My Favorite Restaurants
Around the World
The Best by Alexandre Coutinho
Travel is soul's food, but it doesn´t exclude the pleasures of a good table,
essential to comfort every traveler's stomach. This is a guide of my favourite
restaurants around the world. Enjoy it!
$ -Cheap (less than 10 euros/dollars)
$$ -Economic (between 10 and 15 euros/dollars)
$$$ -Medium (between 15 and 20 euros/dollars)
$$$$ -High (between 20 and 25 euros/dollars)
$$$$$ -Expensive (over 25 dollars)
Varanda do Oceano
- La Chacra (Parrilla
-Asador Criollo) -$$$
Av. Cordoba, 941 -Tel.: (541) 3934581
Argentina has the best meat of the world. At La Chacra grill, I recommend
the «lomo» and «cuadril» steaks or the enormous «costilla» steaks (more than
one pound or 2,2 pounds!).
- Parrilla El Rincon
de Julio - $$
El Cano, 839 - Tel.: (0964) 21004
Typical restaurant on the side of the road, with a remarkable argentinian
- Tia Elvira - $$$
Av. Maipú, 349 - Tel.: (02901) 424725
The seafood, notably the crabes, is the speciality of this nice restaurant.
Ideal when you arrive from a long journey on the road to the Tierra del Fuego.
- Bluegrass - $$$$
Corner of Stott Tce. and Todd St. - Tel.: (08) 89555188
A mix of Australian country ambiance with a touch of an «in» restaurant; delicate dishes of Italian inspiration; and an splendid terrace to dine out in hot summer nights.
- Overlanders Steackhouse - $$$$
72, Hartley St. - Tel.: (08) 89522159
It calls itself «the spirit of the outback», but it looks more like an American saloon! From the traditional Australian barbecue, look for «The Drover's Blowout», that includes kangaroo, emu, crocodile, camel and cow grilled meat.
- Ahmet's - $$$
Shop 10, Little Stanley St., Southbank - Tel.: (07) 38466699
Winner of the best themed restaurant award 2002, in Brisbane, it's the perfect place for a Turkish experience with candlelight, silk pillows, tasting oriental specialties with Turkish beer.
- The Raw Prawn Café - $$$
103, The Esplanade - Tel.: (07) 40315400
Excellent esplanade to taste seafood and fish dishes at the end of the day, along with a good Australian white wine. 30% off for the early birds (orders before 18h30).
- Chinta Ria - $$$
Roof Terrace, Level 2, Cockel Bay Wharf (Darling Harbour) - Tel.: (02) 92643211
Also known as The Temple of Love, this restaurant of Malaysian inspiration is very popular for group dinners and romantic couples. Oriental atmosphere - a giant Buda reigns at the entrance -, fast and efficient service.
- The Boathouse - $$$$$
Blackwattle Bay, at the end of Ferry Road (Glebe) - Tel.: (02) 95189011
The top of modern Australian cuisine, notably the fish dishes, but without the «nouvelle cuisine» excesses. Booking advisable.
- Sel & Poivre - $$$
263, Victoria St. - Tel.: (02) 93616530
This little Darlinghurst restaurant, with a good esplanade on the sidewalk of Victoria Street, is an oasis to taste some of the best French dishes, from the «escargots» to the steak tartare «sauté».
- Lucio's - $$$$$
47, Windsor St. (Paddington) - Tel.: (02) 93805996
A genuine Italian restaurant, but also a true art gallery, with a large number of paintings that cover almost entirely the dinning room walls.
- Sailors Thai - $$$
106, George St. - Tel.: (02) 92512466
In the heart of the famous The Rocks, this Thai specialties restaurant has the particularity of seating 40 people at a long communal stainless steel table.
- Rockpool - $$$$$
107, George St. - Tel.: (02) 92521888
Considered one of the most «in» restaurants in Sydney (booking strongly recommended), the Rockpool is elected by the «beautiful people» of the arts, cinema and media. Fusion «nouvelle cuisine».
- Blaue Gans - $$$$
Getreidegasse, 41-43 - Tel.: (43) 662842491-0
In the historical center of Salzburg, the Blaue Gans configures a good combination between the modern style and the traditional atmosphere of the city, with a comfortable ambiance to organize friend's dinners or lovers "tête-a-tête".
- Thai House - $$$
52 B, Gulshan Avenue - Tel.: 8822757
Located in one of the main avenues of the new (and rich) zone of the Bangladesh capital, it serves Thai typical cuisine in an exquisite ambiance.
