Hungry for something new? Eat and drink your way around the globe with this selection of international restaurants.
NENI is the Eastern Mediterranean kitchen and dining experience from the Molcho family. One of the latest additions, NENI Amsterdam is located in the iconic former Citroën garage, close to the Zuidas business district. It is a restaurant, bar and deli all-in-one. The Lemonman is a vibrant cocktail bar located above the restaurant, where citrus-inspired cocktails play a central role. The motto of the family? “Life is beautiful. Be part of it.”
In the corner of Eolou and Aghias Irinis Street, you will find Lukumades, the shop that reinvented the most traditional Greek dessert (dough balls) of the same name and fired up lots of sweet memories! The common philosophy of the team at Lukumades is their love for authentic products and these are considered one of the oldest pastries, first seen in the ancient Olympic Games. Lukumades offers different toppings (praline, strawberry, chocolate, etc), fillings and gelato on the side matching all tastes.
Rekindling the culinary traditions of pre-colonial India for the world, on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 31, a quiet revolution is brewing, bubbling and sizzling its way into dishes served in an enchanting hanging garden of herbs with on-site raised fish starring in contemporary gastronomical marvels. Having won prestigious accolades and placed among several Michelin-starred restaurants in its first year, at Haoma neo-Indian flavours and preparation techniques are created with experimental usage of ingredients mostly sourced on-site by Deepanker “DK” Khosla, an award-winning chef, and his team, in ways dedicated to creating the world’s first carbon-neutral restaurant by 2020.
- 231/3 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Bangkok; +66 022 584744
Adam’s is a Michelin-starred contemporary British restaurant located in the heart of Birmingham. The award-winning restaurant holds a string of accolades including three AA Rosettes and a score of seven in the Good Food Guide as well as being rated number two restaurant in the UK on TripAdvisor. The chic dining room serves a three-course menu alongside the signature tasting menu while the Chef’s Table (located within the kitchen) is available for individual diners or for exclusive hire up to 12 guests. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday, reservations advisable.
The Oyster Club
The Oyster Club, located in central Birmingham, provides a casual and relaxed approach to dining in a stylish setting, with an oyster bar, a menu focusing on seafood and a stunning wine list. There’s something for everyone: small plates of crab on toast or sea bass ceviche, fish dishes of Dover sole on the bone or lobster fish pie and meat dishes such as Wagyu burger or fillet steak.
Open all day Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon with bookable tables and a dining bar for walk-ins.
Located right in Dublin’s Georgian city centre next door to the famous five-star Merrion Hotel, Pearl has catered for lovers of fine dining for the past 19 years. French and Asian fusion is the norm. The pigeon Rossini or bluefin tuna ponzu is still a staple on the menu, but it is the €80 six-course surprise tasting menu that will demonstrate Pearl’s culinary legacy.
The Battlefield Rest has been trading for the past 25 years under the same ownership. As an established institution in Glasgow, it offers quality, consistency and service delivered by loyal and dedicated staff. From the very first day it opened, head chef Marino and manager Antonio have been the pillars of this iconic and unique restaurant. ”You come in as a customer and leave as a friend. This sums up what we are about,” says Marco.
Experience authentic flavours, pure gastronomy and the exhilaration of a homely kitchen. This place is a restaurant and kitchen in one. Dishes come with interesting behind-the-scenes stories from farmers. It’s a warm place to share tastes and thoughts amidst the surrounding noise of the kitchen. Welcome to the German seasons, prepared by chef Thomas Imbusch.
Alancha offers the secret tastes of Anatolian history and presents them in a modern way. The courses offered at Alancha take inspiration from the seven regions of Turkey, which are presented with new identities. Alancha’s dishes have signatures of chefs in various top restaurants in Turkey, who passed through its kitchen. As Alancha claims in the preface of its tasting menu: “As easy as it is to sit at a table in this territory, as difficult it is to leave the table.”
