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Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain

It’s with careful trepidation that I open the wax-sealed menu I’ve preserved from our Azurmendi experience. Being my favourite meal of 2016, I’m careful not to damage a single momento from the occasion. (I still have the little hessian pouch of Azurmendi pea seeds safely sitting in my kitchen – sadly Dubai’s not really the best place for cultivating plants.) I’m lucky enough to eat… Read More

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Sühring – Bangkok, Thailand

Sühring. Not what you’d expect a restaurant located in bustling Bangkok to be called – but this isn’t your average Thai restaurant. It’s an unexpected taste of Germany in BKK, and possibly the first German tasting menu I’ve come across in my world travels. Sühring is part of the new wave of Bangkok restaurants championing foreign cuisines, and it should be on your list when… Read More

+ Fine Dining Myths Debunked by Zoe Bowker

Fine Dining Myths Debunked

The term ‘fine dining’ has come under a lot of fire lately. Everyone seems to be scrambling to define their restaurant as anything but. Why are restaurants now scared of being labelled ‘fine dining’? Is it because the general population are intimidated by the old school notion of fine dining, without realising what it really means today? In my eyes, it’s a term to… Read More

+ Gaggan Emoji Menu 2017

Gaggan – The Emoji Menu Feb ’17

  Gaggan. He’s a superstar of the culinary world…a bit like Madonna and Britney, the first name is all you need. It’s my second time to Gaggan’s eponymous restaurant (read here for the first), and after hearing that his new menu consists of 25 emojis, it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited – not just because I’m fond of peppering my communications with said… Read More

+ Cibo Auckland New Zealand Restaurant Review

Lunch at Cibo – Parnell, Auckland

There’s just something about Cibo. It’s not easy to find, tucked away on a back street in the city fringe. Sure, it sits hidden amongst high-end furniture stores (mostly patronised by Interior Designers on the Eastern Suburbs dime), a fab French market (La Cigale), a fab wine shop (Caro’s) and offices, but you wouldn’t know it’s there unless you know it’s there. Despite its lack… Read More

+ Eleven Madison Park World's 50 Best 3 Michelin Star Restaurant Review New York

Eleven Madison Park *** – New York City, New York

Situated parkside at 11 Madison Avenue, the much lauded venue with the self explanatory name is nothing if not a New York institution. The pride and joy of Daniel Humm’s ‘Make It Nice’ group, Eleven Madison Park (or EMP for short) is the three-star older brother to one-starred little sister The NoMad, but stars aside – both are must visits when in NYC. As if… Read More

+ Cassia by Sid Sahrawat - Metro Magazine's Best Restaurant in New Zealand 2016 - Review

Cassia – Auckland, New Zealand

You only need one reason to book a table at Cassia, and that reason is Sid Sahrawat. Cuisine NZ’s Chef of the Year 2016 and the man behind one of New Zealand’s most lauded restaurants (and a personal favourite of mine), SIDART, is lending his magic touch to Indian cuisine and the results are even better than I expected. Actually, of course I should have… Read More

+ Saan Ponsonby Review Metro Top 50 Auckland

Saan – Auckland, New Zealand

I love Thai food, whether it’s dining out or whipping up something at home. Hearing the rave reviews about new Ponsonby establishment Saan, I knew I had to taste what all fuss was about. Coming from the Cafe Hanoi and XuXu Dumpling bar stable, I’ve got high hopes. Being a Metro Top 50 restaurant, I was more than surprised to see a rather empty… Read More

+ Fu He Hui Shanghai Review Menu

Fu He Hui * – Shanghai, China

Part of the acclaimed Fu group and a rising star on on Asia’s 50 Best list, Fu He Hui (‘Fortune and Intelligence’) was to me an enigma shrouded in mystery. Coming in at no. 18 on the list in 2016, the vegetarian Shanghainese restaurant of the Fu group keeps the secrets of it’s success close to it’s chest. No website, no online menu…let’s just say… Read More

+ Sud777 Mexico City Review

Sud777 – Mexico City, Mexico

Housed in a sprawling venue that marries 60’s log cabin chic with hipster design afficionado, Sud777 is immediately impressive from the moment you arrive. Though, I have to admit I did briefly think I was lost when I entered through what looks like a Japanese sake bar…I think this is actually Kokeshi by Sud, and probably warrants a visit of it’s own. Confusion aside, head… Read More

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Biko – Mexico City, Mexico

As my Uber nears the end of the long trek through the Mexico City traffic en route to Biko, my view slowly starts to change from bustling city scenes to polished, posh Polanco streets – and I get a hunch that my lunch date is going to be a relaxing respite from the madness of downtown Mexico City. My suspicions are confirmed when the lift doors open to reveal Biko’s… Read More

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Nerua * – Guggenheim, Bilbao

