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Nobook Barcelona

One night we were looking to try out a new place for diner in Barcelona and it needed to be quite central. We heard about Nobook.

As the name suggests, you cannot make a reservation/booking, hence the name Nobook. You can really feel this place is different and has an identity of its own.

From the moment you enter, you see chairs hanging on the wall ready to be brought into effect for extra seating, orange-themed decor, open plan kitchen, but the best is the staff are dressed up in orange jumpsuits as if they were prisoners in a corrections facility.

A bit shocking, the colors and the outfits at first, you get used to it, especially the team is so welcoming and enjoying their own environment. The closest thing to a literal version of Orange is the New Black.

 

The cocktails here are very creative and well presented. Do try one or two throughout your meal.

Like the cocktails, the dishes are creative as well. They touch upon various cuisines from around the world and are great for sharing amongst each other.

Do check out what we ate.

 

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Over and above the main menu, there a few surprise dishes that are served from off the menu so be sure to try those as well.

After a lovely meal of a variety of flavors and there was no dessert or coffee or coffe on offer because their cocktails are supposed to take care of your post meal cravings. The night we went there was a band and it kept the energy flowing throughout the night.

You’ll be walking away from Nobook with good vibes.

TookTook Tips:

  • Make sure you know how much you are ordering as quantities vary per dish
  • Try some of their amazing cocktails
  • Find out what is on their unwritten menu
Menu: nobook.es
Phone: At Nobook you can’t book so…No Phone
Price: €€€

Hours:

Tuesday 7:30–11:30PM
Wednesday 7:30–11:30PM
Thursday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Friday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Saturday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Sunday: Closed
Monday 7:30–11:30PM

Signing out,

The Tooktook Team

Foodie hot spots in Karachi

Karachi is one of the largest cities in the world. It’s got that hustle bustle of a port city, the clout of a financial hub, and the convergence of diversity from all corners of the country.  The city is a crowded, hectic, noisy, an unapologetic metropolis.

But there is beauty in its chaos. The energy of Karachi and its people is just something else. This energy and passion is ever present in the city’s food culture.  

There are so many great places to eat in Karachi, both local and non-local cuisine.  Whether it’s your first time to Karachi or you’re a frequent visitor to the city make sure you check out these places offering local flavors as you will be wanting to go back for more.

Kolachi by the sea / Kolachi at Ocean Tower.

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Kolachi is a great place to come with friends and family. In groups of all sizes. Ever since it opened in 2012, the service and food have been getting rave reviews from local and visitors alike.

Recommended: Chicken Malai (cream) Boti, the Hunzai Kebab, Peshawari Karahi and Barbecued Prawns accompanied with some Cheese Naans.

Address: Ocean Towers,, Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Pakistan

Phone:+9221111111001

Hours:  7PM–1AM

BBQ Tonight

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BBQ tonight is a cornerstone to Karachi’s restaurant scene for almost three decades. It has grown from being a roadside reataurant into a 4 story with a rooftop terrace restaurant and  expanded its brand across Asia. A true symbol and brand ambassador of Paksitani food, specially barbecue.

Recommend: Lamb ribs, Seekh Kebabs, Lamb chops, and Afghani Tikka. Get an assortment of breads.

Address: Com. 5/1, Boating Basin,Block-5، Clifton، Karachi, Pakistan

Phone:+9221111227111

Hours: 12PM–2AM

Tandoori Hut

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Tandoor Hut has variety on it’s menu, but the only thing to get from here is its Butter Chicken that is cooked in a clay pot with saffron. Absolutely delicious, but extremely heavy and watch out for the calorie intake. It is open all the time.

Recommended: Chicken Makhni (Butter). This is cooked in it’s own handi (clay pot). Get some garlic naans to eat it with. 

Address: Shop # A-1,2 Boat View Apartment, Boat Basin, Cilfton., Karachi 75600, Pakistan

Phone: +922135862962

Hours: Open 24 hours

Roadside Cafe

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Roadside Cafe has a relaxed feel to it. Love that they celebrate national and global icons through their murals. They have a simple menu of sandwiches, rolls, bun kebabs, and refreshments.

