It’s always nice to see that a restaurant you really love but haven’t been to in awhile is still killing it several years later. I did a recent status check on two of my 2014 favorites, Sushi Nakazawa and Cosme, and I’m happy to report that both of these places are just as good as ever.
Steirereck the restaurant exists as a world in itself, enclosed within steely glass walls on the grounds of Stadtpark, in isolation from the city center. As the only restaurant in Vienna on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, impressively cracking the top 10 at No. 9, and with two Michelin stars, it truly is in a league of its own. A meal here is a privilege, and it certainly feels that way as you walk into its magical Narnia like quarters.Read More
If you only have one night to splurge on a meal in London, save it for dinner at The Ledbury, the two Michelin star restaurant that ranks No. 14 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The few fine dining meals that I had in London at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Clove Club were certainly impressive, but they don’t compare to the food at The Ledbury. This is the type of tasting experience where every dish blows you away and leaves you feeling like this is the best and most interesting version ever of whatever you’re eating.Read More
British cuisine is about as exciting as a plate of meat and potatoes. That’s literally its traditional core–sausages or meat pie with a side of boiled veggies. This homely plate just doesn’t measure up against a sexy plate of Italian burrata or Japanese sushi. If there’s one man who’s up to the challenge of making an English roast something to talk about, it’s Heston Blumenthal, chef of famed restaurant The Fat Duck and now Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London. The premise of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is to pay homage to England’s gastronomic past, an ambitious undertaking given its centuries of existence. Blumenthal references everything from 14th century cookbooks used by the royal chefs of King Richard II to the whimsical pages of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The royal court probably wouldn’t recognize Blumenthal’s take on their frumenty, a medieval dish of cracked wheat, that gets remade as a Mediterranean octopus dish, or sambocade, an ancient cream cheese tart, but they would all be in agreement that his interpretation was better than their own. They also wouldn’t recognize their surroundings, either. Gone is the cold castle and in its place is a beautiful dining room in a modern, grey and black color scheme with mostly wealthy Chinese tourists in the seats.Read More
One club you definitely want to be a member of is Clove Club, a restaurant in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood. Clove Club initially started out as a pop-up and has since found a permanent home at the Shoreditch Town Hall. The unique space is different from your typical high end dining room. The separation of kitchen and dining room does not really exist, the barriers between front and back of the house are broken down so that you can truly have front row seats at this dinner show. One drawback of this setup is that the diner is teased with the amazing smells wafting out of the kitchen, creating a sense of anticipation and longing so that what does arrive is met with the most gratitude. The smells do drive you crazy, similar to checking in on a Thanksgiving meal in the making only to be tortured by the fact that it isn’t time to eat yet.Read More