A GOOD FEED
Due to popular demand (!), listed below are various eating establishments that I would recommend, suiting all tastes and budgets.
I am of course unable to guarantee that they all serve lobster...
There are of course many other great restaurants, but I've concentrated on my particular favourites.
Unless shown, the food served at the establishment is traditional to the country concerned.
Bosville Terrace, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9DG
(Good choice, whether for lunch or dinner)
Tel: 01478 612846
150 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LB
(Good selection of Indian dishes, in smart naval surroundings! - also good for 'carry outs')
Tel: 0131 555 2255
43 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP
(A good restaurant/bar/cafe, despite it being part of a chain. Mussels were good ! For those down south, there are plenty of other branches, including those at Brighton, Chichester, Farnham, Haywards Heath and Plymouth).
Tel: 0131 225 4515
Cramond Village, Edinburgh EH4
(Away from the city, this is probably the best pub grub for miles around).
Tel: 0131 336 2035
110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR
(Opened at the start of 2008, this is a great little eatery with a menu championing Scottish and British fare. I recommend the Onion & Cider Soup for starters, and the venison main course was superb. The atmosphere is very informal, albeit a bit quirky if you're not a doggy fan).
Tel: 0131 220 1208
123b High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SG
(Fantastic food, small venue, great service).
Tel: 0131 557 5732
1 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QW
(Fantastic for fish !)
Tel: 0131 554 5666
30 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1
(Great for lunch or evenings - super food).
Tel: 0131 225 7635
82 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX
(Always good fun - mix and match starters from around the world. Each person should order two or three items from the menu, and they're brought out as soon as they're cooked - in no particular order - for everyone to share. Brothers Fraser and Jamie Coyle will make you feel welcome).
Tel: 0131 555 2546
209 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
(Great menu, full of fantastic choices - venison, woodcock etc - was perfect for a family celebration one New Year's Day, as well as for my 40th birthday meal with some great friends).
Tel: 0131 225 1793
43 Assembly Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7BQ
(For something a bit different, a Mongolian barbecue - good opportunity to experiment!)
Tel: 0131 555 0005
14 George Street, Oban, Argyll PA34 5SB
(Restaurant and delicatessen - Scottish and continental gourmet foods)
Tel: 01631 566332
151-155 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8AG
(Great for steak - restaurant is owned and supplied by award winning butchers. Service can be slow at times, but quality of food is worth the wait).
Tel: 0131 229 6660
159-161 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh
(Good bistro - ideal for lunch).
Tel: 0131 229 3115
Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh
(Great tandoori restaurant situated very close to the Haymarket railway station).
Tel: 0131 225 2481
The Promenade, 4 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry EH30 9TA
(Good selection, with fine views of the Forth Rail Bridge).
Tel: 0131 331 1996
10a Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PG
(It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover. The same applies to Rendezvous, as you have to go up some back stairs to enter this restaurant and the exterior of the building could do with a bit of a facelift. But the food is excellent and the service is attentive yet not over-bearing. I'll happily return).
Tel: 0131 225 2023
73 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BU
(Situated beneath the Scottish Widows offices and close to the EICC, this is a modern and stylish Indian restaurant. I ate there for lunch, using their "tiffin for a tenner" offer - consisting of one vegetarian tiffin, one fish or meat tiffin, and one of their sides or breads. Great value, and the quality of the food was excellent).
Tel: 0131 221 9998
SPIRIT OF THAI
44 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AP
(Tucked away off Lothian Road and adjacent to the Usher Hall is this great little Thai restaurant. Attentive service and a good selection of authentic dishes).
Tel: 0131 228 9333
29-33 Dublin Street, Edinburgh EH3 6NL
(Great Scottish cuisine. Never fails to impress me).
Tel: 0131 556 2231
Also at 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS
Tel: 0131 229 5405
40-41 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4HJ
(In my opinion, one of the best Thai restuarants in Edinburgh).
