Arzak: avant-garde and family cuisine in San Sebastián
The pretty city of San Sebastián, just a short drive from Biarritz, lies between the sea and the mountains in the Spanish Basque country, and is renowned the world over for its gastronomy. After stopping off at a local bar to try out pintxos, tiny dishes or morsels of food on bread that are to die for, treat yourself to a top-class culinary experience at Arzak. Revered as one of the best chefs in the world, Elena Arzak will ensure your meal is a one-of-a-kind experience, in her avant-garde restaurant with its three Michelin stars. Working in perfect harmony with her father, Juan Mari Arzak, she turns the rule book upside down and creates a sophisticated signature cuisine which is firmly grounded in its simplicity. You will not be able to resist her slivers of red-fleshed apple served with a cream of foie gras and potato pearls. After your feast, if you are lucky, the artist will come out to say hello and ask about your experience. You will not be able to praise her highly enough.
Avenida Alcalde Elósegui 273
+34 943 278 465
24 Seasons in Seoul: a homage to Korean cuisine
The Koreans are passionate about good food. In the cosy surroundings of hanoks, their traditional wooden houses, you will be served the national dish of cold noodles with kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage) and tofu. But Seoul is also teeming with contemporary restaurants too. Head over to the upscale Gangnam District and discover the experimental talent of Tony Yoo, a young chef recently awarded one star by the Michelin Guide. In the minimalist yet sophisticated decor of his 24 Seasons restaurant, this devotee of local culinary traditions pays homage to the different seasons of the year by embellishing his cuisine with wild herbs and fresh produce. The elegant sobriety of his new take on the gastronomy of days gone by is sure to win you over.
Deungwoo B/D F4,13,
+82 (0)2 772 9031
Peru on your plate in all its diversity at the Central
With its export of ceviche, raw fish or seafood marinated in lemon juice and seasoned with spices, Peru made its name on the world food scene. In recent years, the number of top-notch restaurants in Lima has increased dramatically. But look no further, book a table at Virgilio Martínez's Central restaurant. This former semi-professional skater turned chef runs one of the best restaurants in the world with great panache. His nine-course tasting menu invites you to embark on a culinary voyage through Peru's ecosystems. Each dish corresponds to a certain altitude and the ingredients found there. From chaco, an edible clay gathered in the Andes, to cushuro or “Andean caviar”, a type of bacteria made of small round balls, the inventiveness of such a personal and unique cuisine will leave you speechless.
Santa Isabel 376
+51 1 24 16 721
Balance and flavour at the Rouge Tomate in New York
Behind its double brick facade in the hip district of Chelsea, New York, a historic building is home to one of the hottest restaurants around: Rouge Tomate. In this former carriage house transformed into a stunning minimalist interior, Alan Wise creates a fabulous cuisine with a philosophy based on sustainability. “Health through food”, that is the motto of this chef who has been awarded one star by Michelin, the famous French restaurant guide. Can we tempt you with the carrot pesto? Or perhaps you prefer the mushroom tartare? Treat yourself to a meal with a focus on ethically sourced meats and seasonal produce which takes care of your own nutritional balance at the same time.
126 W 18th St,
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
+1 646 395 3978
A taste of Dubai's multiculturalism at Pierre's Bistro & Bar
The chic style of a Parisian bistro combined with the cosy atmosphere of a Dubai tea room. Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire from France has a new restaurant and it certainly makes a statement with its avant-garde and cosmopolitan charm. The dishes on offer here are inventive creations inspired by the great classic recipes of French cuisine with a touch of the exotic, so characteristic of Dubai. Have you got a sweet tooth? Give in to temptation and try the mixed red berries drizzled with a red pepper syrup flavoured with saffron. And the cherry on the cake has to be the musician who performs on stage every Friday, satisfying all your senses in this most eccentric of cities.
Pierre's Bistro & Bar
+971 04 701 112