To please many of the British staying in Limassol, many restaurants on the strip has many British restaurants. As one will learn, the British military has two main bases in Limassol that protects the Greek side of the island. I guess because many British miss home; they decided to bring a piece of home to Cyprus.
A group of friends of mines decided to stop at this restaurant after walking for more than 30 minutes to eat dinner. This restaurant is big and can seat a large number of customers. Our waitress would sit us down and give us menus. We looked through the menus to determine what looked good to us. One thing that caught our eye was the chocolate-covered chicken strips. Even though it was unique and something I have never heard before in my life, I knew that I wasn’t going to order that. My group would look at each other to determine who would be brave enough to order it. A brave one would take the risk and ordered it. I ordered the Mushroom and Swiss Burger with a fried egg and Jack Daniels Lemonade drink.
Everyone’s order came after 20 minutes of waiting. I tried my burger; it was all right. I think what made my burger worth eating was the egg- Something I have never had on any burger that I tried before. As for the chocolate-covered chicken strips, one of my friends tried it and found it to be delicious. Surprisingly, he did not pass out or vomited. Another friend tried the chicken strips, and he found it to be delicious as well.
Our waitress came back to see how things were. We told her that things were good a few times because she had trouble understanding our English. As we would talk to her, she would just smile and nod in agreement.
This restaurant is clearly touristy but for many British customers. Even so, this restaurant reminded me of many restaurants in America. The only difference is that this restaurant focused more on popular British sports rather than American sports. This is a good restaurant if you love and miss burgers. If you have the courage, you should try the chocolate-covered chicken strips. Who knows? You may enjoy it as two of my friends did!
Favorite Dish: I had only one dish, which was the burger with egg. I've ate a lot of burgers in my life, especially from America, but the egg in the Mushroom and Swiss burger added a different spin.
Sykaminia is located in Old Town in Limassol. The place is hard to find because it doesn’t stand out. While many restaurants stand out to attract tourists, this restaurant can be hard to find, which it was a great sign. It was a great sign because it meant that I could taste real Cypriot cuisine that many locals would eat. George saved his best gift for last; he wanted to ensure that the remaining group experienced the flavors of Cypriot cuisine. The group walked to the restaurant and sat down after entering the restaurant. Not surprisingly, we were the only non-locals in this restaurant. The restaurant is small but fancy even though it is a more like a buffet restaurant.
George introduced the group to the hostess and waitresses who would serve the group. Before he left, George told the hostess and waitresses to bring out their best dishes for the group to enjoy, and they did not disappoint! Many of the dishes are Greek-influenced, so one can expect lamb, chicken, and beef. One thing that amazed me is the presentation of the dishes. Everything is beautifully presented, so one will know that food is fresh and flavorful. As the group ate, the restaurant continued to bring more different dishes out; every dish had a different flavor. The wine served by the restaurant made eating the different dishes even more enjoyable. The group had around 10 different dishes. By the end of lunch, one waitress brought out one of the best Baklava that I have ever had. When she brought it out, she said the diet is gone when one eat this dessert.
The waitresses and even the owner were very pleasant and kind. They took care of us even though the restaurant was very busy. As the group finished the meal, everyone was amazed at the cost: For six people, each person paid 14 Euro. After paying, the waitress- I think that she was another owner- who served the group dessert escorted the group outside. She talked to the group and asked how we enjoyed our meal; the group agreed that the meal was fantastic!
If you ever decide to visit Cyprus, one should make every effort to visit this hidden gem. Highly recommended!
Favorite Dish: The baklava was a delicious dessert. The dessert is homemade and fresh,. If you decide to come here, you must try out this dessert.