- New Arirang House - $$$
House #3, Road #51 - Tel.: 606046
This is one of the best restaurants in Dhaka, specialized in the South Korea, China and Japan.
- Ninfa's - $$
12-14, North Gulshan, Circle #2 - Tel.: 9880231
A Indian restaurant with some Bangladesh dishes.
- Falstaff -$$$
19, Rue Henri Maus - Tel.: (02) 2 5118789
One of the few restaurants, in the center of the belgium capital (close to
the Stock Exchange building), where you can have dinner after hours.
- Ver o Rio - $$
R. Floriano Peixoto, 116 - Tel.: (095) 2246964
With a large staircase esplanade and a magnificent view over the Branco river, this restaurant specially serves fish dishes ("delícia de peixe" or "peixe na telha"), but also an excelent "picanha" (beef).
Costa Marques (Rondónia)
- Churrascaria do Gaúcho - $
Av. Chianca, s/n - Tel.: (069) 6512595
A real treasure at the far west of Amazonia, in a border city with Bolivia, on the Guaporé riverbank. Grilled meat, served with affection for the customer total satisfaction.
- Paramazon - $$
R. Santa Izabel, 1176 (Cachoeirinha) - Tel.: (092) 2337768
Typical restaurant of regional cuisine, with some amazonian specialities: "pato no tucupi" (duck), "tambaqui na chapa" (grilled fish) or "tucunaré de escabeche" (fish in sauce).
Porto Velho (Rondónia)
- Cabana do Peixe - $$$
Av. Pinheiro Machado, 690 - Tel.: (069) 2235119
A very good regional restaurant with pleasant ambiance, where you can taste the excelent "bolinhos de peixe" (fish balls) and a "pirarucú de casaca" (a typical fish dish).
- La Vecchia Cucina
R. Pedroso Alvarenga, 1088 - Tel.: (011) 31672822
Maximum class in italian gastronomy.
- O Poeta -$$
(close to Bairro de Stº. António)
Esplanade over the Cidade da Praia's bay. Excellent fish and lobsters.
S. Vicente Island
- Chez Loutcha - $$$
R. do Côco - Tel.: (238) 321636
This is one of Mindelo's best restaurants, with african, portuguese and Cabo Verde specialities.
- O Cantinho - $$
Rua 1 - Monte Sossego - Tel.: (238) 321726
A popular restaurant with Cabo Verde specialities at affordable prices.
- Sôdade -$$
Rua Franz Fanoz, 38 - Tel.: (238) 313556
Cabo Verde specialities and a wonderful view over Monte Cara.
- Bar Calypso (Ofélia) - $
Av. de Holanda - Monte Sossego - Tel.: (238) 314229
Popular and typical restaurant, an unique place to listen "mornas" all night long.
Porto do Calhau
- Esplanada Hamburg - $
Opens only the weekend and serves drinks and food that you will remember long after, specially the "moreia frita" (fried moreia).
S. Antão Island
- Tropical - $
Residencial Tropical - Tel.: (238) 211129
Recommended for the quality of its fish dishes and effordless service, where the interior room and little esplanade cleanness is a permanent regard.
- L'Incontro - $$
Hotel Dunas - Tel.: (238) 511225
A modern and confortable hotel restaurant, with italian na Cabo Verde specialities.
- Chez Luísa - $
R. Amizade Seixal
As indicates the name, a familiar and typical Cabo Verde cuisine restaurant.
- Odjo d'Água - $$
Hotel Odjo d'Água - Tel.: (238) 421400
An esplanade over the sea, with live music and excelent service.
- Vulcão d'Fogo - $
R. de Independência, 37
Dishes, service and ambiance typically from Cabo Verde.
- Maracuyá - $$$$
Av. Comandante San Martin, 0321 - Tel.: 227600
Right in front of the Pacific Ocean, a large restaurant faithful to the Latin-American spirit. Relaxed atmosphere and good fish dishes.
- Peak Cafe -$$$
121, Peak Road -The Peak -Tel.: (852) 28197868
One of the most famous restaurants in town, with a wonderful view over Hong
- Arirang Korean Restaurant
2306, The Gateway (level 2)
25, Canton Road, Kowloon -Tel.: (852) 29563298
A very nice south-korean restaurant, where you can grill your own meat or
- Dongya Restaurant
Luoma Shi (close to the Bell Tower) - Tel.: (86 - 29) 7218410
A restaurant where you can taste 36 different varieties of dumplings, stuffed
with meat, fish or vegetables.
