Breakfast in Dubai: Best outdoor breakfast places in Dubai

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November 11, 2021 – Top outdoor places for breakfast in Dubai

Breakfast in Dubai

Brunch & Cake, Al Wasl and The Pointe

Arguably one of the most Instagram-worthy breakfast spot in the city, Brunch & Cake is a boho-chic, restaurant that’s now located at both Al Wasl and at its new seaside spot at The Pointe. This recently opened gem serves up plates of pastel-coloured lattes, rose petaled-french toast and gooey eggs benedict, and goes by the motto “In Grandma We Trust”, with a menu including everything from healthy acai bowls to fluffly halloumi pancakes. You’ll queue for some time to get a table at the original in Barcelona, but it’s always worth the wait.
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Hillhouse Brasserie, Dubai Hills Golf Club

Overlooking the rolling greens and the Downtown Dubai skyline, Hillhouse Brasserie is a mix of countryside French boulangerie and glitzy Hamptons golf course. On the expansive terrace, tuck into rhubarb-filled donuts, freshly baked breads and pastries, omelettes, pancakes and waffles aplenty. 
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The Farm Restaurant, Al Barari

 

Be transported out of the hustle and bustle of the city and straight into a majestic estate with lakes, waterways and gardens when you visit The Farm, Al Barari. Reminiscent of a scene out of The Secret Garden, breakfast-goers can feast their way through some top healthy eats here, including a vegan tofu scramble.
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Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi

 

The photo-friendly, ultra-feminine Bounty Beets’ interiors might be splashed all over Instagram, but its fauna-filled outdoor terrace allows breakfast goers to enjoy dishes al fresco. On the menu, tuck into sweet treats like pancakes and waffles, or healthier options like plant-based scrable or poched eggs on crispy kale. Bonus – it’s dog friendly. 
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Jones The Grocer, Palm West Beach

 

Jones The Grocer’s Aussie cafe classics have made the brand a household name across the UAE, with branches across the emirates serving up hearty and homely dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its newest addition is located at Palm West Beach, and this itteration, a laidback beachside bar, café and restaurant opens up completely to the Palm West Beach coastline, allowing breakfast lovers to take in the ocean breeze. Its breakfast menu – served all day on weekends – includes classic eggs benedicts, hearty full English breakfasts and freshly baked crossaints. 
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The Hamptons

An ode to the chic lifestyle of the Hamptons in the state of New York, this boutique cafe began life as a standalone concept in a whitewashed Jumeirah villa, and has since expanded to a further two locations in Arabian Ranches and Jumeirah islands. Start the day with one of their all-day breakfasts, ranging from the signature big breakfast, to Greek eggs or a traditional Middle Eastern spread.
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The Scene by Simon Rimmer

A firm favourite among those looking for British breakfast classics, The Scene by Simon Rimmer has long been established as one of the best spots in the city for an alfresco breakfast. The expansive terrace snakes around the restaurant, with scaterrings of tables designed for big groups set against the glass, maximising the shimmering Dubai Marina views. Breakfast is served on weekends from 10am, with a menu that features fluffy pancakes, eggs florentine and a hearty full English.
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Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes

 

Bringing the laid-back British country gastropub to the family-friendly Lakes is Reform Social & Grill. It opens daily from 8am, serving an extensive breakfast menu until 11.30am. Perch up at a wooden table in the garden and enjoy a hearty full breakfast, or opt for farmhouse eggs, smoked Scottish kippers or a breakfast pudding while basking in the sunshine.
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Eggspectation, JBR

 

On the corner plot on Dubai’s JBR, you’ll see the queue of people forming (especially on weekends) before you see Eggspectation. It’s become somewhat of an institution for Dubai Marina regulars, and its stacks of pancackes oozing with syrup, colourful acai bowls and eggs more than a dozen ways make this all-day breakfast spot a popular choice for seaside dining to start the day.
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Comptoir 102, Jumeirah 1

 

