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From Mexican dishes with a stellar view across the rooftops of London to Ethiopian cuisine in upstate New York, Mediterranean creativity in Bangkok to a Texas-inspired grill in Hong Kong, many of the most exciting new restaurants opening this year take their cue from global cuisines.
Here are 20 new spots around the world to try at the turn of the new decade.
Madera at Treehouse London
Madera at Treehouse London
The sister restaurant to Toca Madera in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Madera at Treehouse London brings an elevated take on traditional Mexican cuisine to the British capital.
Located 15 floors up, its plant-filled interiors, quirky design touches and sweeping views are proving a big draw already.
The food on offer includes a raw bar with flavorful ceviche dishes, a taqueria promising freshly-made blue corn tortillas and specialties like carne asada, and Black Angus skirt steak steeped in a coriander marinade and served on lava stones.
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus and options ensure that all tastes are catered for, while the drinks’ program includes premium mezcals and tequilas, as well as inventive cocktails featuring ingredients such as chile de arbol or prickly pear.
TURK Fatih Tutak, Turkey
Acclaimed Turkish chef Fatih Tutak, who has worked everywhere from Copenhagen to Hong Kong, is returning to his roots by opening his first restaurant in Istanbul.
By working closely with Turkish fishermen, farmers and artisanal producers, Tutak promises to celebrate his country’s diversity of produce.
Served in a modern, light-filled setting, the food here merges the chef’s extensive travels and overseas experience with historic Turkish techniques to reinterpret traditional flavors.
This means multi-layered dishes that include bulgur wheat with miso, veal and radish, or a main of duck with sour cherries and chestnuts. Desserts on offer include a “snow’” of lemon verbena and persimmon, while all the wines served are Turkish.
The Mayfair Supper Club, Las Vegas
Vegas is arguably one of the best dining destinations in the US thanks to its seemingly unstoppable wave of restaurants led by domestic and international celebrity chefs.
Open since New Year’s Eve, The Mayfair Supper Club, a new spot on the Strip at The Bellagio, promises to add to the culinary landscape, while throwing in some old school glamour.
The roaring twenties provide the inspiration for the spot’s live entertainment, which features throughout dinner before a late-night jazz party — all played out against the famed Bellagio Fountains.
As for the menu, many dishes are prepared table side, while the Wagyu and caviar handroll topped with gold leaf is one for the high-rollers.
Cheval Blanc Paris
Even though it’s not set to open for at least a few months, this upcoming restaurant from three Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Donckele already has Parisian fine dining lovers excited.
The location is the super-luxurious Cheval Blanc Paris on the banks of the Seine, adjacent to the famed Louvre Museum.
Donckele promises to both celebrate and pay tribute to the “City of Light,” as the vast majority of the seasonal ingredients used will come from in and around the French capital.
Given his stellar reputation, Donckele’s gastronomic creations are sure to be feasts for the eyes as much as the stomach, with artfully-crafted and flawless presentation at every course.
HENRY, Hong Kong
Based in Hong Kong, this new American grill and smokehouse channels the southern states of the US with a menu overseen by British Chef de Cuisine Nathan Green.
The meat specialist comes with critical and public acclaim from a number of restaurants in both Hong Kong and London, all of which have celebrated charcoal grilling, meat-curing and butchery.
His menu at HENRY’s continues in this fashion, with choices such as American Black Angus aged for 90 days in Woodford Reserve Bourbon and ash or a Becker Lane Farm Pork Chop served with heirloom carrots and pickled mustard seeds.
Homemade sauces — 5-pepper & bourbon or tomatillo & ancho — really pack a punch.
Southern-style dishes run from snacks and starters through to soups and sides, while desserts sound suitably sinful.
On the design front, diners can expect leather banquettes and polished brass for a nightclub feel, while the marble bar leads to a terrace for cocktails, fine wines or cigars.
Davies and Brook, London
Few names in contemporary gastronomy are as renowned as Swiss chef Daniel Humm, who has helped make restaurants such as New York’s iconic Eleven Madison Park unmissable.
His first London venture comes in the form of Davies and Brook at the storied Claridge’s Hotel. The restaurant is named after the cross streets the renowned building in the city’s Mayfair district spans. This is a space Humm knows well, having first worked there more than 25 years previously.
Some of his signature dishes feature, such as duck glazed with honey and lavender, but there are plenty of new additions, like grilled short rib of beef with fermented mint or citrus-marinated yellowtail with crispy rice.
The elegant Art Deco interiors include contemporary touches, such as works by American artist Roni Horn, while the bar is the go-to spot for cocktails and small plates.
Côte by Mauro Colagreco, Capella, Bangkok
Not only does Argentinean chef Mauro Colagreco boast three Michelin stars at Mirazur, his southern France restaurant, he also holds the coveted number one spot on the always contentious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Côte by Mauro Colagreco, the latest venture for the culinary powerhouse, who trained under titans such as Alain Ducasse and Bernard Loiseau, is launching in the Thai capital of Bangkok this year.
The menu is set to offer modern takes on classic dishes from the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy, in addition to some signatures already served at Mirazur.
In a city where food is woven into daily life like few others, expectations are high that Côte by Mauro Colagreco will add to Bangkok’s reputation as a serious dining destination.
Le chêne, South Africa
Le chêne, which is French for “the oak tree,” recently opened in Franschhoek, a destination fast claiming a reputation as South Africa’s culinary capital.
