Hungry for something new? Eat and drink your way around the globe with this selection of international restaurants.
Auberge Jean & Marie
Auberge Jean & Marie is a restaurant, bar and terrace where you can experience classic French cuisine, inspired by the great Gallic chefs, alongside excellent service. It’s a perfect setting for your business lunch, meeting or dinner, with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Diners can choose from delicious à la carte and set menus at reasonable prices, plus there is an extensive European wine list of 200 bottles.
- Albert Cuypstraat 58-60 (near Metrostation De Pijp), 1072 CV Amsterdam; +31 20 845 2005
Imrans is a restaurant located in Birmingham’s famous “Balti Triangle” on Ladypool Road. Only a couple miles away from the heart of Birmingham city centre, Imrans attracts customers from all around the United Kingdom, who love dining at the traditional restaurant.
The secret? Simple, keeping to a single-minded vision since 1971 to use authentic fresh ingredients to produce authentic dishes of the Punjab and the north-west frontier of the Indian subcontinent. Imrans food is all about sumptuous flavours that once tasted will never be forgotten.
Director and executive chef Mujib’s experimental approach consistently extends the boundaries of traditional Indian/Bangladeshi cuisine. His passion shines through. Working with top-quality produce, his distinctive dishes range from beef, lamb and duck to fish, vegetables and fabulous jumbo prawns.
The menus are varied in price and cover all dining preferences, including nut-free, gluten-free and health-orientated food.
The Viceroy ambience, like the cooking style, is unique. In the restaurant, very comfortable leather chairs provide seating at tables carved from thick chunks of pale ash. For those requiring privacy, downstairs the hide-away bunker-style space provides the perfect setting to enjoy an eight-course tasting menu while having a closed door meeting.
- 108-109 Icknield Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6RZ; +44 (0)121 439 0607 and +44 (0)7921 500658
La Villa in the Sky
La Villa in the Sky is a two-star restaurant that rises to over 100 metres in height. In an ultracontemporary black-and-white glass structure, the panorama of the city will take your breath away; at lunchtime, the city and the green trees of woodland and in the evening, the Brussels sky, complete with stars. In the kitchen, the chef Alexandre Dionisio proposes refined, gourmet and creative cooking based on high-quality products and his exceptional spontaneous inspiration.
- Louise Avenue 480, 1050 Brussels; +32 2 644 69 14
Dunne & Crescenzi
Dunne & Crescenzi is an award-winning Italian restaurant that serves up the best of Italy in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Eileen Dunne and Stefano Crescenzi are passionate about bringing the best of Italy to Ireland, pairing Italian artisan ingredients with local produce in support of Irish farmers. They also offer a carefully curated wine list with more than 200 labels from all over Italy.
Their passion for Italian food, wine and culture is apparent in every aspect of the restaurant, from the extensive wine list, lively ambience, and warm, typically Italian greeting from staff as you arrive. The restaurant achieves effortlessly laid-back dining, while also maintaining impeccable attention to detail.
Boasting a number of restaurants throughout Dublin, including L’Officina, which also has a branch in Kildare Retail Village, the beating heart of the group remains the iconic and much-loved Dunne & Crescenzi in South Frederick Street. Pay a visit to experience for yourself the welcoming atmosphere and taste the food that, according to food writer Tom Doorley, “changed the way the Irish eat”.
- 14–16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2; +353 1677 3815
- 11 Seafort Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4; +353 1 667 3252
- Blackrock Shopping Centre, Frascati Road, Co Dublin; +353 1 525 2012
- L’OFFICINA Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16; +353 1 216 6764
- Kildare Village Outlet, Co Kildare; +353 045 535850
Set in the centre of Edinburgh, Fhior, open just eight months is already making its mark on the city.
Owner Scott Smith (formerly of Norn, Edinburgh’s buzziest fine dining restaurant until its closure), offers fine dining cooking set in a laid-back, casual atmosphere. Fhior intends serious food and serious wine served without pretension, where the dining experience takes centre stage leading you through a tantalising journey of taste and texture with an ever-changing four- or seven-course tasting menu which leans heavily on Scottish produce.
