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Let's start a non-smoking restaurant list for Prague!

Cestr, lokated on top of Wenceslas square and focused on a Czech cow breed, is non-smoking. All Lokal restaurants have non-smoking sections and lunch is totally non-smoking. Almost all food focused restaurants are NS, but if you go low budget or beer focused, you might have a problem.

Apr 05, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Budapest modern and innovative

No, I'm just going for the weekend. I'm from Prague, so just a short hop. Actually the financial situation in Hungary is so bad that I'm not really surprised about their pricing in Euros. That way they are rising prices every day :-)

Apr 03, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Prague - Ristorante Longiano

I have absolutely no knowledge of this restaurant. But in the Imperial hotel is Cafe Imperial, which has really good Czech cuisine and decent prices for what you're getting. Next time go there, you won't be disappointed. And the interior is much nicer too.

Apr 03, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Lokal "Worst place for food that I have ever been."

I'm glad you like it. Lokal is an institution - you can see it from the fact that there are already 5 (I think) restaurants of this franchize in the Czech Republic and it seems that more are on their way. Unfortunatelly, they are slightlly going up with their prices every once in a while while not changing anything else. What started as a slightly more expensive pub (for everyday use) is now in the range of a decent restaurant which most people can afford once a month. When comparing prices, you need to realise that most people expect to eat lunch for less than $5 with soup, main course and a drink or dessert included. So while they started at about $5-7 per main course, they are now way over that and lots of people here find that very bad price to value ratio.

Apr 03, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Prague - anything chow-worthy near the National Museum?

It´s culinary hell there. If you go a few blocks on Veletrzni street almost towards the train station Holesovice, there is a small family steakhouse called Stejkarna. Closest to the National Gallery building, just on the corner at Dukelskych hrdinu street, there is a new frenchise pub style place with decent beer and relativelly eatable food called Potrefena Husa.

Apr 01, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Budapest modern and innovative

Hi, I will be going to Budapest in a few days and I'd like to get your advice on zhese 3 restaurants - Costes, Onyx and Borkonyha.
I am looking for Hungarian cuisine, but not the classical one. I like fresh takes on local cuisine, modernised, innovative, even with molecular touch (if good), but it still needs to be delicious and decidedly reflecting its roots. Have anybody been in all three? How do they compare?

Thanks!

Apr 01, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Prague, Vienna, Budapest Itinerary

Le Terroir and Bellevue are both great options in Prague, in the top ten restaurants. They are formal, expensive and french inspired cuisine though. Have not been to Le Terroir for a while but it's a shame that Bellevue did not get its well deserved Michelin star this year. But I definitelly wouldn't say they are too pricey for their quality.

Apr 01, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Bucharest and Budapest recommendations, please

Budapest does indeed not have any seafood as Hungary is a landlock country. However, please try the fish soups and stews made from fresh water fish. They are an important part of hungarian cuisine and culture and they are amazing.

Apr 01, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Sunday dinner in Naples

I'm looking for a tip for a February Sunday dinner in Naples. We'll be staying in the Palazzo Decumani hotel in the center and would prefer to walk to dinner and back, about 10-15 minutes walk is fine. So something in the centro storico? It shouldn't be pizza as we'll be having that for lunch (need a quick lunch that day). We love fish but we haven't been south of Rome yet, so anything typically Neapolitan would do, in an informal setting (trattoria, not fancy restaurant). Any price is fine though. Thank you!

Jan 29, 2014
sasicka in Italy

Gino Sorbillo in Naples question

Thanks!

Jan 29, 2014
sasicka in Italy

Gino Sorbillo in Naples question

Hi, I have heard though mights not have understood correctly, that Gino Sorbillo has opened a new pizzeria (called Village?) and that the old one is closed because of a fire. Is that true? Has anybody been in the new one? I don't speak Italian, I just partially understand written text. Thank you!

