A selection of new restaurants and gastronomic experiences we’re most excited about this year.
From Paris to Dubai, Rwanda to Santorini and Venice, these are just a selection of places we’ve been including in our clients’ holidays.
Paris has at least a dozen great new restaurants every year. Few are as understated or casual as Alluma in the 11th arrondissement. Nor as unique.
Alluma applies French cooking methods to Israeli, Lebanese and Jordanian cuisine. Like sea bream crudo with figs and pistachios, or charcoaled celeriac with blank lentils and labneh. It’s all paired with organic wines from across Europe.
Atlantis The Royal, Dubai
Last week the Michelin Guide 2023 Dubai was revealed at Atlantis The Royal. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the hotel’s first star. We also highly recommend the world’s first Nobu Beach Club, Resonance by Heston Blumenthal, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, and party venue Ling Ling.
MAVRO, at Kivotos Santorini, Greece
On an island of white and blue comes this restaurant designed on Santorini’s black volcanic landscape. Chef Dimitris Katrivesis brings his concept of “tradinovation,” giving old Cyclades recipes a modern perspective.
Opening June 4th 2023, the restaurant has prime sunset view from one of the highest points of the Santorini caldera. Seasonal tasting menus are dominated by robata (open fire cooking), including a vegan degustation menu called The Dark Side of the Moon.
A Day With Chef Giuseppe Ricci at St Regis Venice
Following on from their much needed renovation, St Regis Venice have added a modern Venetian experience. Join Chef Giuseppe Ricci on his morning market rounds, to Vignole Island for vegetables and herbs, then Murano island, to select the catch of the day straight from local fishermen.
The experience continues with a cooking master class and lunch with Chef Ricci at the Chef’s Table.
Anda Kigali, Rwanda
Chef Treasure Makwanise made his name by cooking family-style meals from home-grown ingredients, in the kitchen of One&Only Nyungwe House.
His cuisine was typically experienced after a day of chimpanzee trekking in the Congo Basin. It’s now available in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali, at Anda Kigali. His story is a celebration of local produce and rekindling forgotten recipes, like pumpkin leaves with peanut butter.
Restaurant La Finca, Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia’s hottest new Michelin star is this rural bolthole in the Granada countryside, at La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway hotel.
Tasting menus start in an old chapel then move to a rustic Andalusian farmhouse. They mix the best of the Granada and Malaga recipe books, making La Bobadilla an worthy overnight stop on a journey through southern Spain.
One of Thailand’s most acclaimed chefs, Prin Polsuk, is stretching boundaries at his tiny new restaurant Vilas.
His seasonal menus are Thai in essence, but definitely not what you would expect or imagine to find anywhere. Like pork belly with coffee kombucha, and salted tuna sliced like jamon and served with honey-pickled melon.
Sahbi Sahbi, Marrakech, Morocco
A bold new restaurant celebrating the culinary traditions and female chefs of Morocco. Sahbi Sahbi means “soulmates” and is exclusively run by women, with a menu focused on fine comfort food.
It’s a welcome addition to a country where females dominate kitchens at home, yet rarely have their skills celebrated in restaurants.
Culinary Experiences On Your Holiday
Gastronomy is a key part of any holiday. It’s not just a meal. It’s an expression of a place, an experience you can’t find anywhere else.
Creative travel design is all about details. From restaurant reservations to epic local experiences for foodies, gastronomy is one of many areas we spend time on, when planning every holiday.