The Dome occupies one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings in the heart of the Georgian New Town. Comprising restaurants, bars, private dining and meeting rooms, The Dome has been welcoming guests for 20 years, attracting locals and visitors with its timeless Scottish hospitality. From breakfast through to late evening cocktails, there is room to be as formal or as casual as required. Located 30 minutes from the airport, with quality hotels nearby, no visit to town is complete without The Dome.
- 14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF; +44 (0)131 624 8624
The Ship on The Shore
Located in Scotland, The Ship on the Shore is well placed to explore and enjoy the finest fish and seafood. The restaurant takes great pride in using the freshest ingredients, which arrive daily from sustainable stocks. These gifts from nature’s larder are best served with champagne and fine wines, an experience the restaurant wants to share with guests. The formula is simple; the finest ingredients, passionately prepared and expertly presented. When the sun shines, the delicious seafood is best enjoyed outside on the shore-front terrace beside the Water of Leith – when it doesn’t, the fabulous and atmospheric bar and restaurant awaits diners.
- 24-26 Shore, Leith ,Edinburgh EH6 6QN; +44 (0)131 555 0409;
With its inspiring setting and unique ambiance, anything from an intimate candlelit dinner to festive celebrations is guaranteed to be a memorable event. The menu is as cosmopolitan as the guests themselves: refined international specialities to carefully selected wines from the best vineyards around the globe are at your disposal to complement your perfect meal. The creative cuisine style stays true to fabled poet Oscar Wilde’s quote: “I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best!”
Caffe Parma opened in 2015 and is a landmark in Glasgow’s vibrant West End community. The terrace is the perfect spot for a relaxing drink in the sun while watching a match at the Western Lawn Tennis Club next door.
Caffe Parma’s famous cicchetti (Venetian-style tapas) can be enjoyed as a sharing starter or as a light bite at the bar with a beer or glass of prosecco.
Caffe Parma is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and offers a warm welcome to Glasgow.
- 30a Hyndland Road, G12 9UP; +44 (0)141 334 3811
Bagatelle London, a contemporary French restaurant, opened its doors in May 2018, bringing the exclusive New York dining destination to the heart of Mayfair. Bagatelle London’s menu combines French Mediterranean cuisine with local ingredients and taste that takes customers to the heart of Bagatelle’s culinary identity. Combining chic and daring design with classic décor and architecture, lively music and a relaxed atmosphere, the restaurant gives the impression of having landed in France for a day.
- 34 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4NG +44 (0)20 3972 7000
Voted best Italian restaurant for classic cooking in a grand setting in 2019, Bocconcino is a Mayfair destination serving both classic and modern Italian cuisine. The restaurant follows the best culinary principles of Italy; excellent ingredients, honest cooking, first-class service and exquisite wines. The menu offers elegant dishes, with an excellent range of antipasti and fresh pastas. Executive chef Marco Corsica finely curates main courses including an array of daily fresh seafood and meats cooked over an open fire.
- 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8ED; +44 (0)20 7499 4510
Stylish yet unpretentious, Cocochan serves modern pan Asian cuisine and cocktails. The menu offers larger plates, such as black cod in miso, interspersed with light bites, including salmon carpaccio, dumplings and seared tuna tataki.
Featuring a Japanese sushi and sake bar on the lower ground floor, and located in the heart of one of London’s busiest shopping districts, Cocochan is a unique dining experience.
Ella Canta delivers the beauty, vibrancy and spirit of modern Mexico. Acclaimed chef Martha Ortiz has developed a menu that features several dishes that have made her one of Latin America’s most celebrated chefs, while incorporating fine produce from across the British Isles. Ella Canta’s bar is a destination in its own right, offering a carefully sourced collection of rare mezcals and tequilas alongside signature cocktails entitled “Mexico’s Gifts to the World”.
- One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY; +44 (0)20 7318 8715
Gridiron is a modern live-fire grill on Park Lane and is a unique collaboration between leading chefs Richard H Turner and Colin McSherry. The hearty British menu celebrates seasonal, ethically sourced ingredients with meat, fish and vegetables cooked over wood and charcoal. To complement the smoky flavours of open-flame cooking, Fiona Beckett has curated a wine list dominated by big flavoured New World wines and European classics, while award-winning mixologists Max and Noel Venning have created light and refreshing cocktails re-imagining classics like the White Russian.