Tel: 0131 229 2225
THREE CHIMNEYS, THE
Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye IV55 8ZT
(Amazing fish dishes and rightly deserves its place amongst the World's Top 50 restaurants).
Tel: 01470 511258
TIME 4 THAI
45 North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3BG
(Trendy modern environment and food that is out of this world).
Tel: 0131 225 8822
Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
(Great food with great views across to the castle - best used for special occasions).
Tel: 0131 225 3003
No.1 The Pier, Oban, Argyll PA34 4LW
(Great for fish dishes)
Tel: 01631 563110
WHIGHAMS WINE CELLARS
Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
(Great wine and great seafood).
Tel: 0131 225 9717
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF
(For those special occasions but beware it's not cheap!)
Tel: 0131 225 5613
35 Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 1RL
(I visited this Italian restaurant in Oct 2007 - great selection of food on the menu. The piano bar has live music on Fridays & Saturdays)
Tel: 01634 401777
TASTE OF TWO CITIES
106 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1JT
(Very good Indian restaurant - I recommend the "non-vegetarian thali")
Tel: 01634 817100
The Crossways, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2JE
(A lovely Indian restaurant with friendly service)
Tel: 01428 712080
112 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7HH
(Great cuisine with friendly service - I recommend the seafood risotto and the Gressingham duck).
Tel: 01252 722978
Fax: 01252 722966
ASHDOWN PARK HOTEL
Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JR
(My favourite - an amazing venue for the times you want to be a bit extravagant ! Set in 90 acres of parkland).
Tel: 01342 824988
AMBERLEY CASTLE COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL
Church Street, Amberley, West Sussex, BN18 9ND
(Fantastic food in fantastic surroundings - one for those special occasions)
Tel: 01798 831992
ANCHOR BLEU, THE
High Street, Bosham
(Wonderful pub and restaurant right by the water)
Tel: 01243 573956
Houghton Bridge, Amberley, West Sussex, BN18 9LR
(Excellent carvery and ideal for family meals, right by the side of the River Arun)
Tel: 01798 831059
Countryman Lane, Shipley, West Sussex, RH13 8PZ
(Excellent pub restaurant - well worth a visit)
Tel: 01403 741383
14-16 King Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3DJ
(Fine Nepalese and Indian cuisine)
Tel: 01342 301310
16 Railway Approach, East Grinstead, RH19 1BP
(A lovely Thai restaurant - great choice on the menu, and good quality too)
Tel: 01342 327244
Fax: 01342 314491
RIVER KWAI RESTAURANT
6 Market Square, Horsham, RH12 1EU
(Another popular venue for good thai cuisine)
Tel: 01403 262122 or 265857
SUSSEX OAK, THE
Church Street, Warnham, Nr.Horsham, RH12 3QW
(A traditional Sussex pub with an excellent restaurant, with a fantastic choice on offer for lunch and dinner. Good hearty meals!)
Tel: 01403 265028
Fax: 01403 265128
TOLLGATE HOTEL & RESTAURANT
The Street, Bramber, West Sussex, BN44 3WE
(Great carvery - family-friendly atmosphere)
Tel: 01903 813362
Le Mas des Cigales
Rue de Moncia 9, 5150 Floriffoux, Prov.de Namur
(The lobster hot starter is excellent, as are the pigeon and lamb main courses! Fixed price menus available, inc/exc drinks).
Tel : 081 44 48 47
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Le Jardin d'en Bas
Rue d'en Bas 1, 5537 Hun, Annevoie, Prov.de Namur
(Traditional fare - riverside garden/patio setting also available in summer).
Tel: 082 61 37 06
Rue de la Taille 1, 5190 Jemeppe-sur-Sambre, Prov.de Namur
(Tex-Mex, but French cuisine also available)
Tel: 071 78 14 24
Rue de la Halle 8, 5000 Namur, Prov.de Namur
(Greek fare - ideal for lunch).
