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    Plat du Jour: Affordable Eating

    by Maryimelda Updated Jun 3, 2010

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    When dining out on a budget in
    Europe, you will find that many of the restaurants in most destinations will feature a "Plat du Jour" or a special set menu which may have two or three courses for a reasonable price.
    Restaurants in most countries are bound by law to have their menus on display outside so that you know prices etc before you enter.

    Favorite Dish: A good tip to remember is that you will often find a basket of bread or breadsticks, etc. on the table when you sit down. In many places (especially in Germany) this bread is not complimentary. You will be charged for whatever you eat.

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    Lunch: Save money and time

    by Maryimelda Updated Jun 3, 2010

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    All over Europe you will find wonderful ways of eating lunch for little cost. There are many different lunch eateries, street vendors etc where you can get a good bargain lunch which will more than keep body and soul together until dinner time. There will usually be a fresh fruit market around or at least fresh fruit to be had from Street vendors and mini marts as well, so there's no need to go hungry.

    Favorite Dish: In many countries, your hotel tariff will include breakfast (often times a buffet). Eat up big and you will only need a light lunch.

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    St Peters Stiftskeller, Salzburg: No 1 Favourite in Europe

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    So elegant, so warm, such a friendly and efficient staff, such good food and not as expensive as you might think when you first walk in. There are a number of different sections, including an outdoor area and one or two more formal restaurant rooms and a function room. I was shown into one of the more formal rooms and I was made to feel as if I was the only person there that night, which of course I wasn't as the place was packed out. I especially liked the way I was treated because it has been my experience in many parts of Europe to feel unwelcome because I am a woman dining alone. Maybe they don't like having to spare a table for one person or maybe they think I am up to no good, I really can't say. At St Peter Stiftskeller however, I was treated like royalty and made to feel very comfortable indeed.

    Favorite Dish: I'm a sucker for a good schnitzel and the schnitzel here was superb. I can especially recommend the soup which was carrot and coconut with smoked duck, words can't describe how good this was. I asked for a glass of red wine and the waiter said that he had a very interesting merlot for me to try and it was excellent. All the bread I could eat and a lovely garden salad and the bill came to 34 euro. I was delighted. At the risk of sounding over the top, I would say that I would return to Salzburg for a third time, for no other reason but to go back to St Peter Stiftskeller.

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    Restaurant Bären: taste the great fondues

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Restaurant Baeren is in my personal opinion one of the most beautiful and most interesting buildings of Unterseen and Interlaken. This restaurant dates back to the year 1674 - see some more photographs of their great interior on their webpage !
    Restaurant Baeren offers various swiss specialities at their menu, You will not meet plenty of tourists there, but plenty of local people who know, where to go !

    Favorite Dish: Cheese fondue is mostly served for a minimum of 2 persons in other restaurants. Fondue is a melted mixture of different kinds of cheeses and it is served in a pot.Small cubes of bread are taken by long fondue-forks and dipped into the fondue.Tastes fine - but if you have a nervous stomach - better don't take too much.Also: drink a lot of tea or white wine and brandy with it.
    Normally you get fondue only for a minimum of 2 persons, BUT in restaurant Baeren you may get it also for just 1 person - and have to pay just 3 sfr extra ! Preparing the fondue is quite a lot of work and needs a lot of attention by the cook and it is served in a pot that is kept warm by an open flame... all of this done for just 1 single portion certainly deserves such a small extra-amount. At other places single tourists would have to order and pay for 2 full portions !

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    COOP: for cheap and good self-service

    by globetrott Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    Eating in a restaurant is in general about 30% more expensive in Switzerland than in the rest of Middle-Europe, so the ordinary budget-traveler is forced to look for cheaper alternatives. The selfservice-restaurantchain of COOP is such a place I may highly recommend ! There is one opposite of the train-station Interlaken Ost and it has its own self-service-restaurant on 1st floor (USA:2nd floor).
    Something special in COOP and also in MIGROS-restaurants :
    You may read the daily local newspapers there for free and will not totally loose the contact to the catastrophies all over the world, while hiking and relaxing in Switzerland...

    Favorite Dish: Take a look at my pictures - I had a "cafe creme", 2 "Brienzer Mütschli" - my favorite kind of rolls and 2 pieces of cheese and I payed just 7 sfr / 5 Euros.
    They have quite a big choice of breads, rolls, croissants, cheeses etc. and of course you may get ham& eggs and similar dishes as well.
    In october 2005 they also had a lottery with each bill in the restaurant and I won several "Berliner" , some sort of a small donut, that made a great desert after breakfast.

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    MIGROS: my favorite place for a good self-service

    by globetrott Written Feb 19, 2007

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    MIGROS is the other cheap restaurant-chain in Switzerland that I may highly recommend for tourists on a budget and all of those people, who are in a hurry !
    MIGROS with their self-service-restaurants all over Switzerland are always a good choice to eat a good meal for a reasonable price. The MIGROS in Interlaken is directely opposite of the station Interlaken-WEST.
    These restaurants are also a good place to read the newspapers that they have on free display or to warm up on a cold or rainy day. Mostly you will not be chased away by the servants, when you just sit at a table without consuming anything as long as these tables are not urgently needed for other guests.

