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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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Mini Bar by Jose Avillez – Lisbon, Portugal

If you love Tickets in Barcelona or are just a fan of fun food, then Mini Bar has to go on your must-visit list when in Lisbon. Part of Jose Avillez’s impressive stable of Lisbon restaurants (which includes top 100 restaurant Belcanto), this for me is the type of experience that puts the life back into fine dining. It’s crazy, sexy and full of… Read More

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The Wine Lover’s Guide To: Budapest

Budapest would have to be one of my favourite destinations in the world right now. It’s officially the cheapest city in the world in which to drink – so wine lovers, you’re going to be in heaven here. In fact, everything is great value in Budapest. The stunning scenery in Buda and Pest (each side of the river carries a name that forms part… Read More

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La Bordeaux by Gordon Ramsay – Bordeaux, France

Having not realised that many Bordeaux establishments are closed on Sunday, we were lucky enough that the team at Gordon Ramsay’s La Bordeaux could squeeze us in for dinner at the last minute. Not to be confused with Gordon’s flagship Bordeaux establishment, Le Pressoir d’Argent, this is the more casual side of his operation at the Intercontinental Bordeaux (though still in pretty swanky surrounds if… 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

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Paper Island Street Food Market – Copenhagen, Denmark

If you’re looking for a break from the plethora of excellent fine dining on offer in Copenhagen, I’d recommend a visit to Papiroen, or Paper Island. A giant shed housing a huge selection of ‘street food’ stalls, you’re going to need to go seriously hungry to this place! It’ll also give your wallet a little reprieve from Copenhagen fine dining prices which can’t be… Read More

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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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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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Hija de Sanchez – Copenhagen, Denmark

As part of the Opinionated About Dining weekend in Copenhagen, we were invited to taste the creations of Hija de Sanchez – a taqueria created by Rosa Sanchez, an ex-Noma chef with a passion for bringing authentic Mexican cuisine to the masses. They have two locations, Kødbyen and Torvehallerne, and we popped into the latter to experience what are apparently the finest tacos Copenhagen has to offer…. Read More

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Radio – Copenhagen, Denmark

When we asked around for must-visit dining destinations in Copenhagen, Radio was a name that popped up time and again – so needless to say we simply had to pop in to see what all the fuss was about. Given that the schedule was already pretty jammed full of fine dining, we lined up Radio as part two (well technically three) of our ‘bang-bang’ Saturday… 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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Cervesaria Catalana – Barcelona

Hungry and happy after cheering on FC Barcelona’s 5-0 trouncing of RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou, we were in dire need of seriously good tapas…on a Sunday. Sounds like a simple request, but this is harder than one might think, mostly because of the day of the week. The biggest tip I can give you when visiting Barcelona – avoid Sunday and Monday! It’s… 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