Recommended:  Try the Dhaaga (string) Bun Kebab and Paratha (Pakistani version of flatbread) rolls.

Address: F15, Clifton block 5, behind boat basin
Karachi, Pakistan

Phone: +922135869778

Hours: 4PM–1AM

Hot ‘N Spicy

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Hot ‘N Spicy has a pretty extensive menu. However, their kebab rolls (wraps) are special. You can eat outside, inside or even order these to your car.

Recommended: Chicken Malai roll or the Reshmi Roll. Get some Garlic mayo on the side.

Address: Eid Gah Khadda, Karachi, Pakistan

Phone:+92 1112 23334

Hours: 12PM–12AM

Please note this is just first of many posts we will have for Karachi as there are so many amazing restaurants that we have left to cover. For now at least you have an initial list of places for your first or next trip to Karachi, Pakistan. Enjoy!

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Visiting Vienna.

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Sabrina for sharing her Vienna with us!!!

 

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Welcome to Vienna. Known as the City of Music, but also as the City of Dreams as it was home to Sigmund Freud. With the insight of our local we have put together a few places you might want to go to and enjoy during your stay in one of the World’s Most Livable Cities.

 

 

Halle | Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria | http://ww2.diehalle.at | +43 1 5237001

This restaurant serves up a very delicious breakfast, but it’s also nice for lunch and dinner. Nice interior-high walls and moldings on their ceilings. Moreover, it has a lovely terrace, perfect for the the summer.

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Cafe Francais | Währinger Straße 6-8, 1090 Wien, Austria | http://www.cafefrancais.at | +43 1 3190903

French-Belgian restaurant. They serve up some really good quiches, salads and snacks. The helpings are also very generous!

Try the Coq au Vin Blanc- it’s amazing.

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NENI am Naschmarkt | Naschmarkt 510, 1060 Wien, Austria | http://www.neni.at | +43 1 5852020

Israeli restaurant, perfect for lunch. The hummus is delicious. Try the “Jerusalem-Teller” and the homemade “Limonana” & “Ice Tea”.

Best day to go is Saturday, it is closed on Sundays.

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Tel Aviv Beach Bar | Obere Donaustrasse 65, 1020 Wien, Austria | http://neni.at/hp/fotos/?select=tel_aviv

Very cool outdoor beach bar. It is located right  on the Danube river. The serves up some really good cocktails and food. With some awesome music added to the ambience, you’re going to be having a great time.

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Motto am Fluss | Franz-Josefs-Kai 2, 1010 Wien, Austria | http://www.motto.at/mottoamfluss/ | +43 1 2525510

Also located along the river, this is a cafe and restaurant. The food is delicious from starters to the main courses and deserts. Great food at all times of the day.

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Puff, die Bar | Girardigasse 10, A-1060 Wien, Austria |  http://puff-bar.at | +43 0664 534 6564

Bar with spectacular interior. This is where you can come for a happy hour. Come for afterwork beers or come later and pick out a cocktail of your liking.

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Cafe Sperl | Gumpendorfer Straße 11, 1060 Wien, Austria | http://www.cafesperl.at | +43 1 5864158

If you’re exploring the well known coffee houses in Vienna then this is one place you got to go. You can get some really tasty pastries here.

Recommended: Apple strudel with whipped cream. YUM!

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Plachutta Gasthaus zur Oper | Walfischgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria | http://www.plachutta.at/de/gasthaus_zur_oper/ | +43 1 5122251

Local food. Place-to-be for having the best and most-traditional Austrian food the “Wiener Kalbschnitzel”, veal cutlet.

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Bom Dia São Paulo

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Gabriella for sharing her São Paulo with us!!!

In honor of the World Cup knockout rounds having started it is time to give you a local’s insight into another city in Brazil. São Paulo is Brazil’s largest city and the largest of the southern hemisphere.

