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Luxury Dining Destinations – June 2018 By Tony BAR / New York….

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This month we hope to inspire you to book a last minute weekend away to enjoy some romance at a destination where you are sure to experience a perfect luxury dining venue.

Here are some fabulous restaurants to think about on the continents of Asia, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and The America’s. For a full list of all luxury dining venues entered in the 2018 awards, by country.

Gazetta Brasserie & Bar
AlpPasa Hotels,Old Town Antalya-Turkey

Tempting concept and delicious tastes are waiting for you at Gazetta…

Gazetta Brasserie is a privileged venue within Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel that has been serving its guests for more than 20 years with its 400 years old mansions at the heart of the Kaleiçi (Old Town)…

Gazetta Brasserie opens its doors to an experience full of tastes with its rich menu presenting the best examples of Italian cuisine, rich wine cellar and surprising backyard at the heart of the city.

Having been created with a charming atmosphere at the best spot of Antalya with the delicate touches of world famous architects, Gazetta Brasserie & Bar hosts those that would like to visit either at the end of working hours or for joyful moments at night with the beloved ones for privileged experiences. Offering a matchless atmosphere with its privileged tastes and cocktails worthy of the Old Town in an assertive and authentic bar concept to color your nights, Gazetta Brasserie brings gray shades into the forefront turning the sunset into sophisticated reflections. Bringing together modern, stylish and plain lines with comfort, Gazetta Brasserie’s special lighting creates a cozy ambiance.

China Blue by Jereme Leung
Conrad Manila – Philippines

China Blue by Jereme Leung presents a modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine. A first for a Chinese restaurant in the Philippines to partner with a celebrity chef; China Blue by Jereme Leung elevates the local dining experience to new heights with the restaurant’s tastefully authentic dishes coupled with plush modern interiors, featuring the signature blue chandeliers, local artworks and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer glittering panoramic bay views.

An award-winning and renowned chef in the culinary industry, Jereme Leung is hailed as one of the most creative Asian pioneers of modern Chinese cuisine, blending it perfectly with classical Chinese dishes. Hong Kong-born, Leung has made his rounds as a Chinese executive chef in luxury hotels around Asia and has been instrumental in curating various restaurant and menu concepts.

Social Club Restaurant
Hôtel des Arts Saigon, Ho Chi Minh – Vietnam

Stylish and sassy, vibrant and vivacious, Social Club Restaurant on the 23rd-floor of the Hôtel des Arts Saigon is poised to make its mark on the city’s dining and nightlife scene, bringing a new sense of sophisticated and swagger entertaining spirit to the city.
Conceived by the internationally-acclaimed Super Potato design firm of Japan, Social Club’s gorgeous sumptuous interior is reminiscent of 1930’s Indochina. Here guests can enjoy delicious casual European cuisine, paired with an array of spirits, fine wine and Champagnes as well as artful, handcrafted cocktails from the stunning Victorian vintage oak wood bar. The alchemy of Social Club Restaurant extends to the stylish Social Club Rooftop Bar, an outdoor lounge one floor above Social Club Restaurant, featuring breath-taking views of the city.

La Rotisserie
Palais de Chine Hotel, Taipei City – Taiwan

La Rotisserie, the top-notch French BBQ restaurant of Palais de Chine, has an open kitchen where all the guests can enjoy amazing cooking techniques from the chef. Every diner will have a wonderful time enjoying the best quality seafood and chargrilled steaks, along with a selection of wines from the wine cellar.

The Old Siam Thai Restaurant
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, Phuket – Thailand

For more than 20 years, Old Siam Authentic Thai restaurant has been the Thai culinary choice for travellers and residents in Phuket.

With a reputation for excellence and authenticity, experience the very best Thai cuisine in an authentic Thai dining atmosphere. Savour the extensive menu of royal-inspired Thai cuisine, which draws on the unique flavours of specialty dishes from across the different regions of Thailand.