This concept-store-turned-cafe is a healthy breakfast spot that serves up organic, vegan and gluten-free options including chia seed pudding and almond butter oatmeal porridge. After breakfast, check out the in-house store displaying fashion, jewellery and home goods – you might just bag a unique find. 
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Maison Mathis, Arabian Ranches

 

A firm favourite for those living around Arabian Ranches, the restaurant at the golf club, Maison Mathis, brings a taste of delectable home cooked European cuisine to Dubai. As well as breezy interiors, it’s home to a gorgeous terrace that overlooks the golf club, serving up an array of colourful benedicts, impressive array of vegan and vegetarian dishes and indulgent sweet treats like a strawberries and cream waffle and French toast. 
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Palm Bay Dubai, Club Vista Mare

 

We love the colourful interiors at Palm Bay, a playful new addition to the strip of restaurants at Club Vista Mare. The menu has a bit of everything, and it’s got a casual, family-friendly feel that’s warm, welcoming and instantly makes guests feel relaxed. Their breakfast menu, served up daily, is concise but offers something for everyone – from bagels to full English breakfasts. Of course, it comes with the added bonus of being served up right by the beach. 
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carine, Emirates Golf Club

 

In Dubai, chef Izu Ani is a culinary mastermind that can do no wrong – and that includes his long-standing French Mediterranean restaurant, carine. Sweetly named after his wife, the beautiful restaurant overlooks the golf course, and its terrace is one of the most serene spots in the city for a long, leisurely breakfast. Only served on weekends, it’s an indulgent menu filled with as many sweet treats as savoury, from classic French toasts and waffles to truffled scrambled eggs and beetroot tartine with homemade jam. 
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Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2021 as announced by Air Canada

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November 5, 2021 – Air Canada and presenting partner OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), are proud to reveal Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2021, with culinary talent as inclusive and diverse as the Canadian community. This year marks a milestone, as Air Canada celebrates the 20th anniversary of launching the pre-eminent list of top restaurants across the country.

Through incredible commitment and quality, Canada’s culinary talent has preserved a healthy and thriving restaurant scene across the country. This year’s list features the best in fine dining, bar dining, takeout, farm-to-table and other categories, while also highlighting producers of the year and changemakers in the Canadian culinary landscape.

The list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants is created with the help of industry experts from across the country. This expert food panel is inclusive, reflecting the diversity and geography of the Canadian food scene. In celebration of the program’s 20th anniversary and reflecting upon the industry-wide impact of the past two years, the panel embraced an unranked, category-based list this year, focused on resilience, entrepreneurial spirit, and culinary excellence. 

OpenTable joins for the first time as presenting sponsor, and will be showcasing bookable bespoke Chef’s Menus at a selection of the restaurants featured on the 2021 Canada’s Best New Restaurants list.  Gold sponsor Destination Canada is on board to help travelers experience more of the food and places within Canada.

“Air Canada is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Canada’s Best New Restaurants, a program that has charted the progress of Canadian culinary talent from coast to coast,” said Andy Shibata, Vice President, Brand, Air Canada. “To mark this milestone year and in recognition of the resilience of our country’s food community, this year’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants are unranked, focusing on and honouring people, places and cultures that make up the hospitality industry in Canada.”

Canada’s Best New Restaurants represent the vibrant culinary landscape of this country. We know how much people have missed restaurants over the past 18 months and as part of our partnership with Air Canada we are bringing a selection of unique bespoke Chef’s Menu experiences to diners at some of the most renowned and innovative restaurants in Canada,” said Matt Davis, District Director of OpenTable Canada. “We are helping diners  create meaningful moments around the table, whilst also enjoying best-in-class hospitality.”

Whether the experience is terroir cooking just south of the Arctic Circle or a 12-course meal delivered via an unmarked door in an urban parking lot, the power of restaurants to surprise, inspire, satisfy, and unite is as strong as ever. This year’s list is unranked, with each restaurant or producer being best-in-class.

