Restaurants

Cliff House – San Francisco

This restaurant offers fine, seafood dining and is situated on the Pacific coast overlooking Seal Rocks. There has been a building here for more than a century, including Sutro Baths, and the latest incarnation, post-fire and post-earthquake, has stunningly simple design with large glass walls that allow you to see the stunning view.

Mains form $19.00

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Barrafina – London

This petite, no-reservations Tapas bar in London’s soho is worth braving the nightly queue for. With a distinct New York vibe, fast service and close proximity to the kitchen, there is an excitement and a buzz to this restaurant not found in other Tapas venues in the city.

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Balthazar – New York City

OK so it’s kind of obvious but as I’ve mentioned The Wolseley in London and Brenner in Munich, this is the New York equivalent. Vintage-styling, great service and a classic menu make this a must visit when in New York.

Mains from $16.00.

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Qualia – Hamilton Island, Australia

If you’re going to do Australia, do it properly. Qualia is a luxury holiday resort on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. With two pools, two restaurants, a gym, a spa and a library this is the ultimate place to get away from it all.

Just a stone’s throw off the Queensland coast, qualia sits in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Qualia can be reached in only a few hours by plane from international gateway cities on Australia’s east coast, truly making it a world-class destination without the journey.

Situated in the Whitsundays, qualia puts the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef right on your doorstep. Its sun-drenched northern aspect provides the ideal location to appreciate the passing beauty of each day, surrounding you with some of the most stunning and spectacular waters to be found anywhere in the world.

I’m sold. Choose from Leeward pavillion (from 950.00 per night), Windward pavillion or Beach House accommodation.

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Price: AUD950.00
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The Wolseley – London

Practically an institution and winner of best breakfast in London for several years, the Wolseley is my favourite restaurant in London. Located on Piccadilly next to the Ritz, this bistro restaurant has actually only been running since 2003 but has quickly acquired a stellar reputation.

Built in a former Wolseley car showroom, hence the name, the restaurant offers classic bistro dishes which along with the vintage styling and very proper staff help create the appearance that this place has been around for ages. Seven years on the occasional celebrity can always be spotted and the place is always buzzing. Refreshingly they always have non-bookable tables and you can almost always get seated.

Brenner Grill Munich

This is a great restaurant in Munich should you find yourself there. It’s located just off Maximilianstrasse, the main shopping street. If you’ve ever been to the Wolseley in London, the atmosphere here is equally busy and buzzy.

Tall white arches supported by Doric columns, vast windows, globe lights, banquettes, and black wood chairs provide the classic setting for one of the hottest places in town. And when this place says “Grill” it really means grill: Centre stage is a cluster of open fires, one group for broiling, the other, gas flames for preparing pasta. The extreme open kitchen conceit would be irritating if it added tens of euros to the check, but this place is very reasonable, which no doubt explains its mass appeal.

Book early to avoid disappointment! Here is a menu in English.

[via Concierge.com]

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