We love nothing more than visiting and enjoying a good meal at a fantastic restaurant. Malin from Hautecompass.com tells us her favorite luxury restaurants from around the world.
The world is certainly full of great eateries and it is a difficult task to limit yourself to pick out only five favorites.
Having lived in Southern France I have a particular weakness for the effortless chic and simple food that is so characteristic for the French Riviera.
One of my firm favorites is the noisy, cramped La Petite Maison in Nice. The fare is simple and all ingredients are local produce. I just love the tuna steak with pepper. The atmosphere is dynamic and you always get an immense feeling that there is a party going on here. Not surprisingly this fantastic restaurant is a favourite amongst international jetsetters as well as Elton John and Sarkozy. (La Petite Maison, 11 rue Saint Françoise de Paule, 06300 Nice, France)
In a small mountain village behind the blue Mediterranean Sea you will find a complete tranquil and refined affair. A Michelin starred restaurant with an amazing south facing terrace overlooking the world famous landscape. Expect beautifully presented local produce as well as an impressive wine list. Their porcelain has some sort of “coat of arms” which makes you feel like a queen or a king for a day! And after you have indulged in amazing food, do take a stroll in the old village, the fresh air that surrounds you is almost surreal. (Auberge de la Madone, 3 place Auguste-Arnulf, 06440 Peillon Village, France)
The two Michelin starred restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin is unique. This much awarded Kreutzberg restaurant completely lacks the fussiness that normally is associated with a restaurant at this level. The fare is Asian; Thai flavors, philosophy and influences from the Chinese kitchen and Japanese perfection is how the gourmet fare often is described. The ambiance is cool and understated. I simply adore the feeling of a “modern gourmet” restaurant with furniture classics and staff uniforms with an attitude. (Restaurant Tim Raue Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse 26, 10969 Berlin, Germany)
Another favorite is found in the bustling Mong Kok area in Hong Kong. On a street that seems to specialize in weapon replicas and “protective gears” the worlds cheapest restaurant with a Michelin Star can be found. Do not worry, you will find this place since the queues are always stretching long outside this 30 seta eatery. The dumplings that await you are just divine – in my opinion the best dumplings in the world are found here! The menu is short and the only drink available is tea, tea and more tea. Do not expect refined service or anything else that you associate with fine dining. Tim Ho Wan is simply a hole in the wall that will make an unforgettable impact on your taste buds. (Tim Ho Wan, Shop 8, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong)
My last favorite is found in the elegant shopping triangle Quadrilatero D’Oro in Milan. The restaurant is housed in a beautiful palazzo and the food here is simply amazing. The Milanese risotto is fantastic! Lunch is served here at any hour, which is very unusual in Italy. The summer evenings are spellbinding. Il Salumaio is tremendously popular with the fashion world and eating in this venue definitely allow for some trend spotting whilst indulging in flawless Italian cuisine. (Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone , Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi via S.Spirito 10 – via Gesù 5, 20121 Milan, Italy)
Malin Lundberg Mueller is the founder of the luxury online guide Hautecompass.com an exclusive travel guide giving personalised recommendations on hotels, restaurants, bars & cafes and shops in a selection of world cities.
Malin hails from Sweden but has the last thirteen years lived in different places such as England, France and currently calls Germany her home.
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