“I am a chocolate maker. I started in 2001 and now I have a shop and workshop together, working more like a restaurant,” says Laurent Gerbaud, introducing himself at his chic, central Brussels base.
It’s a chilly night in the north German city of Hamburg. On entering the Küchenwerkstatt restaurant I’m greeted with a warm smile by Angela Gnade, my hostess for the evening.
Stefan’s Steakhouse opened in 2011, joining the vibrant dining scene in Tampere, Finland. As the name of this centrally situated restaurant suggests, steaks are the speciality of the house though you’ll also find mussels, duck breast and salmon.
Anyone who hasn’t yet been to Salzburg might be forgiven for associating the Austrian city with just two things; Mozart and The Sound of Music.
“I recommend try you a Holy Viagra,” says my smiling waiter at 5&33, a newly opened bar-restaurant and cultural venue in central Amsterdam. It’s Saturday lunchtime and I’m feeling chipper.
Brasserie opened on 1 July, following major renovations at the National Glass Centre, providing a light, airy dining venue on the north bank of the river Wear in Sunderland.
The year sees the second edition of the Melbourne Salami Festa, which aims to be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event. This year’s festival will be held on 15th September at Northcote Town Hall and Civic Square.
The Clube de Jornalistas Restaurante, meaning the ‘Journalists’ Club restaurant’, is a venue at which anyone can dine. You don’t need to be a journalist. It’s worth calling ahead to reserve, especially on weekends.
It’s true, you really can sample a selection of Portuguese wines for free at the Vini Portugal wine tasting room on the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon’s central Baixa district. This may sound too good to be true but, rest assured, there is no catch.
Travellers visiting Lisbon and keen to experience Portuguese culture often head out at night for a Fado show after pounding the city’s cobbled pavements during a packed day of sightseeing. Pausing for a coffee, though, can be just as effective a way of finding a window to view the nation’s soul.