Set in the middle of Mayfair and one of the newest additions to London’s restaurant scene, Hide by Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism wines has already received its first Michelin star. It offers incredible views over Green Park and is a relaxed setting in which to savour seasonal cooking at its best, complemented by the UK’s most comprehensive wine list.
Hide serves lunch and dinner, as well as one of the best breakfasts in town. The downstairs cocktail bar also stocks some of the finest spirits. Hide is open seven days a week.
- 85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB; 44 (0)20 3146 8666
Ippudo Canary Wharf
Silky-smooth, creamy tonkotsu pork bone broth, home-made noodles, and fresh toppings – a simple definition of comfort food, all in one bowl. Ever since this internationally acclaimed brand opened its doors in Canary Wharf, Ippudo keeps delivering one of the most authentic ramen experiences you can get in London. From delicious Japanese food to fast, welcoming service and vibrant ambience – it is both a perfect power lunch spot, and a place to recharge after a long day of work, over a glass of sake.
- Unit CR 28, Level Minus One Crossrail Station and Retail Mall, 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR; +44 (0)20 3326 9485
One of London’s best-known Korean restaurants, Koba in Fitzrovia specialises in traditional table BBQ, cooked on burners in front of guests. The sense of theatre is matched by exceptional food, including many Korean specialities, complemented by an extensive list of cocktails, wine and soju.
Established in 2005 by leading Korean restaurateur Linda Lee, Koba is perfectly suited to both business and social gatherings, with excellent service, beautiful architect-designed interiors and displays of Korean artisan ceramics.
- 11 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NA; +44 (0)20 7580 8825
Lazeez Tapas, located across from Selfridges in Duke Street, recently launched its Winter Menu and terrace.
The terrace has been transformed into a cosy winter alfresco snug, with new canopy awnings, eco-friendly heaters and Perspex wind shields to keep you warm and dry. Cigars and the world’s top branded shisha are also on offer.
The menu features hot and cold tapas, including calamari, kibbeh, and avocado and beetroot hummus, plus Lebanese wines from the Beqaa Valley. End your meal with a Lebanese dessert, such as a traditional kunafah, along with a choice of Turkish coffee with dates or fresh Lebanese mint tea and homemade baklava.
- 29 Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1U 1LF; +44 (0)20 7935 2755;
London Shell Co
London Shell Co has fast become one of the UK’s leading fish restaurants. Set on board an elegant canal boat moored in Paddington, diners cruise to Camden Lock and back. The blissful journey takes two-and-a-half hours encompassing sights such as Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Primrose Hill. The team have established restaurant pedigree. Fish is sourced exclusively from Cornwall and the restaurant has a beautifully idiosyncratic wine list. Already a big hit with the critics.
Mere Bar and Restaurant
Mere is the restaurant of chef Monica Galetti and sommelier husband, David. Located in Charlotte Street, it’s a melting pot of cultural influences, bringing together Monica’s South Pacific and New Zealand heritage, with elements inspired by her travels and the British seasons.
The split-level space creates a luxurious and relaxed ambience, with a buzzing all-day cocktail bar upstairs and a dining room, which offers elegant yet bold menus, with continually changing dishes that celebrate the very best seasonal ingredients.
Mews Pizza Co
Mews Pizza Co is a welcoming pizzeria flooded with natural light, overlooking one of London’s historic and exciting courtyards. Situated on the first floor of Mews of Mayfair, this unique hideaway is the perfect place to tuck into a delicious pizza or fresh pasta.
Pop down for a quick lunch away from the office or linger over a bottle of Italian red. The menu changes with the seasons so there is always something new to tempt you back.
- 10 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY; +44 (0)20 7518 9388
Min Jiang, located in the heart of fashionable Kensington, is London’s most authentic Chinese restaurant. With its legendary Beijing duck and delicious hand-rolled dim sum, it truly is the perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion. Just head to the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and London’s skyline beyond, alongside the finest Chinese cuisine.