If they ever closed down all the Subway Sandwich shops in Cork, half the population would surely starve. There is even one in the arrivals at the airport so you can start eating Subways right away. They seem to have half of all restaurants in the city and if Mr. Subway (pictured) catches you eating any local Irish food he will chase you! OK, seriously he only chases and beats bad children and he really does not give any vouchers out. The details below are for the BEST subway in Cork – on South Main Street. It is on the same small street as the Beamish Brewery and stays open until about 3am in the morning! Really! I came out of the pub, worse for wear, and had a mouth-watering fresh & hot meatball sandwich I could barely finish. Great work Subway people!
Also pictured: the South Main Street and other locations in Cork.
I was afraid to type this. Yes, the Subway man is holding a sandwich board.
A footlong meatball with cheese (toasted) and served with ‘the Works’ on a cheese & herb roll. You must have jalapeno peppers on it!
Yes, Luigi Malone was a real person and there is a large photo of him inside on the family wall. This beautiful restaurant surprises you the second you enter through the mahogany French doors. Right in front of you is the original station clock from Kings Cross Station (London) which was once at the entrance of the Great Eastern Line. One of the ceiling fans is actually a propeller from the first (Irish) airplane to fly over the Atlantic. Sadly the plane crashed into a bog in Mayo. The food? Along with traditional Italian favourites you can also devour Mexican and steak dishes. The restaurant is well recommended for it food and service. It’s a classy place.
They are open Monday - Saturday 10am - till late & Sunday 1pm - 9pm
They now have a location in Dublin!
This place rocks. It is amazingly simple, yet it tastes so good. This is the ‘Take-Away’ arm of the Jardin do Frangos. Frangos are chickens and no one does a better chicken BBQ than the Portuguese. In Cascais no one make a better Portuguese BBQ than these people. Step inside and watch the chickens being turned over rotisserie style over live coals. You head left to the cashier to order. You get a whole, half or parts of a chicken. Bread and drinks are optional. After you pay you head right to hand over your piece of paper. Then the cooks get to work. They get your bread (from above their heads) and your chicken. You will be asked if you want Peri-Peri or Picante sauce. Ask them to go very very easy on the Peri-Peri. Portuguese explorers brought back the hot spices for Peri-Peri from South Africa, because nothing was hot enough in Europe!
They wrap up this simple, but fantastic meal in paper and you are on your way. And if you are short of cash – they have an ATM at the front door !
1/2 Frango with a (very) small amount of Peri-Peri Sauce
Small bread (still very large for one person)
Ice cold diet coke
The chicken is always spiced to absolute perfection and mouth wateringly juicy.
From the outside this fabulous restaurant simply says ‘South African Restaurant – Steak House’. Inside it opens up into a very pleasant African themed restaurant that still has a certain romantic charm. The South African owner is from Johannesburg and a very friendly guy. I showed up late (10:30pm) and he served me himself. Nothing was a problem and I really enjoyed my food and chat with him about South Africa. He is a keen Rugby fan, so matches are sure to be on the TV on match days.
The food? Great. The Boerewors starter was tasty, but a small portion. He gets his from South Africa and I would recommend this as a main course or choose another starter. And the steak? Fantastic. They have lots of sauces and I chose the authentic Monkey Glad sauce. No animals are harmed; it is a mildly sweet thick chilli sauce. You can wash whatever you eat down with an excellent variety of great wines. If you want a quiet romantic meal in Cascais, this is the place. It is located in a quiet neighbourhood removed from the bar scene by a comfortable 4 city blocks.
Their menu is varied and includes good salads, ostrich steaks and chicken dishes. Something for everyone if you are a meat eater!
Not open on Sundays
* Boerewors starter
* Monkey Gland sauce on a sirloin steak
* A bottle of Poruguese red wine (Monte Velho)
This is a World Class Restaurant you do not want to miss. The food here is so impossibly delicious that you will want to lick your plate clean. The reason it is called ‘Arran on a Plate’ is due to the fact that the Master Chefs of Great Britain award their Chefs with plates highlighting their achievement. The restaurant is centred around Chef Richard Attkins. Richard began his training in Scotland and progressed into Michelin-starred establishments in France and the UK. Throughout his career he has specialised in sourcing Scottish season produce to create awesome meals. The menu changes and is varied, but its all fantastic. They even serve locally produced beers from the Arran Brewing Company. I also enjoyed THE best ever cheese board in my life. They use lots of local Arran ingredients and this really makes Arran on a Plate special.
