Barcelona – Ciutat Comtal

After a long holiday, I have the motivation to writing again. I have so many restaurants and bars to write from both Italy and Spain. I will give the priority to Ciutat Comtal in Barcelona.

You need to be patience if you decide to go Ciutat Comtal especially if you are going after 7pm. There is always a long queue at the door and you need to put your name into a list. First day, we went around 9.30 pm and wrote our name to the list. We were still waiting by 10pm and gave up at the end because we were starving.

Next day, we went again around 4pm and tried our chance again. Waiting time was approximately 30 minutes and we went to another place.

On the third day, we finally did it😊 We were there towards 4 pm and by luck, we got the table without waiting. And I can say that the place is deserved to wait.

Here are the food we had tried:
Padron peppers, fried anchovies, tortilla, patatas bravas, russian salad with shrimp on top of a slice of bread, mini burgers, fries with egg and beef sandwich.

Padron peppers are my favourite. It was always my first order regardless of where we were eating. Imagine, we found the peppers in Sweden and I have been frying them for the breakfast since we are back:)

All of the tapas we have tasted were so yummy. My only suggestion is that better to go to Ciutat Comtal before you get starving. So you can enjoy with a glass of sangria while waiting for your desk in patience.

Baked eggplant / aubergine

I don’t know a name for dish. I can say aubergine with something 🙂 But it is 100% delicious.

Preparation: 60 min

Servings: 4 people


  • 1.5 medium size aubergine
  • 1 glass of tomotoe paste
  • 2 glasses of sunflower oil
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • Basilica
  • 250 gr cheese


1- Cut the eggplants as cubes. You can peel them partially if you want.

2- After you cut them, put into a bowl filled with salty water. This is for taking the bitter of eggplants.

3- Put two glasses of sunflower oil into your pan. And fry your eggplants for 2 minutes until their colour changes.

4- Once you fry all the eggplants, put them into a baking plate.

5- On the other side, chop your onion, garlic and peppers. First, put the onions into a pan with some olive oil. Secondly, put the garlics and thirdly peppers.

6- Once the peppers get softer, add your salt, black pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper and lastly, tomotoe past.

7- Add a glass of water into your pan. Wait till the sauce lose its juice.

8- When the sauce is ready, pour it onto your eggplants.

9- Bake them in prehaeted 225 degrees oven for 20-25 minutes. Around 15. minutes, add the cheese and continue baking.

Hope you enjoy.

Gothenburg – Byns Bistro

Byns Bistro is an eye catching place with its decoration. You expect an usual restaurant/bar from the outside but once you step in and turn left, you will see the small, cosy dining rooms.


Most of the restaurants and cafes don’t accept cash payments in Sweden. This is one of the things that we have struggled in Gothenburg. Byns Bistro accepts cash so you can go in comfort, specially if you come to Gothenburg as a tourist.

They bring some tomato paste and bread as complimentary.


We have ordered Moules Frited and Byns Burgare. I am really picky in terms of Moules because sometimes you can feel the sand if they are not cleaned well. Byns Moules was delicious especially the sauce and I have enjoyed it. Burger was also delicious and it is very big for one person.


You can give a gry to Byns bistro and if you try something else than ours please share your feedback and suggestions for my next visits.


Doha – Chi Zen

Dear Asian food lover folks, from this way please…

Chi zen is the first restaurant where I have tried Asian food in Doha. This self-contained place is located at Oryx Rotana Hotel with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. They also offer delivery service but if you have a chance it is better to go there to eat the newly cooked fresh foods.

There is a ala cart menu. They also have business lunch menu within the weekdays from 12-4 pm. 3 course menu is 85QR while 2 course menu is 75 QR.

Starter is their complimentary chips.

For me, their best menu item is Hot&sour soup. I can eat this soup everyday. It made me a kind of addiction. It is highly recommended. Please reserve a space in your stomach for the soup.

If you like tom yum soup, it was also delicious. There is more ingredients then the usual one but still delicious.

I have also tried sweet and sour chicken and crispy chili beef. They are served with rice. Portion looks small but it is enough to make you full.

