In the early 20th century, the Nizam of Hyderabad was the richest man in the world, noted for his eccentricity (he used the 184-carat Victoria Diamond as an office paperweight). He purchased Falaknuma Palace from his prime minister, who had gone bankrupt by the cost of its building. Set 2,000 feet up on a hillside with a commanding view over […]
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By Andy Hayler With more Michelin stars than any other city on earth, Tokyo is a restaurant dream. Japan has perhaps the finest ingredients in the world, and chefs who know how to put them to best use in a vast range of cooking styles. In no particular sequence, here are 19 of its finest restaurants. Aronia de Takazawa, Tokyo, […]
By Andy Hayler Michelin and other guides classify restaurants, but our personal views may not always match this official view. Sometimes highly rated establishments can disappoint us, but there are few more satisfying feelings than when there is an unexpected pleasant surprise, where the food greatly exceeds your expectations. Perhaps the restaurant has been overlooked or harshly treated by the guides […]
A hillside near Bilbao airport is an unlikely setting for one of the world’s best restaurants, but Azurmendi is set within a 40-hectare vineyard in a high-tech glass building that is designed to be at one with its environment. It uses both solar and geothermal power, and most of the vegetables and herbs used in the restaurant are grown in its greenhouse and gardens. A banqueting suite […]
Michelin and other guides and lists assess restaurants, but our personal views may not always match the official view. Sometimes highly rated establishments can disappoint us, but there are few more satisfying feelings than when there is an unexpected pleasant surprise. You sit down expecting a meal of a certain standard, and the reality is much better. Perhaps the restaurant […]
Michelin and other guides assess restaurants, but our personal views may not always match the official view. Sometimes we can all be disappointed by highly rated establishments, but there are few more satisfying feelings than when there is an unexpected pleasant surprise. You sit down expecting a meal of a certain standard, and the reality is much better. Perhaps the […]
By Andy Hayler – The man that has eaten at every 3 Michelin Star restaurant in the world. What would be the ultimate restaurant meal? Normally you would be limited to the offerings of a single establishment, but as a flight of fancy let’s imagine that you could magically transport dishes from any restaurant in the world directly to your […]
It is perhaps ironic that the only three-Michelin-star restaurant in Rome is the brainchild of a German chef. Heinz Beck trained with Heinz Winkler (himself the youngest ever chef at the time to receive three stars) near Munich before moving to Italy in 1994, but he has fully embraced Italian cooking. An expert in nutrition—he collaborates with renowned scientists and […]
By Andy Hayler The village of Crissier is just over 35 miles from Geneva, but the drive along the shore of Lake Geneva is stunning. The journey is worthwhile not just for the scenery – on a gentle slope overlooking Crissier is Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, a very fine eatery that has earned and retained three Michelin stars during […]
By Andy Hayler At the pinnacle of fine dining in the United States sits Thomas Keller. His French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley and its sister Per Se in New York each hold three Michelin stars, and he is generally regarded as the top restaurateur in America. Per Se resides on the fourth floor of the smart Time Warner Center […]
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