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restaurant in South London...
you find yourself in South London there are many Indian
restaurants to choose from but without a doubt the best
Vegetarian Indian restaurant I have ever eaten at is the
Kastoori Restaurant. They serve vegetarian
Indian food that even the most hardened meat lover can't
help but fall in love with (eggs are not used in the cooking
so many dishes are suitable for vegans). The restaurant
is run by the Thanki family (from Gujarat via Uganda), the
staff is very helpful and will help you choose your meal,
ensuring that you do not over-order. Finish off with kulfis
(Indian ice cream) and the final surprise of a modest bill
for such a wonderful feast (average cost approx. £14
per person). Kastoori is located at 188 Upper Tooting Road,
SW17. Tel: 020 8767 7027
staff at Nonna's in Sheffield...
a Journeywoman readers and my hometown is in Sheffield,
England. My girlfriends and I enjoy Nonna's,
an Italian cafe and deli on Ecclesall Road, just before
Hunter's Bar roundabout (if travelling from the city centre).
I've used it for years, sometimes alone and sometimes with
friends. Coffee is great, staff is friendly and attentive
- and they make wonderful mini biscuity and cakey things
that go so well with coffee. My favourite is Americano coffee
with a pistachio mini cake thingy. The staff is sensitive
to changes in moods and, without knowing the reason, were
greatly supportive last year after my mother died. I forgot
to pay and went back when I realised later that day. They
just said it was no problem and they could see I wasn't
Pam, Sheffield, England
Portrait Restaurant in London...
a business traveler to London and the best tip I ever got
was to have lunch or afternoon tea at The Portrait
Restaurant in the National Gallery. Situated in
Trafalgar Square, it provides a lovely view of London --
Parliament, the Eye and Big Ben. This restaurant serves
a nice lunch that's affordable in return for excellent ambiance
and the opportunity to rest between sightseeing stops.
Bets, Brooklyn, USA
great pub in Zennor, Cornwall...
year, my sister and I walked 80 miles of the South West
Coast Path in Cornwall - England and Wales can boast a really
extensive, well signed footpath network which (as long as
you take sensible precautions) are quite safe to use - I've
also walked the West
Devon Way (36 miles) on my own, camping out with my two
chocolate labradors. What I wanted to do was recommend the
Gurnard's Head Pub (http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/gurnards-head/)
in Zennor, Cornwall. We stumbled on this gem when on that
80 miles trek. The food was fantastic - spoiled us for pub
grub for the rest of the trip. It was also very reasonably
priced. The chef is trained by the Delia Smith of Ireland
so the fare is very special.
light in Cornwall is different - must be the reflections
from the Atlantic Ocean that does it - or the confluence
of ley lines - whatever, the surrounding area of the pub
is wide open and wild. The decor inside is terracotta, blues
- reminded me of the mediterranean. And, of course, they
serve excellent beer (real ale!). I plan to stay there some
time, but we were camping out on that particular trip.
Terri, Lustleigh, Dartmoor, Devon, UK
insiders tips for enjoying London...
I miss London! I've just moved to Hong Kong but I wanted
to pass these five tips on to JourneyWomen who are visiting
my favorite part of the world. I hope they help.
You must buy The Guardian newspaper on a Saturday. In it
you'll find a small booklet called, The Guide
- a 'what's on' listing for London.
Our famous double decker buses are slowly
being phased out but you can still board the Nos 9 and 15.
Try and sit in the front seats for the best views.
If you are going to London in the winter the courtyard at
Somerset House has an outdoor ice rink
which is very festive. It's usually open between November
and January. Check
here for current dates and photos of last season.
I personally love a good curry. Do you? If yes, I heartily
recommend you try out Tooting's Mirch Masala.
It's on the Northern tube line at 213 Upper Tooting Road.
Tel: 020 8672 7500. Website: http://www.mirchmasalarestaurant.co.uk/mm/index.htm
Visit our lovely parks in the summer. Save some cash by
buying sandwiches at one of many Pret A Manger sandwich
shops or Marks and Spencer food courts.
Find a bench, lay your jacket out and do what all the office
workers do in London. Relax! Russell Square/ Tavistock Square/
Grosvenor Gardens in Victoria are all really lovely. If
you are in Victoria, you can enjoy a yummy Sharwarma from
Noura. There's a park right opposite if
the weather is fine or just sit in the cafe section of the
restaurant and do some fabulous people watching.
Shahira, Hong Kong
We googled the Lebanese restaurant Noura
and this is what we found. Sounds wonderful!
'The new face of Lebanese dining in London, Noura is smart,
sleek and modern. Its slickly designed menu offers around
50 meze dishes, plus grilled meats and, for dessert, some
terrific own-made ice-cream or aish as-saraya, a caramelised
bread pudding with clotted cream. Address: 16 Hobart Place,
SW1W 0HH (020 7235 9444/noura.co.uk).