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De Gouden Reael - this cosy restaurant and bar in the north of the city - about 20-minutes walk from Centraal Station - serves unique and distinctive food that is a delicious, innovative blend of Dutch and international influences. There’s a standard starters-and-mains menu, but on both trips we opted for the wonderful sampling menu: a series of starter-sized dishes (best shared) that allows you to try a wide range of the chef’s culinary brilliance. It also has one of the most extensive wine lists in the city and starting prices are very reasonable. Tel: 0031 (0) 20 6233883 - Map Feb 18


Sumo - the phrase “all you can eat” is something we’re wary of in a restaurant but in the case of this sushi and grill eatery, we’re glad we gave it a try. The food is excellent value for money: lunch is €19.95 per person. There’s a small supplement for things such as the moreish salmon sashimi, but most dishes fall into the all-you-can-eat category. It's ideal for trying new things and there are plenty of dishes we’d not come across before. It’s part of chain and we've tried two of the three in Amsterdam and found them consistently good. Map Dec 17


Café Americain - this beautiful art deco restaurant opened its doors in 1902 and has been described as Amsterdam’s living room because of its relaxed atmosphere. It’s located in the heart of the city and is Holland's oldest grand café and a listed monument. It's part of the American Hotel and apparently where the spy Mata Hari held her wedding reception - 0031 (0) 205563010. Map Oct 17






El Pintor  - this former painter’s workshop in the Barri Gòtic, just around the corner from the cathedral, specializes in traditional Catalan cooking. The restaurant is spread over two floors and the rustic décor - exposed brickwork and wooden beams - is cosy and relaxing. The food is distinctive and delicious, and whatever you order you'll want to sample your companions' choices as well. Good wine selection, friendly staff, and good value. Map Feb 18


7 Portes - this stylish restaurant serves some of the best Catalan food in the city and offers an excellent selection of wines. It has the added attraction of serving from 1pm to 1am, seven days a week. It opened in 1836, making it one of the oldest eateries in the city, and it’s certainly one of the best known. It’s always busy but if you don’t have a reservation and they’re full, you probably won’t have to wait long for a table - 0034 933193033. Map Dec 17


Qu Qu - this lively tapas bar and restaurant is just a couple of minutes north of Plaça de Catalunya. You can eat at the bar, in the restaurant, or even get a takeaway, but whatever you decide the food is excellent and the house wines are great value. Even though the place is always busy, the bionic staff work at light speed, so you won’t have to wait too long for your food. Great for a snack or a full-blown meal - 0034 933174512. Map Sept 17






De Stove - a couple of minutes from the Markt, in the historic centre of the city, you’ll find this atmospheric little husband and wife restaurant which seats around 20 people. The French and Flemish cooking is fabulous and if the food got any fresher you’d have to hold it down. Everything is homemade including the bread, cookies and ice cream. Try the herb-encrusted cod or the Flemish fish stew. Set lunches from €44 - 0032 (0) 50337835. Map Jan 18


't Huidevettershuis - set in the former Tanners Guildhall, which dates back to 1450, this charming and friendly restaurant specializes in Flemish and seafood dishes. Its four intimate dining rooms are spread over two floors and a window table will give you picturesque canal views as a backdrop to your meal. Service is attentive but relaxed and the excellent food and wine are very reasonably priced. Set lunches from €22. Closed Tuesday - 0032 (0) 50339506. Map Nov 17


De Visscherie - this excellent seafood restaurant in Fish Market square is well known by discerning Bruges food lovers as one of the best eateries in the city. It’s run by a husband and wife team who obviously love what they do; the attention to detail is evident everywhere from the contemporary décor and attentive service, to the stunningly fresh and seasonal dishes. Fixed-price menus from €35 - closed Tuesday - 0032 (0) 50330212. Map Aug 17






lL'Ecume des Mers - this modern and stylish brasserie with its striking décor and white table linen is a favourite with local seafood aficionados, and it's not hard to see why. The menus change daily to reflect the catch of the day and you’d be hard pressed to find an inland restaurant anywhere in France serving fresher fish. The best tables are in the upstairs gallery and set lunches start at a very reasonable €18 - 0033 (0) 320549540. Map Jan 18


Le Barbue d’Anvers - this charming estaminet is not a place you’ll find during a casual wander around the city but it’s definitely worth seeking out. It’s tucked away down a cobblestone alleyway a couple of minutes from Grand’ Place in a lovely sixteen-century brick building. The restaurant is arranged over three levels, and serves tasty and good-value local dishes. Two-course set menus start at €24 and the small wine list has bottles from €21 - 0033 (0) 320551168. Map Oct 17


Clément Marot - you want to take your partner or friends somewhere special for lunch. Somewhere they’ll have the kind of gastronomic treat they’ll enthuse about every time someone mentions the words Lille or France. Somewhere welcoming and relaxed where the bill won’t bring tears to your eyes. Take them to this temple of wonderful food and wine just a stone's throw from Grand’ Place in the heart of the old city - 0033 (0) 320570110. Map July 17






Hostaria Borromei - this family-run restaurant in Milan’s business district, and close to the Civico Museo Archeologico, specializes in cooking from the Montova region of Italy. It’s a favourite of the business community and not just because of the excellent and reasonably priced food. It also has a charming vine-shaded courtyard, which makes it a great venue for al fresco summer dining. Set menus from €30. Closed Sunday - 0039 (0) 286453760. Map Jan 18


Bice - there are about 40 Bice restaurants around the world, including one in London, but the original opened in Milan's historic centre in 1926. Like its stylish cousins, it’s a favourite of the rich and famous, but you don’t have to be loaded to eat here: set lunches start at about €25. A good wine won’t break the bank either. The extensive menu is traditional Tuscan and Milanese, and the food is excellent. Closed Sunday - 0039 0276002572. Map Nov 17