Here are Air Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2021:

  • Best Fine Dining: Pompette (Toronto, ON): The modernist French Bistro offers updated classics, striking new flavour combos, modernist cocktails and a 300-plus label wine list that sparkles with Old World and New World gems. Service is always on point, and the vibe ever-relaxed.
  • Best Bar Dining: JinBar (Calgary, AB): Chef Jinhee Lee, already an exemplar in contemporary Asian fusion cooking, mixes the lively cocktail-leaning embodiment of her effervescent personality with her love of bold Korean flavours – Korean pizza, anyone?
  • Best Farm-to-Table: Bika Farm and Cuisine (Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, QC): Ingredients travel only a few metres to diners’ plates at this farm table 45 kilometres southwest of Montreal. Chef Fisun Ercan’s suppers span a dozen dishes over four servings, all made from produce at peak freshness and inspired by Ercan’s youth on the Turkish Aegean coast.
  • Best Tapas North of 60: BonTon & Company (Dawson City, Yukon): Diners at Shelby Jordan and Dennis Dunn’s Yukon restaurant just 240 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle are treated to international cuisine inspired by surrounding farms and producers. BonTon & Company is part of a Dawson City movement to re-establish local food chains and reverse decades of reliance on goods trucked in from away.
  • Best Trailblazer, Tropikàl Restobar (Montreal, QC): The St-Henri restaurant has a carnival-like energy that resonates in chef Jae-Anthony Dougan’s cooking. It’s a celebration of Caribbean, Afro-Latin and West African history and cuisine, all backed up by a rum-fuelled cocktail bar.
  • Best Hotel Restaurant: Terre (St. John’s, NL): At Terre, which overlooks St. John’s Harbour from inside the ALT Hotel, chef Matthew Swift has orchestrated a symphony of in-season Newfoundland produce, sourced directly from the fishers, farmer and hunters who work on the rugged island.
  • Best Takeout: Sunny’s Chinese (Toronto, ON): From its beginnings as an exclusive experience obtained via a mailing list, to the brick-and-mortar incarnation opening 2022, Sunny’s Chinese sums up the entire pandemic restaurant experience in one brown bag filled with meticulously rendered regional Chinese delicacies.
  • Producer of the Year: Tim Ball, subsea forager (Garnish and St. John’s, NF): Part-time bayman and full-time subsea forager, Tim Ball is changing the sustainability and stewardship of Newfoundland and Labrador fishing by hand-harvesting scallops and sea urchins that are enjoyed on plates from St. John’s to Japan.
  • Grower of the Year: Les Jardins Lakou (Dunham, QC): Jean-Philippe Vézina grows vegetables typically used in Afro-Caribbean cuisine, inspired by a 2017 trip to the land of his birth, Haiti. Since his start in 2020, Vézina has doubled the number of subscribers to his weekly vegetable baskets filled with jicama, sweet potato, giraumon (turban squash), amaranth, okra, collard greens and African spinach.

Canada’s Best New Restaurants Video Series  

Go to CanadasBestNewRestaurants.com for the full list of this year’s honorees and behind-the-scenes videos of three of this year’s top restaurants: JinBar, Bika Farm and Cuisine, and Pompette. Now also screening on the Canada’s Best New Restaurants and Food TV channels on the inflight entertainment system on most Air Canada flights.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, and in 2019 was among the top 20 largest airlines in the world. It is Canada’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2020, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the second straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow Air Canada on Twitter and LinkedIn, and join Air Canada on Facebook.

About Air Canada enRoute
Air Canada enRoute is Air Canada’s award-winning travel media brand published by Spafax. An inspirational authority for the global traveller, it reaches passengers at every step of their journey through its multimedia portfolio: print publications including Air Canada enRoute, the iconic magazine, digital channels (enroute.aircanada.com) and many prestigious programs and events. Air Canada enRoute November/December issue will be distributed nationally with the Globe and Mail home subscriptions and by direct mail to Aeroplan Super Elite and Million Miler members. Follow on Twitter and Instagram: @enroutemag, #AirCanadaTop10

About OpenTable
OpenTable, part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), powers reservations for the hospitality industry. OpenTable’s software seats more than 1 billion people per year and helps more than 60,000 restaurants, bars, wineries and other venues attract guests, manage capacity, improve operations and maximize revenue.

