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Extebarri, Bizkaia

extebarri spain

Stone walled house of Extebarri, the asador. An hour drive from San Sebastian.


extebarri restaurant

To begin with, small grilled dishes. Anchovy on bread, delicate grilled cherry tomato with tuna, edamame, and artichoke.


grill oyster

Perfectly grilled oyster.


sand sebastian restaurant

Followed by local squid and its ink, sea cucumber, and a dish of grilled aubergine and mushroom.


spanish prawn

Vibrant coloured prawns only available from Palamos.


gattobravo extebarri fish

Grilled fish of the day. A special note: eyes and cheeks are saved for last.


extebarri steak

When in the Basque Country, a chuleton is a must.



Plaza de San Juan,1

48291 Atxondo, Bizkaia

+34 (094) 658 3042

GPS: 43.11555, -2.59923

Towpath Cafe, London

canal cafe

A little gem, tucked away on Regent’s Canal between De Beauvoir and Kingsland Road




Open from morning till early evening: Home made jam and blueberry pancakes to start the day


broadway market


Early lunch: Mini parmaham sandwich and quiche fresh from the oven

london canal

Late lunch: Chickpea stew and baked artichoke


london canal

The creation of Lori De Mori, a food lover and writer. A perfect place to spend a sunny day and be surprised by what will be added next to the menu


Towpath Cafe

Regent’s Canal

between Whitmore Bridge & Kingsland Road Bridge

London, N1 5SB

La Finanziera, Siracusa

la finanziera ristoranti siracusa

Opposite the Guardia di Finanza in Siracusa, Sicily …

la finanziera sicily

… Trattoria La Finanziera

restaurant sicily syracuse

Choose from the fresh seafood counter

linguine vongole

A truly Sicilian affair: spaghetti alle vongole and plenty of scampi and gamberi rossi

nonna lucia zie

Like it or not, you are at the mercy of Nonna Lucia. Bring cash


La Finanziera

Via Epicarmo, 41

Siracusa, 96100


+39 0931 61888

Ippudo, Hakata

tonkotso ramen japan best

Located in central Hakata-ku on Kyushu, the home town of Tonkotsu Ramen


tonkotsu ramen


Classic Tonkotsu Ramen: perfectly balanced white cloudy broth, cooked for several hours, topped with chashu and vegetables



Gyozas make the perfect side dish



1-13-14 Daimyo, Chuuo-ku, Fukuoka Chuo Ward

+81 (092) 771 0880

Yasuke Komatsu, Kanazawa

apa hotel kanazawa

Yasuke Komatsu, hidden away on the ground floor of a mundane business hotel in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture Japan


A true master at work, achieving perfection while every movement remains effortless and in harmony


Ika, paper-thin sliced squid

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Akami, lean tuna with a special sauce followed by freshly cut green aubergine


One of the various white fish


The apprentice


Signature dish:  beautifully arranged rice, maguro, uni and yam


Negi toro maki and toro sushi


Seasonal clam

???? abalone sushi


???? mackarel sushi

Marinated mackerel




Spotted sardine


Considered to be a national treasure by his patrons – many of whom have travelled from different corners of Japan


Yasuke Komatsu

APA Hotel Kanazawa – Katamachi

2-21-1, Ikedamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa

+ 81 (076) 261 6809


The Company Shed, Mersea Island

The Company Shed: a fishmonger and simple restaurant located on Mersea Island, which is famed for its native oysters and excellent fish

seafood london bar

The concept is simple, bring your own bread, condiments and drink and enjoy the delightful seafood on offer

lobster london

Seafood platter and oysters grown by the owner’s family, who have been cultivating oysters since the mid 1700s

baked oysters scallops chorizo

Razor clams with chorizo, seared scallops and baked mussels with herbs breadcrumbs



No reservations are taken, eating with your hands is encouraged and don’t forget to bring your favourite white

london seaside

Mersea Island is located off the coast of Essex and has a thriving fishing industry. The island is joined to the mainland by a causeway and can be reached from London in approximately one hour


The Company Shed

129 Coast Road, West Mersea


Essex CO5 8PA

+44 (0)1206 382 700


Zucca, London

italian restaurant london bridge

Modern Italian on  Bermondsey Street, South London. Not far from the Maltby Street market