Jan 28, 2014
sasicka in Italy

Ethnic restuarants in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague

Prague - there is a newish Indian place with a weird name - the Sexy Curry Company. Despite the name very good curries :-)

Nov 02, 2013
sasicka in Europe

Odd question about trout

These are different varieties of trout. In Europe, you mostly get the white trout which is indigenous here and is a strictly freshwater fish. It never goes out to the sea. Its meat is not so fatty and the taste is much milder than the orange meat trout. The latter is indigenous to North America, is easy to farm and should not be encouraged especially in Southern Europe, South America and Australia, where its farming damages the ecosystem.

Regarding the river white trout - it is not farmed in the proper sense of the word. Its growt can be encouraged so that there are protected breeding grounds and cleaner rivers, but it needs fast water, so it just cannot be bred in large water tanks like salmon. But it is a quite common fish, so there can be enough caught to be served in better restaurants and bought in better supermarkets.

Nov 02, 2013
sasicka in Europe

Amman one special dinner

Hi, I'm looking for a restaurant in Amman near te Four Seasons hotel. I'm staying there only for the one night. Is there any restaurants which would serve food based on the local cuisine but on very high standard? I don't really want to say Michelin star quality as some of the Michelin star restaurants were not very good. It needs to be very tasty, and at the same time very safe - my husband has a delicate stomach and we're travelling around. It does not have to be extremely formal, but we cant go to any holes in the wall this time, no matter how good they are. Thank you!

Nov 01, 2013
sasicka in Middle East & Africa

Upscale creative London - advice needed

Thanks guys, seems like Hedone and Viajante would be the places for me. So I made a reservation @ both of them :-) French chefs and French cuisine, however updated and modernised, don't really attract me, so L'Eclume and Hibiscus wouldn't fit the bill.
Thanks for all the tips though!

Sep 07, 2013
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

Upscale creative London - advice needed

Last year we were absolutelly thrilled by Roganic. Could you please recommend something similar? We've been to Pollen St Social and to Texture, but none of them came close. On this trip, we'll probably also eat at St John and Ottolenghi, but they're both different. We're looking for amazing creative food with no ther concerns. Thanks for any ideas!

Sep 04, 2013
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

Dorsoduro in August

Hello,
I will be renting an apartment (hopefully) in Calle Cerchieri, which is just one canal south of San Barnaba. I will be there for a few last days of August, leaving on September 1st.

I remember from my visit about 3 years ago that there was a very nice street filled with local trattorias and nice simple eateries somewhere around Dorsoduro. I ate there in one of the Chowhoud highly appreciated eateries but I don't remember the name. Does anyone know what street I might mean?

In any case, could you please recommend a few of local eateries - focus on food, price is not important, but atmosphere should be rather informal and familial, but if food is delicious, I can dress up. They should be open in August though.

I also have a question about a wine bar. Almost opposite the church of San Trovaso is a bridge and a little very lively wine bar. It seems to attract many locals and tourists alike but still retains a very nice atmosphere. We bought some strawberry wine there (among other bottles). Does anybody know if they would be open in August?

Deeper research is impossible for me right now courtesy of twin toddlers jumping up and down 20 hours per day :-) (fortunately not travelling with us). Thanks very much for any and all help, it is very appreciated!

Aug 11, 2013
sasicka in Italy

Best Bakery in Prague?

There are a few good bakeries spread wide and far apart in Prague, usually on the outskirts. You can get very good pastry items at Cafe Savoy, especially I find their babovka excellent. Also, try out the farmers market at Namesti Republiky (where the Municipal House is, but the market is on the opposite side of the square next to the Unicredit bank), they should have some nice traditional kolache there.

Jun 20, 2013
sasicka in Europe

Auckland lunches with kids

We'll be in Auckland with our twin toddlers in tow. We're getting them used to restaurants but dinners are still difficult and that's why we're looking for lunches.