The Seven Seas Wine Bar & Restaurant
Pimalai Resort & Spa, Krabi – Thailand

The Seven Seas Wine Bar & Restaurant is an awarded restaurant, nominated for many consecutive years as “Best Restaurant in Thailand” by the internationally recognized Tatler Guide.

Seven Seas is located on the hillside, with breath-taking views of the bay, and offers gourmet dining, either at the outdoor terrace under a starry sky, or in the relaxed interior of the restaurant.

At Seven Seas you can enjoy European style cuisine, prepared with the freshest and finest produce flown in from around the world. It is also a great venue for pre-dinner drinks while watching a memorable sunset.

Kata Rocks Oceanfront Clubhous
Kata Rocks Resort & Residences, Phuket – Thailand

The spectacularly scenic surrounds of Kata Rocks’ luxury ocean view restaurant and bar offers guests inspired Mediterranean cuisine, authentic Thai food and Phuket’s freshest seafood. Located at Kata Rocks Resort & Residences, the setting showcases the gorgeous ocean, with beach views and stunning sunsets over the Andaman Sea, making it Phuket’s best sunset bar and restaurant. Kata Rock’s signature 35-metre swimming pool extends the line of sight, defying boundaries as it becomes one with the shimmering ocean.
Guests can laze at the bar or on the terrace with handcrafted cocktails, watching the sun go down, while listening to the waves crashing on the rocks below. This exquisitely indulgent oceanfront ‘Dining on The Rocks’ setting provides the pinnacle in destination dining. It’s fashionable, chic design and unequalled location make it the region’s most scenic luxury restaurant, wine bar and tapas lounge.

PLUM Prime Steakhouse
Cape Sienna Gourmet Hotel & Villas, Phuket – Thailand

Dinner is a great experience and at PLUM’s they are all fired up! Situated in the Cape Sienna Hotel, this restaurant is sure to impress any fine dining connoisseur.

At the centre of your experience is the charcoal burning oven, bringing out the succulent best from prime cuts of US and Australian beef. Equal attention is given to the fresh fish and seafood, along with an appealing choice of a la carte dishes and fine wines. Innovative and modern….walking a tasty line between ‘steakhouse’ and ‘fine dining’. Come relaxed….leave inspired! 

STK London
ME London Hotel, London – United Kingdom

Don’t expect to find antiques on the walls or a stuffy atmosphere at STK London.  Situated in the heart of London’s West End, STK London is a premium destination renowned for serving the finest USDA prime beef complemented with world-class service, in a decadent and social setting.

STK London’s contemporary American menu focuses on the finest 28-day custom aged USDA prime beef, chosen for its superior tenderness, juiciness, flavour and fine texture. Alongside the impressive steak selection, STK’s world-influenced creative starter and main course dishes include: STK’s classic LIL’BRGS – delicious wagyu beef burgers with black truffle, native lobster fish fingers with wasabi mayonnaise and braised lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie.

The menu also features a raw bar selection of scallop ceviche, tuna tartare, and Wagyu ceviche. 

Seven Park Place by William Drabble
St James’s Hotel and Club, London – United Kingdom

Seven Park Place by William Drabble was awarded one Michelin star only one year after opening, followed by four AA Rosettes.
In Seven Park Place William Drabble has created a menu in his own inimitable style, influenced by classic French cuisine, made using the best British ingredients and taking inspiration from the seasons.
Of course, like any great chef, William has his signature dishes; poached native lobster tail with cauliflower purée and lobster butter sauce springs to mind, but his continuing love of good food ensures that each dish he creates is as exquisite as the next.

William’s style of cooking is Modern-French using primarily British local and seasonal ingredients. His dishes change with the seasons, so in the summer he likes to cook lighter dishes and then in winter they take on more rustic influences.
To reflect the style of his menu, William was heavily involved with the design and décor of Seven Park Place, an elegant and intimate space, with only 26 covers and nine tables. The restaurant uses rich colours and natural fabrics in bright, jewel inspired colours, to produce a stunning backdrop for the perfect dining experience. 

Bertram’s Restaurant
Burnley – United Kingdom

Culinary excellence combined with fantastic views – and an adult-only dining experience – helps create Bertram’s Restaurant’s unique ambience.