- La Bodeguita del Medio
Empredado, 207 -La Habana Vieja -Tel.: (7) 618442 -624498
Havana´s most typical bar and restaurant. Specialities: «Moros y cristianos»
and «picadillo a la habanera». Don't miss it!
- El Floridita -$$$$
Monserrate, 557 (Obispo) -La Habana Vieja -Tel.: (7) 631060/63
«Mi mojito en La Bodeguita, mi daiquiri en El Floridita», once wrote Ernest
Hemingway. Smarty ambience in contrast with Havana's decrepitude.
- El Patio -$$$
Plaza de la Catedral -La Habana Vieja -Tel.: (7) 618511 -618504
Next to Havana´s cathedral, in a magnificent spanish palace totally rebuilt.
Interior «patio», balcons and an esplanade with live music.
- El Jigüe -$
70, Calle Real - Tel.: (53) 4194136
Recriates the atmosphere of an old colonial house.
- Christopher's (The
American Grill) -$$$$
18, Wellington St., WC2 -Tel.: (020) 72404222
In a country not particularly known for it's gastronomy, an «island» of class
in the center of the british capital.
- Ronnie Scott's -$$$$
47, Frith St., W1V6HT -Tel.: (020) 74390747
Dine with a good company at the sound of the best international jazz.
- Oxo - $$$$
Oxo Tower, Wharf Barge House Street, South Bank - Tel.: 02078033838
Very modern and one of the most "in" restaurants in London. Booking advisable.
- Bon - $$$$$
25, rue de la Pompe - Tel.: (01) 40727000
Designed by Philippe Stark, with several dinning rooms, each one giving a different atmosphere - look for the huge cross table with high shoulders chairs. It's considered one of the most «in» restaurants in Paris (booking advisable).
- Le Sud - $$$$$
91, Bd. Gouvion Saint-Cyr - Tel.: (01) 45740277
If we had to elect a gastronomic embassy of Provence in Paris, the choice would inevitably be Le Sud. The scenario recreates a Mediterranean interior square and the most emblematic dishes of the region.
- Au Pied de Cochon - $$$$
6, rue Coquillière - Tel.: (01) 40137700
For many considered a true cathedral of the popular French gastronomy, it's a restaurant largely known for the oysters and seafood varieties.
- Au Pied de Chameau - $$$$
20, rue de Quincampoix - Tel.: (01) 42783500
Inspired by the famous Pied de Cochon's name, this Moroccan restaurant has enough qualities by himself to be one of the best themed restaurants in Paris. Music from the Magreb countries and belly dance demonstrations.
- Les Cyclades - $$$
88, rue Saint Martin - Tel.: 42722965
A very nice Greek restaurant in the heart of Paris, close to the Centre George Pompidou.
- Muscade -$$$$
67, Galerie Montpensier -Jardin du Palais Royal -Tel.: (1) 2975136
Esplanade in the Palais Royal gardens, the ideal place for a candle light
- Zimmer Sengel -$$$$$
8, Rue du Temple Neuf - Tel.: (03) 88323501
One of the best restaurants in town. The favourite for the european parliament
- Villa Tropezienne -$$$$
8-10, Place Victor Hugo - Tel.: 05 61 22 58 58
South of France specialties, served in a charming ambiance and a good service.
- Augustiner -$$$$
Neuhauser Strasse, 16 -Tel.: (089) 55199257
Typically bavarian, this restaurant is known for his «menu» of traditional
cuisine, where you can find the famous «einsbein» (pork knee) and the «apfelstrudel»
- Piccinni -$$$$$
Via Piccinni, 28 -Tel.: (80) 5211227
An excellent restaurant to dine in the relaxed ambience of a interior garden.
- Casali - $$$$
81, Via Benedetto Croce - Tel.: 054727485
It's the reference restaurant in Cesena, choosed by local entrepreneurs and passing by business men. Cuisine inspired in the Emilia Romagna gastronomic tradition, under Terencio Medri supervision, continuing the «dittatura gastronomica» imposed by Aldo Casali (the client is not allowed to choose the menu).
- Locanda dell'Isola
Lago di Como, in front of the village Sala Comacina -Tel.: (0344) 55083 -
In an island located in the beautiful Como lake, an open-air restaurant (from
March until October) with all the ingredients to enjoy «la dolce vita».
- Biffi Scala -$$$$$
Piazza della Scala - Tel.: 02866651
Side-by-side with the famous La Scala and specially recommended for after-hours
- Caminetto -$$$$
Viale G. Matteotti, 46 - Tel.: 0544994479
A real banquet of seafood and italian specialities on the Adriatic coast.
