The 2018 voting window is now closed – thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for their favourite restaurant – this year there has been an overwhelming response which really means a lot to the participants. Interim results will be sent out later this week with full disclosure at the gala event in Northern Ireland on 14th July 2018.

In this May issue we feature some outstanding restaurants on almost all the continents – Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean, North and South America. For a full list of all luxury dining venues entered in the 2018 awards, by country, visit our website.

CRU Steakhouse
Marriott Hotel Manila, Pasay City – Philippines
CRU Steakhouse endeavours to capture the flavour of quality grilled beef and more. Steaks are hand-cut, hand-seasoned and carefully prepared. Salads are freshly made and desserts are simply divine. This multi-awarded restaurant exudes a sophisticated dining experience with its modern décor and elegant open-themed kitchen as the pièce de résistance.

Truly one of the most enjoyable experiences every meat lover will agree on is sinking their teeth into a delectably juicy steak. CRU Steakhouse makes this experience even better. Introducing dry ageing – a unique method that involves hanging the meat in a refrigerated cooler. The meat is kept at a specific temperature and humidity from 10 to 28 days and comes out with a new array of flavour and depth. Cut deeper into CRU Steakhouse’s specialty, the US Prime Rib Eye, and get to know a world of flavour and hefty satisfaction.

Azure Beach Club
Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City – Philippines
 

Offering a holistic gastronomic experience right by the beach, Azure Beach Club is anything but conventional; from the fascinating open kitchen with live cooking, exciting and delectable dishes, signature cocktails and mixes, to the way service is executed and delivered.

Complementing this is the contemporary Asian design, with architecture that allows unhindered views of the ocean from its open concept design.

Serving modern Asian cuisine, Azure offers a smorgasbord of flavours that will tantalize the most sophisticated palate. With its open kitchen concept, Azure allows guests to savour their food from preparation to table service. Service is delivered by equally captivating staff offering easy yet witty conversation.

Hall of Golden Chimes
NagaWorld, Phnom Penh – Cambodia
 
Hall Of Golden Chimes is a luxurious Chinese restaurant offering the freshest seafood and authentic Cantonese delights, with its location on Level 5 of the new Naga2 expansion development of NagaWorld, affording stunning views of the nearby Hun Sen Park and the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers.
 
Signature dishes from the enigmatic Chef Wu include poached fresh Alaskan king crab served with a selection of sauces, geoduck either as sashimi or in Superior soup, Australian lobster served two ways or braised and in Superior stock, and star grouper poached in double-boiled soup. The premium seafood and fish for these meals can be selected directly from the freshwater tanks in the restaurant.
 
Hall of Golden Chimes is exquisitely decorated with a golden theme flowing throughout, framed by black and red design elements. Private rooms are also available through advance bookings for an exclusive feast in close company.
Fortune Palace
NagaWorld, Phnom Penh – Cambodia
 
Fortune Palace is the pinnacle of Chinese fine dining at NagaWorld, a luxury integrated hotel and entertainment complex in Phnom Penh. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Voon has spent over 30 years perfecting his craft, specialising in authentic dishes and adapting his knowledge and skills to deliver a sensational modern twist on traditional Chinese cuisine.

Fortune Palace features a lavish interior, with thick carpets, ornate décor, traditional large round Chinese tables and a string of six intimate private dining rooms, offering guests the most veritable way to experience an exquisite menu of exceptional value in Phnom Penh.

With a devoted respect to traditions but with contemporary touches, the stunning menu includes signature dishes such as smoked duck breast with XO sauce, braised whole African abalone with brown sauce, double-boiled pike maw soup with cordyceps, Fortune Palace fried noodles with crab and shredded chicken, and double-boiled bird’s nest with pear. There is also a highly-popular weekend dim sum buffet.

French Grill
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi – Vietnam
 
Featuring inspired French classics and favourites from the grill, this restaurant is set in a vibrant and exciting atmosphere.