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W Hotels China – Starts a New Scene with the Debut of W Xiamen

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November 4, 2021 – W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announces the opening of W Xiamen. Owned by Powerlong Group, the hotel is set in Xiamen’s trendy, downtown East Business District where sunset reveals an edgy, creative street culture and an upscale dining scene. This makes it the ideal locale for a design-led hotel that provides guests the ultimate insider access to all the design, fashion, fuel and music in its destination.

“Xiamen is a dynamic and highly charged city with a youthful energy and drive that is an ideal fit for the W Hotels brand,” said Tom Jarrold, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our playful and intriguing nature comes to life through immersive art and design, Happenings like live music performances and our Whatever/Whenever service, which we know will be embraced by local creatives and international travelers alike.”

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The hotel’s design by Hirsch Bedner Associates pays tribute to Xiamen’s tropical surroundings, natural beauty of its harbor and its transformation from an industrial port city to a modern music mecca. Here, the mixing of people over millennia has inspired an idiosyncratic culture that embraces wildly varied musical forms and young, rebellious attitudes which W Xiamen captures through show-stopping digital installations and specially commissioned art pieces.

At W the Store, the iconic look of Gaojia opera singers is reimagined as contemporary art, with hypnotic faces rendered in oil paint on curved metal walls. Before stepping into the Living Room (W’s signature take on the lobby), guests find themselves in an electric forest made of neon glass pillars, their hushed stillness contrasted with sudden bursts of flute notes played every time guests approach the lobby centerpiece — an interactive art piece inspired by the musical instruments displayed at a local organ museum.

Among the highlights of W Xiamen’s 293 guest rooms and suites are feature walls that use digitally rendered artworks to bring the city’s tropical nature indoors by means of RGB (red-green-blue) illustrations that work as a color puzzle with pieces falling into place once the ambient light shifts from one color to the next, as well as consoles and coffee tables inspired by Bo Bing, a popular local dice game. The Extreme WOW Suite is a 262-square-meter contemporary art-filled venue that sets the scene for private parties. An expansive entertainment area is anchored by a plush L-shaped sofa, and the suite’s party trick activates with a flick of a switch, amping up the drama with underwater ripples across the room.

Touch + Taste
W Xiamen’s four distinctive dining concepts are set to captivate travelers and locals with innovative fare and eclectic beverage offerings. At HEAT, the destination bar by WET (the pool), music curator Marc Lussier spins as guests sip on Champagne in a hot tub. On the menu are modern street food-inspired bar bites and cocktails that pay homage to the island’s ancient Amoy heritage. Nestled within the lobby-level Living Room is SOUNDSCAPE, a socially-responsible community hub to recharge with organic brews and healthy beverages to the soundtrack of W-curated music.

Thrill-seekers can dive into a fusion of Cantonese and Minnan flavors at MIN YEN, which hosts private Cognac tastings paired with mystery menus. For all-day dining, all roads lead to NINE, an upscale food hall by day with nine interactive stations that tempt with fresh baked goods and handmade noodles during the day. At night, NINE serves premium steaks and seafood. In the afternoons, a sophisticated HI TEA @ NINE highlights Fujian’s tea culture with a selection of rare infusions, along with customized craft beers.

GATHER
The hotel’s 1,000 square-meter Great Room with avant-garde art and cutting-edge technology features a 110-square-meter LED screen, the largest in the city, to create events like no other. Color-changing starburst ceiling bulbs add extra sparkle to every celebration. W Xiamen also offers highly customizable Studios for smaller events with décor featuring floral resin tables and abstract oil paintings, a reminder that art and commerce often go hand in hand.

