The times that hotel restaurants were seen as a last resort or a backup plan are gone. These days, ultra-luxe properties are luring guests with Michelin starred restaurants that boast exceptional settings and world-class cuisine. Here are ten favorite hotel restaurants from around the world, and they all have one thing in common: their stunning, world-class fine dining venues will blow you off your feet with a tantalizing gastronomic fantasy.
10. THE LIVINGSTONE ROOM, THE VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL, ZIMBABWE
The classically elegant Edwardian-style Livingstone Room, which was totally refurbished in 2015, seats 120 and opens only for dinner. The opulent restaurant is located in the portion of the Victoria Falls Hotel which was built between 1914 and 1917. It consistently sets the benchmark for fine dining in Africa and features a la carte and a seven-course degustation menu. The latter includes thyme chicken rillettes accompanied by bacon and tarragon with cauliflower piccalilli and pecan bread.
9. GB ROOF GARDEN, GRANDE BRETAGNE HOTEL, ATHENS, GREECE
The GB Roof Garden is located on the rooftop floor of the Grande Bretagne Hotel, offering uninterrupted views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and the Parliament. The restaurant menu exudes “new Mediterranean cuisine” created by Executive Chef Asterios Koustoudis and his team. The slow cooking method – at low temperature and for many hours – finds its perfect expression in the gastronomic delights of the Chef as well as the excellent raw materials and workmanship reflected in each bite.
8. ALTITUDE RESTAURANT, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
The floor-to-ceiling windows at the 36th-floor Altitude Restaurant present outstanding Sydney Harbor views as an accompaniment to the finest contemporary Australian cuisine. The creations from Altitude’s kitchen aim to take dining to another level with inventive dishes that play with textures, temperatures and contrasting but complementing tastes. A highlight is the Japanese Black Wagyu striploin, served with pear braised beef cheeks, beetroot, pumpkin, parsnip, and miso glazed eggplant.
7. THE BAZAAR, SLS BEVERLY HILLS, USA
Aptly named, The Bazaar is a tapestry of magical dining experiences set in an indoor piazza designed by Philippe Starck. From cocktails that bellow with smoke to inventive tapas such as spherified olives, SLS Culinary Director Chef José Andrés’ pioneering creations define why they’re called the culinary arts. The Bazaar takes you on a wild sensory adventure, blending modern Spanish tapas with avant-garde delights in a bold, multifaceted atmosphere where anything is possible.
6. BOUGAINVILLE, HOTEL TWENTYSEVEN, AMSTERDAM
Led by Executive Chef Tim Golsteijn – Hollands rising star – restaurant Bougainville is located in Amsterdam’s sensational new TwentySeven Hotel. The venue is a destination unto itself, offering a unique gastronomic experience, complemented by an elegant setting and a panoramic view of the city’s Dam Square. The menu features traditional European cuisine, influenced by subtle Latin American and Far Eastern touches. All wines are hand-picked by wine director Lendl Mijnhijmer, who won the Trophee Henriot 2018, which makes him the best sommelier of The Netherlands.
5. WAKU GHIN, MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE
The most sought-after table at Singapore’s famous Marina Bay Sands hotel is at Waku Ghin by chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, regarded as one of Australia’s finest chefs, showcases his culinary flair by combining the freshest Australian seasonal produce with the French culinary arts and Japanese-style presentation. You can indulge in marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and oscietra caviar and Japanese ohmi wagyu steak from Shiga Prefecture with wasabi and citrus soy.
4. FELIX, THE PENINSULA HONG KONG, CHINA
Sweeping views of Hong Kong’s dramatic cityscape captivate diners at the 28th floor Felix restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel, created by avant-garde designer Philippe Starck. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the city’s neon skyline, Victoria Harbor ships, and the bustling shopping district of Kowloon. The contemporary menu features fresh seasonal dishes such as crab salad and tuna tartar with dandelion salad, slow-cooked sea bass with black shrimp mousse, and grilled Australian lamb.
3. EPICURE, LE BRISTOL PARIS, FRANCE
Le Bristol Paris is a bastion of gastronomic excellence built on the true values of craftsmanship, with three Michelin stars awarded to its highly exclusive restaurant Epicure. Here, the celebrated chef Eric Frechon has created a temple of gastronomy that is absolutely French. His macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras, gratinéed with aged Parmesan is known to be am unforgettable dish that people travel to Paris to experience.
2. DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL’S, MANDARIN ORIENTAL LONDON, UK
Inspired by Heston Blumenthal’s fascination with historic gastronomy, Dinner is one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants. First conceived in the late 1990s, the idea for Dinner sprung from Heston’s fascination with the savory ice creams of the late 1800s, the theater of the Tudor dining experience and the dishes featured in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
1. OUT OF THE BLUE, SONEVA FUSHI, MALDIVES
Out Of the Blue has the most exquisite food on the private island resort of Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. The resort’s stunning two-story over-water structure houses five unique dining outlets and a bar and cellar. Here, guests can feast on the creations of top chefs from around the world in intimate settings. Out of the Blue’s most exclusive dining venue is ‘Once Upon a Table’, a horseshoe-shaped table that seats just eight diners for an intimate dining experience. Throughout the year many of the world’s top chefs will hold court here.
By John Cicioni