The restaurant itself has great views over Brodick Bay and has a trendy interior. They have a licensed bar open until midnight with a good selection of whiskey.
The great thing about Arran on a Plate? You do not even have to stay on the Isle of Arran to enjoy this world class restaurant. You could come over on a ferry from the mainland for a scrumptious lunch or early dinner. In fact lunch here would really make a day out on Arran something special.
OPENING TIMES (7 DAYS A WEEK):
* Lunch 2pm to 2.30pm
* Dinner 5.30pm to 9.30pm
* Cocktail bar open until Midnight
had the Scallops and Salmon starter with soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi paste to start with. And a whiskey of course. My main meal was Trout Almandine which was absolutely delicious. This went well with a Dark Isle of Arran Ale. Finally – the best Cheese Board I have ever eaten. This comprised several Arran and Scottish cheeses, oat cakes and an Isle of Arran Tomato Chutney. Complemented by an excellent glass of house red wine. Fabulous!
Muya has only been open a few months, but it’s a real winner. The hardest part of Ethiopian cuisine outside of Ethiopia is getting the Injera right. They do a great job. It’s a modern and stylish restaurant that is intimate and cosy. It’s a family run business and they are from Addis Ababa. The food is excellent. I had Doro Wot (chicken and egg with a spicy red Berbere sauce) and Ayib Begomen (cottage cheese and spinach) along with some authentic St. George’s beers. Excellent. I received a warm greeting, great service and a nice atmosphere. This is a great find. They do coffee if you want to stop by. Coffee was invented in Ethiopia, so you get the real thing. Great for a quiet business meal, new food experience or a romantic evening.
Coffee Lounge Opening Times Monday- Friday: 8am till 5pm Saturday: 11am till 5pm Restaurant & Bar Opening Time Monday - Saturday: 6pm till 11pm Sunday: 6pm till 10pm
Triana Restaurant is a must eat at Taverna in Fira. Why? Because it is one of the few surviving traditional Tavernas left. They have been serving up great Greek food at great prices for 45 years. The owner, Aris Pashalidis told me that the Greeks have a saying: “You don’t change your barber and you don’t change your Taverna”. Too many traditional tavernas in Fira have lost business to ‘fusion’ art houses parading small morsels of food as ‘meals’. Triana serves you traditional meals that fill you up and make you happy. They also serve good beer and wine if you want to sit and have a relaxing drink without the need of a bank loan.
The interesting thing about the quality of the food was when we first noticed the Greek Salad. The huge chunk of Feta cheese just tasted better than any we enjoyed in Greece. Why? Because they had properly marinated the cheese like any Greek household would! Find a busy restaurant in Fira and I will show you restaurants that do not properly prepare their Feta! Eat here and taste the difference.
Triana is on the main road and has a lovely terrace overlooking the ocean and several nearby islands. It does not have Caldera views so its prices are not elevated, only its terrace.
And yes, I ate there twice on my last visit. Everything is just good. Greek salads, Stamna, spaghetti, vegetarian dishes, house wine. All well prepared and served with a nice conversation and smiles.
Mr. Pashalidis is looking to retire, so if you would like to carry on a proud tradition, you can actually buy Triana!
I enjoyed STAMNA a traditional dish of baked beef in a casserole dish. It had huge hunks of tender beef seasoned to perfection. I had a Greek salad to start the festivities and washed it down with house wine that was cheap in price, great on quality.
When we had lunch there I had the ‘Tirana Special Salad’ with fresh seafood.