Could you advise me some places with great food that we'd enjoy that would at the same time, be friendly to kids (high chairs, toys, friendly staff) and would have quick service? We all like fish but I'm a bit fed up with fish&chip shops, so other preparations are better. Otherwise steak or Italian or a general NZ cafe style would be great.

Also, I'd be looking for some amazing take aways or delivery restaurants. Do you know any? Anything that would keep well until the kids are in bed and we can enjoy a glass of wine with our dinner...

Thanks for any tips! We'll be staying at the edge of CBD and Parnell but we can drive around if it's not too far or if it's really great.

Jun 20, 2013
sasicka in Australia/New Zealand

Lunch ideas for Dunedin and Akaroa

This answer is several years overdue. But for otherpeople searching for tips for the South Island, here we go:
Dunedin has a great fish & chip shop (we took them to go but there is also a restaurant to sit in) called Best Cafe. We had 3 types of fish and all were amazing as were the fries. I didnt like their mayo though.

Akaroa also has a great fish & chip shop on the promenade next to the water. There is only one :-) we had several types of fish and we didnt care for the breaded sole but all others were great, especially a fish called orange something. I liked their coleslaw too.

Our best food experience in NZ has been a small restaurant in Moeraki village between Christchurch and Dunedin called Fleurs Place. Amazing food, freshly gathered ingredients, lots of love in the kitchen and amazing serving staff. Reservations are essential, its only got 20 or so places.

Jun 19, 2013
sasicka in Australia/New Zealand

Rome advice - high-end or not?

Thanks to all! Maureen, or anybody, how would you compare La Pergola with All'Oro? In what way is Pergola better or different and is it worth the price hike?

Mar 31, 2013
sasicka in Italy

Rome advice - high-end or not?

Everything's changed for my trip to rome so basically I start planning again. And I have this pressing question: we are in Rome for 3 nights only. Should we oe should we not include a high-end place?

The question is two-fold. First, I don't know much about Lazio / Roman cuisine. I know Veneto and Tuscan cuisine quite well, and I've been to Umbria and Sicily and experienced some of their dishes. But I've never experienced culinary Rome (in my student days it was supermaket bread and bananas for us). So is it worth it for me to go to a high-end place or should I stick with basic trattorias for recognition and leave upmarket sophistication to a later visit?

Secondly, if I choose an up-market place, which should it be? Elisabeth kindly recommended Metamorfosi and Glass and I read up on All'Oro. I've already dismissed Glass because it seems a sacreledge to me to eat fusion in Italy. I know next to nothing about Metamorfosi and All'Oro seems to me quite heavy for the sophisticated lightness that I've come to expect from high-end restaurants. Basically I like to eat fresh and flavorfull and sophisticated, but I don't want to feel extremely full at the end of a 12 course tasting menu. Filling and heavy is a jib for trattorias in my book. I also want to eat Roman or at least Italian food, not French or Thai.

The restaurants that I plan to eat in on the other nights: First is Cesare al Casaletto and last would be either Nino or more probably a choice from Dittirambo, Settimio, Gigetto or Da Gino, all fairly close to our place (except for Gino). So as I understand it, all fairly basic and heavy food trattorias.

Another consideration is this: recently I've become remarkably blase about high-end food that is not up to scratch, even to the point of being ashamed of myself. I find lots of chefs to be guilty of over-complicating things and messing up because they try something that is out of their capabilities. I like if a chef knows his/her limits and cooks with passion the things he loves. So the restaurant must have a chef like that if I should visit it at all.

So please help me decide - should I go to Metamorfosi or All'Oro or skip them altogether for a trattoria? Thanks for your opinions!

Mar 30, 2013
sasicka in Italy

Where to find the ultimate croissant in central Paris?

I'm going in August and don't have a place to stay yet. So this time, I'd like to locate myself close to the perfect croissant. I'm already looking forward to going out in the morning and bringing home fresh pastries to munch on with coffee and orange juice. So, please, where should I look?