A must visit not just because of it’s world famous museum, Bilbao is fast developing a foodie reputation to rival it’s big brother in the culinary stakes, San Sebastian. Just an hour or so away from the famed Basque cuisine capital, Nerua is one of the establishments leading the way in Bilbao’s fine food scene. Housed inside the Guggenheim, Nerua clearly gets a big… Read More

+ Review of Gaggan Bangkok Asia's 50 Best Restaurants

Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand

Why are the good ones so hard to write about? That’s what I find myself asking as I finally put fingers to keyboard to finish my review of Gaggan, one of the restaurants I visited while in Bangkok after #50BestTalksAsia. Is it because it’s so hard to find words that do the food justice? I think that’s a big part of it. I’m also realising… Read More

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Estela – New York

As I was planning my NYC trip for The World’s 50 Best Awards, I reached out to all of my local (and worldly) food expert friends for their essential reservation recommendations. One name came up time and time again: Estela. The coming together of Uruguayan Chef Ignacio Mattos (a chef boasting a very respectable CV including a stint at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse) and restaurateur Thomas Carter, the former… Read More

+ Gramercy Tavern New York Review

Gramercy Tavern * – New York

Alright, just a quickie here. Danny Meyer’s Michelin Starred Gramercy Tavern seems to be firmly rooted in the hearts of New Yorkers, and seeing as I was walking past en route to Estela, thought it my duty to pop in and see if the hype was on point here. The basics – there are two areas to Gramercy Tavern. The Dining Room offers tasting… Read More

+ Tickets Barcelona Restaurant Review

Tickets * – Barcelona, Spain

Are you one of the many foodies left devastated that they never made it to the ground breaking home of molecular cuisine, El Bulli? May I present to you the next best thing (in my books) – Tickets in Barcelona! Ok, so it’s not quite the legendary establishment itself – but nevertheless, being that it’s from the brothers Adria themselves, (well, Albert anyway) it… Read More

+ Noma Rene Redzepi

Noma ** – Copenhagen, Denmark

Let’s be honest – visiting Noma is somewhat of a rite of passage for hardcore foodies. Having topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list four times, it’s a name synonymous with innovative, modern cuisine that showcases the essence and ethos of the Nordic wave of chefs leaving their mark on gastronomy as we know it today. On this occasion I’m making the pilgrimage to the… Read More

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ABaC ** – Barcelona, Spain

Arriving at the much heralded ABaC (FYI that’s pronounced ah-bach, not A-B-a-C), you can’t help but feel a twinge of excitement when confronted with the imposing front entrance emblazoned with it’s name. Want just a taste of ABaC’s tasting menu experience? Read the short summary here… The boutique hotel and it’s eponymous two-star restaurant, helmed by the renown Jordi Cruz, feels serene and mysterious,… Read More

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Babbo * – New York

On an extremely (and suddenly) wet and blustery New York day, stepping into Babbo was perhaps the most heavenly respite a hungry foodie could ask for. View the conciso version of my review here  Having had my newly purchased $5 umbrella turn itself inside out mere minutes after purchase enroute, I learned that walking isn’t always the best option for your wellbeing (and that you… Read More

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Relae * – Copenhagen, Denmark

Decked out in modern Scandinavian décor, certified organic and winner of the World’s 50 Best Sustainability Award for 2015 (and coming in at no. 45), it seems Michelin starred Relae couldn’t be more Copenhagen. A tiny eatery of under 40 covers, our cozy corner table seemed to be the perfect place to while away a warm and sunny Scandic Saturday. It seems this is… Read More

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Hoja Santa * – El Raval, Barcelona

Hitting our must-visit list due to a) the magic touch of Albert Adria, b) it’s Michelin star, we booked in to Hoja Santa for a late night gastronomic Mexican feast. (I mean really late by our standards – 10:30pm! These Spanish are crazy!) Knowing this is elevated Mexican cuisine, we are prepared that we are probably in for some unusual dishes and flavours, albeit… Read More

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Enigma – Journey of a Nordic Chef – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Having experienced the first incantation of Enigma, the seasonally changing fine dining concept at Palazzo Versace that welcomes a new chef’s vision each three months or so, I was eagerly counting down the days to experience the next chapter. Chef Bjorn Frantzen, of the eponymous Stockholm restaurant currently voted no. 31 on the World’s Best Restaurants list, has been chosen as Dubai’s new gourmet golden boy…. Read More

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Costes Downtown * – Budapest, Hungary

Is this where I make a hungry/Hungary joke? No? Ok fine. However I was getting a little bit hangry for a fine dining experience in Budapest – enter Costes Downtown to the rescue. The new on the scene, little sibling of Costes, a Michelin starred Budapest institute, intrigued me. As the original Costes is overflowing, the proprietors have thankfully opened Costes Downtown. Situated in… Read More

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Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand

If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard of Nahm. Appearing on the World’s 50 Best restaurants as well as the Asia’s 50 Best, it was a must do for us on our trip to Bangkok. Sadly our booking didn’t seem to make it through the reservation system on the Como website, so we chanced our luck at getting a last minute on the night… Read More