Burger & Lobster
In 2011 the story began with four schoolmates on a rooftop in London. They came up with the idea to set up a restaurant where the focus was perfecting the craft of just one or two main ingredients. In a small Irish pub in Mayfair, London the first Burger & Lobster was born. Burger & Lobster focuses its energy on making two products the absolute best they can be without any other distractions. It is obsessed with refining its techniques to specialise in the simplicity of its mono-product offering in the most fascinating locations in the world. It crafts prime burgers and serves wild, fresh Atlantic lobsters. Working tirelessly with the families that catch its lobsters and farm its cattle, Burger & Lobster makes sure it gets the best quality and cared-for ingredients. It couples that with the teams in its restaurants and the result is the greatest burgers and lobsters in town. With a core menu of burgers, lobsters and lobster rolls, it also has a selection of sharing plates, side dishes and an eclectic cocktail list in an upbeat environment.
Frenchie Covent Garden
Frenchie Covent Garden is the first London outpost from Michelin-star chef Gregory Marchand of Frenchie Rue du Nil, FTG, Frenchie Wine Bar and the Frenchie Caviste, all located on the Rue du Nil in Paris. Launched in February 2016 to critical acclaim, the restaurant serves internationally influenced dishes, inspired by Gregory’s travels, in a relaxed yet elegant setting. The restaurant serves both an à la carte and five-course tasting menu, as well as a set menu for both lunch and pre-theatre dining.
Isabel is an all-day restaurant and bar in the heart of Mayfair. The imaginative food and drink menu derives from the essence and traditions of South American cuisines with Mediterranean influences.
Expect octopus a la parrilla, whole shellfish on the robata grill, beef in the Argentine asado style, house-made breads charred to order and chorizo dulce to snack on. Dishes are accompanied by lively salads and light pastas made in-house, giving the menu a truly transporting quality of travelling without moving. A dulce de leche fondant – a Latin American sweetened milk favourite – is a standout dessert.
Kaspar’s at The Savoy
Provenance takes prominence within Kaspar’s at The Savoy with menus that showcase contemporary seasonal dishes from land and sea that capture the vibrancy of the natural landscape. The restaurant’s dining experience evolves throughout the day, with informal lunches moving into elegant dinners, and a sense of theatre running through the service style that perfectly emulates the vibrant art deco-inspired setting. Champagne and seafood are served at a striking centrepiece bar with chefs stepping out of the kitchen for an interactive dining experience.
- Strand, London WC2E 0EU; +44 (0)20 7420 2111
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.
Paladar is an award-winning restaurant, wine bar and bodega, serving food and drink bursting with fresh flavours from across Latin America. Chef Jose Rubio-Guevara’s creative dishes take inspiration from 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-Saturday and the charming walled courtyard garden is a hidden gem for ‘al fresco’ dining during the summer.
- 4-5 London Road, London SE1 6JZ; +44 (0)20 7186 5555
Not for the faint-hearted, StreetXO London is the three Michelin starred chef Dabiz Munoz’s high-octane restaurant in the heart of Mayfair. The menu takes inspiration from the culinary enfant terrible’s trips around the globe and showcases refined and intricate dishes which appear like succulent masterpieces. All are designed to be shared with your fellow diners within the frenetic atmosphere of the restaurant, which Dabiz likens to a street food market, with guests constantly sharing and experiencing new and exciting creations.
- 15 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2JR; +44 (0)20 3096 7555
Sumosan Twiga, launched in November 2016 in west London’s smart Knightsbridge neighbourhood, is an exciting combination of the much-loved Sumosan brand in partnership with Flavio Briatore’s Twiga. Set across three floors, the venue has a restaurant and cocktail bar in an elegant dining space which combines subtle references of contemporary Japanese and classic Italian design. With its winning formula of Venetian-inspired Italian dishes, paired with Sumosan’s contemporary Japanese cuisine, Sumosan Twiga has a truly unique presence in the London restaurant scene.
Sumosan Twiga offers an outstanding culinary match where east meets west. An Italian menu serves handmade pasta, meat, seafood and Italian dishes using the finest ingredients. A wide selection of revisited classics include veal Milanese, homemade strozzapreti with lamb ragout and Dover sole.