Had it not been for their large windows and an observant passer-by – I could have been had my passport burned up in the fire. What fire? These enterprising individuals leave small burning tea lights out across their customer drinking/dinning counter in their front window. Yes, live flames in the middle of the morning. I didn’t realise they were there. To be fair I was trying to drink a nice strong coffee to wake up. So yes, my brand new VT bag and bus ticket to get home went up in flames. I beat it our before it got to my passport. And the coffee? Weak in taste. Very. Nice surroundings, but who cares. There is a corporate Costa Coffee around the corner and several well rated cafés in town. ‘In Your Pocket’ Guide recommends you look elsewhere for a great coffee experience as well.
They do offer free WiFi, air-conditioning and take credit cards. Open 08:00-21:00 M-Sat, Sun 10:00-20:00
They also allow smoking. Of course they do. I left the place smelling like burnt nylon and paper. Not nice.
Šadrvan is simply a great restaurant. It is just a few meters from the famous Mostar Bridge so you absolutely cannot miss it. I was greeted warmly outside and lead through what would be a great seating area outside (in summer) and into a warm interior. The décor is traditional and tasteful. My waiter was a great guy and everything just magically appeared. I knew I wanted to try the Bonian national dish - Ćevapi - as well as have a local beer. Interestingly the old beers listed were 'Beer 1' and 'Beer 2'. Seeing that Beer number 2 was more expensive I asked for it. The waiter rattled off 3 massive worldwide brands of beer. I looked horrified. He explained that Beer 1 was a list of Bosnian and nearby beers. I opted for a Sarajevo Beer. Fantastic choice! Very impressive.
Then my food came to the table from the large wooden counter the waiters have to climb up to when food comes out of the kitchen. It was very well presented, was hot and fresh. Even the bread had just been baked. Ćevapi is essentially 8-10 small mince meat kebabs. They tasted absolutely fantastic.
I only stopped here for lunch, but can definitely recommend this wonderful restaurant for any meal. They also have a very good looking bar upstairs. The dinning room is downstairs.
I enjoyed the Ćevapi and a cold Sarajevo Beer.
Some of the great things about Šadrvan:
* The menus (and website) have great pictures off all the dishes to help you choose
* Very professional service
* Good prices and they accept Euros
* Great location
* Great local food, dishes, wines and beers
* A warm and friendly atmosphere
* You can make reservations on their website
The food was so bad here that I am starting to guess what happened to Ragusa 1. It had real potential. I cam across this restaurant when I noticed some tables in a narrow alleyway just north and up the stair from Stradum. It looked nice inside and out, the menu look great and the staff said that a free drink came with meals. Get in there. I then made the mistake of returning that night. My service was polite and my meal was ordered. So was my bottle of local wine. Neither was good. My starter, garlic mushrooms, were ok I guess. Just a bunch of garlic sauce poured over some mushrooms. That’s about the quality of the culinary skill. I then awaited the most expensive single dish they had – a mixed seafood dish. In the meantime 2 couples I had met on an excursion that day walked by and said hello. They mentioned they had eaten here the night before. I could tell they had not been impressed.
My seafood arrived and it actually didn’t look quite right. It was all deep fried. This left the fish and langoustines tasting tough and nasty. Even the mussels had been deep fried! Who deep fries mussels in the shell? I tried to eat what I could. I did through a few pieces to a homeless cat. He walked away from it. That’s just how bad it was. I also noticed a man showing up who seemed to scare the staff. The owner maybe?
I found my meal to be the most expensive I ate in Dubrovnik and the only one that was not absolutely delicious.
The next day I saw the people I had met again. The first thing they did was ask me how my meal was at Ragusa 2. When I explained they said similar things. They didn’t want to be impolite and I had already started dining before they could save me.
So please read this tip and avoid this restaurant! They have been in operation since 1929, but with the current offering, I don’t think they will be here much longer. There are some excellent restaurants in Dubrovnik. This is not one of them.
Even my beer was bad.
Bangladesh Tandoori is by far the best Indian cuisine restaurant in all of Ardrishaig. It’s even the best Indian restaurant for 50 miles or more.