Mar 27, 2013
sasicka in France

Campo de Fiori wine bars and breakfast

We'll be staying quite near the Roscioli bakery, towards Campo de Fiori. Could you recommend any nice wine bars around there with great food? We're fine with eating at the bar chichetti / tapas style or sitting down and enjoying a full dinner. The food should be great and they should have great wines by the glass - we'd prefer that to having an entire bottle.

Another question is the breakfast. Most of the days we'll probably nip to Roscioli and buy some bread & deli stuff to make sandwiches in the apartment but sometimes it would be great to go out for a coffee and something small (savory or sweet, doesn't matter). Can you recommend something in the vicinity?

Thanks a lot!

Mar 22, 2013
sasicka in Italy

Rome and Venice with 4 kids, good food on a tight budget

As long as your apartment is in the center, I would suggest to adapt to the South European way. You can head to the museums early on - they will be less crowded anyway, then buy some deli stuff for a light lunch, as you won't be too hungry because od the heat and the gelato consumed to cool from the heat. You can have a lie down - a siesta - and go out again when everything opens out again after 3pm. This way you can eat dinner out (if a little earlier than the local 9pm) and still enjoy a bit of nightlife. I remember babies in strollers in Italy at midnight happily blabbing away with their friends in other strollers while their parents enjoyed a glass of wine. This is practiced everywhere in South Europe, including France, and it's the only way to combat the heat withoutgetting toothache from excessive A/C.

Mar 22, 2013
sasicka in Italy

Best restaurant gems in Sicily??

My information might be off because I've visited about 5 years ago. However, I absolutely loved Sicily in May. We've rented a convertible (which I fully recommend, as you tend not to hurry and enjoy yourself more) and have spent the days driving rough the middle of the island or on the balcony of our hotel.

The two culinary highlights were worth every penny and I still recollect them fondly. They were the Casa Grugno in Taormina and the Locanda San Serafino in Ragusa. I would come back in a heartbeat (thinking of which, good idea for autumn) :-)

Mar 17, 2013
sasicka in Italy

Seoul food tour + INC airport question

Hi, we'll have a 2 nights layover at Incheon airport. This is probably the only time we'd visit Korea, so we'd like to have at least a taste of the country. Can you recommend a private food oriented tour of Seoul? We need a private tour because we'll have our 18 month old twins with us and we need to get home if it gets too much for them.

Also, since we're stuck at the airport (we'll probably stay at the Hyatt hotel), are there any good restaurants we should try in the airport before security or in the hotels nearby? Eventually in the town itself? Thanks!

Mar 04, 2013
sasicka in China & Southeast Asia

Walking btw Tower and Tate Mdrn on South side

Hi, I usually take this walk whenever I'm in London and usually eat at Wagamama (we don't have it in Prague and I like the concept even though the food is average for me). Could you please recommend another restaurant on this route? I usually walk by the water avoiding Tooley street but if I must, I'd go there. I'm looking for a lunch spot within the same price range as Wagamama and serving Western style cuisine (British, continental, US), anything not too exciting or potentially stomach ache inducing. Nose to tail eating is very ok with me. Thanks!

Mar 04, 2013
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

London Paddington with a tween

Thanks guys, all of you. If anything else pops to mind, I'll be happy to hear about it.

Feb 24, 2013
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

London Paddington with a tween

Chippy, yes, that's what I heard... well, as English is an acquired language for me, I hope the mistake can be forgiven :-)

Your talk about the F&C debates got me salivating :-) I so hope to be able to get to London soon and taste some great British F&C. I've been going almost every year but I'm ashamed to say that I've never had F&C there. I had some in Scotland on my honeymoon some 8 years ago. I don't know how I could have survived without some great fried fish! but we have some excellent fried cheese here in Prague :-)

Feb 24, 2013
sasicka in U.K./Ireland