Where shall we eat tonight?
By Daily Mail writers
Last updated at 11:03 04 April 2005
The place to go: Fabrica 23. Where: In the buzzing Santa Catalina district, once the fishing quarter, now a little hub of trendy bistros and bars, a ten-minute walk from the centre on Carrer Fabrica. Style: Intimate, informal, chic. What to have: British chef Alexei changes the menu daily. Try lobster risotto followed by roast lamb with a herb crust and mango soup for dessert. Cost: The set lunch is a steal at £12.50 a head for three courses, with mineral water included. House wine is £3.50 a bottle. In the evening, expect to pay around £28 a head plus drinks. To book: Open from Tuesday to Saturday at 1pm for lunch and 9pm for dinner. Closed in August. Tel: 0034 971 453125. GETTING THERE • Bargain deals on Mallorca hotels! • Compare prices on cheap flights!
The place to go: Clandestino. Where: Tucked away off Plaza Uncibay in a quiet pedestrianised street, Calle Nino de Guevara, 200 yards from the Picasso Museum. Style: Trendy, Moroccan-style, seductively lit tables and authentic décor with some of Spain's weirdest and most wonderful waiters. What to have: Many of the chefs previously worked at Malaga's Michelin-starred Café de Paris. The salads and pastas are fantastic, and the Dona Blanca ice cream is a must. Have a glass of sherry on arrival and try the wines by the glass. Cost: £30 a head for three courses and wine. To book: You can book for lunch but not dinner. Open from 1pm to 1am, 365 days a year. Tel: 0034 952 219390.
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The place to go: Moo. Where: Inside the Hotel Omm in Calle Rossello, a short walk from Plaza Catalunya. Style: Dress up and make sure to take a ride to the hotel's topfloor roof terrace for a view of Gaudi's amazing La Pedrera. What to have: Try the sea bass with lemongrass or suckling pig with a sharp Granny Smith puree. Or else the tasting menu with a specially chosen glass of wine with each course. Cost: Up to £60 a head for the full tasting menu. But you can opt for half-portions or eat in the side section, known as buenissimo sanisimo, where it's around £25 a head with wine. To book: Online at email@example.com or tel: 0034 934 454000.
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The place to go: Restaurante Florestal. Where: Barao de Sao Joao, six miles inland from the resort of Luz. Take the road through Espiche, following signs for Lagos Zoo. The restaurant is signposted from Sao Joao. Style: Verandah dining at its best. Comfortable wicker covered terrace with views of the forested national park. What to have: Sunday brunch is a huge hit. A la carte dishes range from fajitas and burritos to sweet and sour prawns, mango chicken and local specialities such as piri-piri. Cost: With a bottle of Portuguese wine, a three course dinner will set you back around £24 per person. The lunch menu costs about £17.50. To book: Booking advisable for weekends, especially Sunday lunch. Closed Sunday evening and Mondays. Tel: 00351 282 687 204.
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Aix en Provence The place to go: Le Dernier Bistrot. Where: Five minutes from the Palais de Justice, head north on rue Mignet, turn left on rue Constantin and it's on your left. Style: Wipeable tablecloths and blue plastic chairs on the pavement. Home-cooked Provencale food at a petit prix. What to have: Seasonal produce, especially Provence's famous vegetables. Tomato and anchovy soup and aubergine tarts to start, followed by alouettes sans tetes (not larks without heads but small beef parcels). Cost: A fine meal can be had for around £11 — add wine and you're still under £35 for two, a stunning bargain in a city that doesn't come cheap. To book: Essential, it is always full and don't be late or your table will be given away. Tel 0033 4 42 21 13 02. Closed Sunday lunchtime.
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The place to go: Chez Madie. Where: At 138 Quai du Port, on the north side of the Old Port, where the fishing boats come in. Style: From mid-April you can sit outside under the arches, tablecloths blowing in the breeze, and gaze at the yachts. What to have: Bouillabaisse - the Marseilles dish of fresh fish served with its own soup. Cost: £70 for two including bouillabaisse at £24 per person — but you don't need a starter — a bottle of white Cotes d'Aix, mineral water and ice creams. To book: Tel: 0033 4 91 90 40 87.
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Venice The place to go: Tavernetta San Maurizio. Where: A ten-minute walk from St Mark's Square, it's on the right-hand side of Calle dei Zaguri, just before Campo San Maurizio. Style: Simple and cheerful. What to have: Grilled vegetables and classic seafood salad from the table of antipasti in the middle of the restaurant. House special is a mixed plate of ultra-fresh grilled fish, including fantastic sole. Cost: £70 for two, including starters, fish, shared dessert, bottle of Pinot Grigio, San Pellegrino water and coffee. In a city where dinner can cost £250 for two, this is a bargain. To book: First come, first served from noon and 7pm. Tel: 0039 41 528 5240.
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The place to go: Il Grottino Azzurro. Where: Just below the Chiesa Nuova at the top of the town. Style: Old-fashioned family trattoria run by toothless Ancient Mariner Raffaele. Witty photographic collages of celebs who have visited Positano, including the Duchess of York. What to have: Fish, but everything is good. Proof? All the local bus drivers eat here. Cost: The only place in Positano that charges pre-euro-inflated prices - £3.50 for pasta and £4 for a steak. Eat well for £14 a head, vino sfuso (wine in a jug) included. To book: Closed Wednesday. Booking is not a concept the owner understands! Tel: 0039 89 875 466.
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Limassol The place to go: Aliada. Where: 117 Eirinis Street, in the renovated old town. Style: Handsome 19th century townhouse that has been converted sympathetically into one of the island's best, yet least-known, restaurants. What to have: Carrot bread and beetroot bread are heavenly and the dessert tray to die for. In between you'll be offered salads, freshly cooked fish and speciality meat dishes. Cost: The four-course meal costs around £15 a head and a bottle of the local red Semeli wine is £11. To book: Tel 00357 253 40758 or check out its website www.aliada.com.cy
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Symi, Dodecanese The place to go: Restaurant Mythos, Symi Town. Where: Enviable vantage point at mouth of this stunning harbour, in an ice-cream-hued neo-classical houses. The style: Traditional taverna. For a gull's eye view of passing ferries, sit outside. What to have: Chef Stavros's signature dishes are stuffed calamari with pesto, fish filo parcels with saffron cream sauce, sea bream in salt and rolled lamb in rosemary gravy. Leave room for pudding: pannacotta wins hands down, but pears stuffed with almond and honey is a close second. Cost: Two courses with side dishes and a litre of barrel wine is £21 for two. To book: Open May to October and some winter weekends. Stavros runs weekend cookery courses for British clients. Tel: 0030 22 460 71488.
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The place to go: Kollias' Psarotaverna. Where: Kalokerinou and Dramas, Piraeus, Athens (take a guide). Style: Two-room dimly lit taverna with an outside terrace. The walls are littered with Greek sayings, while the entrance area has become a montage of VIP snapshots, all Kollias devotees. What to have: Crustacean feast — platters of clams, scallops, prawn, crayfish, crab and mussels served with lemon. Pickled crocus bulbs from Naxos and the obligatory lagana sesame bread. End with syrupy baklava, preserved quince, home-made ice cream and ekmek, a pastry and custard dessert. Cost: A full blow-out including several shots of fiery raki, two bottles of excellent Lazaridis white wine and Santorini's sweet Vinsanto wine costs £42 per person. To book: Open for dinner only, except for public holidays when it's open for lunch, too. Tel: 0030 210 462 9620.
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