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Foodie? Here are 6 street food destinations you should visit

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Forget gourmet restaurants, the best way to sample a destination’s cuisine is through its street food offerings, writes Clinton Moodley.

Mexico

Tamales, a traditional Mesoamerican dish steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf, is undoubtedly one of the popular dishes in Mexico. Travellers can find it at food vendors or restaurants across the country. Other popular options include tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, empanadas, nachos, fajita and tortas.

Thailand

Thailand is famed for its food markets and street vendors. When the destination fully reopens, you will find street vendors prepare meals in front of you, with plenty of options to choose from. Popular food includes pad thai, kaao laad kaeng (curry on rice), mango sticky rice and Thai iced tea.

Morocco is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. The street food scene is flourishing. Harira, known as the national soup of Morocco, is one of the traditional meals you must try. The tomato-based soup is made with chickpeas and lentils.

There’s also the merguez, a grilled red, spicy mutton or beef-based sausage and sardines served with parsley and paprika. Morocco is the largest canned sardine exporter. For those with a sweet tooth, try their chebakia.

The pastry dough, created to look like a rose, is deep fried and poured with a syrup of honey and rosewater, finished with sesame seeds. Be sure to explore the streets of Fez, known as Morocco’s culinary capital.

South Africa

South African cuisine combines African, Asian and European elements. For the best street food experience, explore Durban. Indulge in a bunny chow, hollowed-out bread filled with a curry of your choice: mutton, chicken or beans.

Also, try the amagwinya (vetkoek), a deep fried savoury dough filled with mince or cheese. Many vendors serve this comfort food at street corners, but restaurants serve “gourmet” versions with additional combinations. Other notable mentions include koeksisters, boerewors, biltong and kota.

Bali

Bali is another Asian destination that thrills foodie travellers. Besides its spectacular views and array of temples, Bali is a destination packed with flavour. Popular street food items include sate (satay), a south-east Asian dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat; bakso, an Indonesian meatball with hot broth; and pisang rai, a boiled banana wrapped in rice flour and rolled in coconut.

India

India is known to offer some of the best street foods and the majority of them are vegetarian-friendly. Among their traditional meals is bhelpuri, a mixture of puffed rice, potatoes and roasted peanuts and pani puri, a crisp, hollowed puris with potato, moong and chickpeas.

Also try aloo tikki, a deep fried dish made with mashed potato, lentils and cottage cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, sink your teeth into a jalebi smothered in a sugary syrup. No trip is complete without trying some chai tea prepared by a chaiwala. Visit Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai for the best street food offerings.

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The London Project prepares for Ain Dubai debut

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October 20, 2021 

The London Project will offer front-row seats to the glittering grand opening of Ain Dubai, the highest observation wheel in the world, this week.

On October 21st, the Bluewaters Island-based eatery will unveil a brand-new menu and the debut of its live band.

There will also be a three-day special for half priced premium Laurent Perrier bubbles in celebration of the highly-anticipated launch extravaganza.

Located at the foot of Ain Dubai, the London Project invites diners to enjoy dishes from its new menu paired with spectacular mixology from the Gin Garden, while taking in unobstructed views of the opening firework and laser shows.

Guests can expect an energy-inducing atmosphere with live music by the London Project’s new jazz-duo comprising a singer and saxophonist who will perform a variety of music styles, both day and evening from October 21-23.

From the kitchen comes a new carefully curated menu that embraces the unique and desired flavours found in global cuisines, presented with flair.

With both indoor and outdoor terrace seating, the London Project offers awe-inducing views of Ain Dubai, the waters of the Gulf, and the city’s sparkling skyline – presenting a front row seat to the event that will put Bluewaters Island on the global stage.

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The Michelin Guide Goes Digital

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The Michelin Guide is going digital. The iconic red book is no more. Instead, the famed restaurant review and guide books have developed a proprietary app for iOS and Android, which offers users an interactive experience. The app promises to help consumers quickly find information on nearby Michelin-rated restaurants, and unique hotels.

