Eating out and restaurant reviews and recommendations

Santo António de Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Santo Antonio de Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

In Lisbon, there’s a part of the city where your map isn’t likely to help you. It’s a dense warren of narrow cobblestoned streets and alleyways spread across a hillside. Take one turn, then another, then another, before realising you’re right back where you started. The only certainty is that some streets lead generally uphill, and others [...]

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Zaap Thai Street Food, Leeds

Zaap Thai Street Food, Leeds

Well, I wasn’t expecting that. A Thursday night, a lovely warm evening in Leeds, and a packed Thai restaurant that looked like it should be in the back streets of Bangkok, a chaotic place packed with people and life, Thai signs everywhere in a jumble of gaudy colours, and an open plan kitchen crewed by [...]

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Beef bourguignon pie, with homemade puff pastry

Beef bourguignon pie, with homemade puff pastry

A few months ago, we spent a weekend in Berlin, an edgy, intoxicating, graffiti-covered city tortured by its own past, the streets forming the canvas on which the horrors of the last century were played out. It was cold. Very cold. A type of unrelenting cold that attacked at the very core, damp, miserable, wretched, weather [...]

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Meat Liquor, Leeds

Meat Liquor, Leeds

I’m on record as stating quite firmly that a burger cannot be classed as ‘gourmet’ in any way shape or form. It’s not that a burger can’t be good. It can be. It can be just the thing at times, but the thought of anywhere labelling their burgers as some kind of fine dining, gourmet [...]

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