Whether you are coming for a short stay or a longer period of time, this city is ready to blow you away.

Restaurants

Chez Oscar

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Address: Rua Oscar Freire, 1128 Jardins, São Paulo 

 

Aoyama Japanese.

You’re going to find a whole lot of Japanese food in São Paulo, this is one of the best around.

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Address: Multiple Locations

L’Entrecot de Olivier

It’s all in the name. Entrecot and fries. No need for anything else.

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Address: R Dr. Mário Ferraz, 17 – Jardim Europa, São Paulo – SP, 01453-010, Brazil

Fogo de Chão Churrascaria.

The meat lovers heaven. The holy grail of bbq.

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Address: Av. Santo Amaro, 6824 – Santo Amaro, São Paulo – SP, 04702-002, Brazil

Figueira Rubaiyat 

From the owners of the Churrascaria Rubaiyat they bring a more sophisticated dining experience under a fig tree.

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Address: Rua Haddock Lobo, 1738 – Cerqueira César, São Paulo – SP, 01414-020, Brazil

Mimo Contemporary.

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Address: Rua Caconde, 118 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo – SP, 01425-010, Brazil

Z Delí Sandwiches and Burgers.

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Address: Rua Augusta, 1384 – Jardins, São Paulo – SP, 01414-002, Brazil

JAM Itaim Japanese Food, Art and Music.

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Address: R. Lopes Neto, 308 – Itaim Bibi, São Paulo – SP, 04533-030, Brazil

 

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Address: Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 419 – Pinheiros, São Paulo – SP, 05428-001, Brazil

Santinho (Instituto Tomie Otake)

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Address: Rua Coropés, 88 – Pinheiros, São Paulo – SP, 05426-010, Brazil 

A Peixaria Seafood.

The freshest seafood around.

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Address: Rua Canário, 745 – Moema, São Paulo – SP, 04521-004, Brazil

Paris 6 French.

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Address: Rua Haddock Lobo, 1240 – Cerqueira César, São Paulo – SP, 01414-002, Brazil

Bar and Clubs

Skye Bar (Hotel Unique)

Looking for a skyline. Look no further.

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Address: Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo – SP, 01402-002, Brazil

Bar Asterix

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Address: Alameda Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 575 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo – SP, 01403-000, Brazil

Casa 92 

A real favorite of our local, Gabriella. A club in the comfort of a home.

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Address: Rua Cristóvão Gonçalves, 92 – Pinheiros, São Paulo – SP, 05426-050, Brazil

Club Provocateur

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Address: Rua Jerônimo da Veiga, 163 – Itaim Bibi, São Paulo – SP, 04536-000, Brazil

Cine Joia

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Address: Praça Carlos Gomes, 82 – Sé, São Paulo – SP, 01501-040, Brazil 

 

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It’s the Time to Rio- Food in the Footballing City.

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome locals Janine and family for sharing their Rio with us!!!

 

Whether you’re planning to go to Rio at some point in the future or if you’re going there just for the World Cup in Brazil and will be in Rio for a bit, you might want to check some of these places out.  

Rio is going to be home to the final of the World Cup. Some places can be expensive so you might want to be a bit selective with your choices.

Remember to make reservations in advance as everything is going to be packed up until the end of the World Cup.

Here are some of our local’s favorites.

 

Antiquarius Leblon

Local Brazilian cuisine. Pricey, but very good. Located in the Leblon neighborhood.

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Address: Rua Aristides Espinola, 19 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22440-050, Brazil

 

 

Gero’s Ipanema

Italian. Located in the Ipanema neighborhood.

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Address: Rua Aníbal de Mendonça, 157 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22410-050, Brazil

 

 

Casa da Feijoada

Local Brazilian cuisine. Feijoada is a traditional national dish. Cooked with black beans and meat, usually pork, and served with chunks of meat as well. Then you get a bunch of side dishes as well. Located in the Ipanema neighborhood.

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Address: Rua Prudente de Moraes 10 | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420040, Brazil

 

 

Quadrucci

Contemporary Italian. Located in the Leblon neighborhood.

