Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant

10/168 Grey St, South Brisbane Qld Some of the restaurants in this busy tourist strip rely on customers they are never likely to see again, with bad consequences for their quality and pricing. But many of the folk who eat at Ahmet’s are locals who keep coming back. Some excellent dips, the pancar (beetroot) and sharply flavoured hommus, both of the thick kind you need […]

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Turkuaz Fine Turkish Cuisine

2637 Broadway, New York, NY USA The delights of New York City never pall, and it was a happy coming together of friends from different parts of the world that led to our sitting down for dinner at this Turkish restaurant in Manhattan. Most of the veggie component of our meal was assembled out of side dishes: zucchini pancakes in which finely chopped zucchini and onion, lightly […]

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Motijheed Restaurant, 53A Marchmont St, London WC1N

It’s good to be able to revisit one of the old style Indian restaurants of London. Marchmont St, where intellectual Bloomsbury, the social housing of the Brunswick Estate, and a newish Islamic presence overlap, is full of character, and this restaurant, which opened in 1969 and where the food is still brought up from the kitchen in the basement by pulleys to waiters who […]

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Asian Restaurant, 43 Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand

Walking along the main street of Dunedin, Princes St (those familiar with Edinburgh will see here a sign of the origin of the city; such indications are plentiful), one passes shops clearly being used for purposes other than those for which they were built and sad restaurants with few customers.  Having been through hard times, the economy of Dunedin is clearly being reconfigured around […]

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Monkey Tree Restaurant and Bar, 106 Long Rd, Mt Tamborine Qld

The Gallery Walk in Mt Tamborine in a sad site by night, for the day trippers who line it during the hours of light have all disappeared and the absence of street lighting gives the strip a sombre, if not dangerous air.  But if you can find your way safely into this restaurant without crashing into too many things your endeavour will be well rewarded, […]

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Green Gourmet Kitchen, 538 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW

While I’ve been familiar with this part of Sydney since I was a boy, the appearance of an East Asian restaurant that is entirely vegan just up the highway from St Leonards station  is a sign of developments that no-one would have envisaged in those days. I’ve been there a few times in recent years, and a happy occasion that led to six of […]

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