Plachutta, 38 Wollzeile, Vienna. This restaurant is named for its chef, who is also the author of the definitive Austrian cookbook (see book recommendations).
Café Diglas, 10 Wollzeile, Vienna. From the outside, it’s an unimpressive coffee shop. On the inside, though, it has a wonderful flair that ranges from the food to the live piano music that begins at 7 p.m.
Café Sacher, 4 Philharmonikerstraße, Vienna. I just can’t pass up the Sacher cake.
Bouillon Racine, 3 Rue Racine, Paris. The restaurant dates from 1906 and is decorated in the Art Nouveau style. Serves classic French dishes.
Restaurant Polidor, 41 Rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris. Founded in 1845, it features long wooden tables, rustic charm, and traditional French cuisine.
Couronne Wissembourg, 12 Place de la République, F-67160 Wissembourg. Charming hotel restaurant located in the former post office built in the eighteen century. On the menu are regional dishes, including one that’s rarely on offer: crispy pig’s feet.
Poulette French restaurant, 30-32 Knaackstraße, Berlin. They offer a three-course lunch menu with fish or meat of very good quality for 12 euros. Add to that homemade bread and aioli, a good wine selection, and walls colorfully painted in a floral pattern.
Gasthaus Eyachmühle, 14 Eyachmühle, Dobel. The ambitious cooking team here prepares trout specialties next to the pond.
Ponte, 5 Am Weingarten, Frankfurt am Main. Creative dishes, tapas-style. “Surprise” specials served nightly.
Sushiko, 61 Schweizer Straße, Frankfurt am Main. Dishes served on conveyer belt. A “must” for sushi fans.
Best Worscht in Town, 37 Grüneburgweg, Frankfurt am Main. Currywurst doesn’t get any better than this: countless variations on the curry and heat level.
Trattoria Da Giovanni, Hirschstraße 87, D-Karlsruhe. Tasty italien cookery with Sicilian background and seasonal specialities.
Vin fou, Lenzstraße 2, D-Karlsruhe. Relaxed atmosphere, french based cookery and enclosed wine shop.
Black Forrest: Three recommendations between Münstertal and Schauinsland, close to Freiburg: Landhaus Langeck, Zähringer Hof, Die Halde.
Gasthof Kohlern, 11 Kohlern, Bolzano. Modern southern Tyrolean cuisine on a terrace with a view of the mountains overlooking Bolzano.
Santa Lucia, 12 Largo Febo, Rome. An island in the hustle and bustle of the city. Offers the best of Roman cuisine under sycamores and linden trees, with the feel of being in campagna.
Fiaschetteria Beltramme, 39 Via della Croce, Rome. A small restaurant offering a daily menu of exciting surprises, such as the gnocchi mari e monti with clams and porcini mushrooms.
Trattoria Enoteca Corsi, 88 Via del Gesù, Rome. Family-run restaurant with classics like stuffed peppers and trippa alla romana (tripe in tomato sauce). Both of the family’s daughters are sommeliers; the attached wine store features a voluminous selection.
Lea Linster, 17 Route de Luxembourg, Frisange. With an affectionate hostess and an exciting menu, this restaurant’s selections include the modern and the traditional.
ODE Porto Wine House & Restaurant, Largo do Terreiro 7, PT-Porto. A unique and delicious experience in a warm and lovely environment.
La Vinya del Senyor, 5 Placa Santa Maria, Barcelona. Actually not a restaurant, but the loveliest wine bar on the planet, serving small dishes like oysters, sausage, and cheese.
Set de Born, 7 Carrer de l’Esparteria, Barcelona. Tapas (including a fantastic “Russian salad,” sausage and ham specialties.
Agua, 30 Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, Barcelona. Exclusive seafood specialties served on the boardwalk along the beach.
Casa Guinart La Boqueria, 95 La Rambla, Barcelona. First, visit the La Boqueria market, marvel at the abundance, and then enjoy the excellent tapas, including fried avocadoes.
Restaurant Kunsthalle, 7 Steinenberg, Basel. The restaurant serves quality Swiss German food in the painterly “Schluuch” salon. The large garden opens for dining in summer.