Tel: 081 23 19 18
Fax: 081 23 19 18
Casino de Chatelaillon
Boulevard de la Mer, 17340 Chatelaillon-Plage, Departement Charente Maritime
(Excellent fish & meat main courses, with great view across the bay).
Tel: 05 46 56 48 48
Restaurant Le Flaubert
Hotel Saint-Louis, 25 Rue d'Arras, 62500 Saint-Omer
(I have used this restaurant many times, and is only about 40mins from Calais. The owners Birgit & Alain Laurent will make you feel very welcome).
Tel: 03 21 38 35 21
Fax: 03 21 38 57 26
Largo Cais Herculano, 10 - 8200-016 Albufeira, Algarve
(Great choice of quality food down by the waterfront in the old part of Albufeira. This is a great venue if you want to avoid the crassness of the 'strip').
Tel : 289 512 221
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Web : www.caisvelho.com
Historic Victory Hotel
Main South Road, Sellicks Hill, WA 5174
(Great service with good choice of mains and desserts. Outside tables give great view of the sunset across the bay).
Tel: 8556 3083
Red Ochre Grill
Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT
(Perfect for lunch in this award-winning establishment)
Tel: 8952 9614
Willie McBrides (at the Fig Tree Lodge)
253 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870
(Although the bar is Irish-themed, the choice of food includes local specialities, including great fish dishes).
Tel: 07 4041 0000
Fax: 07 4041 0001
119 Abbott Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870
(Great for any time of the day - try out the Chicken BBQ pizza !)
Tel: 404 4677
Fax: 4041 4322
2769 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Queensland
(Part of a chain, but great service - check out www.sushitrain.com.au)
Tel: 07 5592 4077
5/28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston, Tasmania 7250
(Great for light lunch, with harbour-front setting)
Tel: 03 6331 0333
Fax: 03 6331 0100
Bussell Highway, Margaret River, WA
(Cheap and big hearty pub meals - but try and miss Monday as it's karaoke night)
No.44 King Street
44 King Street, Perth, WA
(Excellent food for lunch - and good selection of quality beers, wines and coffee)
Tel: 9321 4476
Fax: 9321 3003
Doyles on the Beach
11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay 2030, Sydney, NSW
(Fantastic fish, with a view of the Sydney skyline)
Tel: 02 9337 2007
50 Liebig Street, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280
(Great for mexican food)
Tel: 03 5562 9753
Fax: 03 5562 9751
207 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1B4
(A wonderful restaurant, specialising in Alberta beef, exotic game meats and seafood. Big choice of fondues on the menu - I recommend the elk and buffalo. Very popular venue, and booking in advance is strongly recommended).
Tel: 403 762 4055
Fax: 403 762 4359
101-9th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1J9
(The best venue in the city at the top of the Calgary Tower, with astounding 360° views - stay seated, as it's the restaurant that revolves - one revolution takes 45 minutes at lunchtime. Great menu - the signature Mushroom Risotto was fabulous, topped with freshly grilled salmon).
Tel: 403 266 7171
Fax: 403 266 7230
31 Rue de Buade, Vieux-Québec, Québec, G1R 4A2
(Reputedly the oldest restaurant in Québec, this was a good lunch venue - with a well-priced 'Menu du jour').
Tel: 418 692 3909
Fax: 418 692 5417
102-888 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1X9
(Great atmosphere, friendly waitresses, and good selection of authentic Thai dishes. The chicken satay starter was fantastic. The restaurant was awarded the Thai Prime Minister's Export Award in 2004 in recognition of its contribution towards Thailand's standing in the international community).
Tel: 604 683 7999
Fax: 604 683 7996
2nd Floor, 2608-10 Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Kowloon
(Japanese food - ideal for lunches as there is a good choice of small dishes to taste - chopstick skills required)
Tel: 2736 5006
i Caramba !