- La Smarrita -$$$$$
Via Cesare Battisti, 17 -Tel.: (011) 8177679
For sure, one of the best italian restaurants.
- Al Graspo de Ua - $$$$
Calle dei Bombaseri, 5094 - Tel.: (041) 5200150
A real classical among the venezian restaurants, with fish specialities and a good wine cellar.
- Sempione - $$$
Ponte Baretteri, 578 - Tel.: (041) 5226022
Halfway between the Rialto Bridge and S. Marcos Square, an excelent restaurant, cosy and with a good service, at affordable prices.
- Cantina Do Mori - $
Calle Do Mori, 429 - Tel.: (041) 5225401
A typical venezian «osteria» (pub), near de Rialto market, with a bar tender and no sitting places. The wines are served in glasses, according to the kind of «francobollo» (litlle overstuffed sandwishes) you're eating.
- Da Raffaele - $$$$$
Fondamenta del Ostreghe, 2347 -San Marco - Tel.: (041) 5232317
Esplanade along the idyllic Venice canals, the right choice for a summer night.
- Trattoria alla Colonna
Largo Pescheria Vecchia, 4 -Tel.: (45) 596718
A modest restaurant, but very recommendable in this amazing italian city.
- Seoul (Barbecue House)
Akasaka Minato-Ku -Tel.: (03) 35833056
South-korean specialities, in the land of the rising sun.
- Tamarind -$$$$
(Nord bank of the Mombaza port) -Tel.: (011) 474600/1/2
Esplanade with a view over the Mombaza port. Seafood specialities.
- Carnivore -$$$
Langata (after Wilson airport) -Tel.: (02) 602764/66/68
A huge grill where you can taste, among others, impala, zebra, gnu, hartebeest
Rue Sidi Bouchouka, 6 - Tel.: (4) 427417
Typical marrocan restaurant, where you can watch a song and dance show while
- Restaurant Ali -$
Rue de Moulay Ismail (close to the Djemaa el-Fna square) - Tel.: (04) 444979
A «buffet» of genuine moroccan cuisine.
- Clube Naútico -$$
Av. FPLM -Tel.: (3) 312163
Seaside esplanade to taste the best grilled shrimps or a delicious crabb curry.
- Restaurante Lucas - $
In the heart of the village, this nice restaurant owned by a Portuguese who lived in Angola and finally settle down in Inhaca, receives the visitors with a beautiful seafood "rodízio".
- O Escorpião - $$$
Feira Popular - Tel.: (01) 302180
In less than two years, it becames one of the most popular restaurants in
Maputo, where you can find portuguese living or working in Mozambique.
- Rodízio Real -$$$$
Av. Julius Nyerere, 792 - Tel.: (258) 1497275
With an excellent Brazilian "rodízio", good fish dishes and a Portuguese traditional desserts buffet, this house managed by the Visabeira Group is considered, actually, the best restaurant in town.
- Bahia Restaurante -$$$
Girassol Bahia Hotel, Rua Patrice Lumumba, 737/739 - Tel.: (258) 1360360
In a nice four star hotel with a beautiful panoramic view of Maputo's port and Baixa, the Bahia is one of the meeting point restaurants for Mozambican VIP and business men. On weekends entire families gathered around it's Sunday buffet.
- Snack-bar Stop - $
Estrada Nacional 1 - Tel.: (023) 30025
One of the best restaurants outside Maputo. A must to the travellers going
North (ou South). I specially recommend the squids and grilled fish («sharéu»
- Complexo Bamboo - $$
Estrada de Rapale, 1465 - Tel.: (258) 6216595
At the edge of the town, the Bamboo offers an open air ambiance (but hot) to enjoy local dishes and barbecues.
- Mexican Café - $$$
67, Victoria St. West - upstairs 1 - Tel.: (09) 3732311
The best nights in Auckland start at the veranda of this Mexican restaurant, with the sound of Latin-American bands. The dishes and appetizers are well seasoned and don't mess with the spirit of the place.
- Vinnie's - $$$
7, Wainui Road - Tel.: (07) 8257273
It's locally known for it's excellent pizzas, but the menu is vast and the dishes are good. Due to the fact that it's not a licensed restaurant, it is advisable to choose previously the wine at the liquor shop right in front.
- Café Hemingway - $$
Ovre Slottsgt, 10 - Tel.: 22330668
Excelent café-bar in the city center, full of light meals and delicate pastry.
- El Mesón de Los Espaderos
Calle Espaderos, 105 - 2do piso - Tel.: 235307
All the inca-spanish atmosphere of Cuzco, in the first floor of this restaurant,
with a balcon over the Plaza de Armas.
