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The other answers provide a bunch of handy tips for weeding out the absolute worst excuses for sushi, but little help for distinguishing the mediocre from the sublime. How, exactly, are you going to find out about "freshness" before you try it? No, there's only one rock-solid reliable indicator of excellent sushi: the opinion of the local Japanese expat ...


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There are several different dimensions of Sushi: Freshness: This is the most important in terms of flavor. Authenticity: If you want to make sure that the available (local) fish is at least prepared correctly, you will want to take a look at this item. Width of selection: This will tell you if the chef has the aspiration to serve customers who are familiar ...


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According to an international food safety blog about the issue, they mean: a green smiley face means a restaurant has exceeded inspection requirements A yellow face means the restaurant passed the inspection a red 'frowny' face means it failed. Of course, this does not tell you how stringent these requirements are. At least it means it's not 'x number ...


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I found this article giving a few options. Especially the second one seems to fit your criteria: Lipstick 19, Rue Désirée M: Hôtel de Ville This café is a close second to the Voxx. There’s a nice little vibe and they have great booths if you’re staying for lunch. If not, they’re happy to let you sit at the bar and check your email or do whatever ...


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China Daily ran a piece about this that I found when I searched "food safety" + "smiley face" (食品安全 + 笑脸) announcing the launch of this system in 2011 in Tianjin. When I came to Shanghai in 2009, not many restaurants had these, and Shanghai was a 1st tier city by then. I guess this system spread to 2nd tier cities by 2011, thus this article. The article ...


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As with so many cultural things in any country, there are some big no-no's that you have to avoid 100%, but there are also a lot of grey areas. Due to China being a huge country and every part of it being in a different stage of development, socially, financially, industrially etc, it is normal that you will see all kinds of behavior. And people are in ...


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Washington has a well-known height restriction on its buildings; you'll find no places with panoramic views of downtown or the monumental core within the District. The rooftop scene is alive and well during the summer months, however. If you just want a view of the local neighborhood and perhaps the Washington Monument (which can be seen from a significant ...


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Just FWIW I'd say for (1) yes it's perfectly OK to put the money in the folder, and just get up and leave. you're the heavily paying customer, you've paid and you're done. at a cafe that would be normal. maybe the staff will wave bye-bye to you. at a nice restaurant, the staff SHOULD come and fuss over you as you leave! for (2) inside the book, just so ...


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I don't think there is a single correct way to do this. Leaving cultural difference aside, and drawing from personal experience (as a guest, not as a waiter), I would say you can either of the things you mentioned, the waiters will act accordingly. If you have exactly the amount you want/have to pay (including cash), you can either put the money on the ...


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Good to hear you like Romania so far, my suggestion is you visit more of the west part, Transilvania (Sibiu, Brasov, Sighisoara or Cluj) than Bucharest. I don't think you should feel obliged to tip at all. Romania in not a third world country although it is the second poorest in the EU. Tipping in hotels, I do not know about, as a Romanian. Do the same you ...


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Unfortunately there is no definitive answer that I could find on the subject. There are several blogs that say that it is OK to do this: Foodster China Pulse [China Highlights][4] And some that say NO: Asiania Personally that seems to be Ok in some western restaurants as well. Like Texas Roadhouse, where throwing Peanut Shells on the Floor is their ...


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Couvert is obligatory to pay, especially if you take a seat. It is illegal though in Lazio due to regional law (even if they usually don’t care about this law, but if you’re willing to argue...)


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If you really want to dine with the locals and eat authentic cuisine of the place you are visiting check out this new website EatWith which enables you to have local dining experiences in people's homes around the world. See also their Twitter page.


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If you enter the city and restaurant into Baidu you can find lots of reviews. Of course you have to use Chinese (copy and paste works). Here's an example from Shenzhen (I think it's a hot pot restaurant): http://meishi.qq.com/shops/13400196635890174326#shop_pro_comment#bd=baidu_map One of many reviews in Chinese: 其实还不错,去过几次了,来了个新鲜种类,清凉型锅底,加柠檬的还可以啊。 ...


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I stuck the characters for restaurant review, Sichuan and Xian (西安) into Baidu and got some results. Note that genuine typical Sichuan (四川) food (in my experience) may not appeal to Westerners all that much. Often it is swimming in fiery chili oil and has other odd characteristics. For example:- http://www.dianping.com/shop/3988318 ...


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It depends upon what you mean by 'downtown'; and where Vienna is concerned, the season you plan to visit... About a 15 minute walk north of the Franz-Joseph train station lies the old village of Grinzing. It' on a hill overlooking Vienna and the Danube. On and off the main street, Cobenzgasse, you'll find an abundance of charming restaurants featuring ...


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I think the most standard scenario is visibly leaving the money (or a credit card) in the book/cup/whatever. Make sure banknotes cannot fly away and wait. The waiter will expect you to do that and try to check again shortly. Just laying the cash and leaving is not the end of the world but it's clearly not the usual way, at least in France. If they are too ...


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After some searching, there's a restaurant called Tandory, at Ramon Masini esq. Libertad, Montevideo 11300, Uruguay (Pocitos). Here's the official website, with their menu (in Spanish). The reviews on TripAdvisor sound amazing. I had concerns about whether or not it was vegetarian, however - they have some options, and it'll depend on how vegetarian or ...


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I can highly recommend the restaurant "Immervoll" (tripadvisor). It is a very hidden place, and easily to walk past if you do not know it is there. It serves excellent food, but is much cheaper than a "gourmet" restaurant. I have eaten there numerous times over years and was never disappointed. It is also located VERY centrally in Vienna. A word of ...


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An interesting solution that I've been using lately is resorting to group sale websites like groupon. I've heard all kind of theories on why the restaurants want to be there - from the near bankrupt last resort saving tool to the bad food restaurant trying to save the day. In my experience I always got a nice meal at an affordable price. (depending on what ...


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In most of the restaurants or cafes, there is no expectation of a tip from the table. In addition, in touristic areas the prices are very high. The local people and the tourists are seeing different menus, where of course, the touristic prices are way too expensive. So, especially in those places you should not feel obligated to tip, but if you like the ...



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