Recommended Venues

 

A non-exhaustive list of my top picks in various cities.  These venues haven’t let me down!

DUBAI

Cafes/Casual Dining:

Lime Tree Cafe

Friends Avenue

Clinton Street Bakery

Parker’s

 

Drinks:

LBD

Weslodge

 

Brunch:

Intersect by Lexus

The Hide

Wakame, dusk brunch

Scots American Grill (Scots & Kilts), evening brunch

 

Afternoon Tea:

Sidra

 

Indian:

Jodhpur

Junoon

Carnival by Tresind

Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar

Bombay Bungalow

 

Peruvian:

Coya

Totora Cebicheria Peruana

 

Mexican:

La Tablita

 

Italian/Mediterranean:

Quattro Passi

Toro + Ko

 

Steakhouse:

Graze

Gaucho

 

Middle Eastern

Zahira

Abd El Wahad

Za’atar v. Zeit

 

My favorites!

STAY by Yannick Alleno

The Experience by Reif Othman

Dragonfly by Tim Raue

Lucky Voice

AmStur Caviar (home delivery)

Flavors on Two

Shake Shack

Freedom Pizza

 

Hotels:

Emirates Towers

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah

Park Hyatt

 

ABU DHABI

Japanese:

Inakaya

Zuma

99 Sushi Bar

Sushi Art (delivery)

 

Italian/Mediterranean:

Todd English’s Olives

Circo

Asia de Cuba

Roberto’s

 

Cafes/Casual Dining:

Fanr

Tawa Bakery

The Third Place

 

Indian:

Tamba

 

Brunch:

BOA Steakhouse

Koi

 

Steakhouse:

Butcher & Still

 

Seafood:

Catch

 

Latin:

Toro Toro

 

Hotels:

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Park Hyatt Saadiyat

Zaya Nurai Island

 

BEST OF THE OTHER EMIRATES

Fairmont Fujairah

Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Copper Lobster

Lexington Grill

 

ATLANTA/ATHENS

Fine dining:

Staplehouse

A nice night out:

Last Resort

The National

Honorable mentions:

Waffle House

Revolution Donuts

Kimball House

Leon’s

 

AUSTRALIA

Automata

Sage

Riley Street Garage

Seabeans

The Lyall Hotel

Handpicked Cellar Door

 

BANGKOK

Sühring

Gaggan

The House on Sathorn

Le Du

W Bangkok

The Siam

 

ITALY

Casa Angelina

Un Piano Nel Cielo

 

MALDIVES

St. Regis Vommuli Resort

Alba

 

NETHERLANDS

Bridges*

Vinkeles*

Librije Susje**

Marqt

Zeezout

 

REYKJAVIK

Dill

Dine Around (w/Chef Tyffi)

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Majeka House

Cape Cadogan

Le Quartier Francais

The Test Kitchen

Foliage

 

TOKYO

Sushi Bar Yasuda

Cask Bar

Grand Hyatt Roppongi Hills

 

UBUD

Four Seasons Sayan

BLANCO par Mandif

*Indicates number of Michelin stars.


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