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Address: Rua Dias Ferreira, 233 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22441-120, Brazil

 

 

Gabbiano Al Mare

Seafood/Contemporary/Italian. There are two Gabbiano’s in the city. One is located in the Trattoria neighborhood. This one is by the beach in the Barra neighborhood.

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Address: Av. das Américas, 3255 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22631-002, Brazil

 

 

Satyricon Ipanema

Seafood and with a sea view. Located in the Ipanema neighborhood.

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Address: Rua Barão da Torre, 192 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22411-000, Brazil

 

 

Azzurra

Italian. Located in the Barra neighborhood.

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Address: Loja 304 a 308 – Avenida das Américas, 7777 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22793-720, Brazil

 

 

Porcão

Churrascaria. Sushi. Bottomless food. Barbecue. Just food heaven.

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Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

Alessandro e Frederico

Pizzas. Located in the São Conrado neighborhood.

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Address: Rua Berta Lutz, 899, Loja 101D – São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22610-001, Brazil

 

 

BB Lanches

For a late night snack after a night out this is the place to go. No tables or chairs, just pick up your order and go. Located in the Leblon neighborhood.

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Address: Loja A – Rua Aristides Espínola, 64 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22440-050, Brazil

 

 

Confeitaria Colombo

Lunch. Coffee. Pastries. This is the ideal place to go to get an afternoon break during your long day. Located in the Centro neighborhood.

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Address: Rua Gonçalves Dias, 32 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20050-030, Brazil

 

 

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Landing in Lisbon!

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome locals Mariana and Pedro for sharing their Lisbon with us!!!

Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest city in Western Europe, predates many other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years.

The modern vibe and historical influence are seen together in this city. This has impact on the variety of the cuisine and food found in Lisbon, making it a real foodie haven.

Below you will find restaurants serving up local cuisine, offering great views, specializing in meat and burgers and dessert.

Local Cusisine (seafood paradise)

Cervejaria Trindade Very good local food and very economical. Open for long hours. 1725_01_CervejariaTrindade

AddressRua Nova da Trindade 20 C, 2715-311 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Solar Dos Presuntos

Local food. A bit pricier than the other ones mentioned here, but very good food.

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Address: Rua Portas de Santo Antão 150, 1150-269 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Cervejaria Ramiro

Local food. Book in advance. This is primarily turns out to be a shell food extravaganza and the first place any local recommends, as it’s a very popular seafood restaurant . The seafood is super fresh and some of the locals’ favorites are the Shrimp in Garlic Sauce and Grilled Tiger Prawns. The one thing you may not expect, but the locals highly recommend is the Steak Sandwich! We had a try and it was amazing!

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AddressAv. Almirante Reis nº1 – H, 1150-007 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Taberna da Rua das Flores

Local food. They do not take reservations, the lines can be long because it’s a small restaurant. But the wait is more than justified, with a constantly changing menu, makes this one loved by the locals.

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Address: Rua das Flores 103, 1200-194 Lisboa, Portugal

 

 

Food with a View

Piazza di Mare

Nice ambience and views. Great for a romantic night out and some good Italian food. Terrace day 1-A560x380

AddressAvenida Brasília – Pavilhão Poente, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Bica do Sapato

Good restaurant with a terrace. It has got a contemporary/fusion menu along with a sushi bar.

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AddressAvenida Infante Dom Henrique Armazém B, Cais da Pedra, Santa Apolónia, 1900-436 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Pizza Casanova

Very good pizza and with a great view of the sea.

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AddressAvenida Infante Dom Henrique Loja 7, 1900-264 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Cafe In

The place to be for weekend breakfast/brunch. Again with a sea view.

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AddressAv. Brasilia, Pavilhão Nascente, nº311 • 1300-596 Lisboa

 

Bar of Hotel do Chiado

Beautiful city views.

