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Astoria, Njegoseva 4, Old Town, 85310 Budva, Montenegro

At the end of a lovely afternoon in the medieval walled city of Budva in Montenegro, my husband and I decided to take a break for coffee and cake at the Astoria. I had never been to Montenegro before and this particular afternoon was beautiful. The weather was warm and the sky a deep sapphire blue. Both showed the city off to its best advantage. Budva is a maze of narrow streets linking little squares. It is a coastal city, but after a long time exploring and dodging in and out the little shops, we needed a rest and something to drink.

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My husband chose the Astoria because it was clean, the outside tables were shaded and there was a nice coastal breeze playing around the area. The restaurant has a large outside area that is an excellent place to relax and people watch.

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Access is easy for disabled people, the chairs are comfortable and the staff are polite and attentive without being intrusive. My husband ordered coffee, and a diet coke. We were both thirsty so I ordered a diet coke too, but I decided to have a cake too. The menu at Astoria was varied with meals and snacks on offer, but we did not need a meal at that time of day.

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We did not have long to wait before the drinks waiter brought the cold drinks for the bar. They were served from coca cola bottles opened at the table. These drinks were chilled and really hit the spot. The coffee and cake followed moments later. My husband really enjoyed the coffee. He likes smooth filter coffee and this was just to his taste. My cake was enormous! I have never been served such a large piece of cake! It took both of us not to finish it, however, we both enjoyed it very much.

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My husband and I both enjoyed our break at Astoria. The service and the snack offerings were delicious. I recommend this restaurant and, if I return to Budva, I would use it again.

Valerie Penny

Imperial Palace, 36 Inglis Green Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

Imperial palace outIt was important to find a good restaurant for Mother’s Day. There were various requirements: Mother had to like the food, that excluded Indian, Italian and Mexican restaurants, so Chinese it is. The restaurant had to allow wheel chair access: that ruled out restaurants Kowloon, Rendezvous and Lune Town (reviewed on this site 16 December 2013). However, step forward the Imperial Palace. Imperial Palace inside

The Imperial Palace, 36 Inglis Green Road, Edinburgh, Scotland is very close to one of the main Chinese Supermarkets in Edinburgh and is well frequented by patrons of Chinese heritage. The menu at the Imperial Palace is extensive and interesting. Many of the traditional classic dishes you would espect from a Chinese restaurant sit comfortably beside more unusual offerings including Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce and Tofu and Fresh Fish Head Soup Garnished with Colianders.

imperial palace foodWe were a party of five, Mum, my sister and I and ours husbands. We chose a variety of starters. Mum went with chicken wings, my husband with spare ribs and the rest of us chose vegetarian spring rolls. They were all delicious. Our main courses included Mum’s favourite, sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice, my tofu and vegetables with black bean sauce, my husband’s cantonese style duck and my sister and brother-in-law went with special fried rice, deep fried aubergine,  Singapore Thin Egg Noodles and Mixed Vegetable with Pickled Ginger and Pineapple. We all enjoyed our meals very much. The boys managed desert and my mother was encouraged to a little ice cream.imperial palace food 2

The Imperial Palace allows easy wheelchair access. The table we had was round, giving easy opportunity for everyone to chat. The staff are attentive but not intrusive and there is ample parking nearby. We all had a delicious meal at the Imperial Palace and will certainly use this restaurant again.

Valerie Penny

On Site Restaurant, Kursunlu Waterfall National Park, Antalya, Turkey

Kursunlu entryThe Kurşunlu Waterfall is located in a National Park just 19 km from Antalya, Turkey at the end of a 7 km road branching off to the north of the Antalya-Serik-Alanya highway at a point 12 km east of Antalya. It is also to the North of ancient ruins of Perge. The Kursunlu Waterfall is little smaller than the Duden Waterfall but much nicer in its natural surrounding. This place offers nice walking possibilities along the river.

All the picnic areas and the walk ways along the Kursunlu waterfall are kept very rural. kursunlu waterfallIt is lovely to walk in the natural areas in this place which is quiet peaceful. It also offers a lovely atmosphere with trees, turtles and birds. On the way to Kursunlu there is scented pine forest. Huge trees offer shade and cool air. The way to the waterfall on the well kept path gives an amazing view to the river bed and natural walk ways and makes everyone forget the walk and steps to the waterfall.   The waterfall is reduced to a mere trickle in the summer months, and was not very impressive when we visited in April.