Bertram’s Restaurant is rapidly becoming recognised as one of the North West’s culinary and social destinations and forms part of the award-winning Woodland Spa. The restaurant is unique, stylish and contemporary. Set in an elevated position and accessed via its own lift, Bertram’s boast breath-taking views over Pendle Hill and the surrounding 100 aces of greenbelt countryside.

The imaginative menus focus on regionally-sourced produce wherever possible, including a noteworthy Lancashire cheeseboard and locally-reared meat. There’s also an expansive wine & cocktail list waiting to be enjoyed.

Bertram’s has a character and identity of its own – from the subtle but sophisticated styling, to the culinary excellence.

Maison Bleue
Bury St Edmunds – United Kingdom

Celebrated Maison Bleue, is set in the attractive Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmund’s, in a sophisticated heritage building with inviting deep windows, subtle pastel tones and chic decor with a hint of French flair. 

The award-winning modern French restaurant offers an understated elegance with a relaxed and welcoming ambience. Many of the period features have been retained including oak beams and an original fireplace. In contrast, the private dining room has an intimate feel with deep luxurious tones and modern features.

Experience modern French fine dining featuring the finest local seasonal delicacies, lovingly crafted into artistic dishes by owner- chef Pascal Canevet and the team.  Tables are swathed in crisp white linen with the front of house team in neat waistcoats and the sommelier on hand to offer advice, should you wish, from their extensive wine list.

Café de la Paix
InterContinental Paris Le Grand, Paris – France

The Café de la Paix has been considered a Parisian institution for over a century and a half (1862). Combining history, tradition and modernity, a “contemporary classic” dining experience awaits you in an exceptional setting.

A masterpiece of the new “Opera Quarter” designed by Napoleon III, this establishment has never ceased to attract artists, writers and journalists, theatre actors and opera singers, businessmen and foreign visitors. Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde, Guy de Maupassant, Maria Callas and Marlene Dietrich, to name but a few of the illustrious and renowned guests to have graced the Café de la Paix with their presence.

The Café de la Paix also contains three separate and distinctive areas to be privatized: Le Carré Opéra, the Café Opéra and the Host Table.

Prime Steakhouse
Budapest – Hungary

Prime Steakhouse is located just one block from the St. Stephen’s Basilica in the very heart of Budapest. Catering to a diverse clientele, the spacious yet elegant dining room makes the restaurant an ideal venue for any occasion, including business, a romantic lunch or dinner, birthday celebrations, small or large parties, after work cocktails, or family gatherings. 
At Prime Steakhouse you will find all the classics, from French onion soup, Caesar salad, Grillled Foie Gras, to USA, Omaha, Creekstone Wagyu Filet Mignons, dry and wet aged Rib-Eye, New York Strip, Tomahawk and Porterhouse grilled to perfection, all accompanied by fabulous sauces and sides.

Enhance your Prime Steakhouse dining experience with a hand-crafted cocktail from the full-service bar or bottle of wine from the extensive list of old and new world wines, the exquisite selection of homemade desserts and, of course, Prime’s impeccable service.

Sea Dragon
Kandima Maldives, Dhaalu Atoll – Maldives

The mood is sensual and mysterious! Experience contemporary Chinese cuisine at a venue like no other. The signature restaurant, Sea Dragon is the crown jewel of Kandima’s culinary arsenal! From freshly caught fish from the waters of Dhaalu Atoll to juicy lobsters and crabs up for grabs! Make a selection from the display tanks, and let the chef’s whip up a feast to remember!
Sea Dragon serves some of the best the Far East has to offer. From the addictive hot and sour seafood soup, to the numbing-and-hot chilli crab which will take taste buds on a thrill ride! So, if you’re up for something unusual while at Kandima, be sure to go and experience Sea Dragon.

Cocoon Maldives, Lhaviyani – Maldives

At Cocoon Resort Maldives, on the southern east tip of the island over the lagoon, Manta Restaurant is a short walk away from the resorts many numbered water villas and beach villas located on the southern end. Guests are treated with views that can only be deemed as pure grandeur.

