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Hard Rock Café, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

The Hard Rock Cafe in Lisbon promises a hearty meal and a time to recuperate. One goes to Hard Rock Cafe in order to savour the familiar, to hang their hat, plop into a seat and know what to expect. It’s stock standard, it’s a sense of home in a foreign place and it’s good food.

I had the local burger; a signature beef burger with egg and iberico ham and it was to die for. The flavours were a perfect match and it was the perfect little taste of unique Lisbon in an otherwise uniform menu. My strawberry and basil mock tail was saccharine, energising and refreshing on a summers day.

As to be expected, the venue is bouncing with music memorabilia and sweet tunes. The staff were particularly friendly and personable. Hard Rock Cafe is the place to be for a taste of home.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Le Cafeier, Balmain, SYDNEY

This cafe was such a gem to find along Darling Street in Balmain. Sift through the alfresco cafe culture and go for something a little different- Turkish flavours for a simple brunch. I had the Turkish breakfast board, with sujuk, eggs, ricotta, olives and a blueberry compote. A truly flavoursome breakfast, each element in perfect harmony. I was taken back to my recent trip to Morocco, a place that celebrates the very same flavours. A little pricey, but that’s brunch in Balmain.

 

 

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A Toca do Julio, Colares, PORTUGAL

A Toca do Julio is a humble roadside restaurant on the drive through Colares, between Sintra and Cascais. It has rustic charm and excellent food. It seems to be the place where local guides stop to give tourists an authentic Portuguese meal.

Cured ham, cheese and olives were there to greet us, as was the promise of bottomless wine. For €22 we had starters, main, dessert, wine and coffee. I had the grilled garlic octopus and it was to die for. As someone who doesn’t typically eat octopus, I was thoroughly impressed at how flavoursome and tender this dish was. The homemade dessert was a local-style tirimisu called Biscuit Cake and it was equally as delicious.

Air conditioning, free wifi and excellent Portuguese food.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Tacos and Salsa Mexican Bistro, Bangkok, THAILAND

Tacos and Salsa is one of those gems that you either stumble upon accidently or go searching for. Just off Soi 18, this place is always buzzing with energy.

The food was delicious. I had fajitas with fresh guacamole, sizzling chicken and smooth sour cream. The burritos are cheesy and the ceviche is a perfect marriage of flavours. Competitive prices, excellent food and knaff decor- what more could you ask for?

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Speights Alehouse, Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND

Speights Alehouse is modern gourmet pub food for the discerning customer. We were drawn in by the lunch specials and the tantalising menu. They offer information about providence, where the lamb came from, how the fish was caught, sustainable farming, gate to plate produce.

And the food tasted good. Really good. Tender, succulent, rich, simple. We ate here several times through our week in Queenstown and discovered that you should come early in the evening as it becomes quite popular later on. It’s a family venue celebrating history all over its walls. (And free wifi-!)

Bangers and mash, catch of the day, roast lamb and potatoes. Treat yourself to a hearty, locally sourced meal.

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Cafe Notturno, Lygon Street, Melbourne, Australia  

This café was a great find. We went wandering down Lygon street to experience the Italian sector and came across this gem. We shared a supreme pizza, chicken and mushroom risotto and caesar salad. The food was hearty, flavoursome and good value for money. Not much ambience wise, but it seems very accommodating to families with kids and big groups. My only disappointment was that the caesar was advertised to be served with anchovies but didn’t come with any. Aside from that I was delighted with my Italian meal.

.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Saigon Kingdom, Queenstown, New Zealand

We stumbled across this place in the hopes of finding an affordable and tasty lunch. A lot of the restaurants down by the water are quite pricey so we were stoked to find this Vietnamese restaurant. It was filled with people, so we knew it would be worth trying. And the food! My lemongrass vermicelli noodles were fresh and flavoursome, with herbs and heat. Mum had lemongrass chicken stir fry on rice and said the meal was to die for. My drip coffee was authentic over condensed milk. I’ll be back for sure.