Ever been stuck for somewhere to eat when travelling? I know I have, and there’s nothing more disappointing than a bad meal out- especially when you’re supposed to be exploring new foods or cultures or when you’re on a budget! Many things can make a bad meal, from poor service to bad quality grub, so I’ve compiled some of my favourite restaurants from various travels that I hope won’t disappoint!
1. Wee Lochan– With an ever-changing menu, I have never had a course- let alone meal- here that did not impress. You also get to enjoy being surrounded by (and possibly pick up) original pieces of local art and photography. Amazing quality food paired with really reasonable prices means great value for money! For even better value, head there for the pre-theatre menu where you can get two superb courses for £15.95 or three for £18.95.
2. La Fattoria– Having lived in Chester for 18 months and frequented this restaurant, I can confirm that this place is consistently superb. If you want a genuine Italian experience, but can’t afford the airfare, look no further than this Authentic-Italian, family-run trattoria! To avoid disappointment, book ahead as this place is always busy- particularly on [horse] race days!
3. Figlmüller– If you’re after the traditional dish of schnitzel, do NOT pass up the opportunity to visit this quality restaurant: there’s a reason why people are queueing out of the door to eat here! The boys both ate the customary pork schnitzel, but for vegetarians, I can definitely recommend the ‘Emmentaler’. The potato-field salad is perfectly seasoned in sublime pumpkin-seed oil and we still rave about the incredible Kaiserschmarrn. Definitely book ahead if you don’t want a wait.
4. Barenwirt– For more authentic Austrian fare, paired with massive portions and an idyllic setting, head to Sternbrau. Situated along the river headed out of town, you can either enjoy the cosy pub-like setting indoors, or enjoy a view of the water on their veranda. Prepare yourself for massive dumplings and more meat than you can manage (literally, neither of the boys were able to finish their meals!)
5. Ristorante da Carletto– Well off the tourist trail- where many of the menus comprise of pictures- we were lucky enough to stumble across this quintessentially Italian Trattoria. You know you’ve made the right choice when you’re sharing a restaurant with the locals (easily recognisable by their stripped gondola shirts). We had lunch there and, let me tell you, it takes a lot to enjoy a meal in 40 degree (Celsius) heat, which is why I know the food quality was so good. I definitely recommend the quattro formaggi.
6. Hummus Bar– The one thing I love almost as much as travelling is hummus, so stumbling across Budapest’s string of hummus bars was a dream come true, not least because the city is such good value for money! Enjoy a huge laffa bread to mop up your bowl of hummus (paired with falafel or a meat alternative if you’re feeling hungry) and if it’s a hot day, opt for the refreshing lemon juice! Perfect for a cheap lunch or takeaway meal; reservations not necessary.
7. Il Mercante Di Venezia– Not exactly your traditional Spanish cuisine, but you can’t go wrong with a quality Italian restaurant, and this place is certainly that. Hidden down one of the back alleys by the beach, both the menu and the portions are colossal and the prices reasonable. A romantic setting with brilliant service, even if the walk there isn’t the most convincing!
8. In’t Nieuw Museum– Enjoy a whole Camembert for starter, before getting to watch your meat be cooked to perfection right in front of you on their open fireplace. Easily one of the best steaks I’ve eaten, with a gorgeous pepper sauce to accompany it. Not the cheapest of the restaurants listed here (we visited for our wedding anniversary) but something a little different and excellent quality.
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9. Pod Sloncem– based on the central square of Rynek Glowny, the food here is superb. We started with an amazing Goulash soup in a bread bowl and then I went with steak and Adam a pork knuckle with wedges for main: the sauce on mine (honey mustard?) was incredible! The portions are generous (we couldn’t manage desert), surroundings lovely and staff great. We ate downstairs where it was lovely and toasty and then had a nightcap in the external booth looking out across the plaza.