Final was deep fried ice cream which I can’t recommend you. Ice cream was not delicious at all and the fried part was oily. I didn’t enjoy with it.

If you are looking for a new place to discover, you can give a chance to Chi Zen. You will not be regretful at all.


Doha – Yasmine Palace

I have been planning to go to “Yasmine Palace” since it has opened. I will leave Qatar soon so I thought it is time to go and try their menu.

This two-level restaurant is located in Pearl. There are different concepts inside Jasmine Palace. We had our dinner at “Andalusia”.

If you are a modest person, the decoration of the restaurant may be a bit much. The furniture, paint, floor and even the forks are all decorated in gold color dominantly. There is a small fountain in the middle of the restaurant and in the background it plays authentic music.

You will be welcomed with a drink and mezze plate. So you don’t need to order mezze separately.

We weren’t aware of the complimentary mezze plate, that’s why we have ordered “Muhamara” and “Mutabal”as cold appetizer. Mezzes were so fresh and tasty.

“Batata Mutafayeh” is my favourite snack since I came to Doha. Unfortunately, there is just one place to eat best Batata located in Souq so far. Others are on average including “Yasmin Palace”.

We have made the final with “Mix Grill”. It comes with rice and enough for 2 people. Meats were grilled on barbeque. They were so soft and delicious. Nothing was left in the plate at the end of the dinner 🙂

The restaurant is a bit pricey but if you want to indulge yourself in delicious Arabic food then “Yasmine Palace” is the correct address.

You can find their menu here.

Belgrade – Dva Jelena

This was my second time in Belgrade and it is winter time again. I think third visit should be during summer to be able to enjoy the city more.

I had chance to have dinner at “Dva Jelena” second time. This place is so local and it is almost impossible to find an available table on Fridays if you don’t have reservation. I suggest you to book your table online through their website before your visit.

There is also live music on Fridays. I keep telling “on Friday” because I have been there only on Fridays. I guarantee you to have a great night at “Dva Jelena” if you are looking for some local food and local music with local people.

We started with “Pohovane paprika sa sirom” – Fried cheese with tartar sauce. If you like cheese, it is a good match with your Serbian wine.

Pohovane paprika sa sirom

And we continue with “Prebranac” – beans with onion, garlic and sweet pepper baked in wooden stove. This was yummy and it reminded me a Turkish dish which is called “Kuru fasulye”. I am sure you will like it.


Another starter, “Tarator” – ccucumber with garlic yoghurt sauce. We can call it as Tzaziki. So there was nothing to make comment on it.


And finally, hero of the night – “Cevapi” J It is a must eat food when you are in Belgrade. We have ordered two portions and it was too big for four people. So it is better to share.


There were so many delicious foods as I spy on other tables.  I think it is best place to experience “local” life. Prices are reasonable. You can find all the menu details here.

And don’t go back to home without tasting Serbian wine.

Athens – Voliotiko Tsipouradiko

You shouldn’t leave Athens without;

  • trying ouzo,
  • listening to Greek music,
  • eating souvlaki.

We were looking for a place with the live Greek music and close to Monastiraki Square. We found this restaurant by chance on our first day in Athens. And we started to walk to narrow streets and followed the music. Here you go. “Voliotiko Tsipouradiko” came across us.

Their outdoor area was so lovely. Tables were under trees and there were frames on the wall. It is a bit far from the touristic area that’s why prices were below the average. There were more local people than tourists.


We didn’t order much things here because we were already full with gyros from the afternoon. So we ordered “Fava”,”Tzatziki”, “beans pilaki” and “Greek Salad”. I normally eat Fava cold, it was heated here. But taste was okey. I really liked Greek version of Tzatziki. They put more garlic and yoghurt is completely solid. Wherever I go in Athens, I ordered Tzatziki even I am not hungry. “Greek Salad” is a good refreshment in hot weathers.

As a drink, we had “small carafe wine” and glass of “ouzo”. Ouzo, raki and arak are similar drinks. Their alcohol percentage and probably the distillation techniques are different. Greek people drink ouzo with ice. So they just put ouzo inside the glass and put a few pieces ices. That’s why it was strong for me and I added some water on it. But it is a nice complimentary with mezzes.