S. Miguel Island
- Pizzeria Fantazia - $$
Founded by an italian family living in the Azores, this pizzeria is, with no doubts, one of the best in Portugal.
- Alcides -$$$$
R. Hintze Ribeiro, 67 -Tel.: 29622677
Don't miss the Alcides's steak. Irresistible!
- White Shark -$$$
R. Tavares Resende, 95 -Tel.: 29627663
According to the restaurant´s name, the grilled shark steak is one of the
- Pavillon -$$$$
Livramento -Tel.: 29635738
Perfect simbiosis of class and simplicity. The best dinners in S. Miguel Island.
Angra do Heroísmo
- Quinta do Martelo
Canada do Martelo, 24 -Tel.: 295642842
Faithful recriation of Terceira's regional ambiance and gastronomy.
- Boca Negra -$$
Lg. Stº. António -Tel.: 29595182
A little restaurant where the «alcatra» is queen.
- Peter's Café Sport - $$
Rua Tenente Valadim - Tel.: 292292327
A institution of the yacht world in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where old sailors from all over the world meet evening to drink the famous house gin tonic.
- Lita - $$
Tv. da Alfândega, 4 - Tel.: 292592245
A little familiar restaurant, very cosy, where seafood is king and the fish a prince.
S. Jorge Island
- Café Restaurante Amigos
Caminho Nv. - Biscoitos - Calheta -Tel.: 29546421
One of the most rustic island's treasures. Don't miss the Fajã do Santo Cristo
- Doca do Cavacas -$$
Estrada Monumental - Ponta da Cruz (close to the municipal swimming pools) - Tel.: 291762057
The most typical and genuine restaurant to eat fish and seafood in Funchal.
- A Maria - $$$$
R. João de Deus, 12 - Tel.: 268431143
Excelent restaurant to experience Alentejo's typical cuisine, in the original decoration of a village "patio". We specially recommend the «sopa da panela» (boiled meet soup), the «borrego assado» (roasted lamb) and the «lebre com feijão e nabos» (wild rabbit with beans and turnip), no forgetting the rich and diversified deserts.
Aldeia do Meco (Sesimbra)
- Bar do Peixe - $$
Praia do Moinho de Baixo - Tel.: 212684732
Right in the middle of the beach, with an excellent esplanade and a good salads buffet. In the summer booking is advisable at lunch.
Azenhas do Mar
- Pôr do Sol -$$$
Esplanade over the cliff, with a view over the sea. The ideal place for a
- Os Infantes - $$$
Rua dos Infantes, 14 - Tel.: 28422789
Typical Alentejo's cuisine restaurant, with quality and refinement that put
it in the best gastronomical guides of the country.
- A Bordo com «O Carlos» - $$$$$
Estalagem Vila Mar - Tel.: 282342331
With the warmer welcome of Carlos Monteiro as a captain, this is one of the best restaurants in Algarve, from where it retains the best gastronomic traditions. Although located inside a small hostel, the scenario appeals to the interior of a vessel.
- Abade de Priscos -$$$
Pç. Mouzinho de Albuquerque, 7 -Campo Novo -Tel.: 25376650
The best Minho's cuisine, in a little restaurant where simplicity reigns.
- Cozinha da Avó -$$$
Clube do Campo - Tel.: 275331174
The best of Beira Interior's cuisine, in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
- La Villa -$$$$$
Praia do Tamariz - Tel.: 214680033
With an excellent location and a magnificent view over the sea, it offers two rooms, namely the sushi and oyster bar.
- Adega do Isaías - $$
R. do Almeida, 21 - Tel.: 268322318
Always full, this typical "adega" manage to keep itself close to her roots. You may start with a mini-soup of "cação" (fish and bread) or a "beldroegas" soup (na typical herb from Alentejo), followed by an "ensopado de borrego" (lamb in sauce with bread and potatoes) or "burras assadas" (the roasted maxila of a pig), to end with a sweet "encharcada" (eggs desert).
- Fialho -$$$$$
Tv. das Mascarenhas, 14 -Tel.: 26623079
Évora's «ex-libris», complemented with a large and diversified «menu».
- Tia Alice -$$$$
R. do Adro -Tel.: 249531737
Undoubtedly, a good table, in an intimate ambiance, almost familiar. It worths
a visit or a passage by Fátima.
- O Albertino -$
Tel.: 23845104 - 23845266
Here, you'll only pay what you eat. Serra da Estrela's cuisine and specialities.
