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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

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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

+ 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

+ 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

+ 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

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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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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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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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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