Bar and Restaurant spoke with Nora Vass, Director of Food and Travel Experience for Michelin North America to discuss the guide’s new digital-only experience. While it may not directly impact your own operations, the move highlights what we’ve been seeing for the last two years: the world is going digital faster than ever before. If the 121 year-old guide, which is notoriously adverse to change, is embracing technology, so can you.

Why did Michelin decide to go all digital, and forego the iconic red guides?

The content, not the delivery method, is the core of the Michelin selection. Going digital makes it possible for us to put the entire global Michelin Guide all in one place, and allows us to distribute it free of charge to a larger audience. We recognize that the printed guides are legendary, and that for many people they represent freedom and adventure. What better way to honor that history than with a global guide that fits in your pocket? 

Can you tell us a bit about the UX of the new interface? What can people do on the app?

Users can find every Michelin-rated restaurant in the world, with the ability to search by name, location, cuisine, and even chef. They can see which Michelin Guide restaurants are located near them while they’re on the move or when they’re planning a trip to a future destination. Restaurants added to the Michelin Guide are now added in real-time, ensuring you always have access to the most up-to-date selection and reviews (no more waiting for the next book to be released). Most restaurants can be booked through the app via global partners like RESY, Open Table, and TheFork. 

Engagement is another key focus of the app. The new Michelin Guide has created a space for its community through user profiles and the ability to endorse (“love”) restaurants and hotels. Users can also create restaurant and hotel wishlists — saving their favorites, sharing them with others, and discovering lists authored by experts and aficionados. 

How does the digital-only guide fit into Michelin’s overall digital strategy?

Digital is no longer an alternative distribution channel but a mainstream part of our lives. We want to reach everyone who loves and appreciates food and travel, and the accessibility of a free digital product will help us achieve that goal while following through on Michelin’s commitment to reducing waste and improving sustainable business practices. Giving Michelin Guide users access to real-time information and a platform for engagement makes digital the ideal format for the future.

What other innovations can we expect from Michelin moving forward?

The introduction of community features in the app lays the groundwork for functionality that can leverage the knowledge of like-minded people to improve how we evaluate our selections. We’ll continue to increase the opportunities for engagement, bringing users the ability to love/endorse individual people/profiles, add notes to list items, have verified accounts, and plot points of interest, including their own restaurant and hotel recommendations. We’ll also accomplish full feature parity across all of our platforms, so users will have the ability to discover, plan, share, and book future journeys entirely within the Michelin Guide and Tablet Hotels universe.

What advice do you have for operators who are wary of bringing tech into their venues?

Today’s consumers expect instant gratification, and they expect it to be facilitated by technology and real-time interaction with brands and businesses. Restaurants and hotels are experiential by nature — hospitality is their entire purpose — so they’re ideally suited to thrive in this environment. Technology can allow them to be more efficient, more responsive, and create more rewarding connections with their customers.

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This Five-star Paris Hotel Is a Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Lover’s Dream

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Le Bristol Paris, part of the Oetker Collection, wants to give its guests a true taste of the finer things in life. And that includes bringing the best cheeses in the world to their brand-new, in-house fromage cellar.
 
In 2019, the luxury hotel in Paris unveiled the first iteration of its Les Ateliers du Bristol workshops with widely acclaimed chef Éric Fréchon’s artisanal flour mill and bakery. The following year, Le Bristol brought a chocolate factory into the mix with head pastry chef Julien Alvarez, followed quickly by an updated wine cellar. And now, the hotel is ready to unveil its latest on-site craftsman offering: a cheese-aging cellar.
 
“First came the living bread crafted with freshly milled heritage wheat in the on-site bakery, then the magnificent handmade delights of the chocolate factory and the exclusive wine cellar. Now, Les Ateliers du Bristol is introducing the fourth expertise to its refined offering with the addition of the in-house cheese cellar,” a spokesperson for the hotel shared in a statement to Travel + Leisure.
 