The French Grill offers a unique, contemporary and innovative dining experience for all. With 82 seats in a modern and lively, yet warm and relaxed setting, the restaurant offers private and semi-private tables, a walk-in wine cellar and Hanoi’s largest open kitchen.

The extensive selection of premium wines and spirits paired with an attentive and professional service staff makes for a memorable dining experience guests won’t want to miss out on.

TIIGO Beach Club
Montigo Resorts, Nongsa, Batam – Indonesia
 
Cool across every detail, TIIGO Beach Club is the perfect place to unwind in the comfort of shaded indoor loungers or at the sand park.  Laze on cabana beds and gaze out at the magical Montigo sunset.

An extensive drinks menu features over 50 tempting cocktails and signature spirits served alongside a selection of delectable bar bites. At nightfall, the resident DJ takes to the decks, transforming the space into an electric, groovy dance floor.

 
Prego
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali – Indonesia
This lively eatery is the perfect place to bring the entire family for a delicious meal of authentic Italian cuisine.

It is an inviting space that entices the senses with a colourful décor and the aroma of food being cooked in an open-concept kitchen.

Feast on generous portions of classic pasta dishes, regional favourites and pizzas. Prego’s weekly highlight is a fun Sunday Brunch in Bali.

Pearl Dragon
Studio City, Macau, Cotai – Macau
 
Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Pearl Dragon, situated in Studio City, Macau, offers a refined taste of China complemented by sophisticated interior décor.
 
With culinary maestro Chef Lam Yuk Ming at the helm, the experienced and talented team delights and surprises with signature dishes featuring delicacies such as abalone and bird’s nest, as well as innovative creations that is unique in its kind, and only available at the Pearl Dragon.
 
Vills Maya
Trivandrum – India
Villa Maya is a lovingly restored 18th century Dutch manor that once enjoyed the attention of the royal house of Travancore. In the spirit of its noble heritage it continues to exude timeless elegance through contemporary design and haute cuisine.
 
Villa Maya is a treasure trove of subtle sensory delights; a theatre of the senses meticulously crafted to offer you an escape into serenity. Authentic traditional cuisines from around the world are exquisitely plated to harmonise with its classical architecture, minimal style and carefully selected art and craft pieces, creating an experience of beauty and grace.
 
Sophisticated dining experiences have been introduced to provide comfort, privacy and finesse in each of the varied dining spaces, which have been individually styled to suit every mood and celebration.
 
At Villa Maya there is no separation, only a surrender to the immediacy of one’s senses.
La Malvoisie
Hotel Les Sources des Alpes, Leukerbad – Switzerland
The young Chef, Kevin Kirchmaier, signs his cuisine with a mark of passion and re-invents the Valais terroir. Head Chef at Les Sources des Alpes Hotel, and along with General Manager Antoine Default, “La Brasserie” was opened in addition to the gourmet restaurant “La Malvoisie”.  Having the objective to offer all visitors and hotel guests a simple but excellent gourmet option for those who particularly enjoy “Sweet and Sour” combinations and original flavours.
 
Kevin only uses seasonal, fresh produce and whenever possible sourced locally; the meat comes from Switzerland, the fish is Swiss or French. The same thing applies to the fruit and vegetables. The Chef enjoys contact with local producers, meeting them, understanding their profession, living their passion. Kevin is often found on a country path, picking herbs and mushrooms – his favourite vegetable.
 
For him, this is what “cuisine” is all about, a culinary symphony written by Kevin Kirchmaier.
MIX
Tallinn – Estonia
The main idea of MIX fusion cuisine, as well as its main distinction, is the mixing of different culinary traditions. MIX represents the modern take on cuisine with a personal vision and representation of Estonian culinary traditions and recipes.
 
Hotel Hermitage Restaurant
Hotel Hermitage, Cervinia – Italy
The restaurant at the Hermitage Hotel & Spa is the place where traditions meet the contemporary. The collaboration established between Chef Francesco Sposito of the two Michelin stars restaurant Taverna Estia and the Chef of the Hermitage, Roberto Pession, has given rise to a number of ideas designed to enhance traditional dishes with a highly personal, contemporary twist.
 