- D. Roberto -$$$
Trás-os-Montes specialities, in a rustic ambiance.
- O Júlio -$$
Tv. do Loureiro, 1 -Tel.: 23842142
Mountain specialities, in a little and simple restaurant.
- Mullens -$$$
Well succeeded adaptation of an old cellar into a rustic restaurant, that
transforms itself into one of the best Lagos bars, after midnight.
- Conventual -$$$$$
Pç. das Flores, 45 - Tel.: 21609196
In short terms... the best restaurant in Lisbon. Essencial!
- Casa Nostra -$$$$
Tv. Poço da Cidade, 60 - Tel.: 213425931
A «must» of italian cuisine in the Bairro Alto. It´s hard to find a better
«carpaccio», even in Italy.
- S. Jerónimo -$$$$
R. dos Jerónimos, 12 - Tel.: 213648797
Elegance and style, modern cuisine without falling in some of the «nouvelle
- El Último Tango -$$$$
R. Diário de Notícias, 62 - Tel.: 213420341
Argentinian grill inspiration, in this little and nice restaurant in Bairro
- Mezzaluna - $$$$
R. Artilharia 1, 16 - Tel.: 213879944
A new Italian restaurant that satisfies the most exigent "gourmet", in a cozy and relaxed ambiance. We recommend an early booking.
- Os Tibetanos - $$$
R. do Salitre, 117 - Tel.: 213142038
One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon.
- Churrasqueira do Sacramento - $$
Rua do Sacramento a Alcântara, 74/76 - Tel.: 213968633
Know by many as "The Fishes", this small restaurant excels in serving the best grilled fish of Lisbon in an informal, popular and genuine atmosphere.
- Afreudite - $$$$
Passeio das Garças, lote 4 - 39 - loja 1 - Parque das Nações - Tel.: 218940660
The theme of afrodisiac dishes daily attracts dozens of curious (booking advisable), namely groups of friends or couples in love. The menu is original, but the recipes efficacy is not universal.
- Casa México - $$$$
Av. D. Carlos I, 140 - Tel.: 213965500
A restaurant-bar with Mexican food, served in a relaxed atmosphere and well frequented. Booking advisable.
- Il Gattopardo - $$$$$
Hotel Dom Pedro, Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco, 24 - 3º piso - Tel.: 213896622
Unlike the majority of hotel's restaurants, this Italian restaurant excels for the quality of the service and five star cuisine. One of the best Italian restaurants in Lisbon.
- Jardim do Marisco - $$$$
Doca Jardim do Tabaco, Pavilhão A B - Tel.: 218824242
Located at Parque das Nações, it's the ideal restaurant for groups and families to taste good seafood at affordable prices.
- Uai! - $$$
Cais das Oficinas, Rocha Conde de Óbidos, Armazém 114 - Tel.: 213900111
Specialized in Brazilian Minas Gerais gastronomy. Calm and relaxed atmosphere.
- Estufa Real - $$$$$
Jardim Botânico da Ajuda, Calçada do Galvão - Tel.: 213619018
In the privileged atmosphere of a botanic garden, this restaurant of Mediterranean flavors is installed in an old greenhouse, recently refurbished.
- Mesón El Gordo - $$$$
Rua de S. Boaventura, 16 - Tel.: 213424266
Good food lovers don't forget it and those who work until late (dinners until 2AM) dream with El Gordo's «tapas», in Bairro Alto - tempura goat cheese, «risotto» of «porcini», «choquinhos» with garlic, «morcela» de Burgos and grilled porkling, among an interminable list of gastronomic pleasures.
- Bica do Sapato - $$$$$
Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém B, Cais da Pedra a Stª. Apolónia - Tel.: 218810320
Considered one of the most "in" restaurants in Lisbon, it offers besides the bar, three kinds of menus in equal number of rooms: snack/light dishes, traditional/"nouvelle cuisine" and sushi bar. The service, very young, is sometimes regrettable. Booking advisable.
- Aya II - $$$$
Galerias Twin Towers, Rua de Campolide, 351 - Loja 1-56 - Tel.: 217271155
Much better than the first Aya, the new restaurant offers an open ambiance, very pleasant and with a lot of light. Efficient service, prices slightly overrated by the demand of many customers. Booking advisable.
- O Forcado - $$$
Quinta do Galo, Lte. 12, Lj. Esq., Barro - Tel.: 219831169
Typical Portuguese cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for groups of friends and birthday parties, in which the happy anniversary is contemplated with the «kiss the bull» tradition.
- Trinca Espinhas - $$$$
Av. Serpa Pinto, 283 - Tel.: 229350246
Nice and modern restaurant, with a large number of fish dishes.