The Japanese kitchen’s contemporary menu features Sumosan classics such as new-style sashimi, salmon rice pizza, truffle hamachi tiradito, a classic black miso cod and the restaurant’s signature lobster salad.
The Coal Shed
The Coal Shed is the first London restaurant from restaurateur Raz Helalat and brings the best of his two Brighton restaurants to a new luxury development moments from the iconic Tower Bridge. Celebrating the best of rare breed beef and sustainable seafood, the restaurant boasts a daily changing specials board of large steak cuts and whole fish, as well as a seasonal à la carte menu. The split-level restaurant creates a vibrant and luxurious atmosphere, with those seated on the ground floor enjoying the theatre of the open kitchen where chefs expertly cook over coal.
Located in the heart of Manchester’s Spinningfields district, Tattu restaurant and bar delivers premium Chinese-inspired cuisine, taking guests on a sensory 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, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3EB; +44 (0)161 819 2060
Enjoy this restaurant’s mouth-watering cuisine boasting a distinct Italian flair. The dishes, along with their ingredients and presentation, are inspired by different seasons, regions, fond travel memories, friendships with producers, and sometimes just an impulsive trip to the market! It’s all about the dishes, of course, but ingredients are key.
Graziella restaurant in Old Montréal continues to wow food lovers and critics alike, many saying that a meal there conjures up the emotions and flavours of eating a meal in the old country. Located in a charming 19th-century building in the heart of Old Montréal within walking distance of the city’s financial district, Graziella has made a name for itself with its contemporary décor as well as the private dining rooms, ideal for meetings of between ten and 80 people.
Recipient of various rewards, Graziella made its mark on the competitive culinary scene in Montréal. Throughout her career, chef Graziella Battista has collaborated with Michelin-starred chefs from around the world. Graziella has been published in a number of cookbooks and is especially proud of her inclusion in the French version of The Silver Spoon, Italy’s culinary bible, which features the most celebrated Italian chefs from around the world.
Salabka restaurant and winery
A hidden jewel of Prague, Salabka is a delightful complex with an outstanding fine dining restaurant, its own boutique vineyard, winery, distillery and superb apartments on the hillside of Troja, the Prague suburb. Excellent wines and spirits have been grown and processed here since the 13th century. The modern history of the Salabka vineyard began in 1955 when the planting of the new vines took place. Tomas Osicka, a young winemaker, looks after the local winery. The exceptional wines have already received multiple awards, such as the AWC Vienna competition and Vinalies Internationales in Paris. Modern cooking by head chef Petr Kunc, with many years of experience in the UK’s Michelin-starred restaurants, focuses on local ingredients and producers. The best quality wild game or local freshwater fish are staples on the menu. Imaginative meals are seasonal, full of flavours and textures. Salabka is included in the Michelin Guide Main Cities of Europe.
AquaMarine presents a fine Halal-certified buffet spread featuring the best dishes from Asian to international cuisines. The extensive seafood-on-ice offers endless servings of prawns, juicy mussels, succulent crabs and fresh clams. Diners will also be treated to a visual feast at the glass-enclosed show kitchen, where chefs demonstrate their culinary prowess as they serve up different gastronomical themes monthly. AquaMarine boasts a view of the Marina Bay skyline, providing the perfect ambience for social gatherings and corporate get-togethers.
Cactus Club Cafe
Located in the heart of Toronto’s downtown, Cactus Club Cafe brings undeniably delicious, globally inspired cuisine to diners in a sleek, modern and vibrant three-floor space – including an all-season rooftop patio that can’t be missed. The restaurant reimagines the concept of casual fine dining with a menu that is designed by a team of world-class chefs including Iron Chef Champion Rob Feenie and Toronto’s Cory Vitiello. Featuring simple, elegant dishes using fresh, sustainable ingredients, menu highlights include Chef Feenie’s signature Butternut Squash Ravioli with Prawns and a Mediterranean-inspired Salmon Fresca.
- 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto ON; +1 647 748 2025