Whether it’s an extravagant fine dining restaurant or a humble street side hawker stall, we are perpetually on the quest for delectable foods — whatever the occasion. So, for the ultimate insider scoop, who better to personally recommend the best eats around the world than top chefs who’ve seen and tasted it all. We go right to the source as international culinary legends reveal where they eat and what they order when the aprons come off.
For an evening of fine dining…
One of the best experiences I had was at Le Gavroche, an exquisite two Michelin star restaurant in London, featuring traditional classic French cuisine in a very classy and sophisticated cooking style.
Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London; +44 20 7408 0881
For a cheeky cheat meal…
Since I am new in Hong Kong, I love to explore every neighbourhood with its specialty eats and hidden gems. And on my culinary discovery tour through the streets of Hong Kong, I discovered Pici in Wan Chai – that is now my place to go, when I want to get a carbs charge and satisfy my cravings.
Pici, 16 Francis Yard, Wan Chai; +852 2755 5523
Pici, 24 – 26 Aberdeen Street, Central; +852 2755 5233
Pici, 29 – 31 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2771 2231
For a romantic date night…
For the perfect date night, I would definitely pick the Armani / Ristorante in Dubai, inside the world-class Burj Khalifa. During the time I was working there, I witnessed so many proposals – all of them with a happy end, of course. The trick is, it is all about the sleek combination of an incomparably captivating atmosphere with a breath-taking view of the Dubai fountain show that perfectly add to the star-acclaimed food.
Armani / Ristorante, Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel Dobai, Sheikh Mohammaed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai; +971 4 888 3366
For getting friends and family together…
Duck & Waffle is my favourite place to go if I want to enjoy a fun and casual time with my friends. I like the sharing style of food, and the relaxing yet modern atmosphere paired with the cheerful attentive service makes it one of my top picks.
Duck & Waffle, Shop 1081, Podium Level 1, ifc mall, Central; +852 2267 6338
For a healthy detox…
Actually, the best healthy food is the food that I prepare for my loved ones at home. I believe it is always best to source the ingredients myself, so I know they come from somewhere I trust. Then I can decide myself how I wish to prepare them.
For happy hour tipples…
For happy hour, I always head to MO Bar at Landmark Mandarin Oriental. You always get superb drinks prepared by very skilful bartenders!
MO Bar, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0077
What’s happening at SPIGA?
SPIGA has been known to introduce new menus based on season and unique chef collaborations. For one of the most exciting times of the year, chef Paolo Olivieri and Michelin starred chef Enrico Bartolini create an enticing to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. A five-course Chef Tasting Menu will showcase the finest land and sea ingredients from Milan, Rome, Piedmont and SIciliy. Each course is expertly paired with specialty wines to bring out the best flavours of each dish.