However, the On Site Restaurant there did provide a welcome and drinks on a hot afternoon. The staff at the On Site Restaurant were not terribly customer focussed but the seats were comfortable. My companions chose beer and wine, but I went with a home-made lemonade. It was cool, refreshing and delicious. Apparently the other drinks slipped down well too.

kursunlu-restaurantMy companions also ordered an assorted mese. Although it took the staff a while to deliver the order, the consensus was that the food was freshly prepared and very tasty.

Access to the On Site Restaurant is feasible for those with some walking impairment, but the steps to the waterfall are not. I was favourably impressed by the condition of public lavatories in Turkey. This was a pleasant visit, but I would not go out of my way to visit here again. The On Site Restaurant was not excellent and there was not much water in the waterfall!

Valerie Penny

 

Felicita Cafe Bar, Ippokratous Square 22, Rhodes, Greece

felicita pythian-temple-of-apollo rhodesMy husband and I had been up to visit the Pythian Temple of Apollo on Rhodes. Then we wandered arond the medieval city at the centre of Rhodes Town and were thoroughly enjoying our visit.

There are so many interesting things to see including the Grand Master’s Palace which now contains a fascinating museum. felicita grand-master-s-palace rhodes

However, we had reached Ippokratous Square in central Rhodes Town and decided we needed to stop for a drink. The square is filled with bars and restaurants serving all different kinds of food. Each of these has callers, enticing you to the restaurant they represent. Felicita is no different. We decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. There is also a lot of people watching to be done.

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We both chose a cold drink and a hot drink. My husband went with a diet coke and an Americano coffee. I chose a home-made lemonade and a green tea. We did not have anything to eat, but the Felicita was busy serving brunch and lunch to tables full of hungry tourists, all of whom seemed to enjoy their meals. The Felicita is clean and access for disabled people is easy. The staff are busy, but welcoming. They seem more interested in getting people in and out rather than being terribly attentive to any additional requests made after your initial order is submitted, so be quick and decisive!Felicita Rhodes 2

We enjoyed our stop at Felicita Cafe Bar, but it was expensive for what we had. I would probably stop there if I were in Ippokratous Square in Rhodes Town in the future, but I would not specifically seek it out. It is similar to many other facilities nearby and does not stand out from the crowd.

Valerie Penny

Noa – Tallinn, Estonia by guest author Reijosfood

This article was first published on 22.04.17 on https://reijosfood.com/2017/04/22/restaurant-review-noa-tallinn-estonia/


NOA is a seaside restaurant on the border of Tallinn and Viimsi, Estonia, seating 80 people. The NOA dining room has been built on three different levels allowing guests to see the view of the Old Town silhouette across the bay. When putting together the menu, restaurant has not committed to any specific ingredients, countries or locations, but rather focused on creating an equal experience to all vege, seafood and meat eaters.

For aperitives decided to order NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne AOC, France and Gin tonic made from worlds best gin, Napue, Finland. With sea view, perfect drinks to start the dinner.


Before starters restaurant offers fresh bread and spreading, which both tasted excellent. Big box instead of plate, at least kept the pieces of bread warm.

For starters ordered Crispy seafood and chips with cuttlefish sauce, coriander, lime and potatoes and Grill “Caesar” with romaine lettuce, asparagus (& cheese).

Seafood included pieces of mussel, octopus and some white meated fish, which I can not remember any more. Anyhow all pieces (finger food) were perfectly prepared. Chips were one of the best ever tasted; there was some spice on them, which made them scrumptious. And sauce paired well both with crispy fish and potatoes.

It was not your ordinary Caesar salad.  Warm, but fresh served with seasonal veggie, in this case asparagus.  A simple, but tasty starter.

For main courses had Octopus pasta Homemade pasta, wine and butter sauce, tomato garlic, pepper, grispy panko and Eggplant “burnt end” (Goat’s cheese curd), crispy vegetables, smoked tomato

Pasta was cooked as it should be, al dente, and it was still hot. That is difficult combination! Octopus was crispy and fresh, very tasty on top of all. Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb, but as the amount was small, it just completed the dish.