An elegant atmosphere of good taste where you will feel pampered and won over by the flavours, the welcome and service which is always special, cared for, precise and kind. The dining room is surrounded by windows that frame the mountains and the mighty Matterhorn.
 
The best local, top quality, fresh and genuine products are served alongside excellent regional and national foods. The carefully studied menu, featuring traditional alpine dishes, can be accompanied by over 800 fine labels from the wine cellar.
 
Nagai Restaurant Ibiza
Ibiza – Spain
Nagai boasts contemporary Japanese Cuisine with the chef’s fusion creations served in an old farmhouse with terrace and garden, featuring artworks, murals and soft music.
 
Set in the heart of the beautiful Ibiza countryside, Nagai is a romantic and authentic setting for food-lovers and is sure to delight even the most demanding palate.
 
16 ROOF
 Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul – Turkey
Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul, is a five-star luxury hotel right in the centre of Istanbul on the European banks of the Bosphorus. 
 
16 ROOF, on the 16th floor, is cheering up the nights! Enjoy delicious meals against the Bosphorus from Mediterranean cuisine to wonderful music with live DJ performances and a stunning atmosphere! Delight in the rare examples of culinary arts and then feel the beauty of the night to the fullest…
 
Some of the signature dishes include:- Sushi (Live!) – Grilled Canadian Lobster from the tank!; Sautéed Shrimps “Ajillo” – garlic, spring onions, coriander, tomato and smoked paprika; Clams “Bolhão de Pato” style – Portuguese classic with garlic, coriander and white wine broth; Homemade Gnocchi’s – thyme butter emulsion, roka and grated Tulum cheese; Lobster Risotto – Canadian lobster, romesco and coriander; Lamb Tandir – carrot couscous, toasted almonds and cardamom sauce; Sea Bass in Salt Crust – baked sea bass in its purest simplicity with seasonal vegetables and beurre blanc sauce.
 
Fireworks Urban Kitchen
JW Marriott Absheron Baku – Azerbaijan
Fireworks Urban Kitchen is an elegant steakhouse serving mouth-watering, perfectly cooked steaks, as well as fresh greens with an extensive wine list. During the warmer months, don’t miss dining on the outdoor terrace.
 
Times of Arabia Restaurant
Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Times of Arabia Restaurant is a luxurious fine dining restaurant, offering the best authentic Arabic cuisine combined with a delightful atmosphere and the best Arabic hospitality. Located in one of the best tourist spots of Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah, Times of Arabia is a modern Arabic concept fusing the fragrance of the past and the spirit of the present.

The restaurant serves authentic Arabic and Lebanese dishes, such as a variety of grills/kebabs, and a selection of classic mezzes influenced by the ancient Arabic Persian Empire. Fresh lamb, beef, fish and poultry are traditionally prepared with authentic herbs and spices and cooked with particular attention to enhancing authentic taste and presentation.

Times of Arabia’s richly adorned interior is a surrounding of luxurious colours, handcrafted furniture, cosy lighting and one of a kind art works that make the ambience absolutely relaxing and romantic.

 
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Discover the sensational New India, courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, presenting an exciting menu of modern Indian cuisine in a vibrant Palace of Colour – Rang Mahal.
 
Appealing to all epicureans from fine dining connoisseurs to lovers of traditional Indian food, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar fuses a touch of tradition with contemporary flair; creating a feast for the senses and inspiration for the mind.
 
Atul Kochhar is the founder and head chef of London’s famous Benares restaurant. Achieving his first Michelin star in 2001, Atul is also an international celebrity chef, TV star and author of three bestselling cookbooks. Firmly established in the Dubai fine dining scene, Atul brings the pulsing vibrancy of New India to life in Rang Mahal with modern Indian cuisine.
Nine7One
The Oberoi, Dubai – United Arab Emirates
 
Situated in The Oberoi Hotel Dubai, Nine7One is a 24-hour restaurant that serves the finest international cuisine lit by magnificent crystal chandeliers in the evening and filled with natural light during the day. Guests may take a seat inside to enjoy views of the lively show kitchen, or enjoy an al fresco meal in the beautiful courtyard.
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Finz
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Finz is fashionable and finessed – Abu Dhabi’s most scenic spot to lounge or indulge in the incredibly fresh seafood. 