Casa Tua - for good quality food at reasonable prices head for this busy osteria near Porta Romana in the south-east corner of the city. It specializes in Tuscan cuisine and you get a free plate of delicious antipasti while you peruse the excellent menu. The wines are also Tuscan, and the subtly fizzy house red and white are such good value it's rude not to drink them. Pleasant surroundings and friendly staff. Closed Monday - 0039 (0) 25514269. Map Sept 17






Jules Verne -  the award-winning chef Alain Ducasse is in charge of the Eiffel Tower’s two restaurants, but the Michelin-starred Jules Verne on the tower's second level is worth visiting just for the amazing panoramas. You’ll need to book in advance, especially if you want a window seat. There’s a private access lift in the south pillar so you can avoid the queues and fixed-price lunches start at around €80 - 0033 (0) 145556144. Map March 18


La Tour d’Argent - this restaurant was opened in 1582 to cater for aristocrats tired of slumming it with the proles. It became so popular that people fought duels to get a table. Luckily you no longer have to reach for a weapon to eat in this plush Michelin-starred eatery. It's famous for its duck and vast wine cellar, and has wonderful panoramic views over Notre Dame. Set lunches from €105. Closed Monday and Tuesday lunch - 0033 (0) 143542331. Map Dec 17


Restaurant Lapérouse - this romantic and evocative restaurant has had some illustrious patrons over the years including Alexander Dumas, Emile Zola and Víctor Hugo. The scratches and graffiti on some of the mirrors were supposedly the work of suspicious women testing the diamonds given to them by their lovers. River views, intimate private rooms, good food and unforgettable surroundings. Fixed price menus start at around €45 - 0033 (0) 143266804. Map Oct 17






Colline Emiliane - tucked away down a quiet side street near Piazza Barberini, and easy to miss, is a family-run ristorante that specializes in classic Bolognese cuisine. It serves some of the best pasta and cured meats in the city, as well as a wide choice of delicious Italian dishes. The house wines are good value and they do a superb Zabaglione. Budget to mid-price - via delgi Avignonesi, 22. Closed Sunday evening and Monday - 0039 (0) 644817538. Map March 18


Da Giggetto is a wonderful and busy Roman-Jewish restaurant has several rooms, two outside terraces and a very impressive setting, the Portico d’Ottavia. Specialties include fried artichokes (carciofi), dry-salted cod (baccala) and the extremely moreish courgette flowers filled with cheese and anchovy (fiore di zucca). In the Summer you can escape the heat by having an aperitif in the cellar tasting room. Friendly service and a good selection of wines. Mid-price and up - 0039 066861105. Map Dec 17


Osteria dell’Ingegno - a modern wine bar and trattoria just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon. It's a great place for a casual drink, a snack in between sightseeing, or a romantic evening meal. The food is delicious and inventive without being fussy, and the service is relaxed and friendly. The outside tables overlook the massive columns of Hadrian’s temple and are a great spot for people watching. Mid-price and up. 45 Piazza di Pietra - 0039 0667806622. Map Oct 17






Brasserie Flo Les Beaux-Arts - forests of wood panelling, mirrors everywhere, waiters in black waistcoats and white aprons, this restaurant - part of the Flo group - is every inch the traditional French brasserie. Oyster fans will love the different varieties on offer and if you like crepes, the Grand Marnier flambé is a must. A great location, attentive service, excellent food and wine, and fixed-price menus from around €25 - 0033 (0) 561211212. Map Feb 18


Michel Sarran - set in a lovely 19th-century building with a charming indoor garden, this two-star Michelin restaurant is run by master chef Michel Sarran and his wife, Françoise. The food is superb, and it's probably the best and the most stylish eatery in town. A three-course set lunch, including wine and coffee, is unfaultable value at around €55 and there are also tempting €100 and €132 menus. Closed Sat/Sun & Wed lunch – 0033 (0) 561123232. Map Nov 17


Emile - this great city-centre restaurant overlooks one of Toulouse’s most picturesque squares - Place St. Georges - and has a terrace for alfresco dining in the summer. It serves wonderful and beautifully presented local cuisine including cassoulet, duck and foie gras; and is famous for its excellent and interesting wine list. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the staff are unobtrusively attentive. Fixed-priced lunches start at around €20. Closed Sunday & Monday - 0033 (0) 561210556 Map Aug 17






Trattoria alla Rivetta - for a taste of real Venetian cooking at budget prices - and only a few minutes from Piazza S. Marco - head for this lively and friendly seafood restaurant at the foot of Ponte S. Provolo in Salizada S. Provolo. It’s a favourite with locals, especially gondoliers, and always busy. It's quite small, so you may have to share a table, which only adds to the experience. But the food is well worth the squeeze. Closed Mon - 0039 (0) 415287302. Map Jan 18


Cantinone Storico - if you fancy getting away from the crowds and eating in a quieter and less frenetic Venice, head for this traditional trattoria in Fondamenta Bragadin, close to the Guggenheim. The menu is mid-priced and typically Venetian, so there's plenty of fresh fish on offer. You can also dine al fresco by the Rio de San Vio canal and the seafood risotto with seasonable vegetables is superb. San Vio - closed Sunday - 0039 (0) 41 5239577. Map Nov 17


Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal - there are several good reasons for eating in the Grand Canal restaurant of the beautiful 17th-century Hotel Monaco including the faultless service and excellent food. But the best reason of all is the waterfront terrace with its spectacular views of the mouth of the Grand Canal and the Santa Maria della Salute church. It’s expensive but you’re getting more than just a meal, you're getting an experience - 0039 (0) 415200211. Map Sept 17




















































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