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International Restaurants In Amsterdam

June 14th, 2012 9:23 am

Amsterdam is known as much for its wild nightlife as for its museums and beautiful canals. But it also has a distinctly international flavour in the form of its restaurants.

Herrie offers French and Mediterranean cuisine within a glamorous and sophisticated environment. Founded by TV chef Herman den Blijker and associate David as part of a competition, the restaurant is now up and running. Of major interest is the fact that there is no set menu in the upstairs lounge. You can request anything and specify any number of courses. For something a little more casual, the downstairs area offers finger food and cocktails.

Olav is set up to look like a 1950s living room. The traditional dark brown panelling on grey walls and granny chairs all add to the ambience. The rates are extremely reasonable for a four course meal and the menu changes frequently to keep you constantly surprised.

The owner of Foodism in the old Leliestraat is from the former Yugoslavia. Guests are invited to try the sandwiches, grilled vegetables, goat’s cheese, and mint and to wash it down with fresh juice or a smoothie. Pastas, soups, and salads are served during the evenings.

The Supperclub Cruise is themed for a ship and comes complete with a “surprise” menu, DJ, performance artists, and a unisex toilet. The staff are said to be extremely friendly and the ambience is perfect for business lunches and romantic interludes alike.

Kilimanjaro is excellent for a taste of Africa. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The menu features dishes from across the continent with an emphasis on the Ethiopian style of enjera pancake meals. Try the Mongooza beer, which comes in a calabash, or an exotic cocktail. At the end of the meal, you can opt for freshly ground Ethiopian coffee…and popcorn. It’s different, but definitely worth a try.

Mamouche is a wonderful Moroccan restaurant in De Pijp. Its Parisian flavour makes it both romantic and elegant. You’ll find Moroccan dishes like couscous with saffron-baked pumpkin or Ahram, which is a dark pyramid covered in a nutty caramel sauce.

Top International Restaurants in New York

May 17th, 2012 12:17 pm

Restaurants in New York City are as diverse as the five boroughs themselves. From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, one is spoilt for cultural cuisine in New York City. Take a look at a few suggestions for intercontinental dining in the Big Apple.

Chinese – Shun Lee Palace

Street Address: 155 East 55th Street

Established in 1971, Shun Lee Palace serve up traditional Chinese delights from the Hunan, Beijing, Shanghai and Canton regions.
The menu offers fantastic surprises like grilled sea bass to hot & sour bean curd soup. A take-away menu is also available.

Spanish – Bolo

Street Address: 23 East 22 Street

Bolo is a Spanish themed New York restaurant, with focus of flavor and zest. Surprisingly, the restaurant does not offer any Tapas, but the other spicy options make up for it. The pricing is moderate to slightly expensive, but the casual atmosphere and colorful décor make up for it.

Polish – Bona

Street Address: 71-24 Fresh Pond Road

Bona is the place to go for cheap, quality Polish cuisine. The menu ranges from potato pancakes to potato dumplings, in true Polish spirit, but there is also plenty to choose from in between. This New York restaurant supplies take-aways and has a delivery service, and it also doubles up as a venue for parties and receptions.

Indian – Darbar

Street Address: 152 E 46th St

Another spicy stop in New York City would be Darbar. There huge menu and great service will leave you breathless. All the Indian favorites included, the menu offers an extensive selection of Tandoori breads and goat, lamb, fish, poultry and vegetarian options on most dishes.

Moroccan – Sahara East

Street Address: 184 1st Ave

Although it can get a little Pricey, Sahara East is a fantastic place to relax with a few friends. The fast and efficient staff of Sahara East look after you as if you were actually a guest in their home. Apart from the delicious Eastern dishes, Sahara East also offers Hookah pipes and a range of flavors. Relax in the smoking courtyard as the evening unfolds.

Russian – Firebird Russian Restaurant

Street Address: 365 W 46th St

Firebird Russian Restaurant provides its customers with a lavish evening of fine dining and a rich setting. Although slightly pricey, Firebird provides unsurpassed value for money is its presentation and pizzazz. Firebird Russian Restaurant is closed on Mondays, and reservations are recommended.

Irish – Muldoons Irish Pub

Street Address: 692 3rd Ave

Granted, Muldoon’s is not the only Irish pub in New York, but definitely worth the mention. This homely New York pub is a great place to stop for a pub lunch, or a few pints. The menu features specialty dishes from corned beef and cabbage to fish and chips. The friendly staff and typically Irish décor (and selection of taps) will have eye smiling – Irish or otherwise.

Vietnamese – Banh Mi Saigon Bakery

Street Address: 138 Mott St

Although it’s only a take away based deli and bakery, Banh Mi Saigon specializes in terrific sandwiches, and is a must if you’re passing by or required to make a cross town journey. The prices are extremely reasonable, so reasonable perhaps it’s worth a second visit.

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