Passion Points: Food/Wine
Indagare members are constantly circling the globe and reporting back on their favorite restaurants, best dining experiences and once-in-a-lifetime meals. We have compiled some recent recommendations, from old favorites in often-visited cities like Rome, Venice and Vienna to stylish newcomers in buzzing contemporary capitals such as Beijing and Bangkok.
Read Q&As with chefs, cookbook authors and globe-trotting foodies. Those tempted by the idea of being a food critic, are welcome to submit their own postcards.
- Rome, Italy “A fabulous new discovery was Gli Ulivi. The owners also have a beautiful boutique hotel in Umbria. The innovative cuisine at the Rome restaurant is heaven.”
- Hamburg, Germany “We stopped by the old-world Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14; 49 40 34940) for tea one day. We also loved dinner at a modern restaurant called Meatery (Drehbahn 49; 49 40 30999-595).”
- Vienna & Salzburg, Austria “My favorite discovery was the restaurant Steirereck in Vienna, where we had one of the great meals of our lives. In Salzburg, the Sacher Hotel (5 Schwarzstraße; 43 662 889770) and Pfefferschiff (3 Söllheim; 43 662 661242) restaurant are both outstanding.”
- Ambergris Caye, Belize “Unlike the Caribbean islands we have visited, the food in Belize was really good. Our favorites were Caliente (Beachfront at Spindrift Hotel, San Pedro; 501 226 2170) Red Ginger in the Phoenix Resort (506 226 4623); and Blue Water Grill (Beachfront at the Sunbreeze Hotel, San Pedro; 501 226 3347).
- Edinburgh, Scotland “Dining at Number One (1 Princes Street; 44 131 556 2414) at the Balmoral Hotel, was perfect for a special night out. The contemporary cuisine was tremendously good, the service was professional yet comfortable, and the decor manages to be both sexy (I went with my husband) and cozy (and I went with my mother).”
- Aeolian Islands, Italy “On the island of Salina, we had a great lunch at Signum Hotel (15 Via Scalo; 39 90 9844 190) and discovered a delicious bakery with Italian cookies called Cosi Duci (9 Via San Lorenzo; 39 90 9844 358). We also had a fantastic granita at Tano’s (Piazza San Cristoforo, Sicily; 39 90 9812 755), in Canetto, on Lipari.”
- Beijing, China “If time is short, I’d recommend Da Dong for their Peking duck and LAN Club is like nowhere we’ve ever dined. The food at the Aman at Summer Palace was excellent, too.”
- Sydney, Australia “We took the ferry to Manly Beach and spent a day cycling to the top of the rock, having lunch at Hugo’s (Manly Wharf East Esplanade; 61 811 68 555), which apparently won the best pizza in the world competition and which was awesome.”
- Florence, Italy “The food at Villa San Michele (4 Via Doccia, Florence; 39 55 56 781) was delicious and the restaurant also had incredible views. The thing to order their Chianina beef as this is what the region is famous for. The breakfast is also most impressive: charcuterie plates, cheeses, fruit, cereals, fresh-squeezed juices, pastries, homemade breads and anything else you can imagine.”
- New York, New York “French cuisine doesn’t have one authentic line: there’s brasserie food, there’s bistro food and there’s bourgeois food (like veal chop with mustard sauce and filet mignon with béarnaise sauce). We find a lot of good brasserie food in New York, for example at Quatorze Bis (323 East 79 Street; 212-535-1414).”
- Bangkok, Thailand “Co-owned by Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen who also owns the Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, Sra Bua is Bangkok’s first molecular gastronomy restaurant. Not only is the decor very chic but the food and presentation create a dazzling experience. It’s like a great Thai chef meets Cirque du Soleil.”
- Tuscany, Italy “I absolutely loved Il Pellicano! It was so chic, and I felt like out of a Slim Aarons photo shoot. We ate all our meals on site, and they were fabulous.”
- Paris, France “My favorite meal on a recent Paris trip was L’Ami Louis (32 rue du Vertbois; 33-1-48-87-77-48). I loved the traditional food, the decor and location and even secretly loved the rude old waiters. It was all so very French, and the wine list was amazing.”
- Napa Valley, California “Although it’s not known for having a late-night scene, Napa does have Bouchon, which is open until 12:30 a.m. It has an incredible wine list and a beautiful fresh-seafood bar. Bouchon Bakery, next door, is a great place to pick up pastries and coffee in the morning. I also love Brix and Redd, headed by super-star chef Richard Reddington.”
- Venice, Italy “We had an extremely delicious lunch at Il Ridotto. Since only three of the eight tables were busy, the chef himself served the food and talked about what he had done to make this most memorable meal.”
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