The eggplant dish was served with cranberry sauce which gave the dish a bit of a sour taste.  The crispy vegetables made for a nice addition.

For wine ordered 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Chateau Mont Redon, Rhone, France. Full-bodied and round. It paired perfectly with the dishes eaten.

Restaurant Noa (a la carte) serves excellent food, dining room is cozy and athmosphere relaxed. One could also choose 11 course menu on separate dining room with white table clothes.

Service was professional and polite. Kitchen had just changed menu, which meant that had to wait for main courses quite a long time. Due to delay, restaurant offered Limoncello’s for digestive for free. Must say that they were better than ever had, even better than in Italy! But delay had a small impact on service rating.

REVIEW: FOOD 4,5/5 – SERVICE – 4+/5 – OVERALL GRADE 4,5/5

The Doric Tavern 15 Market St Edinburgh

TheDoric_SignThe Doric Tavern is a  17th-century bistro situated upstairs in Market Street of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Although I lived in Edinburgh for many years, I had never been there until my sister invited my husband and I to join a group of her friends for dinner there recently.

 

The surroundings are lovely, the atmosphere fun and the staff were very helpful and courteous. The building is old, I would guess 17th Century, so the ceilings are low and the windows areTheDoric_Page-Bistro quite small. The dining room heats up quickly when the bistro is full. I recommend a jug of tap water for the table. However, access is up a staircase and, in the old building, there are no lifts so access for the disabled or with mobility issues is unrealisitc.

The menu features many traditional Scottish dishes including the fish soup, cullen skink, haggis and cranachan. The food is delicious, but some of the portions are extraordinarily tiny. My wild mushroom open ravioli was amazing, but my main cousre portion consisted of two pieces of ravioli and a few mushrooms. The mixed side salad was bigger.

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My husband’s cullen skink was very tasty, but an extremely small bowl of soup. His fish and chips was not warm and there were only four chips on his plate. When we left, my husband was unsatisfied because his main course had not been hot, and I was still very hungry.

the doric soupThere were 10 of us in her party, 4 of us are vegetarian. There were only four vegetarian choices on the menu. Even when asked in advance, The Doric Tavern declined to offer additional choices for their vegetarian guests. Had any of us been vegan there would have been no choices at all, unless you count a side salad!

the doric foodIn conclusion, we enjoyed the evening because the company was fun and the atmosphere was good. However, one of the biggest offences a restaurant can commit is to have their guest leaving hungry. So, although the food is good, because of poor access and the lack of a satisfactory number of vegetarian options, I cannot recommend The Doric Tavern in Edinburgh.

 

Valerie Penny

Cactus Cantina,3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA

I enjoy Mexican food. Where I grew up in the SW of the USA, it was not difficult to find good, tasty food served in colourful surroundings. However, now I live in the SW across the pond, good Mexican food is much harder to find. So, it was with happiness and excitement that I returned to Cactus Cantina, 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA.cactus-cantina-out

The first time I visited Cactus Cantina was with my friend Maureen, over twenty years ago. I have visited the restaurant almost everytime I have visited the Capital and it is with great pleasure that I was able to introduce my husband and other friends, Lisa and Bill to the restaurant I have enjoyed for so many years.cactus-cantina

Cactus Cantina was founded in December 1990 by Raul Sanchez and Luis Reyes and is a fun, engaging, casual, family-friendly restaurant serving what I think is the best Text-Mex specialties in the Washington Area. It resembles a true, authentic Tex-Mex cantina with capacity for 300 people. While it is best known for our awesome Tex-Mex menu, our restaurant also serves Cuban, Spanish, and South American dishes.

cactus-zooI even enjoy the area of the city in which Cactus Cantina is situated, past Washingto DC Zoo and near the National Cathedral. Tex-Mex fare, margaritas & a patio draw college students and families to this lively, casual spot.Washington D.C.

We started off with tortilla chips and salsa. The boys had beer while Lisa and I treated ourselves to margaritas. My husband wanted to try everything so he had the Matamoros which includes BBQ pork ribs and chicken fajitas. I am vegetarian and chose the vegetarian burrito platter.cactus-cantina-saddle

We had a wonderful evening: great service, fun environment and excellent food. For a good evening with old friends, I highly recommend Cactus Cantina in Washington DC.

Valerie Penny