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AddressRua Nova do Almada 114, 1200-290 Lisboa, Portugal

 

 

Meat Lovers

Paparrucha

With a beautiful city-view for a lovely romantic dinner and some good Argentinian cuisine you can’t go wrong.

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AddressRua Dom Pedro v 18/20, 1250-094 Lisboa, Portugal

 

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Great steaks. xl

AddressCalçada da Estrela 57, 1200-661 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Cafe Do Rio- Hamburgueria Gourmet

Awesome burgers. Most of them are double deckers! hambugueseriacafedorio

AddressRua da Alfândega 114, 1990-016 Lisboa, Portugal

 

 

Dessert

Santinis

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AddressRua do Carmo 9, 1200-093 Lisboa, Portugal

 

Pasteis de Belem

Since 1837, locals and visitors to Lisbon have visited the bakery to purchase fresh from the oven pastéis de nata, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Their popularity normally results in long lines at the take-away counters, in addition to waiting lines for sit-down service. Also a side note the deep fried cod balls are just amazing here as well!

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AddressRua de Belém, 84-92, 1300-085 Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

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Singapore your heart out.

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Alia S. Dada for sharing her Singapore with us.

 

Our awesome local  has suggested some great spots to eat in Singapore. Whether you are looking for a breakfast/brunch option to start your day or you are have cravings for the sweet and savory, we’ve got it right here.

Long Beach

Once you are this spot. There is one thing that is a must try and you better not miss out on it. The local chilli crabs. In addition, this place has a long list of speciality seafood options ranging from Razor Clams, and the Tiger Sea Mantis to the Robin Triton Clam and more.

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Address: Click to see 2 locations

Mozza at Marina Bay Sands

Here you will get two options. The Osteria Mozza or Pizzeria Mozza.

You really can’t go wrong. It does depend on your mood though. Either you get some pizza or you’re ready for some serious sit down Italian.  After all, this has been famous Chef Mario Batali’s first dive into the Singapore food scene as he teams up  with Chef Nancy Silverton and Chef Joe Bastianich.

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Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-42/46 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972

 

Lucha Loco

With a wonderful vibe, this Mexican taqueria and garden bar could be hitting the right spot. It’s got the food and the cocktails to make sure you have the best possible time.  Remember you cannot make reservations unless you’re a really big group (8 or more).

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Address: 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598

Red House Seafood Restaurant

Straight up local Singaporean food. This is where you come for the authentic cuisine. Another place to try the chilli crab yet again. While you’re at it get some crispy chicken and fried squid.

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Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-14 THE QUAYSIDE, Singapore 238252

Toby’s Estate

This is a great place to chill and grab a bite with your coffee. This cafe has some outside seating and real friendly service. The ambience is easy-going. Come here for breakfast or brunch, sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216

Swirls Bake Shop

Now if you have a sweet tooth and love cupcakes, look no further. Swirls Bakes Shop to the rescue.  With 101 flavors on hand and a few different sizes to choose from you’re bound to find how much and what you want to indulge. Check out their daily offerings before you go so that you never stop experimenting.

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Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Unit 01-08, (Off Robertson Quay), Singapore 238216

 

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Happy in Valencia

We would like to give special thanks to our awesome local Santiago Vernetta for sharing his Valencia with us.

 

Valencia, the home to la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and paella, has some great places to wine and dine. Hopefully, these places will purge any hunger pangs you might be having.

La Papparadella

The restaurant offers some great Italian food ranging from pasta, pizzas, and piadinis. It has outdoor and indoor seating. The ingredients are so fresh, whether it’s the greens in the salad or the bufala in the caprese. Some good ol’ wholesome food.

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Address: Carrer dels Brodadors, 5, 46001 València

Picoteo de Vicio

You can find some great tapas here. Awesome combinations and the way the food was presented made meal even more sensory. It is perfect for trying a little bit of everything and if someone orders something you like you can order it in the next round.

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Address: Carrer de Borriana, 26, 46005

La Petite Brioche Bakery

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Great place to walk over to for breakfast. With mini pancakes, scrambled eggs, quiches, cookies and a lot more sweet and savory things on the menu to start your day with a smile. And fresh orange juice.

