I was already feeling hungry before I saw Ms Melancholy's post called Now I am feeling hungry, in which she lists her favourite restaurants. But it's too late to do anything about it. I shall just have to get up early for breakfast in the hotel, which would never figure in my list, no matter how much we like the rest of the hotel.
Update: I see that actually I was supposed to write about 5 restaurants at my location. Well, my excuse is I was tired and hungry. And I travel a lot, so my location is very variable. I haven't actually got a favourite place in Oxford, where I live, yet. Haven't been there too often.
Here they are:
Antonella's in Pristina, Kosovo, otherwise known as il Passatore
I have no idea what the address is, as I have only been by taxi, but a friend of mine is lucky enough to have it as his nearest restaurant, so I am very envious. He says he feels like he is at home, with a personal chef. Antonella, the owner, is a strange but friendly Italian lady, who does rather smart Italian home cooking. Or rather she supervises it. It is a bit like going to dinner at your grandma's, (at least if she was Italian) as she offers you all sorts of goodies according to what she has bought, and fusses round you making sure it is all OK. My Bosnian friend said that she laid on a Christmas dinner for everyone not doing a family thing, and refused to charge.
Literatu Svetaine, Vilnius
This is unfortunately still closed as far as I know, due to some kitchen dispute, but is due to open again soon. Not only does it have the best location, just by the Cathedral so that le tout Vilnius passes you when you sit outside at lunchtime, (creating for visitors the idea that I knew everyone in Vilnius), but it has delicious (even if a bit expensive) Scandinavian food. Plus the internal decor has not changed much since it was the Writers' Salon, in communist times, giving you an exclusive feeling of being with the elite.
Any of the old Balti restaurants, in Stoney Lane, Birmingham
When I first moved to Birmingham in 1977, these restaurants were just cheap places for students and the locals to eat. Then Balti became fashionable and prices rose, and imitations proliferated, as I have written about elsewhere on the blog but I refuse to give that restaurant a free plug. These old restaurants are a bit smarter now, and the prices have risen, but the food is still as good.
Diwana Bhel Poori House, Drummond St, London
This restaurant dates back to my student days, when there were always queues outside to have several sorts of South Indian pancakes made with rice flour and other veggie delicacies. I occasionally went back on trips to London, and nothing had changed; still queues to get in, still delicious cheap food. The last time I went, I took my children, who were not yet so keen on Indian food (must have been years ago) and I thought they might like this better. I was surprised I could even find it, since I had long forgotten its name, just remembering its location by Euston Station. I googled and it's still there.
This is our current favourite, and one day we even ate there twice. I reviewed it here. On Friday night, it was raining heavily, so we all packed into the tiny space indoors and borrowed an umbrella to get home. We haven't found many other restaurants where the food is interesting and agrees with our stomachs. Which is a shame.
Finally, (I know this is 6, but I can't remember its name) I haven't included any Greek restaurants because I have never had a bad meal in one. There are too many I have enjoyed to list my favourites, but they must be by the sea and have fresh fish. Perhaps the one I remember best was the one on Kalymnos overlooking the channel between it and the small island across the water. You had to climb half way down the cliff to get to it but the view was magnificent. Each night we saw the lights coming on round the bay and the small boats coming home, and it was just wonderful. The food was good too.
Since Ms M did not tag anyone, just left it up to anyone to respond, I'll do the same. But you are supposed to add your blog to the end of this list.
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miss kendra (los angeles, california, u.s.a)
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Kat (Ontario, Canada)
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