26-30 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
(Great Mexican fare - small restaurant with truly friendly service - I can happily recommend the Tacos and the Sangria)
Tel: 2530 9963
Fax: 2530 5289
UCC Vienna Cafe
New World Centre, 18-24 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
(Good selection, good service, and good for those on a budget)
Tel: 3113 0984
42 High Street, Auckland
(Italian cuisine - good-sized helpings).
Tel: 09 358 2855
Fax: 09 358 2844
PO Box 2382, Chancery, Auckland
(Bistro style, mainly European choices, plus all-day breakfast items available).
Tel: 09 356 7028
Durham Lane East, Auckland
(As long as you can cope with the noise, you'll enjoy the food and drink. Greek and North African influences. I recommend the Moroccan Meatballs).
Tel: 09 307 2029
Tagore Restaurant and Bar
Viaduct Basin, Corner of Quay Street & Lower Hobson Street, Auckland
(Great choice of curries, with a waterfront view and a friendly service)
Tel: 09 359 9463
Fax: 09 359 9464
Lotus Heart, The
Post Office Building, Cathedral Square, Christchurch
(A very good vegetarian restaurant, especially at lunch time. There's a feeling of calm in this first-floor venue, and it wouldn't surprise me if the staff were out the back meditating. Mother-Earth types will love this place!)
Tel: +64 3377 2727
Cathedral Junction, Christchurch
(A great coffee and lunch venue and a tram passes right by the front door every 7 minutes)
Tel: 02 135 3310
340 Main North Road, Redwood, Christchurch
(Advertised as the No.1 Dining Offer in Christchurch, its a smorgasbord buffet consisting of a minimum of 88 different dishes hot and cold - eat/drink as much as you like for less than £8)
Tel: 03 352 9165
Fax: 03 352 2559
Sileni Estates Restaurant
Sileni Estates Vineyard & Winery, Stortford Lodge, Hastings
(Gourmet food in very smart surroundings. I recommend the lamb !)
Tel: 06 879 8768
Fax: 06 879 7187
The Craypot Cafe and Bar
70 West End Road, Kaikoura
(A fabulous little bar, with lots of local seafood on the menu - I recommend the Crayfish Chowder.)
Tel: 03 319 6027
Fax: 03 319 6041
King Wah Chinese Seafood
Selwyn Mall, Paihai, Bay of Islands
(Although it doesn't look much from the outside, the buffet was excellent, and nice and cheap!)
Tel: 09 402 7566
24 Beach Street, Queenstown
(Great little Thai restaurant - good food and efficient service)
Tel: 03 442 6277
Church Hill Cafe Bar & Restaurant
36 Kamahi Road, Oban, Stewart Island
(Situated up a hill overlooking Half Moon Bay, this little gem is great for good nosh - great to sit outside on the terrace if the sun is shining)
Tel: 03 219 1323
113 The Strand, Tauranga
(Great little Indian restaurant, with wide choice of food cooked to your own particular tolerance of heat !)
Tel: 07 579 0909
Fax: 07 579 0910
230 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction Foodcourt, Singapore 188024
(Nice and informal, Japanese food)
Tel: 6339 7798
Fax: 6762 8535
Pariss International Seafood Buffet
Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road, Singapore
(Brilliant choice and value - as much as you can eat buffet lunch for £10 - includes cuisine from 5 far-eastern countries and unlimited soft drinks. Lots of sushi.)
Tel: 6258 6688
Ngee Ann City #04-16, Orchard Road, Singapore
(Great service albeit small choice on menu. Indonesian cuisine).
Tel: 6734 3434
Seah Street Deli
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
(American-style diner at the famous hotel - huge portions, and surprisingly for Raffles, good value too!)
Tel: 6337 1886
Fax: 6339 7650
Bo Tan Tei
Maple Tower, Presidnet Park, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
(Fantastic little Japanese restaurant - just make sure you can use chopsticks!).