Stroll along the shore of the seaside setting, where music, scenery and style are effortlessly combined. Take an incredible journey with the qualified chefs through the freshest seafood from coastal waters, prepared in the style of the Mediterranean, using flavours from the Moorish influences of North Africa.
 
Sit back, enjoy the smooth musical ambience, imbibe one of the signature beverages, and allow this new style of dining and unwinding to become a lifestyle.

Min Zaman Restaurant
Al Ain Rotana Hotel, Al Ain – United Arab Emirates
Min Zaman restaurant has long since been a place with tradition and history in Al Ain city. Savour the taste of traditional Lebanese cuisine with a choice of sitting outdoor or indoor.

Amazing weather is always to be enjoyed with friends and family on the terrace overlooking the pool and garden, with a choice of flavoured Shishas, while listening to the tunes of their Oud player.

Indoor daily entertainment is provided by a singer and belly dancer to ensure nights to remember. The Specialty Chef is sure to satisfy the taste buds of all guests. 

 
Tresind Kuwait
Kuwait City – Kuwait
Trésind, an award- winning restaurant by Passion F&B Management consultancies, is a progressive fine dining concept that serves an astute translation of authentic Indian cuisine.
 
 
Zuma Grill
Transcorp Hilton Abuja – Nigeria
Zuma is Transcorp Hilton Abuja’s fine dining restaurant. It is the city’s first and leading à la carte fine dining restaurant, featuring Mediterranean and Nigerian cuisine.
 
Located on the ground floor of Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Zuma Grill serves exquisite cuisine consisting of fresh ingredients, artistically presented by the innovative chefs. Diners can enjoy an elegant ambience with white tablecloths, glittering chandeliers and a great view of the water fountain in the hotel’s courtyard.

The restaurant opens for dinner Tuesday through Saturday with a live Jazz Band every Saturday.

The Black Bamboo
Menlyn Boutique Hotel, Pretoria – South Africa
 
A passion for food is what drives The Black Bamboo’s pursuit of culinary perfection, as well as an intimate understanding of what people enjoy eating and how they interact with the experience. More than just nourishment, food is at the epicentre of so many life occasions, and plays an important role in sharing, connecting people, expressing creativity and creating memories.

The kitchen may be known as the heart of a restaurant, but at The Black Bamboo the table is equally important – the setting for fun, conversation and adventure, at any time of the day. Through a unique approach and always evolving menu, guests are encouraged to break free from conventional ideas and explore new culinary experiences.
 

 
The Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant
Kenya – Nairobi
The Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant offers diners a delightful array of alfresco ‘terrace-styled’ seating areas to choose from, each overlooking a different façade of the enchanting  green gardens, complete with beautifully ornate waterfalls, streams and ponds. 

Make your selection from an award-winning signature European classics menu, where each impeccably plated dish presented before you is crafted using only the freshest of high-quality and seasonally sourced ingredients and produce.

A great venue for pre-lunch and pre-dinner aperitifs, to simply indulge in afternoon high tea, or a quiet and discreet drink or two with clients, friends, family and loved ones. Enjoy a wide ranging selection of fine wines, signature and classic cocktails and lots more. 

 
KAZOKU
Cairo – Egypt
Hidden in the heart of New Cairo, KAZOKU, Japanese for family, offers the image of contemporary Japanese cuisine in Cairo, establishing ‘The Art of Dining’ within the flamboyant scene.

You’ll be transported for the time of a dinner into Japanese culture and experience a magical evening of delicious food, such as the signature dishes; Black Cod with Miso and New Style Sashimi, plentiful wine and the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful property. Ingredients, spices, seasonings and aromas are carefully selected and delicately cooked to transport you for the evening.