focaccia italian onion restaurant

Selection of bread, lovely foccacia

london bridge restaurant

Burrata with pappa al pomodoro

bermondsey london restaurant deep fried pumpkin

Zucca fritti


fish carpaccio

Sea bass carpaccio

fresh pasta mint sauce zucchini

Strozzapreti with zucchini

bermondsey street

Excellent wine list with focus on Piedmont / Northern Italy



184 Bermondsey Street

London, SE1 3TQ

+44 (0)20 7378 6809

Sushi Tetsu, London

jerusalem passage clerkenwell

Sushi Tetsu, small and delightful: Jerusalem Passage, Clerkenwell

Takahashi Harumi nobu london

Takahashi (a.k.a. Tetsu), the master and Harumi, his lovely wife

nobu london

Sashimi to start

o toro the best sushi in london

Prawn, razor clam, sea bream

blow torch sushi

Blow torch meets o-toro

bamboo leaves sushi london

Turbot, o-toro, snow crab

nobu london takahashi

Tuna, uni

unagi roll saba

Mackerel, eel handroll, tamago


Sushi Tetsu

12 Jerusalem Passage

London, EC1V 4JP

+44 (0)20 3217 0090

Paladar La Guarida, Havana

paladar la guarida cuba

Located in a derelict multi-family building in busy Centro Habana

paladar havana cuba

Lavish staircase leading up to the Paladar (a private restaurant in somebody’s house)

havana cuba

The dining room is spread out over the various rooms of the turn of the century accomodation

Ravioli, exquisitely cooked meat and a bootle of Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva. Way to go Cuba!




Paladar La Guarida

Concordia No.418 / Gervasio y Escobar

Centro Habana


+ 537 866 9047

La Huella, José Ignacio

punta del este

Right on the beach not far from the faro, a José Ignacio classic

punta del este

Recommended for both lunch and dinner

jose ignacio beach

Laid back outside area, perfect place for a long lunch

lunch at the beach

Chipirones a la Plancha and Pizzeta con Muzerrella y Albahaca

punta del este

Before & after


La Huella

Playa Brava

José Ignacio

+ 598 (0) 486 2279

Marismo, José Ignacio

jose ignacio punta del este

Just outside José Ignacio, on Ruta 10 near km185 follow the wooden fish

jose ignacio punta del este

Bonfire and candle lit sandy courtyard set in a pine forest, rhythmic drums in the background



Ruta 10, km 185

José Ignacio

+598 (0)  486 2273

Pizzeria Di Matteo, Napoli

Pizzeria Di Matteo, on Via dei Tribunali in the Centro Storico of Napoli

pizzeria napoli

Serving seriously good pizza since 1936

margherita pizza napoli

In the box; or try the medium size margherita for €1 only, folded in paper for mobile consumption


Pizzeria Di Matteo

Via dei Tribunali, 94

Napoli, 80138

+39 081 45 5262

El Garzon, José Ignacio

jose ignacio mallmann

Welcome to the sleepy village of Garzon (say hello to the flock sheep before entering and leaving the village), 45 minutes away from José Ignacio, Uruguay

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Traditional Uruguayan architecture, a perfect fit for Francis Mallmann’s hospitality

mallmann jose ignacio

The restaurant’s tables and the 5 guest rooms are arranged along the court yard

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Delicious empanada served on antique china

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Roast chicken on rock salt, served on hot stone

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Another view of the peaceful courtyard


El Garzon

Plaza e Iglesia

Garzon, near José Ignacio

+598 (0) 410 2811

Boulettes Larder, San Francisco

farmers market boulettes larder

Boulettes Larder, located in San Francisco’s Ferry Building

farmers market ferry building

The central kitchen of the restaurant that also sells its ingredients for use in the home kitchen

food market jars spices ingridients

The larder

farmers market san francisco

Take away quiche, eaten at the waterfront

hungarian sheepdog puli

Say hello to Boulettes, the cute Hungarian sheepdog and namesake of the larder


Boulettes Larder

1 Ferry Building Marketplace

San Francisco, California 94111

+1 (0) 415 399 1155

Rua de li Travaj, Patù

patu puglia restaurant

Rua de li Travaj on Piazza Indipendenza in Patù, Puglia

puglia al fresco

Typical food is served indoors and under the lemon tree in the little courtyard

polpetta puglia

The antipasti: fritti misti of pettola and polpetta, potato and carcioffi stew, grilled peppers and local cheese, cime di rappa

primi puglia patu trattoria

Still more antipasti: frittata and parmigiana melanzane and a primi: orecchiette al sugo

patu puglia osteria nonna

The kitchen is in good hands


Rua de li Travaj

Piazza Indipendenza

Patù, 73053

+39 (0)349 058 4531

A Casa tu Martinu, Taviano


Hidden away in a residential street in Taviano, not far from Gallipoli and the Ionian coast

A local favourite, the 18th century building also has rooms to stay

pettole fried dough ball puglia

The pulgliese way to start a meal: pettole – fried dough balls

a casa tu martinu taviano

Fritti misti and maccheroncini rucola e mandorle

a casa tu martinu puglia

Pezzetti di cavallo al sugo


A Casa tu Martinu

Via Corsica, 97

Taviano, 73057

+39 (0)83 391 3652