Address: Calle de Sorni, 28, 46004 

La Parrillita Argentina

If you are a real carnivore, then this Argentinian place is the where you should go. The steaks and other meat dishes on offer are just top notch. Have some really good wines to accompany your meal.

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Address:  Calle de Salamanca, 7, 46005

LaLola

Their ingredients are all sourced from the central market around the corner. So everything is really fresh. With good lunch or dinner menus you don’t have to worry about when you come to dine. If you are you looking for a place to eat with outdoor seating on a sunny day in the center of town, then this is it.

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Address: Pujada del Toledà, 8, 46001

Lambrusqueria

If you’re looking for a relaxed romantic dinner with a pleasant ambience and with the choice to be seated outdoors or indoors the Lambrusqueria is a pretty good option . Come here for the lambrusco, of course. Seems like a cool  place to hangout during the afternoons, with a more continental Europe pub feel.

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Address: Calle Conde Altea, 31, 46005

La Pepica

This is a touchy topic in Spain and especially in Valencia. Where can you find the best paella in town? People have their favorites and restaurants have their specialities. We looked at the experience as a hole. Paella needs to be eaten by the beach. Therefore, the Malvarossa beach area is the right place to go.  With the numerous options on hand it is difficult to pick an outright winner. An institution since 1898 for paella in Valencia, La Pepica is known to serve the best seafood paella around. Levante is also a great spot for chicken and rabbit paella and would be a good choice if you are looking for something near the center of town.

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Address: Paseo de Neptuno 6, Playa de la Malvarosa, 46011

 

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Straight from the Colombo-ite.

We would like to give special thanks to our awesome local Janisha Biyanwila.

 

Dutch Hospital of Colombo 

The Old Colombo Dutch hospital built in the 17th century dates back to the Dutch colonial era of Sri Lanka. Recently renovated, this heritage building is home to shopping stores, bars, cafes and restaurants, including one of Colombo’s best restaurants ‘Ministry of Crabs’.  With its cobblestone courtyards this outdoor entertainment area has a distinct European flair.  The laid back atmosphere and live bands attract locals and foreigners alike to relax in the evening breeze in the courtyard whilst enjoying tapas and a good cocktail from the multiple restaurant options.  Need a break from people watching, just browse into any of the numerous stores carrying clothes, authentic handicrafts to world renowned Sri Lankan gems.  Also, one can stop by Spa Ceylon for a truly relaxing evening.

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Address: Hospital street, colombo

 

Nuga Gama

Nuga gama, or nuga village is a restaurant designed to provide its customers with a unique rural Sri Lankan village experience.  The tables set over sand under a centuries old banyan tree gives the ambiance of a quaint rural village.  It is one of the few places to enjoy authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in Colombo.  From clay curry pots to coconut shell serving spoons, this buffet dining is a truly unique experience that shouldn’t be missed.  Reservations needed.

nugagama

Address: Cinnamon Grand Hotel

Seafood Cove

Designed with romance in mind, this outdoor seafood restaurant has just the right ambiance for a magical getaway.  With tables set right in the beach underneath a cadjan-thatched gazebo, illuminated by hurricane lamps, this would be a night not to be forgotten. You can select from an array of fresh seafood and have your choice of sauces cooked exactly to your preference.  The cool breeze under a starry night with sounds of the Indian Ocean lapping at your feet will have your hearts melting as you dive into the rich local seafood cuisine.

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Address: Mount Lavinia Hotel

Flow by O, Silk, Sugar 41

41, 1/2 Maitland Crescent has evolved into a one stop shop for a night out in Colombo.  The pool complex of the Colombo Gymkhana Club has opened it’s doors to house a bar, rooftop lounge and a night club.  ‘Flow by O’ is the bar on the first floor, with a swimming pool.  It offers beers and cocktails at one of Colombo’s best prices making it a top choice for happy hour and pre-drinking. You have a choice of being seated indoors or outdoors by the pool. Appetizers and food is also provided to line those stomaches before a fun night out in town/the building.  Sugar 41 is the rooftop lounge on the 3rd floor. With sophisticated decor, beautiful plumeria trees and sweeping views of the gymkhana cricket grounds, this wine and tapas lounge provides the perfect setting for a relaxed night of drinking. It also has an indoor area that on occasion has live bands performing. ‘Silk’ is the nightclub on the 2nd floor that one can go to dance the night away. It has a good crowd with an option for table service.

