Aside from elegant rooms overflowing with modern features and lavish amenities, a luxury hotel should have a fancy restaurant where they can showcase some of the best culinary talents.
A cup of choices runneth over, from the famous international chains to lesser-known local brands that are no less impressive.
Here below, I have collated a list of the top favorites, in no particular order.
- Restaurant Bougainville, Hotel Twentyseven, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This restaurant inside one of Amsterdam’s swankiest addresses offers a breathtaking view of Dam Square – Amsterdam’s city center.
Guests will be treated to a sensory and gastronomic experience, each dish meticulously prepared by their kitchen headed by Executive Chef Time Golsteijn. The Wine Director, Lendl Mijnhijmer, winner of the McNie Tasting Trophy, handpicked each bottle in the bar.
Little wonder that one year after opening its doors, Restaurant Bougainville has already gained a Michelin Star.
- GB Roof Garden, Hotel Grand Bretagne, Athens, Greece
This restaurant is located on the 8th floor of a historical landmark in Athens, Greece. Hotel Grand Bretagne has housed many foreign diplomats, politicians, and royalty. When the Olympics Games were revived in 1896, Hotel Gran Bretagne was the official residence of the top officials.
The GB Roof Garden serves the best of Mediterranean cuisine in an open-air formal dining set-up. The restaurant offers unobtrusive views of the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Lycabettus hill and the Syntagma Square.
- Jing Yaa Tang, The Opposite House, Beijing, China
The 99-room Opposite House, located in the heart of Beijing’s glossy Sanlitun area, is conceptualized by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It marries contemporary style with traditional Chinese elements.
Jing Yaa Tang is their Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant with famed Executive Chef Alan Yau at the helm. The superstar of the show is none other than the Beijing Roast Duck, in its crispy-skinned glory. Other honorable mentions include the Mixed Mushroom Soup, as well as other favorites from different regions of China.
- The Livingstone Room, The Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
Another heritage colonial property is the Victoria Falls Hotel. The 111-year-old Grand Dame of Zimbabwe evokes old-world charm and grandeur.
The opulent Edwardian-style Livingstone Room sets the bar for fine-dining in Africa. It features a 7-course degustation meal that has won rave reviews by the Restaurants of the World of The Daily Meal. From the restaurant terrace, guests can enjoy majestic views of the Victorian Falls.
- Yamagen, QT Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia
QT Hotel Gold Coast is luxury with a dash of a sun-kissed renaissance. Located just a hop away from Surfers Paradise, the hotel exudes a modern, and hip ambience. Set along a coastline overlooking the Coral Sea, the rooms are a happy burst of colorful hues that felt like a pop of energy.
Yamagen, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, is traditional Japanese cuisine with aa exciting twist. Sashimi is the hands-down crowd pleaser as with the truffle snapper and scallops. With acclaimed Executive Chef Adam Lane in the driver’s seat, you can be sure that he’ll steer Yamagen to greater heights with his brand of culinary magic.
As travel lovers, I am always in search of the most awe-inspiring sceneries, fascinating culture, and exciting adventures. All these superlatives will not be complete without an unforgettable meal.
When was the last time you wined and dined in a posh hotel? I will love to hear about it! 🙂
Willy Hobal / www.willyhobal.com