Austria The Berghof Brandstatter, Cross Stones Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire (01706 812966). Mon-Sat dinner, Fri-Sun lunch. All furniture, fixtures and fittings come from Austria, there's gingham everywhere, the waitresses wear dirndls - you get the picture. Richly sauced food ranges from beef soup with liver dumpling to seven sorts of schnitzels. A thigh- slapping night out and girth-expandingly filling for around pounds 10 a head without drink.
Cyprus Vrisaki, 73 Myddleton Road, London N22 (0181-889 8760). Mon-Sat lunch and dinner. Of north London's many Greek-Cypriot restaurants, this has particularly high standing among the community. Behind an unassuming exterior is a large restaurant that gets packed out with regulars. The meze's the thing, starting with cold dips, salads and nibbles, then seafood dishes including calamari, cooked with a light touch, and finally meat such as souvlaki - all of which should cost you around pounds 15 a head.
Denmark Lundum's, 119 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 (0171-373 7774). Mon-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun brunch. An attractive newcomer which claims to be the only Danish restaurant in London. Lunch consists of open sandwiches and light dishes, or three courses for pounds 15.50; dinner is pounds 19.50, or a la carte for pounds 25, without drink. No Danepak, but Danish organic pork - a fillet with leek terrine and spicy sauce, or meatballs with potatoes, red cabbage and gravy. Fish gets up-to-date twists, too, such as cod carpaccio. On Sundays there's a buffet for pounds 14.50.
Israel Solly's, 148A Golders Green Road, London NW11 (0181-455 0004). Mon-Thur, Sun lunch and dinner, Fri lunch, Sat dinner. Food and decor is Middle Eastern, the staff are Israeli, and everything's kosher, including French and Israeli wines. The first-floor restaurant, Solly's Exclusive - above the take-away counter and snacking tables - serves great hummus and falafel, shish kebabs and shawarma, with halva to round things off sweetly. Around pounds 15 a head without drinks.
Poland Wdka, 12 St Alban's Grove, London W8 (0171-937 6513). Mon-Fri lunch and dinner, Sat, Sun dinner. A long-established but revived, modish restaurant. Besides pierogi (dumplings) filled with wild mushrooms, potato and bacon, there's herring salad; smoked eel; kulebiak; wild rabbit with peas, peppers and celeriac; and venison with red cabbage and plum compote. A brilliant selection of vodkas gives it an edge, while the interior has an appealing, slightly undecorated appearance. Lunch is pounds 10.50 for two courses, pounds 13.50 for three; pounds 22 or so for three courses a la carte.
Portugal A Cozinha, 33 St Stephen's Street, Bristol (0117 922 5505). Tue-Fri lunch, Thur-Sat dinner. This is run by a husband and wife who aren't Portuguese but who fell in love with the simple, fresh cuisine and incite their customers to do likewise in their front-room restaurant. When the lid comes off the cataplana (copper pan), setting free a stew of pork, fish and shellfish, peppers and green beans and fresh coriander, it is hard to resist. There is also caldo verde soup; lamb casserole with olives and vegetables; pork with paprika and pickled vegetables. Portuguese wines and puds maintain the illusion. Around pounds 20 a head without drinks.Reuse content