And the music group was so nice, cheerful and you see they also enjoy with you.

We paid 32 euros for three mezzes, two glasses of ouzo, one glass of wine and one small carafe wine.

If you want to have your dinner in a nice ambiance with Greek music and reasonable prices, I highly recommend you “Voliotiko Tsipouradiko”. No problem if you are not hungry. Just order some mezzes and ouzos and enjoy with the Greek music like we did.

Athens – Kuzina

I am starting my food experiences in Athens with Kuzina because it became my favourite and will never forget all the things I ate there.

The restaurant terrace has a lovely view of Akropolis. I think whoever goes to Athens must have a dinner or drink something with this amazing view. You need to make a reservation. We made our reservation before we went to Athens and we had a really nice table. There are time slots in this restaurant for the reservation and you need to have your dinner in 2 hours. Our reservation was from 19.30-21.45. We had a chance to see the sunset. I am not sure if this system is for terrace tables or all tables.

We chose “Zucchini balls” and “Grilled meat balls” as appetizers. “Zucchini balls” is so similar to “Mucver” in Turkish cuisine but these ones were juicier. I don’t have enough word to describe “Meat balls”. They are the most delicious meat balls in my life. I tried it in so many places. But this was something different. I could have eaten it every day during my Athens trip but I need to try something else. Portions are so big. “Meat balls” could be a main course because there are four pieces in one portion and it is enough for a person. We also ordered “Fresh green salad” with the appetizers. Portion was big as usual and they were generous in terms of the ingredients.


Main courses were “Risotto with pumpkin” and “Chicken fillet”. I normally don’t like risotto because most of the places have mushroom risotto or cheese risotto which I don’t prefer. In this restaurant, they do pumpkin risotto. I just took a spoon of it and feel in love with risotto. It is not overcooked, taste is amazing. If my first experience with risotto was this one, risotto would be my favourite food. Now, I have really high expectations for risotto when I go to a restaurant.


My only dissatisfaction was “Chicken fillet”. It was too dry for me and nothing special about the taste. This was the last food for me after all these amazing tastes may be that’s why I didn’t like it. But I suggest you to choose something different than “Chicken fillet”. There are many options.


We also ordered a bottle of wine. Total bills was 91 euros for two appetizers, one salad, two main courses and one bottle of wine. The restaurant is on the Michelin guide. This price is normal for a Michelin guide restaurant.


Before we left the Kuzina, we wanted to meet the chef – Aris Tsanaklidis. He was so kind and smiling. I want to thank to him and his team from here.

You can learn more information about Kuzina here.





Doha – Al Sultan Brahim

Here you go is another Lebanese cuisine in Doha. “Al Sultan Brahim” is located at St Regis, a separate building just outside the hotel. This restaurant is a rare found place where you can eat mezze and drink arak together.

This is the second time for me in “Al Sultan Brahim” and it is a nice place for friend gathering. It is quiet and service is nice. In my first experience, there was a confusion about reservation and the seating area and it was a bit bad experience as a first impression in terms of service. But this time, staff was so helpful and kind.

We ordered “Fattouch Salad”, “Spicy Olives”, “Warak Inab”, “Hommos Beiruti”, “Spicy Patato”, “Breaded Calamari” and “Tripoli’s Harra”. And one bottle of Arak. All the mezzes were delicious and portions are big enough to share. They also bring hot and freshly baked pitas. “Hommos Beiruti” was a bit different than what I ate before in “Al Sufra”. I don’t know which version is correct. This version was served with tomatos. But both are delicious for me because I don’t feel like I am eating Hommos.

Arak is similar to Turkish raki. So there is a mezze and raki culture in Turkey, too. That’s why it is nice to find somewhere with the similar concept in Doha. So if you are looking for a place to experience Arak and mezzes together, you can visit “Al Sultan Brahim”.


*Just a small tip about this place. If you order a bottle of Arak and can’t finish the whole bottle, restaurant keeps it for a month under your name.

You can learn more information about Al Sultan Brahim here.