The restaurant is 5-star rated and serves customers with a huge array of fine dining dishes ranging from different kinds of cuisines and a wine collection from throughout the world.
The contemporary interior has been designed by renowned Italian designer LAGO, providing a dazzling backdrop for an exquisite meal at the Manta Restaurant.
The restaurant can serve 29 guests simultaneously and still maintain the perfect and comforting atmosphere that it is acclaimed for.

Kurumba Maldives, North Malé Atoll

Located in Kurumba Maldives (the iconic first resort opened within the country), Thila restaurant is the signature outlet and the No. 1 restaurant within the Maldives – according to TripAdvisor.
This contemporary restaurant and grill is open daily for breakfast and dinner. Located by the sea, it offers alfresco dining on a wooden deck, perched over water or with your feet in the sand, while also offering service on the first floor or partially indoors where the excitement of the kitchen is visible through its glass doors.
The breakfast service provides a premium option with bubbles, a delectable continental buffet as well as à la carte dishes. Dinner proposes a divine à la carte menu with premium meats, local fish and seafood. The specialty is the Maldivian grill and decadent desserts are also on offer.

Olio Italian Restaurant
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa

Offering the finest ingredients to bring an authentic taste of Italy. Indulge in mouth-watering pizzas from the wood-burning stove or fresh pasta and savour freshly prepared Italian cuisine.

Dine while admiring the stunning views over the Arabian Gulf in this comfortable, homely restaurant, ideal for romantic occasions or for eating with friends and family.

Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha – Qatar

Relax in an ambience of true Swiss hospitality and service. ForKnife restaurant offers a world of cuisine for you to explore.

True to Swiss hospitality, ForKnife is an all-day dining restaurant offering a choice of buffet or à-la-carte dining options, featuring the freshest selection of international dishes including seafood, hot and cold meats, hand-tossed salads and delectable desserts that will leave you truly spoiled with choice.

Located on the first floor, this restaurant can cater for up to 130 guests and serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a comprehensive à-la-carte menu. ForKnife restaurant also hosts Friday Brunch, theme and specialty nights with live music.

Il Capo
The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City – United Arab Emirates

Il Capo Italian Restaurant is a classical approach to authentic Italian Cuisine. It is set within metropolitan surrounds and stunning views of the Dubai water canal.
From a sharing concept or a romantic night out, taste the classic Italian favourites that are inspired by traditional recipes and cooking techniques from the home country. Leave the Fedora at home but feel free to take a step back in to the golden age of Italian culture with this new landmark in the city.

Grand Oasis Sens, Cancun – Mexico

Benazuza Restaurant aims to innovate through its unique and authentic recipes. The chef, a disciple of Ferran Adria, has developed an original menu that affords you the experience of “techno-emocional” cuisine in an environment where food becomes the protagonist of the evening.

At Benazuza you have the pleasure of experiencing an Avant-Guarde cuisine with Mexican influences. Pure and refined flavours offered in a degustation menu consisting of a series of dishes and cocktails will provide you with a broad spectrum of this original and fun cuisine. 

Primrose Restaurant
Hotel Saint Andrews, Gramado – Brazil

Restaurant “ Primrose “ at Saint Andrews Hotel is French-Italian, creating Haute Cuisine using modern techniques whilst preserving the value of organic ingredients used. What really sets the property apart is its customized menus, surprising guests with dishes developed specifically according to their tastes and preferences, in line with information provided to the butlers. For André Soares, the executive chef responsible for the food at Primrose, the idea is to satisfy the customer’s every culinary wish. 
Primrose restaurant has several menus for lunch and dinner, offering healthy options with organic ingredients (no pesticides used) in delicious, balanced dishes that ensure an unforgettable culinary experience.
To adequately house treasures such as the Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Charmes Chambetain Grand Cru and Brunello Di Montalcino, Saint Andrews has a temperature controlled cellar, with 239 different wines and a capacity of 1200 bottles. 

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