 
Mandhoo Spa Restaurant
Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island. South Ari Atoll – Maldives
Set on stilts in the lagoon, this open-air over-water restaurant is the best kept dining secret at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

The menu has been specially prepared to energize, nourish, detoxify, relax and fortify the body utilizing organic produce, some grown on the island grounds and imported from around the world. The chefs cooking techniques pay special attention to specific tastes, temperature, level of moisture and density as they all affect the mind and body in different ways.

Diners should look out for the sting rays and baby sharks which sometimes swim underneath the restaurant.

 
Fenesse Restaurant
Jumeirah Vittaveli, South Malé Atoll – Maldives
This fine dining French restaurant in the Maldives invites you to tantalise your palate in an elegant yet warm setting. Fenesse restaurant features classic French cuisine presented in contemporary style, here guests can enjoy the freshest ingredients prepared by the dedicated team of professional chefs.

The restaurant offers semi-indoor seating surrounded by panoramic glass doors that introduces the gentle sea breeze and private overwater terraces under the starry night skies, ideal for romantic dinners, with endless views over the Indian Ocean. Service is discreet and professional, ensuring guests will spend an evening where all their wishes are fulfilled before they can even voice them.

 
Benjarong
Dusit Thani Maldives, Baa Atoll – Maldives
Benjarong, the signature Thai restaurant of Dusit Thani Maldives, takes diners to the “Land of Smiles” with authentic delicacies and touches of antique Thai elements, tastefully infused into the modern interiors, complete with Maldivian design twists. Tantalize your taste buds with the signature selection of dishes created by expert Thai chefs.
 
Relax and enjoy Thai cuisine paired with the most coveted wine offerings in this overwater restaurant. Thai-style lobster, soft shell crabs, shrimp cakes, crispy reef fish and roasted duck, along with a selection of grilled seafood and chef’s special signature dishes are just some of the selections that bring Dusit Thani’s Thai heritage to life in the Maldives.
 
Careyes
Grand Oasis Palm, Cancun – Mexico
Careyes is… colours, textures, aromas and flavours that come from the depths of the culinary soul, with the fusion of French techniques of high vanguard and the heart of Mexican cuisine.
Restaurante El Cardenal
Mexico City – Mexico
Founded back in 1969, El Cardenal has served popular Mexican cuisine for almost 50 years, trying to dignify it in a sober and refined ambience by preserving the traditional processes and techniques of tortilla, bread, chocolate and dairy. These ingredients make up the basis of the breakfasts, which are already a classic in Mexico City.

At present, the restaurant has a farm in the outskirts of the city that supplies its need for milk, “natas” (the creamy layer of boiled and sat milk) and other dairy products, such as the cheese that garnishes the green sauce “Molcajetes” that whet the appetite for lunch every afternoon.

 
Filigrana Santo Domingo
Catalonia Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic
Filigrana is a restaurant with a Mediterranean gastronomic fusion of local flavours.

Filigrana offers an exquisite menu to please the most discerning palates, using local quality products, produced mostly in an authentic charcoal grill. The menu is complemented with a sensational and unique view to the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea through panoramic windows.

 
Biblioteka
Conrad Cartegena – Colombia
The signature restaurant of Conrad Cartagena is inspired by the chef’s culinary experiences in Asia, Europe and Latin America, which features diverse local flavours and culinary techniques.
 
This upscale dining option will allow diners the chance to explore an authentic menu while offering a mix of indoor and outdoor seating and three private dining rooms.
 
1621 Restaurant
Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, Cartegena – Colombia
In the heart of Cartagena´s historic center, this ancient clarist dining room, located at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, is home to the award-winning restaurant, 1621.
 
Executive chef, Dominique Oudin, prepares Contemporary Gastronomic Cuisine by combining French culinary techniques with the freshest ingredients of the Colombian Caribbean coast.
 
1621 is a must visit restaurant in Cartagena with creative and exquisite gourmet dishes on offer, a wide range of the best wines, specialty cocktails and a personalized service; all harmonized in a charming ambience.
 

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