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Address: 41, 1/2 Maitland Crescent

 

Sky Lounge

Sky lounge is by far the best location to view the Colombo sunset. From views of the Colombo skyline to the galle face green and the Indian Ocean beyond, this venue is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy a cocktail at happy hour; which perfectly coincides with sunset, while snacking on some delicious deviled chicken and fries (a Sri Lankan appetizer staple). The prices are a bit steep for Colombo, but who can complain with that view staring back at you.

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Address: Kingsbury Hotel Rooftop

Hotel de Pilawoos 

While Pilawoos is anything but a hotel, this iconic roadside restaurant is the best place to get authentic Sri Lankan Kottu Roti (A scrumptious dish indigenous to Sri Lanka, made out of roti, egg, vegetables and/or meat and spices all chopped finely together served with a side of spicy curry sauce).  From cheese kottu to chocolate roti, the options are endless and equally delicious.  Our personal favorite, the pilawoos special (not on the menu) includes kottu roti with roast chicken drizzled with curry sauce.   Pilawoos is the late night street attraction where all of Colombo night owls converge to grab a bite. Disclosure: order from and to the car.  The restaurant is no gourmet experience to say the least. Regardless, this is a venue that has stood the test of time and holds a special place in every Colombo-ites heart.

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Address: No 161, Galle Road, Colombo 4

 

 

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To Amman we go!

We would like to give special thanks to our awesome locals Aya and Hammad  for sharing their Amman with us.

 

 

O Six Gastro Lounge

A bar on the roof of the Canyon Boutique Hotel. It has an outdoor open area and a favorite for the locals. Reminder: must be at least 21 to get in which is a good thing. The views are awesome, with good food and good drinks. It’s definitely one the coolest place to hangout in Jordan.

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AddressAdeeb Wahbeh Street, P.O.Box: 144590, Amman 11814, Jordan

 

Vinaigrette

Located in the Amman Shmeisani Al Qasr Metropole Hotel Jordan. It has some good sushi and is another rooftop place. Also offer other things on the menu apart from sushi, which are good.

Vinaigrette

Address: Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, P O Box 926192, Amman 11110, Jordan

 

Cantaloupe

This is a gastro pub. A third rooftop place on the list. This place is très fun! 

canteloupe

Address: P.O.Box 141048, Amman, Jordan 

 

Fakhr ElDin

This a classic lebanese restaurant. A favourite among the elite for friday lunch with the entire family. Great meshawi (bbq) and serves shisha as well.

Fakhr El-Din

AddressJabal Amman, 2nd Circle

Al-Huwara

A lesser known, yet excellent arabic restaurant. It also serves sheesha also. 

al howara

Address: King Abdullah II St. – Medical City Street

 

Milano 

Located in Amman Shmeisani Jordan has some great italian food. It’s an old favourite of the locals. If you want some pizza for take away this the place pick it up from.

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Address: Ilya Abu Madhi St., Ilya Abu Madhi and Abdulhameed Shoman – Near Babiche Bulding # 8

Reem Shawarma

This is now a chain. It started as a hole in the wall shawarma stand, yet it is considered to be famous for being the best around.  A must visit.

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Address: 2nd Circle, Near Delice Ice Cream – Jabal Amman

Centro Brasserie

Here you can find a variety of foods, but can be a bit hit or miss. You get some good burgers here. Ideal for a family lunch time meal.

 centro brasserie

Address: Saed Jumaa St., Near Jordan Hospital, Jabal Amman- 4th Circle

 

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