choose from
the blackboard menu -- a beer, glass of house wine or coffee
is included as well. My husband takes business clients there
regularly as he loves their goose liver pate appetizer.
* For more information on
China see: http://www.journeywoman.com/girltalk/china/girl_talk_china.html
in Hong Kong...
A terrific spot where I often meet my girlfriends and visitors
an organic health food cafe. There are a few branches around
Hong Kong, but my favourite is at 18 D'Aguilar Street, Central,
at the corner of Wellington Street. They serve great salads,
sandwiches, juices, smoothies and soups (I love their philosophy
on food, life and business which is ... 'do good, feel good').
The service counter is on the ground floor, and tables with
comfortable chairs and couches are located on the first
floor. I think women visiting our city will find the food
good and the ambience very female-friendly. Who knows? Maybe
one day another Journeywoman and I will both be enjoying
Kosmo at the very same time. Tel: +852 2868 2001. Website:
from Hong Kong...
I want to tell you where to get wonderfully huge stuffed
dumplings in Hong Kong. On my way home from China I stopped
in Hong Kong to meet another Journeywoman (Jennifer) who
lives there and speaks Mandarin. Jennifer took me to the
best dumpling place called Tsim
Chai Kee Noodle on 98 Wellington Street,
Central which is an Hong Kong institution that the expat
community knows about (they also have a second site at 61
Connaught Road in Central). We had fabulous dumplings --
huge and stuffed with shrimp in soup with noodles. What
a treat for my budget. The bill was only only 15 HKD which
is about $2.00 Canadian. This was a real bargain as I found
Hong Kong was so much more expensive than China.
from Hong Kong...
One of our favorite dim sum restaurants is called City
Hall Chinese Restaurant and it's hidden away
on the third floor of City Hall in Central (very close to
the Star Ferry) -- a real authentic find! The food is still
served (the very old fashioned way) from carts rolled around
the dining room. As the carts come by with the women servers
singing their wares, just point at what looks tempting and
it's yours. For foreigners this system works very well because
the women serving the food don't speak English at all. We
really like this place because it is a little quieter than
most dim sum places, the food is very good and not greasy
at all. Perhaps the nicest part of all is the great view.
You are overlooking Victoria Harbour -- this is exactly
the same view as you'd have at the Peninsula Hotel and you're
paying a fraction of the price for your meal.
from Hong Kong
There are a string of outdoor restaurants on Lamma Island
(one of the major outlying islands of Hong Kong) that are
supplied with the freshest fish, prawns, lobsters, crabs,
etc. Lots of mouthwatering local specialties are available
and at a fraction of the price you would pay to eat them
on Hong Kong island. Try the peppered prawns, deep fried
squid and steamed fish (with garlic, ginger, spring onions)
Absolutely fabulous! There are many restaurants to sample,
but for first-timers both Lamma
Hilton and Rainbow
are tried and true. It's not hard to get to this island.
Simply take the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan (Lamma). English is
widely spoken and waiters are generally friendly and helpful
when you're doing your ordering. Be careful though. Ferry
times should be checked in advance as they sometimes only
run hourly and you don't want to miss the last ferry back!
* For more information on
Hong Kong see: http://journeywoman.com/girltalk/hongkong_girltalk.html
One of the best restaurants in Tokyo (especially for the
money) is a place called Kaikaya,
near Shinsen Station on the Inokashira line, or less than
a 15-minute from Shibuya Station. For info: www.kaikaya.com
-- and tell them Alex-san sent you!
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Japan see: http://journeywoman.com/girltalk/girl_talk_japan.html
Laura from Tokyo...
