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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

+ 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

+ 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

+ 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

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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

+ 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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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