    Favorite Dish: I had a great lunch there and they have a hot buffet with all sorts of fried chicken, meat, fishes... and a hot buffet of different sorts of rice, vegetables & french-fries etc. - you simply help yourself and at the cashier you have to pay 2,60 sfr for every 100 gramms of the meal on your plate.
    For desert you may try "Rueblitorte" - a cake made of carrots, its healthy and tastes surprisingly good !

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    SCHUH: great chocolat for special occasions

    by globetrott Written Feb 19, 2007

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    Restaurant Schuh is a traditional cafe and restaurant that dates back already to the glorious times of tourism back in the 19th century. Nowadays this excellent Tea-room / Confiserie / Restaurant is not at all a cheap place for ordinary tourists, but rather a place to spend the afternoon and enjoy cakes, coffee and piano-music. Restaurant "Schuh" is located at the corner of HÖHEMATTE, and from the garden-restaurant you will see the famous mountain-view of the Jungfrau.
    Plenty of years ago I was working there for a summer-season, and when I returned in 2005 it did not have changed a lot : There is still a pianist playing in the afternoon and the evening, you still have to choose your cakes at the counter among a giant buffet of different cakes, pastries and chocolates and take them to your table yourself, while the drinks are served by the waiters.
    Something new to me was the chocolate-show, where you may watch the production of fine chocolates daily at 4,5,and 6 p.m. The entrance-fee to that performance is 10 sfr and you will get a voucher in that amount and may change it against some of their sweet souvenirs...

    Favorite Dish: This is really one of the best places I have ever seen, regarding production of cakes, fine chocolates, petit fours,ornamental chocolates of all kinds - in any case this is the swiss equivalent to Demel in Vienna - just watch the great windows with chocolate-ornaments or figures, chess-plays with all figures made of chocolate...

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    MA PETITE AUGERGE: BAR\RESTAURANT---CASTELLANE, FRANCE

    by LoriPori Written Dec 4, 2004

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    While we were staying here in Castellane , we went out for dinner at the MA PETITE AUBERGE. From what I can remember, the restaurant was in a garden setting with casual patio tables. I still have the bill in my scrapbook and the meals for four persons came to 218 French francs (1 franc =.20 or $43.60CDN).

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    Restaurant Engel: Goethe stayed here - Why dont you as well ?

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2011

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    Restaurant Engel in Kuessnacht am Rigi is a place I can highly recommend for various reasons : First of all it is a lovely half-timbered house with a long history dating back to the 14th century. It was also the place, where the "Eidgenossen" had their meeting first in 1424 and afterwards several times again untill 1712 A.D., so it was some sort of a "parliament" of the new union of the swiss counties (Kantone).
    In October 7th, 1797 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spent the night in the hotel.
    Take a look at my pictures , this hotel has a really beautiful architecture and great decorations under the roof !

    Favorite Dish: Restaurant Engel is a really beautiful old wooden building with cosy hotel-rooms and a great restaurant, with quite high prices. In general eating in a restaurant is quite expensive in Switzerland, one of the cheapest dishes I found on the menu was a porc-Cordon-bleu with french fries and vegetables for 28 sfr / 18 Euros !!
    A very fine 6-course-menu is available for 94 sfr / 62 Euros
    a simple pumpkin-soup with curry wass 10 sfr / 6,50 Euros

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    LA RISACCA: BAR\RESTAURANT ---CERIALE (SAVONA) ITALIA

    by LoriPori Written Dec 2, 2004

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    This bar\restaurant is located in Ceriale. At the time we were there LA RISACCA was Dutch-owned and operated. I still have the bill in my scrapbook and our meal for four persons was 34,000 Italian Lire ($34.00 CDN).

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    Hundertwasser - restaurant: Art by Hundertwasser makes you hungry !

    by globetrott Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    This is the cafe and restaurant inside of the Hundertwasser Markthalle in Altenrhein. They dont have only food and drinks there, but also lots of books about Hundertwasser to read there for their restaurant-guests and there are some prints of his paintings as a decoration. They also sell newspapers, postcards etc. and other things that you normally find in a kiosk.

    Favorite Dish: I just had a coffee and a cake. This place is mainly ment for tourists passing by, so dont expect a sophisticated daily menu, their cakes are excellent and their coffee is great as well.