In Tokyo, most restaurants are female-friendly but Otoya
was designed with the single woman in mind. Branches of
these restaurants are all located on the second floor of
buildings. This allows ladies the privacy while eating of
not having people stare in the windows at them. At Otoya,
you can buy a tasty, healthy set lunch for $10-$15. The
set up is similar to a bento box -- there will be soup,
rice, salad, dessert, a drink, and your main dish - meat,
fish or chicken. Otoya is easy to recognize by their logo
of a big 'O' (once you've found it, your eye will start
to see more of them). This chain is located at every major
train stop in Tokyo. Website: http://www.ootoya.com
(In Japanese) but you can still see their logo, menu postings,
from Bangkok, Thailand...
The Oriental Hotel is
one of the world's best hotels -- it's hardly a neighbourhood
restaurant. But if you do want to see The Oriental, aim
to make it for afternoon tea in the old Authors' Lounge.
This part of the hotel has been very well preserved, the
almost colonial ambiance retained, the walls decorated with
images and articles about the many authors who have stayed
in the hotel. It represents the historic role of The Oriental
for westerners in Thailand as a hotel, boarding and social
institution. P.S. If
this topic interests you, pick up a copy of The Occidentals,
one of the only novels about old Bangkok by a western woman
who lives in Thailand.
* For more information on
Thailand see: http://journeywoman.com/girltalk/thailand/girl_talk_thailand.htm
Pat from Bangkok, Thailand...
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.
Makati City, Manilla...
I want other JourneyWomen to know about Sentro
(at Greenbelt 3) for modern Filipino cuisine. I highly recommend
the corned beef sinigang, which is a soup very similar to
Thailand's tom yum gung. The broth is tamarind-flavored.
Sinigang may be made with fish, shrimps, beef or pork. In
Sentro's case, they use fresh corned beef. Their sizzling
tofu is also excellent. Address: 2nd Level, Ayala Center,
Makati City, Manilla. Tel. 757-3940 to 41 P.S. There are
lots of high end shopping malls in Ayala Center so this
is a nice meal stop when you're shopping.
Sugi is a
top-of-mind choice for Japanese food in the Makati area,
with its Japanese sushi chef and reasonable prices. They
have "set meals" in bento boxes for less than
US$10, as well as pricier fare with ingredients flown in
from Japan. You can expect dishes like beef teriyaki, spicy
tuna salad, all sorts of sushi and sashimi, salads, tofu
steaks, cream cheese filled makis. Address: Greenbelt 2
Ayala Center Makati, Manilla Phone: 7573678
If you visit the beautiful city of Da Lat, located on a
plateau northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, make sure you stop
at Long Hoa Restaurant.
This family-owned business serves flavourful, wonderfully-prepared
and beautifully presented home-cooked local delicacies.
The father is the (very courteous) Maitre D, the mother
does the cooking, and our waiter was the couple's son. The
service is impeccable, and the prices extremely reasonable.
Make sure you try the home-made yogourt for dessert - a
yogourt lover's heaven! (The restaurant has an original
wine: Long Hoa strawberry wine) Address: 6, 3 Thang 2 Street,
Tel: (063) 822934.
Linda from Istanbul,
I travel a lot internationally for my work however this
time my husband and I vacationed in Turkey. In setting up
some local travel we used a local travel agent and followed
his suggestion for a restaurant that serves "home cooked"
food. WOW! A woman has set up a little restaurant in Sultanahmet.
It is called Anatolian House
and is nicely decorated. She does the cooking and waits
on you and has someone to translate. Both of them are very
sweet and friendly. The place just opened in the fall of
2003 and they want to please you. Order several items off
the small menu. They may bring what is cooking that day
out for you to see. The menu varies a bit. Every item is
freshly cooked and wonderful. We went there twice and were
delighted both times.
To find it walk up Divanyolu Caddesi (it is the street
with the tram line) from the Blue Mosque/Aga Sofia area.
You will see McDonalds on the left. Take the next opening
"alley" just past it that is full of restaurants on the
right on Divanyolu. Go in about 3 restaurants on the left
(upper) side of walkway and the Anatolian House will be
there. It is definitely woman friendly. Address: Divan Yolu
Cad. Hoca Rustem So. No:7/B Sultanahmet. Phone 0.212522