From molecular gastronomy to the classic coq au vin, elite dining is one of the biggest joys of a private jet lifestyle. Join us as we explore the world’s best restaurants.

Chefs of the Decade – Italy

By Andy Hayler Past Decade Massimo Bottura There is little doubt that Massimo Bottura has a global influence. The articulate chef with an interest in art conjures up modern interpretations of Italian food from his 3 star Michelin restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, and in 2016 was ranked number 1 worldwide on the “Top 50 Restaurants list”. Pino Cuttaia Head […]

Chefs of the Decade – Germany

By Andy Hayler Past Decade Harald Wohlfhart The head chef of legendary Schwarzwaldstube in the Black Forest, Harold Wohlfhart not only has held three Michelin stars for decades, but half a dozen chefs who trained with him have gained 3 stars in their own right. Heinz Winkler At one time the youngest ever 3 star Michelin chef at the age […]

Germany – The Most Underrated Fine Dining Country

When you ask someone about which countries they associate with high end dining they will usually respond “France”. Widely traveled ones will add Japan to that, and then ponder as to their next choice – should it be Spain, Italy, somewhere Scandinavian, Peru, the USA or even, whisper it, the UK? They will almost never name Germany in their list, […]

Andy Hayler Reviews Combal Zero

Combal Zero is set in a wing of Rivoli’s castle, which is so old that its original date of building is unclear, but was probably in the 10th century. Combal Zero currently has a single star in the Michelin guide, though for several years it held two, losing the second star in the 2016 guide. Combal Zero is known for […]

Andy Hayler Reviews Hedone

By Andy Hayler Editor’s note: since October 2015 onwards Hedone offers a choice of two tasting menus only, with a restricted number of covers (22) in order to allow the kitchen to focus to an ever greater extent on quality. Dinner will be offered from Tuesday to Saturday, lunch on Saturday only. The tasting menu is £85, the longer catre […]

Andy Hayler Reviews Hotel de Ville

By Andy Hayler Hotel de Ville has an illustrious culinary history, gaining three Michelin stars under Fredy Girardet, Philippe Rochat and then Benoit Violier. Following the latter’s tragic death in January 2016 the leadership of the kitchen has transferred to Benoit’s long time right-hand man, Franck Giovannini. Franck has worked in the kitchen here for many years, and so a […]

Andy Hayler Reviews Scran and Scallie

By Andy Hayler Scran and Scallie (food and scallywag, it would seem, but why choose this for a name?) opened in 2013, the casual sister to Kitchin. The rather bizarre tourist brochure language continues into the menu, with “yer mains” and “sit ye doon yer welcome” just some of the linguistic crimes being committed. Despite this “Scotland for unusually slow-witted tourists” […]

Andy Hayler Reviews State Bird Provisions

By Andy Hayler The state bird of California is the quail. It could be worse: in Minnesota it is the loon. The speciality of quail here explains the rather esoteric name of this restaurant, which opened on New Years Eve in 2012 and quickly became a cult success. It ticks all the “too cool for school” boxes. Small plates? Check. […]

Andy Hayler Reviews Acquerello

By Andy Hayler This Italian restaurant opened in 1989, with its maître d’ being the co-founder Giancarlo Paterlini. The other co-founder is the chef Suzette Gresham, who grew up locally and worked at the San Francisco hotel Donatello before opening Acquarello. The restaurant was granted a Michelin star in 2007 and a second in 2015.  It is in Russian Hill, […]

Andy Hayler Reviews Nuance

By Andy Hayler Nuance opened in 2008, situated in the little town of Duffel near Antwerp, noted mainly for its invention of the heavy woolen cloth that is used to make the familiar duffel coat. Just in case any visitors had missed this connection, there is a large status of a figure in a duffel coat on a roundabout as […]