The latest from thefoodpeople loves... monthly insight into where we like to go, what we like to eat, the places where we like to drink, and more.
The third in the series is September's pick of 10 top places to eat and drink from around the world, as selected by thefoodpeople team. In no particular order ...
"Delicious Turkish restaurant that specialises in different pasta dishes, the beef and sour cherry manti is not to be missed, the perfect combination of savoury meat and tart cherry in a tomato-chilli butter. It's not just pasta though, there is always a great selection of small plates including a homemade pastirma, candied watermelon salad and a hellim loaf and Black Sea fondue which I've already managed to have twice!"
Malibu Café & Country Kitchen at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu
"Well executed classics in a stunning cowboy-lifestyle rustic style setting sums up Malibu Café. Located about 15 minutes into the mountains from Malibu itself, the location is to die for, its built for outdoor eating, with giant chandeliers hanging form the trees, open fire places and giant garden games dotted around the sprawling multi-level dining space.
The food is American classic retro with a splash of modernity from devilled eggs, mac n cheese, shrimp tacos, beer can chicken and a cheese burger that was out of this world. Dinner was amazing but brunch is reputed to be even better!"
Flax & Kale, Barcelona
"Chef Teresa Carles' casual eatery is great for health(ier!) brunch – bills itself as a 'flexitarian' restaurant because there are equally delicious and elaborate dishes in both plant and animal based form – don't worry, there's still (organic) wine though. The ingredients are all organic and wholesome, so dishes are filling as well as beautifully colourful. There's a huge list of juices and smoothies packed with tasty and functional ingredients in equal measure. Also helps that they have a lovely top terrace with a pretty garden. Pictured is the 'When Goat is God' salad and the tuna tartare."
Per Se, New York
"The most exquisite dining room, low lighting, floral displays and a roaring fire. The standout dish or dishes shall I say was the dessert course – an assiette of desserts that consisted of a light coffee gelato with a milk foam, sugared doughnuts, lemon curd tartlet with macerated blackberries and mint, butter ice cream with honey and ginger gold apples and a chocolate marquise with spiced red wine, blackcurrant and salted pine nuts."
Konoba Trpeza, Kotor, Montenegro
"This hard to find restaurant is a gem to stumble across in the cobbled streets of Kotor. Ask to sit in the cosy courtyard, where you will be seated at a floral pink tableclothed table, swathed in candlelight under established vines. The waiters couldn't be more friendly – ditch the menu and just ask them! If you say you like fish they are most likely to recommend you come with them and choose one from the iced counter which is then simply grilled then filleted at the table and served with Montenegrin sides (salty garlicy chard & potatoes and grilled Mediterranean vegetables)."
Thai Ting Caravan, Edinburgh
"Were is not for the queues out the door at lunchtime, you could easily walk past this small, unassuming restaurant in Edinburgh's old town. This was Edinburgh's first and best restaurant serving Thai Street Food. The team of Thai chefs churn out authentic dishes with a price that it hard to beat. Steaming bowls of hot and sour soups, spicy noodles and coconut curries (of course) all come quickly from the kitchen with no fuss or drama. The dishes are simple yet delicious, with generous chunks of fresh galangal, chilli and lemon grass adding depth and aromatics. The service is some of the slickest in town with super friendly staff, who all are achingly cool. The queue moves fast but if is too long then pop three doors down to their sister restaurant serving Malaysian food."
Senor Buddha / Circo,Brighton
"A small hidden gem in an unexpected area in Brighton. Now renamed Circo, previously Senor Buddha, this small tapas style restaurant serving up a blend of Spanish and Asian flavours in a small but lively venue. With just a few tables available, it's a close and intimate seating area, and the staff make the venue what it is. A fun, lively experience with great food. Expect to stay longer than just your seating time and have a drink with the waiters!"
Saporè - Pizza Stand Up, Verona, Italy
"If you're in Verona this is a 'must eat'! Brainchild of Renato Bosco – one of Italy's most famous pizza chefs – it's a 'takeaway'/deli-style outlet of his 'Saporè' brand, featuring his signature 'Pizza Crunch' dough – no surprises for guessing the unusual texture of the dough/crust… In a city famous for falling in love, the Margherita D.O.P. pizza was simply divine – simple flavours to highlight the superb dough."
Hencote Estate, (BBQ & wine tasting event), Shropshire
"a family run business made the experience feel special and exclusive, from start to finish the day went beyond expectations! The live music overlooking a gorgeous vineyard set the tone and the tour of the vineyard itself was a lovely touch. The BBQ was beautifully cooked – the beef melted in your mouth! It also was great to try so many English wines, although Hencote hadn't got their own finished product yet – I will be back next year to try it!"
Socrates Taverna in Skala, Kefalonia, Greece
Sarah W says:
"There is something about eating outside with a group of friends on holiday, and sampling local cuisine and wine… At Socrates we had some sharing plates to start, simple traditional recipes with a unique balance of flavour stood out like the deliciously creamy, garlicy tzatziki eaten with local bread. Feta cheese covered with sweet fig marmalade will be remembered for a long time, as will the moussaka that followed with its incredibly light layers. To top off amazing food and company, the faint sound of the sea could be heard in the background"