A Lovely Planet’s Best Restaurants

A Lovely Planet’s Best Restaurants


These are some of the best restaurants I’ve been to during my travels.  Most importantly, the food was great at all of them, but there are also some stunning views and quirky locations and best of all they aren’t too expensive.


The Rock – Zanzibar, Tanzania


This restaurant, as the name suggests is situated on a rock on the east coast of Zanzibar, and is easily one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. To get to it, you have to take a small rowing boat from the beach, which all ads to the experience.



Once inside, the view looking out over the Indian ocean is spectacular. They serve the most amazing seafood caught fresh that morning as well as great wine. It really is the most wonderful restaurant experience I’ve ever had.



Bar Tartine – San Francisco, USA


Bar Tartine is in the Mission District in San Francisco. Among a variety of great dishes, they serve smoked potatoes, which have to be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It was literally like a taste sensation in my mouth, so for that reason alone it’s on the list. It also has a lovely laid-back atmosphere cool staff and many other great dishes on the menu.


Photo credit: Chad Robinson

Photo credit: Chad Robinson



Vivaro Wine Bar, Praiano, Italy

Vivaro, Praiano, Italy

The amazing view in Praiano


This restaurant is in the small town of Praiano on the Amalfi coast. It’s run by Gennaro, who is the chef, waiter and bar tender. A great little place with no menu, Gennaro asks what you like and then offers suggestions of what to have, he makes fresh pasta and there is always seafood available. I had one of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten there (Gennaro asked if I liked sea bream, basil and tomatoes – which I do – and produced the most delicious meal out of 3 simple ingredients).  He also brings around tasters of things he has served other customers, and gave us free dessert.



Manfreds & Vin, Copenhagen, Denmark


Manreds & Vin is situated on Jægersborggade, a cool street full of bars and restaurants in the Norreboro district of Copenhagen. It’s run by ex Noma (voted best restaurant in the world 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014) chef Christian F. Puglisi, who also runs Relae across the street. Go for the chef’s choice menu – 7 small dished for 245kr (around £23) – they do a vegetarian option too. The food is delicious and everything is organic. It’s worth doing the Sommelier’s choice for the wine to go with it – 245kr for 3 glasses of wine chosen to match the food.




Baja Beach Café, Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, USA

Looking out from Baja Beach Cafe



I had possibly the best burger I have ever eaten at this restaurant. A Kobe beef burger with blue cheese, bacon and horseradish cream. A-maz-ing. Sadly I was so excited by the prospect I didn’t take a picture, but I can tell you it was great. It’s situated right on Mission Beach and they have a huge variety of huge margaritas.




The Wild Goose at The Good Shed, Canterbury


The Goods Shed is literally an old shed converted into a farmer’s market/food hall in Canterbury. Inside is a great little place called The Wild Goose serving small plates and lovely cocktails. All the produce comes from the farmers market and it tastes delicious. My personal favourite is the roasted shallots with goat’s curd, mint, honey and charred bread. Yum!


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