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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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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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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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