Exploring the world one bite at a time

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Heatherlea: “Gorgeous location”

The location of the B&B is absolutely gorgeous with a cute lake nearby and a view to die for. The B&B is set in a rural environment, but is only a five minutes drive from Mallaig, where you can take the ferry to Skye. The room was spacious and clean with a lovely view. Breakfast was ok, the vegetarian sausage wasn’t that great, but vegetarian sausages rarely are. The host was very friendly. I can imagine that the rooms will be cold in winter though, but extra heating is provided.

Heatherlea, Glasnacardoch, Mallaig PH41 4RH, Scotland

Stayed June 2013. You can find my review about Heatherlea also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, location 5/5, sleep quality 4/5, rooms 4/5, cleanliness 4/5, service 5/5.

Chez Tchoutchou: “Great Asian cuisine”

We found this Asian restaurant through tripadvisor. To be honest, if the reviews hadn’t been good, I wouldn’t have gone inside. From the outside the restaurant doesn’t look like much, but once inside you’ll find a very pleasant and welcoming restaurant with nice furniture and lots of Chinese decorations.

My boyfriend and I were the only people that went for lunch Chez Tchoutchou on a beautiful sunny Sunday. The service was very friendly (we even got a hesitant ‘Bonjour’ from the toddler) and welcoming. Their French was very good. I even got a scarf as a mother’s day gift!

The menu is impressive, to say the least. So much to choose from: Japanese, Chinese, Thai and even Korean food! I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be able to order bibimbap (a house specialty) in this southern village in Belgium!

We started with some excellent dim sum, which I followed up with some bibimbap that really reminded me of the bibimbap I had in Seoul. The bibimbap was served in a hot stone pot and really excellent! The lady mixed it up for me (probably thinking I didn’t know what to do with it). The bibimbap was really lovely and the portion was very big. My boyfriend also enjoyed the peking duck a lot. To be honest, I had more than enough to eat after the dim sum and the bibimbap, but how could I resist some icecream mochi? A perfect way to end a lovely meal.

Chez Tchoutchou really offers excellent Asian food. Only minor complaint is that our lunch took a bit longer than expected, but to be honest, we really didn’t mind. When passing by, I definitely will visit again!

Chez Tchoutchou, Rue d’Arlon 188a B-6780, Messancy 6780, Belgium
http://www.chez-tchoutchou.be/
+32 63 67 84 29

Visited May 2017. You can find my review about Chez Tchoutchou also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 5/5, food 5/5.

The Rialto: “Great food, lovely people”

Superb place to enjoy a coffee, a sandwich or some home baked goods. The Rialto is a little gem you really shouldn’t miss when in Eyemouth. The staff is super friendly and very helpful. When we told them we were passing through on our way to Glasgow they gave us lots of tips for great places to eat and drink in Glasgow.

We were in a hurry, so we ordered take out panini’s. They were so kind to offer us a place to sit while we waited until our panini’s were ready. I have to be honest here: the Cuba panini I ordered was the best I ever had in my life. The pulled porked with the musterd and pickles was simply delicious. A real treat!

The place is very cosy and inviting. So do yourself a favor, go in for a coffee or try one of those lovely cakes!

The Rialto, 33 High Street, Eyemouth TD14 5EY, Scotland
http://rialto-coffee.uk/
+44 1890 752048

Visited April 2017. You can find my review about The Rialto also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 5/5, food 5/5.

Isle of Arran Distillers: “Small and fairly new distillery”

Arran distillery is a fairly new distillery which opened in 1995, but a visit is a nice introduction to the distillery process. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We started the tour with a little movie and a little taster of Arran whisky. The guide tour takes about an hour. After the tour finished we could try some more drams. The distillery also has a big shop with lots of different products and a lovely café where you can have drinks or something to eat.

Isle of Arran Distillers, Lochranza KA27 8HJ, Scotland
https://www.arranwhisky.com/
+44 1770 830264

Visited April 2017. You can find my review about Isle of Arran Distillers also on TripAdvisor.

Pho Bay Incheon: “Great noodle soup!”

I had a quick lunch at Pho at Incheon Aiport. Quite a pleasant experience, I have to say. The noodle soup with shrimp wontons was really good and I was served very quickly (important for an aiport meal). Only thing I had to complain about was that the seating area itself wasn’t very clean, but since this area was shared with other restaurants, I can’t fault Pho. The food was delicious and hot. A fine lunch!

Pho Bay Incheon, 1468, Guwol-dong, Namdong-gu 2F, Plaza City, Incheon, South Korea
+82 32-424-4201

Visited March 2017. You can find my review about Pho Bay Incheon also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 3/5, food 5/5.