Paladar is an award-winning restaurant, wine bar and bodega serving food and drink bursting with fresh flavours from Latin America. Chef Jose Rubio-Guevara’s creative dishes are inspired by Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and beyond.
Located at St George’s Circus, Paladar is just one mile from both the City of London and the Houses of Parliament. Lunch and dinner are served Monday to Saturday and the adjacent bodega offers a range of exclusively Latin American wines for sale at retail prices.
- London Road, London SE1 6JZ; +44 (0)20 7186 5555
Live music at dinner at The Savoy
As day turns to night, the Thames Foyer at The Savoy transforms into a sultry setting reminiscent of the 1920s jazz age with live music performances every evening and a new dinner menu. Available from 7pm, the menu is inspired by the great Chef Auguste Escoffier who reigned the kitchens of The Savoy from 1890. The dishes are ideal alongside the live entertainment and are great for sharing, creating a unique and more relaxed dining experience in the Thames Foyer restaurant.
Simpson’s in the Strand
Simpson’s in the Strand is home to the best roast dinner London has to offer. The traditional carving trolleys have been operating since 1828, serving among other things the famous 28-day dry-aged roast rib of Scottish beef with Yorkshire pudding, buttered Savoy cabbage, dripping roast potatoes, gravy, and horseradish sauce. The Buccleuch Estate beef is specially selected from Suckler herds in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They are naturally reared outdoors on grass, living in social groups with access to dry, comfortable shelters.
A secret, smokey hideaway below the streets of Soho, temper is filled with music, theatre and woodsmoke from a six-metre-long, central fire pit. Founded by leading barbecue chef Neil Rankin in 2016, temper butchers all the meat from whole animals on site. These large cuts of meat are then cooked in front of you over an open fire, before being served on warm buttered parathas and freshly pressed tortillas. temper has an expansive wine list and one of the most exciting tequila and mezcal lists in the capital.
- 25 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DF; +44 (0)20 3879 3834
Taking its name from the Japanese word for the sea urchin, UNI brings the vibrant colours, flavours and textures of Peruvian and Japanese fusion cuisine to London’s Belgravia. The menu offers a selection of grilled meats and fish; succulent Wagyu beef and black cod, the highest-quality sushi and sashimi, and an inventive selection of tempura and maki with perfectly balanced flavours and an accent on colour.
The Peruvian influence is prevalent with touches such as an anticucho sauce with the black cod, as well as ceviche. Explore the flavours of Nikkei, an imaginative fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. Sample dishes like butterfish tiraditos, sweet shrimp and sea urchin ceviche and Wagyu beef tataki. Or select from a range of seven-dish bento boxes, perfect for a work-day lunch or pre-theatre dinner.
- 18A Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 0LU; +44 (0)20 7730 9267
Xu Teahouse & Restaurant
Xu Teahouse & Restaurant is reminiscent of the original social clubs and the luxury dining rooms of 1930s Taipei. Offering a unique journey into Taiwanese culture, Xu serves a creative take on classic Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine, with a focus on carefully sourced Taiwanese ingredients. Xu is in the heart of Soho, set just a stone’s throw from London’s Chinatown. In addition to its drinking and dining menus, Xu is also home to secretive Mahjong rooms for guests to discover.
Located in the heart of Manchester’s Spinningfields district, Tattu restaurant and bar delivers premium Chinese-inspired cuisine taking guests on a journey from East to West through award-winning interior design and astute attention to detail.
From colourful dim sum and luxurious small plates to contemporary main course dishes and stunning desserts, Tattu offers a unique and unforgettable dining experience. The venue has a large bar and indoor Rose Garden for corporate entertaining, as well as a private dining room which can seat up to 40 guests to dine.
- 3 Hardman Square, Gartside Street, Manchester M3 3EB; +44 (0) 161 8192060
Tannat was founded in 2015 in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. Chef Olivier Le Corre, who worked at The Bristol and La Tour d’Argent, offers
a new French cuisine bound by seasonality, with ingredients taken
from the restaurant’s own organic vegetable garden. Tannat has been successfully mixing gastronomical food with a cool atmosphere for the past three years.
Come for high-quality food, service and pure enjoyment at this trendy neighbourhood restaurant.
- 119 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris, France; +33 9 53 86 38 61