La Mano Verde, Charlottenburg, Berlin

In a word:  Pure
Food:  Gourmet vegetarian, vegan and raw
Service:  Gut, yah! (that’s German for Good, yes)
Presentation:  Food-wise; simple yet eye catching
Ambience:  Quiet and calm
Location:  In a leafy square in the upmarket area of Charlottenberg
Value for money:  Not super expensive, around 16 euros for a main, and they do have good value lunch time deals.
Worth a visit?:  If you’re into raw and vegan fine dining then it should be on your Berlin must do list!

We chose Berlin for our summer holiday this year, a mix of business and pleasure; I was excited to check out the foodie and yoga scene in this funky and fresh capital city.  I visited Berlin back in 2008 and fell in love with the vibrant, history-steeped city with it’s love of all things (considered) alternative; holistic health, organic food, and the alternative art scene.

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The Farm, Al Barari, Dubai

In a word: Tranquil
Food: Yum with ethics and a couple of extraordinary dishes that make The Farm worth the trek
Service: Efficient
Presentation: Chic and clean
Ambience: Family friendly yet it works for romance, business and time out of Dubai
Location: Lush greenery set against simple and clean structures
Value for money: Yep: generally good portion sizes, quality ingredients, stunning location
Worth a visit?: Absolutely


As you turn off the Emirates Road to the Al Barari Estate, you enter a hidden paradise via a densely planted shrub and tree-lined road.  Seriously, this place is Lush, with a capital L.  The set up here is just beautiful, it works all year round and proves a really popular option with locals and expats alike.

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Pier Chic, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

In a word: Dreamy.
Food: The fine art of seafood.
Service: Once seated, attentive and efficient.
Presentation: 5 star.
Ambience: Romantic, dreamy and relaxed vibe.
Location: Fabulous location on the end of a pier looking out to sea and over Dubai’s iconic Madinat Jumeirah resort.
Value for money: Food and the view make it a treat that’s worth it.
Worth a visit?: Oh yes.

Pier Chic has to be one of the most romantic spots in Dubai, as the name suggests, it’s set at the end of a pier on the beach in front of Al Qasr Hotel on the Madinat Jumeirah stretch of coast, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the rather fabulous looking Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s self proclaimed seven star hotel.

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