After a rather lovely meal out with the gf last night to celebrate the new job I thought I'd ask what are everyone's favourite restaurants / take aways?
I can't recommend DUK in Preston highly enough. It's peruvian tapas but they do loads of other things including the biggest vegetarian / vegan menu in the north west (as well as great dishes for you meat eaters) Menu online at: www.dukrestaurant.co.uk/
Pizza Express also gets an honourable mention from the lawton-johnson household.
Heh...mine will be far away from yours... but as a lover of fine restaurants, long meals and large tasty portions...
In Warsaw, there are a few top notch restaurants:
1. India Curry - so named because ...surprise surprise...it serves indian cuisine. This is possibly the most expensive restaurant I've ever frequented, with a dinner for two running upwards of 100 USD, but it is well well worth it. Get a bottle of good wine while you're here because you'll pay through the nose anyways so might as well enjoy it to the fullest!
2. New Shanghai - this is my favorite Japanese/Chinese restaurant - run by a Chinese guy, his family, and a lone Japonese master of Sushi and other such things - this is the best food in the universe - seriously. I could live in this restaurant. The Tsing Tao chinese beer is wonderfully light albeit bitter, and the sake is heated and served in beautiful ornamental jugs. The portions are not only delicious but also truly truly large. The best joint I've ever had the pleasure of eating at; the one place I never tire of returning to. Prices used to be really really low for the quality (which was utterly high) - but now prices have gone up due to inflation/rising global prices etc etc etc. Still - good value for your money. You can leave 50 USD for two people and really eat your heart out. Great stuff!
3. Santorini - this is a Greek Tavern which is well hidden in an old, communist era public-housing building. The building is dilapidated, and one of the most lovely experiences I had in this regard was taking a certain donor for a dinner here. The fellow was rightly expecting me to treat him to at least a nice dinner since he treated me to 4 years of education - and the look on his face when we got out of the cab at what was basically a slum house was priceless...however - once you get past the dilapidated exterior - you go inside and actually find that the interior is a faithful recreation of a Greek tavern. Candles and an almost always packed house make it very hot and muggy inside (but in a pleasant, summer-in-Greece kind of way)... and on Thursday's there's Greek music, dancing and traditional plate breaking. The foot is exceptional, of course, and also pretty pricey. Again, expect to leave about 100 USD or more for a dinner for two. Don't buy a bottle of wine because you'll end up leaving 200 USD Go for the wine jug instead.
4. The Hungarian - Once you've eaten at the above three joints, you'll be broke. Broke, but still hungry and wanting to continue eating like a king. That's when you go to this low-key joint. The Hungarian serves, as the name implies, Hungarian food. There really isn't that much on the menu - just the most traditional meals. But all of them are so wonderfully delicious and so under 25 USD for two people that you won't be able to resist - especially when you're broke.
5. Vok - this is a Chinese place at the Marriot right in the smack dab center of Warsaw. They have a system whereby one dish costs about 3 USD. Of course, one dish is really really reaaallly small. But even though you have to buy 15 dishes to feel well fed (well, at least I do), that still comes out to only 45 USD for two people which isn't bad at all. They have Tsing-Tao chinese beer (yay), but won't let you smoke indoors (boo). Still, it's a nice place, albeit a bit too hotel-culture like for my taste; but the food is decent, the prices (3 USD for one dish) are unbeatable, and the service is utterly horrible ("oh, have you been sitting there for 45 minutes without a waiter? Umm...hopefully he'll show up soon! Bye!") Still -recommended.
And that would be just about it for the top places to go in Warsaw.
Cafe Anduluz in Glasgow's West End is a most splendid tapas place. Friendly and quick service. Unusually for tapa restaurants, the portion sizes are both decently sized and also very filling. Very good range on the menu and decent deals so does not cost overly much. A good meal there and a couple of drinks will still leave you a few quid change from £20*.
There is a brilliant, locally famed Indian restaurant at Charing X, Glasgow. Buggered if I can recall the name right now though. Brain fart!
*Monday-Friday. It's a bit pricier at weekends, IIRC.
Last Edit: Sept 12, 2008 15:59:20 GMT by The Doctor
There's a fantastic Chinese place up in Cambuslang, a well-kept secret within a dilapidated building in a rough area. I'll ask my mum what it's called when she gets in. Inside it's like a different planet- lush decor, artwork, huge tropical fish tanks with fascinating-looking residents, and an absolutely superb menu. Very friendly staff, too, but then I've yet to visit an unhappy Chinese restaurant. I don't know how they do it. Nitrous oxide in the kitchen, maybe.
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... well obviously not all of cos I had rather a lot. But in my lunch today there was a food stuff I had not eaten before. Said food stuff is a favourite of at least one forum member and indeed there are multiple referances to it on this very sub forum. I even heard it mentioned in a track I heard on my MP3 player while travelling to town.
Unfortunately, I was unable to finish a curry meal at a restaurant yesterday (or have a desert) as with perfect comedy timing I came down with strong stomach pains part-way through. A swift exit to my abode to lie down with some painkillers was required!