Gosang: “Korean temple food”

This restaurant is specialized in boeddhist temple kitchen. I was invited here by some very nice Korean business partners for a lovely dinner. Our group was assigned a separate room, which was really convenient. We sampled traditional dishes in the way the monks would eat them. Monks, of course are vegetarians, so most of the dishes were vegetarian or vegan. Since the Koreans who invited us where afraid, we wouldn’t have enough to eat with only vegetables, they also ordered some salmon and galbi.

I really enjoyed that I could taste traditional temple food, although I have to admit I missed the spices in the food. Since monks prefer their food as pure as possible, they hardly add spices. Every dish was prepared with great care and beautifully presented. I especially loved the lotus flower japchae, but the fried ginseng really wasn’t my cup of tea. A really unforgettable experience!

Gosang, 26, Eulji-Ro 5-Gil, Jung-Gu Mirae Asset Center 1 bldg. B2, Seoul 04539, South Korea
https://gosang.modoo.at/
+82 2-6030-8955

Visited March 2017. You can find my review about Gosang also on TripAdvisor. My scores: service 4/5, food 4/5.

Dining Noeul: “Lovely Italian food”

I was invited for lunch in this Italian restaurant by some Korean business partners. The restaurant has a really modern feel to it and staff is really professional. I have to say I really enjoyed the meal Neoul served. I ordered the porcini risotto, which was no less than excellent. Very tasty and the cheese was perfectly balanced. As a starter we got some equally excellent salad and to finish off our lunch, staff brought some slices of pizza to our table. To be honest, I was very full after the superb risotto, but couldn’t resist trying a small slice of pizza. And yes, the pizza was as good as the other dishes. Very savoury!

Highly recommended.

Dining Noeul, 145, Hoedong-gil, Paju, Gyeonggi-do 10881, South Korea
http://www.diningnoeul.co.kr/main/main.php
+82 31-955-0070

Visited March 2017. You can find my review about Dining Noeul also on TripAdvisor. My scores: service 5/5, food 5/5.

Bibigo Incheon Airport Departure Area: “Bibimbap chain at Incheon”

I landed on Incheon airport at about lunchtime. So the first thing I did after collecting my luggage was looking for a place to eat. Bibigo looked promising: it was quite busy and who doesn’t like a good bibimbap?

I ordered at the counter and got a number matching my order. I found a nice table at the window and waited for my lunch to arrive. Of course I went for the bibigo bibimbap. Always choose the dish with the name of the restaurant in it!

The bibimbap was tasty, but I found it sad that the meal itself was a bit too cold. As if the waiters had not taken my order immediately to my table. Which is strange, because I really got served very fast. A little bit disappointing.

Bibigo Incheon Airport Departure Area, 271, Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu 3F, Incheon International Airport First Passenger Terminal Check-In Counter G Area, Incheon 22382, South Korea
http://www.bibigo.com/index
+82 32-743-7360

Visited March 2017. You can find my review about Bibigo Incheon Airport Departure Area also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 3/5, food 3/5.

Insa-myeonok: “Cheap food”

Insamyeonok is a very basic restaurant in Seoul. Nothing special or fancy about this restaurant, but ok if you want a quick no fuss meal. I had some bulgogi hotpot, which was fine, but nothing out the ordinary. But it certainly was cheap: only 8500 won for a decent filling meal.

Insa-myeonok, 35-3 Insadong-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-723-1442

Visited March 2017. You can find my review about Insa-myeonok also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 3/5, food 3/5.

Sagyejeol Hanjeongsik: “So may delicious dishes!”

I enjoyed a really exceptional lunch in this fine restaurant. I was invited, so I have no idea about the price of the meal, but it sure was something to remember. I loved every bit of it. We started off with some lovely salads, to continue with some soup covered in a soufflé (not really traditional Korean, but tasty nonetheless), galbi, squid, salmon, kimchi and of course the meal ended with some rice and side dishes. Each course was very tasty. I also enjoyed trying, for the first time ever, abalone, seafood resembling a mussel. Very nice! Service was excellent: our group was seated in a separate room and we just needed to press a button and our waiter was there.

After 14 courses I felt like I didn’t need food for a couple of days but I just had to try everything because it was so delicious.

Highly recommended if you like Korean food with some European influences.

Sagyejeol Hanjeongsik, 49, Anyangpangyo-ro 1201beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do 13539, South Korea
+82 31-708-7115

Visited March 2017. You can find my review about Sagyejeol Hanjeongsik also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 5/5, food 5/5.

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