Tel: 02 661 0340
2nd Floor, Emporium Center, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
(A trendy venue with an international menu - hot tip is the noodles with chilli - very hot!)
Tel: 02 664 8663
2nd Floor, Siam Discovery Center, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
(Good choice of Australian 'tucker', and very friendly service).
Tel: 02 658 0202
Fax: 02 658 0204
8th Floor, Novotel Lotus, 1 Soi Daeng Udom, Sukhumvit 33 Road, Klongton Nua Wattana, Bangkok 10110
(Great chinese buffet - chopsticks optional!)
Tel: 02 261 0111
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
(Arabian cuisine - you could always try the sparrow, however the 150 dirhams set menu provides a great selection of different dishes - great value)
Tel: 04 406 8181 or 04 406 8750
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
North Market Building, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(A fantastic seafood restaurant with an extensive selection to suit all tastes. Menu printed daily due to the ever-changing availability of the fish and shellfish. I had a cup of the traditional clam chowder, followed by the Maine Lobster salad - both were excellent).
Tel: (617) 720 5522
111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601
(American diner fare on offer in this bar and restaurant. Friendly environment, and plenty of choice on the menu. My recommendation is the French onion soup, followed by half rack of ribs with mashed potato).
Tel: (312) 616 3663
Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(Pleasant atmosphere, and plenty of choice for the chopsticks experts, including a sushi bar. Dine between 5pm and 7pm for good value specials and drinks)
Tel: 702 737 9700
Fax: 702 737 9710
355 Hughes Cener Drive, Off Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(Mexican fare - great selection with great service. You must try the Fried Ice Cream dessert !)
Tel: 702 732 4833
Fax: 702 732 4826
6020 West Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(Although it doesn't appear much from the outside, it's a deceptively large restaurant with excellent Italian fare. I recommend the lasagne.)
Tel: 702 873 8990
3500 Las Vegas Blvd South. Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(One of many outlets throughout the world - mentioned here because of the ripped-pork sandwich which was on the specials. Delicious!)
Tel: 702 791 STAR (7827)
Fax: 702 791 7828
Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(Superb food with excellent service. It's not all just raw fish! Sushi Roku can also be found at Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena.)
Tel: 702 733 7373
Fax: 702 732 4458
The Grill on Hollywood
Suite 407, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
(Situated next to the Kodak Theatre, this restaurant serves high-quality food alongside a very comprehensive wine list. Although a bit pricey, you get what you pay for. I would imagine the atmosphere is usually calm and intimate - when I was there with friends, we unfortunately had to contend with a very loud party on an adjacent table. Despite this, the meal still ranks as my best American dinner so far. The double cut pork chop with apples and zucchini was superb.)
Tel: (323) 856 5530
Muddy River Smokehouse
21 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
(Behind a small entrance, this venue opens up into a large dining area with a great choice of American fare. I recommend the Pulled Pork Sandwich).
Tel: (603) 430 9582
4110 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, California 92109
(Splendid eatery just off the beach at Mission Bay in San Diego. Choice of ribs, seafood and steaks alongside the usual fare of sandwiches, burgers, soup and salads. I recommend the Mahi Mahi (fish) with a Sesame Crust topped with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, served with rice and fresh vegetables).
Tel: (858) 272 7427
115 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(A wonderful little restaurant, specialising in yakitori and sushi cuisine. Friendly staff, and great choices on the menu.)
Tel: 415 421 2101
Fax: 415 421 3068
Joe's Crab Shack
245 Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
(Known for the numerous crab options on its menu, there is also an extensive range of other seafood, as well as typical American grilled meats and pasta dishes etc. Young staff give the place a buzz, but I don't recommend their singing).
Tel: (415) 673 2266
211 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
(Traditional selection with a modern twist - I recommend the pork chop with pear.)
Tel: 206 694 0070
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