Actually it’s the ONLY Indian restaurant for 50 miles. And it’s not really good.
I am guessing that the Pub next door brings this any repeat trade that it does. I fell sorry for everyone in this community. I have had some absolutely delightful Indian meals in Scotland. This would never be one of them – even remotely. It’s just kind of a ‘here you go’ attitude to service, ingredients and taste. This is not even that great on a fast food basis, which it wasn’t fast either. It’s just poor.
If you are driving along, like I was, either go to the grocery store, or keep going. This is not worth the money – sorry. It was not cheap. I had £20 to spend and I couldn’t have a drink – as I was driving. My bill was more than that for a starter, main meal and 2 diet cokes. I ate it because I was hungry. I ordered the Mixed Grill as you usually get lots of meat and rice. No. Small portions. And it was lacking in flavour and the quality of the meat was on the tough side.
So just pass on by….
Open 11:30AM-11PM Monday-Saturday and 11AM-11PM Sundays.
They do takeaways and delivery nearby.
Want a guaranteed great meal and entertainment too? The Knutsford Wine Bar has it all. Located in the Old Chapel and Grammar School right in the heart of lively Knutsford. It has an intimate and lively feel to it and the staff are fun and really helpful. And the food? Incredible! They are always changing the menu, but I have never had anything less than a fantastic experience when I eat here. The varied menu means you could have a Thai started with and Italian main dish. Their wine selection is second to none. They even won awards in 2003 & 2004 from Cheshire Life Magazine for their superior food.
The Knutsford Wine Bar also has loads of live entertainment. As they say themselves:
‘Check out our live acts, live bands, live music, our menu and our wine list by visiting’
or call us on 01565 750459
They describe it as a complete night out and it is!
Excellent for business travellers staying at Cottons Hotel.
And a bit of history:
A Chapel stood on the site built in the 14th century. It was replaced by the Parish Church built in 1744. It also served as the Grammar School until 1887.
I try different dishes every time I visit and they have all been fantastic. I have included a picture of their current menus.
I came across this really cool gastropub, bar, beer garden when I was having a very long day. My satnav in my car had taken me the worn way and I had to drive over 400 miles in 11 day instead of 200. On top of that there were signs north of Inverary telling me the road would close in about 1 hour. I was driving south! When I walked into the George I was impressed. It’s very dark and old worldly. Lots of stone, 4 large fireplaces and original wood features. The George was originally 2 houses built in 17770. It really is stepping back in time inside. They still use the fireplaces as well.
I was greeted warmly and I explained my long day and need to get served quickly. They also knew the road would close and I would be 35 miles on the wrong side of my hotel. They were very helpful and I chose 2 great sounding dishes. The whole menu looked delicious. When my starter came, I was surprised at the size of the scallops. Absolutely beautiful to look at and eat. My main course was fillet of pork on a mushroom risotto. Absolutely succulent meat and a very tasty dish. Because I still had miles to drive I had to pass on a great looking wine list and even a nice dram of whiskey. This was equally hard because of just how ell stocked and inviting the bar looked.
Considering I was in a hurry, I enjoyed my great meal, even if I was drinking diet coke.
The George has won at least one award and does change its menu. They source their beef and lamb from the West Highlands. Seafood is fresh from the nearby port of Tarbert and their salmon is from Loch Fyne – about 100 meters away! They have over 100 single malt whiskeys and real ales to wash down your very good quality food.
Food is from 12 noon to 9pm
I had a fantastic meal. My starter and main meal were described like this on the menu:
Starter - Pan fried king scallops served on a bed of cauliflower emulsion, grilled chorizo and rocket.
Main - Roasted Ayrshire pork fillet served on a bed of wild mushroom and sage risotto with cider jus, seared spinach and grilled streaky bacon.
I wish I had not been driving. The wine and whiskey list looked great. I had a diet coke.
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