According to the spokesperson, the new fromagerie is the realization of a shared vision between Le Bristol’s Fréchon and award-winning cheesemaker Marie-Anne Cantin. The atelier features an aging cellar, home to a seasonal selection of cheeses, some of which are prepared at Le Bristol’s kitchens. All the cheese is left to develop and mature in the cool, dark cellar, lined in wood and maintained with the perfect balance of humidity so you can come to experience the ideal bite.
 
Visitors to the hotel are welcome to visit the cheese cellar for a taste of rare selections of Khorasan bread, also baked on the premises, paired with a rich comte or a smooth chevre, all aged in the on-site cellar.
 
“Never one to miss out on an opportunity to express his creativity, chef Fréchon will enrich the selection of cheeses from time to time with his own recipes, including a salted butter camembert marinated in calvados and enrobed in breadcrumbs,” the spokesperson added.
 
Cheeses from the in-house cheese cellar are served at the hotel’s restaurants including Epicure, 114 Faubourg, and Café Antonia. So, if you’re enthralled by the notion of cheese, chocolate, and wine all aged in house — with bread baked on the premises — it’s time to book a stay for an unforgettable Parisian adventure.
 
 
 

 

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MICHELIN DINNER Stars on the Stage Kempinski in Riga

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October 15, 2021 – Join us for a delightful culinary evening complemented by overwhelming views of the National Opera House at rooftop Restaurant & Bar STAGE 22 with the chefs from a Michelin-Awarded Cà d’Oro Restaurant ** at Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski St.Moritz – Executive Chef Matthias Schmidberger and Head Chef Reto Brändli.

Dinner Includes:

  • 6-Course Michelin Dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday by Executive Chef Matthias Schmidberger and Head Chef Reto Brändli.
  • Wine pairing by the best sommelier of the Baltics 2018 – Ronalds Pētersons.

Priced at 195.00 EUR per person.

Restaurant opening hours for MICHELIN dinner:

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • First seating: 16:30 – 18:45
  • Second seating: 19:00 – 21:00

Seats are limited.

For reservations contact us at stage22.riga@kempinski.com or +371 6767 1111 . All dinner guests will be required to present a valid Covid-19 certificate.

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In 2012, the Michelin Guide awarded the Cà d’Oro restaurant in Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski in St. Moritz with one star, back then, in the first season, under the leadership of Matthias Schmidberger. Since then, Schmidberger has been creating unforgettable gourmet experiences at the hotel. In 2015, the German chef took over the management of all the hotel’s food services. With Reto Brändli, who has been head chef at Schmidberger’s side since this season, the skill of the well-rehearsed chef duo is reflected on the plate: European culinary art full of aroma contrasts, filigree presentation and products from first-class origins.

The Michelin Guide has awarded the Cà d’Oro restaurant a second star in 2021. With the creations of Executive Chef Matthias Schmidberger and Head Chef Reto Brändli, the Cà d’Oro was one of four restaurants in Switzerland to receive the second star in the Gourmet Bible this year.

“We are very proud to be awarded with a second star,” says Matthias Schmidberger, Executive Chef of the hotel. “Reto Brändli and I simply harmonise in the kitchen. Together we are working on new creations, trying out new ideas and products and thus constantly developing and changing the menu.” 

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SIX SPANISH RESTAURANTS FEATURED IN THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS 2021

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October 14, 2021 – The list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was revealed on Tuesday 5th October in Antwerp, Flanders. The list features a fantastic selection of the world’s best restaurants based in over 25 countries and territories – with an incredibly impressive six restaurants being located in Spain. 

