Monthly Archives: December 2014

Kitsch n Dor, Portsmouth

Kitsch N D’or, Portsmouth (UK) CLOSED

UPDATE 22nd August 2015: Kitsch N D’Or has closed.

The wonderfully named Kitsch N D’or is a very charming French restaurant in Southsea that has been a firm favourite of mine over the years. You will find it tucked away in a quiet residential street which is lined with a mixture of period houses and modern builds. The restaurant has an attractive blue and white shop front. Inside, you will find a homely and relaxed atmosphere, with wooden tables and French signs and pictures on the wall. The food is described as ‘provincial French’ and the menu changes regularly. Continue reading

Ballerina by Lister, Sydney

Gelato Messina, Surry Hills, Sydney

Type of food: Gelato

A visit to Gelato Messina is usually near the top of list of ‘best places to eat’ in Sydney. It featured highly in my guide book, on Urbanspoon and on Trip Advisor. There are a number of Messina shops dotted around the city and the suburbs – from Darlinghurst to Bondi to Parramatta.

As someone who is rather partial to ice creams and sorbets, I stopped by at Gelato Messina (Surry Hills) regularly during my stay in Sydney. This was hardly surprising as my walk home from work involved walking down Crown Street so it would have been hard to not stop by, especially on a warm day. In fact, it became a little addictive! The popularity of the place means that there are often queues, however, I was lucky enough to not have to queue. Perhaps it was the timing – I often went at around 6pm. Continue reading

La Choza Brighton

La Choza, Brighton, (UK)

Cuisine: Mexican

Near the top of Brighton’s North Laine in Gloucester Road, you will come across an intriguingly brightly coloured restaurant with a cartoon picture of a skull. This would be La Choza, a restaurant that serves Mexican street food. On the counter, there are tortilla chips and various salsas for you to try when you enter the restaurant.  The salsas range from a mild green tomatillo salsa to a very hot naga chilli salsa.

It was a cold and dreary day and we fancied something filling so we opted for La Choza – I have often had a takeaway burrito or quesadilla to eat at my desk at lunchtime (a bargain at about £6) so I was more than happy to eat in. The restaurant is usually very busy and bookings are taken only for groups of 10 and more – you can expect to share a table if it is very busy (as we did). Continue reading

Sydney, Garden of Friendship

Thanon Khao San, Haymarket, Sydney

Cuisine: Thai

Sydney’s Thai Town is located in Haymarket in the CBD, near Chinatown. The main stretch of Thai Town is on Campbell Street, bordering Pitt Street, Goulburn Street and George Street. Here, you will find a wonderful array of Thai restaurants serving authentic food and grocery shops.

Thanon Khao San is a lively little restaurant in Pitt Street. We loved the vibrant atmosphere in the restaurant. It was busy and some of the tables were a bit cramped, which meant the feeling was more street food cafe rather than formal restaurant. The decor was great too – bare brick walls, bird cage like lampshades and a tuk-tuk – our table was next to the tuk-tuk  and I did very well to not sit in it!

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