Tori Hei Izakaya Dining, 1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, California, USA

This little gem of an Izakaya style Japanese restaurant is part of a group that has outlets in Yokohama and Ginza. We found this one in Torrance, Los Angeles. It is such an unassuming looking joint that one could easily give it a miss. But the constant flow of Japanese going in and out of the place piqued our interest.

IN-N-OUT Burgers, California, USA

In the land of the burgers, one chain stands out, In-n-Out burgers. They want to be a cut above the Carl's Jr, Macs and Wendy's but are not exactly competing against the gourmet burger joints or the greasy diners.

Loysel's Toy, Singapore

This is a cool, quiet place that fronts the Kallang River and park, which a friend inducted us to. Casual dining (a rather limited menu, but what they have they do well) with a large al fresco area, great coffee and best of all, a central location that is also off-the-beaten-path, so it's rather unlikely you'll spot somebody you know who doesn't already know about Loysel's happening across it accidentally...

Restoran Mei Sin : 16 Jln Melati - off Jln Imbi

No visit to KL is ever quite complete without an early breakfast at one of our favourite joints... CLICK HERE

Unfortunately, it was closed the morning we showed up, but the bitter tang of disappointment (or that could just have been the fumes from rush hour traffic) was quickly eased when we discovered another kopitiam around the back that seemed to enjoy a decent local patronage: Restoran Mei Sin (closed on Tuesday).

La Voglia Ristorante Italiano - 2 Rue Saint Francois de Paule, 06300 Nice, South France

If one is in Nice there are just so many restaurants too choose from that it becomes a bit confusing. Here is one recommended Italian restaurant located in the old town of Nice. There are a few Italian outlets that do not measure up. It has strict operating hours so do not attempt to go outside the normal lunch or dinner times. But if you can get a seat it will be worth it.

Yomenya Goemon - Japanese style spaghetti. 313 Orchard Unit 01-14

Is spaghetti only done right by Italians? Well it might be more traditionally correct but the Japanese have weaved the Italian dish into its modern culture. Don't let the Japanese name fool you but this is a pasta restaurant located at the ground floor of 313.

The Bear's Paw. School Lane, Warmingham, Crewe, CW113

English food has been getting a bad rap but there are sparks of greatness if you only look. However prepare to travel fairly far and wide. Here is one called the Bear's Paw located in Crewe.While there is food to be had, it is first and foremost a Pub so it is customary to down a pint of the local brew. Not surprising, that is where one finds the crowd.The Baked Field Mushrooms with Blue Cheese and pine nuts is a delecious aromatic starter.It may not sound too original- Tempura King Prawns but its just battered shrimp.

La Pescheria. 10/12 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice

We know its in France but La Pescheria is a great spot of Italian should you want it. Its just a street from the main drag and next to Hotel Exedra Boscolo. The pastas are as good to eat as they look and are served al dente. As this is a seaside city naturally seafood features prominently.

The Gamberetti Marinara is with a tomato base sauce but not overpowering, allowing you the chance to taste the succulent prawns.

Alex Eating House. 87 Beach Road S189695

Almost every food or hawker center you will find a stall selling an assortment of roast meats from Char Siew to Roast Duck. But to find one that tastes special beyond the ordinary is rare. One of them has to be the stall called Alex Eating House along Beach Road. 

The Char Siew is never dry and always roasted to a translucent looking texture with many charred caramelized bits.

Ristorante Alla Rampa. Roma- Piazza Mignanelli, 18

Somewhere near the Spanish Steps at the Piazza Mignanelli there is a little restaurant in the corner called Alla Rampa. Typical Italian food is served but it is reasonably priced and conveniently located. Quite a few locals patronize the place so its either authentic enough for the locals or the locals are also tourists.

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