Having been placed at number 49, Azurmendi in the Basque Country feels as if visitors are entering the Spanish chef Eneko Atxa’s home. Eneko provide a gastronomic experience in which the flavour and the beauty of each preparation are always linked to the landscape and the culture that shaped it. azurmendi.restaurant

At number 20, the 12-course tasting menu at Diverxo in Madrid takes diners through innovative, Asian-inspired dishes such as Iberian pork dumplings filled with Spanish broth and Korean gochujang with grilled cuttlefish and yellow pepper pil-pil. With twists and surprises at every turn, having a meal at Diverxo is like stepping inside Dabiz Muñoz’s limitless imagination. diverxo.com

The chef, Aitor Arregui, of Elkano in Getaria, placed at number 16, says his father claimed that to buy the best fish, one has to look the animal in the eyes and see that it still retains the brightness that means it is fresh. Today, his son and family run one of the most prestigious grills in the Basque Country and Spain. restauranteelkano.com

Mugaritz, San Sebastian, number 14 on the list, is exciting, avant garde and highly innovative. The creative dining experience developed by chef Andoni Luis Aduriz aims to open minds; his plates are designed to be more about providing a unique experience rather than being enjoyed by diners – a fine example of this is the gelatinous pork tendon that arrives mid-way through the experience. mugaritz.com

The contemporary techniques, daring combinations and the drive to surprise diners are among the features that Disfrutar, Barcelona, the restaurant placed at number five, embrace. Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch create dishes such as panchino (a fluffy bun) stuffed with caviar and sour cream, or multi-spherical pesto with tender pistachios and eel, are designed to ‘please, surprise and excite’. disfrutarbarcelona.com

The top Spanish restaurant on the list, at number three overall, is Asador Etxebarri, found in the lush foothills of the Spanish Basque Country. It has been housed in the same rustic stone building since the 1990s. With sprawling views of mountains and grazing cattle visable from its terrace, where the welcome snacks are served, the restaurant is at one with history and nature. Victor Arguinzoniz is recognised with the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award 2021. asadoretxebarri.com

For more information on Spain as a visitor destination, please visit www.spain.info or contact Spain@wearelotus.co.uk 

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Famous restaurants – the story of Nobu

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October 13, 2021 – NOBU restaurants. Who has not heard of them? Did you know that there are nearly 50 of them all over the world?

The Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is mostly known by his first name only. He started in Peru with Japanese fusion cuisine. When he moved to LA in 1987 he became truly famous. The restaurant Matsuhisa became a  celebrity hot spot. This is how he met Robert de Niro, who became one of Nobu’s business partners in 1994.  Chef Matsuhisa, De Niro, restaurateur Drew Nieporent, and investor Meir Teper agreed to a joint venture and on the 17 September 1994, the first Nobu opened its doors. Nobu’s famous signature dish is black cod with miso. By 1997 the first Nobu opened outside of the United States, in London

Nobu even wrote a biography – Nobu: A Memoir about his life. Fascinating!

Right now Nobu and his partners own 49 restaurants and 13 hotels. The first Nobu Hotel opened inside Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013.

This is where you find them:

NOBU RESTAURANT LOCATIONS

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 = Restaurant inside a Nobu Hotel

USA

CHICAGOH

 

 

DALLAS

NEW YORK DOWNTOWN

NEW YORK FIFTY SEVEN

HONOLULU

HOUSTON

INDIAN WELLS

LANA’I

LAS VEGAS AT VIRGIN HOTEL

LAS VEGAS CAESARS PALACEH

 

LOS ANGELES

MALIBU

MIAMIH

 

NEWPORT BEACH

PALO ALTOH

 

SAN DIEGO

SCOTTSDALE

WASHINGTON D.C.

EUROPE

BARCELONAH

 

BUDAPEST

IBIZA BAYH

 

ISTANBUL

LONDON OLD PARK LANE

LONDON PORTMAN SQUAREH

 

LONDON SHOREDITCHH

 

MARBELLAH

 

MILAN

MONTE CARLO

MONTENEGRO

MOSCOW

MOSCOW CROCUS CITY

WARSAWH

 

MEXICO & CARIBBEAN

BAHAMAS

BARBUDA

MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY POLANCO

LOS CABOSH

 

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

CAPE TOWN

DOHA

DUBAI

RIYADHH

 

ASIA PACIFIC

HONG KONG

KUALA LUMPUR

MANILAH

 

MELBOURNE

PERTH

TOKYO

SYDNEY

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