All Reviews by fm
Sw. Anny 3, Krakow, Poland
Excellent, fresh food with lots of healthy options
My husband (carnivore) & I (long-term vegetarian but who prefers to choose vegan food when eating out as get fed up with eggs & cheese) visited here on several occasions for lunch during our 5-day trip to Krakow (Oct 2008) from the UK. The vast majority of the food was vegetarian, and my husband & I both went for the "small plate" option of 1 hot dish with 3 salads; he chose vegetarian on each occasion. The dishes were delicious on each occasion, both the hot & the salad selections - it was quite exciting to have such a great choice of lovely fresh, healthy & imaginative salads, and drinks too, to create a well-balanced and delicious meal. Both of us would definitely recommend here. [We also happened to go to Green Way during our visit - definitely not the same range of fresh food there, there was a lot of pickled-tasting food which we had difficulty adjusting to, plus the "pretend meat" type of food which we don't particularly enjoy.]
Fondamente dei Frari, San Polo 2559, Venice, Italy
Frary's- a hidden gem
We found this restaurant by chance (as it hadn't been listed on www.happycow.net prior to our visit) during our week-long stay in Venice in March 2008.
We were very pleased indeed with Frary's, and along with La Zucca, would rate it amongst the top two restaurants in Venice in terms of each of the following 4: vegetarian & vegan choices, quality of food, service and value for money.
Frary's fayre was simple and wholesome, yet with subtle and interesting flavours - very welcome and a good find of restaurant for both myself (vegetarian who usually opts for vegan choices in restaurants) and for my husband (a carnivore who has high standards of how he likes meat dishes cooked). Vegetables were cooked 'al dente' and dishes had good, flavoursome yet subtle sauces.
The music was relaxing, in particular a CD called "Arabic Groove" (which we have since bought on our return to the UK).
If we had discovered Frary's earlier in our holiday, we would most definitely have paid it a second visit.
San Giacomo dell'Orio, Santa Croce, Venice, Italy
Excellent, good quality food
We visited here twice for dinner during our week-long stay in Venice in March 2008 and enjoyed it very much - perfect for me as a longstanding vegetarian but also for my husband as a lifelong carnivore.
On both occasions we were extremely happy with our food - good choice of vegetarian food (whether it be as an appetiser followed by first course, or first course & side dish, or main dish), and both the vegetarian & carnivorous food was cooked perfectly with a great mix of flavours (imaginative combinations which we would never have anticipated to have worked so well) and the vegetables cooked absolutely "al dente".
No criticism at all, although it might be wise to bring an Italian dictionary and a pen & paper to scribble on as, although the staff are very helpful at translating the menu which is only available in Italian, it sometimes helps to have some time to think about the choices available and to have them written in front of you!
NB. Ensure that you book in advance - you may need a couple of days' advanced notice, especially at weekends and in high season (which is apparently April-October in Venice).
14 Eyre Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Imaginative food, great service, good ambiance
We've just returned from a wedding anniversary meal in this lovely restaurant. The ambiance was perfect - good for couples or for larger groups for whatever the occasion, the restaurant was warm and the decor was pleasant with good lighting levels, service was particularly good (ie attentive but not overbearing, caring rather than robotic, unpretentious), and the food was imaginative and delicious with excellent flavour combinations. Being a veggie who was delighted to have a variety of vegan & gluten-free options to choose from, I've tried all the vegetarian eateries in Edinburgh but this definitely stands out as the best (view from both my carnivorous husband & I) on all counts (& a very welcome change from the buttery risotto tokenistic veggie option often associated with French eateries).