- Panorama -$$$
Mercado Municipal - Tel.: 25144243
The appetizers justify, by themselves, a passage by Melgaço.
Mexilhoeira Grande (Portimão)
- Vila e Lisa - $$$
R. Francisco Bívar - Tel.: 288968478
An original idea based in the nonexistence of a "menu" or even the right to choose the dishes your are about to eat. The total trust in the owners choice is rewarded with some "papinhas de lingueirão" (a crustacea), a roasted octopussy, a "pernil" (pig's leg) and a "rabo de boi" (an ox tail) soup. You will be delighted and ask for more!
Moreira de Cónegos (Guimarães)
- São Gião - $$$$
Lugar da Vinha - Tel.: 253561853
Usual meeting point for many football players (it's side by side with the Moreirense stadium), the São Gião is famous by the gastronomy of Portuguese regional dishes.
- Bem Haja - $$$$
Rua da Restauração, 5 - Tel.: 232944903
A restaurant with Beira Interior regional specialties, an excellent stopping point for
travelers in the region.
- Sakura - $$$$
Shopping Palmeiras, Lj. 122 - 1º piso - Tel.: 214566487
Beside the fact of being in a mall, it's one of the best Japanese restaurants in the
Lisbon area. Atmosphere and service regard.
Portinho da Arrábida
- Farol -$$$
Seaside esplanade, to taste delicious cockles or a good Azeitão cheese.
- Marquês - $$$
Largo Marquês de Pombal, 10-11 - Tel.: 269905036
A good restaurant, in a privileged esplanade location and a diversified menu, with a large selection of fish dishes.
- Trinca Espinhas - $$$$
Praia de S. Torpes - Tel.: 269634379
Seaside restaurant in a rustic and informal atmosphere with fish dishes and seafood specialties.
- Camelo - $$$
Av. 1º de Maio, 16 - Tel.: 238310100
Serra da Estrela's typical cuisine.
- O Martelo - $$$
Falorca - Silgueiros - Tel.: 232958884
Well known as the "curral da burra" (the donkey's box), this village restaurant atracts people from all over the country, with it's roasted goat speciality and an excelent wine.
- Migas - $$$
R. Pero de Alenquer, 17 - Tel.: 269636767
A fine restaurant to taste Alentejo's cuisine, always recommended when driving South or returning from a good weekend.
Lg. Nsª. Srª. das Salvas -Tel.: 269632303
Fish and seafood, with a view over Sines's port.
O Celta -$$
(outside the fortress) -Tel.: 27168291
Beira Interior's typical cuisine, deer and wild boar meat.
Vila Nova de Caceia
A Camponesa («O Índio»)
How a typical portuguese «tasca» becames, as a restaurant, a reference for
grilled fish lovers.
Vila Nova de Milfontes
Portinho do Canal
Porto das Barcas -Tel.: 28396255
The guaranty of finding the best grilled fish and seafood in the Alentejo's
O Cortiço - $$$
R. Augusto Hilário, 47 - Tel.: 232423853
In Viriato's city, this restaurant is a well known tradition, where you can experience the "beirão" (from Beira region) taste.
Zambujeira do Mar
O Sacas -$$
Entrada da Barca - Tel.: 28361151 - 28361182
Among other specialities, the «feijoada de búzios».
S. TOMÉ E PRÍNCIPE
(close to the Bairro do Hospital and Praia Lagarto) -Tel.: (12) 21908
Seaside esplanade. Specialities: «Peixe fumo» and «peixe barriga».
Chez Loutcha - $$
Rue Blanchot, 101 - Tel.: 8210302
Owned by the same family from the homonymous restaurant in Mindelo (Cabo Verde), it is divided in three rooms and offer a "menu" that is a real encyclopedia of african, senegal, portuguese, Casamança and Cabo Verde specialities.
Le Dionevar - $$$
Pointe des Almadies - Tel.: 8200911
Excelent esplanade with french inspired cuisine and good seafood. Frequented by most of the Paris-Dakar competitors.
Pappas - $$$
Shop 120B - Level 1 - Sandton City - Tel.: (011) 8849991
Fairly honest recreation of a greek restaurant in South Africa, with a excelent
Restaurante Las Barcas
Urbanización Villa Rosa - Tel.: (956) 600258
The best table before leaving to Morocco... or when you return to Europe.
El Asador de Aranda - $$$$
Calle Londres, 94 - Tel.: 4146790
An elegant restaurant in the center of Barcelona, where the meat dishes are
San Roke Bidea, 7 (Artxanda) - Tel.: (4) 4450544
The ideal place to taste all the bask gastronomic specialities.