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    Rothorn: perfect view & perfect food

    by globetrott Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    The restaurant on top of Brienzer Rothorn is most probably the highest restaurant of the mountains around Interlaken, where you may sit also outside on a terrific terrace . Restaurant Rothorn Kulm is a perfect place to have lunch or dinner and prices are average or even a bit lower than down the valley in Brienz and Interlaken. Take a look at my 3rd picture : that place-mat shows all the surrounding mountains and while waiting for your meal, you may search for the mountains in the panorama-view. (AND very important for VT-ers : take the place-mat home and use it, when searching for the right names of mountains and lakes that you are describing in your VT-tips;-)
    That same place-mat is also used at many other restaurants in the area !
    This restaurant and Rothornbahn are open in summer ONLY !!

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish was Roesti mit Schinken und Spiegelei ( Hashbrown potatoes with fried eggs and overbacked with cheese and ham ) is a dish I may highly recommend. Roesti is a really great dish and mostly also a bit less expensive than an ordinary lunch. You will hardly ever get such great hash brown potatoes outside of Switzerland !

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    Grandhotel Giessbach: for a step back in time

    by globetrott Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    When you are on vacation in Unterseen or Interlaken and you would like to go to a really special place for a special occasion or anniversary, I may highly recommend to have dinner or lunch at the Grandhotel Giessbach. Chez Florent is the name of the excellent Gourmet-restaurant of the Parkhotel Giessbach and it has 14 Gault-Millau-points. The restaurant is open daily during the summer and in the winter-season they will open only at friday and saturday evening during the 4 weekends of advent and upon reservation for groups with a minimum of 40 persons !
    Parkhotel Giessbach is such a lovely ambiente in a great surrounding, with the great terrace facing the Brienzersee and with a view of the waterfalls at the other side.

    Favorite Dish: Chez Florent is well known for its fine french and swiss cuisine and they offer a special 4-course menu every day - you may find more details on the web-page below !
    There is also another restaurant and cafe in Grandhotel Giessbach with more moderate prices - see my last 2 pics !

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    Neuhaus: a perfect place with a view

    by globetrott Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    Restaurant Neuhaus is at Thunersee, at the west-end of Unterseen and Interlaken and it has a great terrace facing the lake and the Niesen, (the Swiss Pyramid). This hotel and restaurant has a very old history and in the old building you will find the restaurant with a modern wintergarden and a great terrace with shady trees facing the Thuner See.
    Most tourists will see this place only, while they pass by when taking a cruise on Thunersee.

    Favorite Dish: Taste the ice-cream-coups, they were my favorite, when I spent an afternoon in Neuhaus, swimming and relaxing.This place has its own landing-stage for sailingboats and the steamers of Thunersee and also a private bathing-area, where everyone is welcome, but on busy days an employee will collect a small amount of money from non-residents of the hotel!
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    Jungfrau: the best about it is the view

    by globetrott Written Feb 19, 2007

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    Of course you will take a tour to the Jungfrau-Joch with the highest trainstation in Europe and a perfect view on a clear day, BUT when it comes to prices and quality you have to considder that you will have no chance to escape extremely high prices.
    On Top of Jungfraujoch there are 2 main restaurants :
    One of them is with waiter-service and even more expensive, the other one is with self-service and about average prices. And in addition there are various small bars and coffee-bars with snacks and coffee.

    Favorite Dish: I had Spaghetti Bolognese, applecider (Suessmost), a coffee and a croissant for desert. On the total it was not bad at all and also not really overpriced, when you considder the special location and the logistic problems that a restaurant will face at such a location ! On a place like this you might have eigther thousands of tourists during one day or almost nobody, it will totally depend on the weather and is really hard to predict...

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  • Jan 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Looking for a light, yet satisfying meal on a sultry July night in Pau last year, we settled on' Au fil des rizieres', 1 Place Gramont, taking window seats. The spacious, air-conditioned interior was a pleasant surprise. I chose the 'Menu Bouddhiste'. It could have been a vegetable overload but the soup and the main dish differed in their spices and vegetables and calmed the stomach. Dessert was a medley of sweetmeats. As we ate, we watched, fascinated through the window as a couple set their radio on the wall below and began practising their version of the tango, moving in and out of the tree canopy, their music faintly audible. As the light faded, bats swooped above them. Service was attentive but discrete and the goodbyes seemed genuinely friendly. 4 main meals and 3 desserts cost only 65.80 euro. A magical evening. Rowing chick

    • Jan 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      Many thanks leics - as a complete VT novice, I had to make a start somewhere (even the bottom of the Europe travel guide!). As yet I have no pages set up and no clear idea of how to begin, so any gentle directive will be much appreciated.

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      Jan 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      I'll send you a VT message. Look at 'Inbox' at the top of this or any page (when you're logged-in) and you'll see (1) when it's arrived. You're obviously an excellent writer so I do hope you'll make some travelpages and tips. :-)

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    We recently stayed in a fabulous cottage in Coly, Dordogne area of France. We had several wonderful meals at the local Bistro, La Table de Jean. You can meet them on Facebook.com/latabledejean Great food, friendly service and on the two or 3 evenings we visited live music. Highly recommended and very reasonably priced.

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