Autumn is the perfect moment for a gastronomic break for two. Take time to enjoy the delights of some of Europe's best restaurants.

A family restaurant run by the three Troiani brothers, Il Convivio (00 39 06 686 9432;, Vicolo dei Soldati 31, Rome, has grand ambitions. With more than 2,000 bottles in the cellar, you're sure to find a match for stuffed courgette flowers, or anchovies with hot, sour red-pepper sorbet.

Traditional cooking in south-west France gets updated at Michel Sarran (00 33 5 61 12 32 32;, 21 blvd Armand Duportal, Toulouse. Try the foie-gras soup with oysters.

Chef Rebe Redzepi's modern take on Nordic cuisine includes glazed musk ox and peas at Noma, a converted waterfront warehouse (00 453 296 3297;, Strandgade 93, Copenhagen.

Unleash your inner child at Supperclub (00 31 2034 46400;, Jonge Roelensteeg 21, Amsterdam. Eat mustard soup with eel in bed, while enjoying experimental performance art.

Closer to home, head for Hambleton Hall (01572 756991;, Hambleton, Rutland. Look out over peaceful Rutland Water as you enjoy poached and roast pigeon with cèpes.