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I'm French and I didn't know about this law, nor can I find any mention of it in a casual search. This site with teaching material for the restaurant business claims the contrary: Can we make a customer pay a supplement if he wishes to bring his own bottles? Yes, it is possible to charge a “corkage fee” if the customer wants to be served his own ...


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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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I can't speak for France, but here in Italy it is normal to have a small amount / fee added to your bill when you eat in restaurants. As Mouviciel says correctly, it is something you pay to have a seat at the table, with all the necessary things. Although it is true that normally it is just 1.50 / 2 euros, it is also true that the amount of the "fee" ...


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If you want to try Minke Whale and Puffin, you can get both of these in small portions at Tapas Barinn (The Tapas Bar), which serves them alongside more traditional Spanish tapas. You should also try the lobster soup at Sægreifinn, which come highly recommended (I'm not a big seafood fan but everyone I know who is and has tried it recommends it). Harðfiskur ...


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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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It doesn't exist in France. It exists in the form you describe in Portugal: starters are brought to the table, as if a gift, but they are not free. You can just say that you don't want them. Anything you ask shall be paid, including bread and water. It exists in Italy but not only for bread, garlic and tomato. It is a way of saying that you will be seated, ...


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The Costanera Center is the best future bet for such facilities. The tower itself is still under construction. It will be 300 meters high and South Amarica's tallest building. It seems likely that it will at least have an observation platform of some kind. Currently available are several apartment hotels with rooftop swimming pools and lounges. You would of ...


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So in general, food in Hungary (eating out) is a lot less expensive than Western Europe, which is handy :) Note that - due to a historical translation error - "goulash soup" is indeed a soup, not the "goulash" that visitors may be familiar with from home which is known as "pörkölt". Local dishes often revolve around meat, include lots of paprika in their ...


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I would recommend: lamb - the Icelandic lamb is very flavorful and lean. skyr - a yogurt-like dairy product. If you are very adventurous you could also try things like putrescent shark meat (Hákarl), but don't expect it to taste good. You should also take a look at the Wikipedia's Icelandic cuisine page.


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Primanti brothers is an excellent and iconic sandwich place in Pittsburgh. Wikipedia link has a list of notable mentions this enterprise has received. There are multiple locations in the city. The Cathedral of Learning is the second tallest university building in the world and houses 29 nationality rooms which are a must visit. The Duquesne incline is an ...


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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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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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I don't have enough personal experience to recommend specific restaurants but two dishes associated with Leipzig are Leipziger Allerlei (well-known everywhere in Germany) and the Leipziger Lerche. Also worth a try if you see it on a menu is “Soljanka”. This is a soup of (I believe) Russian origin that was popular in the German Democratic Republic and is ...


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I believe it is mandatory in many restaurants. On a recent trip, I kept noticing the charge on my checks, then I remembered that in Spain they would bring bread without asking and charge for it. In Spain I was able to avoid the charge by sending the bread back when it came. No such luck the time I tried it in Italy, charge still appeared. On the positive ...


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Since it's the middle of the summer I would think you would like to avoid the coastal cities because of the humidity. In which case I would recommend Austin. You will not be limited in restaurant selection and since it's the capital, you can find a lot of monuments to tour. On your way there you might want to stop by one of the numerous BBQ places just ...


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"Grispolis" near Bigova is about a 20 Minute drive from Kotor. Its off the main street but fits into your pricepoint, has direct access to the sea and good food. Link to the restaurant at google: https://plus.google.com/102648994141906332875/about?rfmt=s&hl=en


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If you want to taste some of the freshest fish on the planet, then head straight for Icelandic Fish & Chips. They have different fish every day depending on the catch of the morning, examples being Cod, Ling and Wolf fish. You won't find fish n chips like this in the UK - an icelandic must. Address: Icelandic Fish & Chips, Tryggvagötu 8, 101 ...


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Gamla Vínhúsið at Klapparstíg 38 in Reykjavík serves delicious Mink Whale. Prices are very reasonable for the area and they have a mix of local and generic dishes. Here is the whale steak with pepper sauce: There is one desert Gamla is famous for too which was described to me as like Yogurt but not yogurt. I have no idea what either taste like because I ...


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I asked around on the InterNations Santiago community, and I came across a couple of additional suggestions: Giratorio Restaurant is probably exactly what you are looking for. The restaurant is located in Providencia on the 16th floor, and it rotates to afford a 360° view of the city. According to SantiagoGourmet.com, it's rather pricey at about US$40 per ...


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One idea that might be fun is to take the funicular rail to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal. You would probably have to bring food with you – there aren't really any restaurants at the top; just a few empanada vendors. But there are tables and chairs set up there where you could look out over the city as you are enjoying your meal. The funicular costs 2 ...


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The only reliable way I found to eat out in local restaurants is when I was accompanied by local friends. Sometimes, good local restaurants are outside the city and need some car driving. Sometimes they are on side and back streets. Sometimes this is just a cafeteria crowded only by locals or street food served in shops that are far less shiny than the ...


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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 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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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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The waiters in Ponad are obliged to bring you all the rest back but you may say: thank you, the rest is not needed or thank you the rest is for you. In Poland only few restaurants include the service charge in the bill (and usually it is stated in the menu), but you can always ask if it is already included.



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