Cafe Punto, Galle, Sri Lanka

At Cafe Punto, my partner and I had some of the best Sri Lankan cuisine of our trip. We tried roti and buffalo curd and a fish kottu and so much more. Ah, the food was so tasty and reasonably priced, so we kept ordering until we were full. It’s an unassuming little restaurant, but always busy. They serve Western meals to, but I figure, when traveling, do as the locals do.

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Fika Swedish Cafe, Kampong Glam, Singapore

In the heart of Kampong Glam, you’ll find this Swedish cafe. I was traveling with people who were a bit nervous to try the middle-eastern and cheap local food that was around the area, so this Swedish cafe offered an interesting western meal. I had an elderflower and blueberry drink, which was perfectly refreshing in the Singaporean humidity. For food, we shared hasselback potatoes, swedish meatballs and a salad. Halal and decadent, the food was earthy and buttery, I’m not someone who usually has Swedish cuisine, so I was very excited to try and very glad that I did.
The restaurant has wifi, aircon, a clean bathroom and ample seating. My only concern would be that it tends to echo with large groups and can get quite loud.

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Ten Sui, Klongtoey, Bangkok

I’ve been walking up and down Soi 16 for as long as I can remember and I never noticed Ten Sui. It’s a very private venue which seems upon first glance to be a residence. When you get inside, it’s high-end traditional sophistication. The food is divine. The sashimi is fresh, delectable and subtle, and the menu offers an array of dishes like fall-apart wagyu, individual hot pots made in a paper bowl and the smoothest sake I’ve ever had. Coming here was a real treat; I felt serenaded in a traditional Japanese way and would love to come back. Perfect setting for a business meeting.

 

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Chinatown Seafood Restaurant, Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown Seafood Restaurant can be summed up in three words: reliable, cheap and cheerful.

In the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, this restaurant is located on the more touristy side so it catches the flow of foreigners who come out of the train station looking for a feed. It’s a large establishment and serves local delicacies alongside chinese staples like fried rice and wok-fried vegetables.

The food is tasty and reliable- you’ll be able to find something you like even if you’re a tentative traveler.

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The Local, Bangkok, Thailand

I can’t tell you how much I love The Local. I came here on my first trip to Bangkok over 4 years ago, and still now, the food is breathtaking. The food is royal-style, as if made for the royal family. It’s rich and multi-layered, it’s textural and the spices run deep.

The fried fish is an absolute show-stopper with aromatic herbs and spices and a dry heat that makes you reach for the accompanying salad of cucumber to quell the burn. The Rama V Tom Yum is clear and a real whack of flavour with whole prawns and lemongrass- you have to try this as your entree. It’ll cure whatever ailment you didn’t know you had.

The larb gai and larb moo is lighter than what they serve on the street, but the flavour still packs a punch. The atmosphere is cool; it’s a two storey house and gallery with private dining rooms, so appreciate walking through on the way to your table. Lastly, the service is fantastic. Over the years, our group has made friends with some of the waitstaff- they are so accommodating, and lovely. The Local is the perfect Thai cuisine experience.

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Dar Tajine, Fes, MOROCCO

Dar Tajine in Fes is one of those restaurants that you get shown once, have an absolutely amazing time and can never find again. Deep in the Medina labyrinth, we entered a doorway and ventured up through darkened flights of stairs. I followed my guide because he ‘knows what’s good’, but under any other circumstances, following a mysterious man up through the shadows of what seems to be a residence is not advisable.

We came to a vast space of hanging textiles, curtains, throws, cushions, all bejeweled and Moroccan. Even further upstairs is the rooftop, but at midday it’s a pool of sweltering lethargy. We stayed downstairs.

Wifi, bathrooms, and the air is cool- all the things travelers like.

And a huge, authentic Moroccan feast; that’s another thing travelers like.

I came to Morocco wanting to try the cuisine, to taste the spices and the different dishes. And like many travelers, I didn’t want to extend myself too far and get sick. Dar Tajine was perfect. It gave us such a spread of savoury delights, of salads, a spiced lentils and smoky vegetables and fresh zesty leaves. We had a lightly battered fish and it was divine. We ate so much, we could not fit in another bite. The food was excellent, it was the most wonderful Moroccan spread I’ve ever had.

If you chance upon this place, I urge you to go. It’s homely, it’s unpretentious, it’s off the beaten track and the food is out of this world.

 

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Kenshin Izakaya

Kenshin Izakaya is fast-paced, colourful, vibrant and delicious. The sashimi is really something, it’s thick and fresh and melt-in-your-mouth. We shared some sushi rolls and some ebi tempura as well; the quality of food was fantastic, absolutely delicious and great value. Their Asahi Craft beer range is pretty good as well. I think the vibrant atmosphere and the delicious food really create a wonderful Japanese experience right in Asoke.