Carrera del Genil, 4 - Tel.: (958) 226769
A good table and service, in comfortable and nice atmosphere.
La Ancha -$$$$$
Calle Príncipe de Vergara, 204 - Tel.: 915638977
This is one of the most traditional and renowned restaurants in the Spanish capital (since 1940). Booking advisable.
Hostal del Cardenal - $$$$
Pateo de Recaredo, 24 - Tel.: 925220862
Located in a typical hostel, the rich menu of this restaurant come from the traditional
Rue Pierre-Fatio, 10 -Tel.: (022) 3118033 - 3118034
An excellent restaurant, where you're served by italian and portuguese waiters.
Sun Dial Restaurant - $$$$
210 Peachtree St. - Tel.: 4045897506
Revolving restaurant above the Atlanta skyline.
La Strada - $$
2930 Johnson Ferry Rd. - Marietta - Tel.: 7706407008
Located in the surroundings of Atlanta, this modest Italian restaurant is very popular
for local families.
Riscky's - $$$
120 E. Exchange Ave. - Tel.: 8176244800
A typical cowboy experience restaurant in the national historic district of Fort Worth.
Inside you feel yourself in a far west town.
White Elephant Saloon - $$$
106 E. Exchange Ave. - Tel.: 8176241887
Scenario of the last «cowboys» duel in Fort Worth, this saloon is kept almost intact,
with the particularity of presenting a hat collection nailed to the ceiling! Beer garden
(in the backyard) and live music.
The Flying Saucer - $$
111 E. 4th St. - Tel.: 8173367470
A very popular pub in the center, remarkably known for beer lovers. It offers a large
variety of beers (210) from all over the world (18 countries).
Border Grill - $$$
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950, Las Vegas Blvd. South - Tel.: (702) 6327403
A creation of Mary Sue Milliken e Susan Feniger, a duet of well known television presenters of cooking programs, the Border Grill is a Mexican restaurant with a menu of light salads and good dishes.
Blue Note - $$$$
131, West 3rd St. -Greenwich Village -Tel.: (212) 4758592
Dine at the sound of the best jazz in the world.
Tribeca Grill - $$$$
375, Greenwitch St. - Tel.: 212 9413900
Renowned by the fact that one of the owners is Robert De Niro, the Tribeca Grill's
value is in the exquisite food (oriented by the «chef» Don Pintabona), the excellent
atmosphere and an envied cellar. Nothing less than a selection of 1450 wines, more
than 20 thousand bottles. Booking advisable.
Nobu - $$$$
105 Hudson St. - Tel.: 2122190500
A «must» of the Japanese cuisine, also with the partnership of Robert De Niro (who
owns the buildings in TriBeCa where you can find the Tribeca Grill and Nobu).
Havana Central - $$
22 East 17th Street (btwn Broadway & 5th Ave.) - Tel.: 2124144999
An old city bakery space now belongs to this Cuban themed restaurant, where you
can find the true spirit of Cuba, with dishes, music and Cuban waiters.
Branzini - $$$
299 Madison Ave. - Tel.: 2125573340
Italian restaurant with a calm and pleasant ambiance, in the ground floor of the
original The Library Hotel.
Rouge - $$$$
205, South 18 - Tel.: 2157326622
It's one of the more trendy restaurants in the historic capital of the United States. Booking advisable.
Cuba Libre - $$$$
10 S, 2nd Street - Tel.: 2156270666
In an atmosphere that transports you immediately to Havana, this Cuban restaurant is one of the most famous in town. Booking advisable.
Buon Appetito - $$$
1609, India Street (Little Italy) - Tel.: (619) 2389880
A genuine Italian restaurant, with truly generous portions in a charming ambiance.
Farallon - $$$$$
450, Post Street off Union Square - Tel.: (415) 9566969
Definitely, the best restaurant in San Francisco, where the guests meet in a Twenty Thousand Submarine Miles of Jules Verne scenery. "Nouvelle cuisine" in reasonable portions. Service with style and professionalism. Booking advisable.
Trattoria Contadina - $$$
1800, Mason Street at Union - Tel.: (415) 9825728
Right at the corner of a street crossed by the famous San Francisco Cable Cars, with the charming atmosphere of a Mediterranean restaurant.
Old Glory - $$$
3139, M Street N.W. Georgetown - Tel.: (202) 3373406
The typical barbecue restaurant, cowboy style, recommended for noisy young customers.