Here chef Darren Badenhorst crafts fine dining from two courses through to a full tasting menu.
Hyper-local produce, namely ingredients that come almost exclusively from the estate where the Manor House sits, is transformed into dishes such as baked local hake with salted lemon and a garden pea risotto or porcini mushrooms foraged and paired with a tartare of cured Springbok.
The venue’s glass conservatory offers panoramas of the Franschhoek Valley, while the wine is another highlight thanks to the region’s famously rich vineyards.
Miami looks set to get a little bit hotter with the arrival of Hutong, a new restaurant specializing in “occasionally fiery” cuisine from Northern China.
Positioned in the city’s burgeoning Brickell district, it’s the second US location (NYC is the first) for a restaurant born in Hong Kong.
The decor melds Miami and China, meaning local artworks merge with teapots from Zhejiang and columns of Chinese clay roof tiles.
Most strikingly, the dining room features 35,000 grey antique bricks salvaged from a 1930s building in China.
From the menu, Beijing’s famous roast duck and Shanghai’s fresh seafood dishes are two highlights, but the standouts are those featuring Sichuan’s famously spicing and numbing chili peppers.
The signature Red Lantern, where crispy soft-shell crab is served in a traditional Chinese wood basket covered with red Sichuan dried chilies, is undoubtedly the most photogenic.
Milder options include extravagant dim sum featuring Wagyu beef or lobster and squid ink.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at The Royal Atlantis Resort, Dubai
British chef Heston Blumenthal has won huge commercial and critical acclaim for his playful, innovative and theatrical takes on food at restaurants like the three Michelin-starred Fat Duck outside London.
One of his other successes is “Dinner By Heston Blumenthal,” which celebrates British cuisine dating back all the way to the 1300’s in a series of painstakingly crafted dishes.
These include the famed “meat fruit,” where a chicken liver parfait is brilliantly disguised to look like a Mandarin orange.
After openings in London and Melbourne, the restaurant’s next destination is The Royal Atlantis Resort in Dubai, slated to open at the end of 2020.
The Japanese by The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
Luxurious Swiss ski hotel The Chedi Andermatt, designed by famed Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy, is now home to a new restaurant simply called The Japanese.
Positioned some 2,300 meters above sea level, it’s the highest Japanese restaurant in Switzerland, with stunning views overlooking the Oberalp Pass and the Ursem Valley, especially from its 45-seat terrace.
Its cozy Alpine interiors feature roaring open fireplaces as well as Asian touches reflecting the brand’s heritage, while the menu is led by Executive Chef Dietmar Sawyere.
Expect refined renditions of Japan’s vast panoply of techniques and dishes, all served up with Alpine precision and attention to detail.
Des Roses et des Orties, Toulouse
Known as the “Pink City,” Southern France’s Toulouse is welcoming a brand new establishment that comprises a restaurant, bistro, wine cellar and more, all at one address.
Led by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Delpech, Des Roses et des Orties promises affordable meals made from high quality, locally sourced ingredients.
The focus is on authentic local cuisine that’s crafted through a combination of historic techniques and recipes with modern touches and execution — one of Delpech’s signature dishes is pork with Jerusalem artichokes and fresh thyme.
The kitchen’s focus is on authentic local cuisine. The region’s foremost artisans and producers, especially those committed to a sustainable vision of agriculture, inform dishes from a charcuterie plate to pigeon.
With more than 800 choices on the wine list, there’s guaranteed to be a bottle for even the choosiest of palates.
Ardor, The West Hollywood EDITION, Los Angeles
US chef John Fraser at Ardor brings an impressive culinary resume, having trained for years at Thomas Keller’s legendary French Laundry in Napa Valley.
At the newly-opened Ardor, Fraser’s focus reflects his reputation as one of the world’s foremost vegetable chefs.
Californian ingredients provide the backdrop for unique dishes such as the Italian classic pasta dish cacio e pepe. In Ardor’s version, ancient grains replace the pasta, and both raw cauliflower and pomegranate are unique additions.
Drinks range from classic cocktails to creations made on the spot based on a guest’s preferences.
Unexpected and unusual savory elements result in creations such as rye with toasted fennel, bergamot and avocado salt, or mezcal with tangerine chile soda and lime.
Henrock, United Kingdom
Based in England’s famously picturesque Lake District, Henrock at Linthwaite House offers wonderfully perfect views over manicured gardens and the lake beyond.
The restaurant takes its name from an outcrop in the water called Hen Rock that’s visible from its terrace.
Head chef Brian Limoges previously worked under Dominique Crenn at San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn, and his menu reflects his global experience, even if much of the produce comes from the restaurant’s nearby farm.
Small sharing plates are the order of the day, with halibut baked in cabbage leaf, bay shrimp and pink pepper, or a custard made from sea urchin set between two crisp pastry layers and eaten like a sandwich on offer.
The distinctly decadent desserts available include fried apple pie with miso butterscotch and cassia clotted cream.
Portugal’s dining scene continues to go from strength to strength, and hip Lisbon neighborhood Campo de Ourique is home to another new spot making waves, Memoria.
Named from the Italian word for “memory,” there are no prizes for guessing the cuisine on offer hails from Italy. The restaurant’s own organic garden, situated just outside Lisbon, provides much of its produce — in the same vein as similar restaurants in Italy.
Memoria is somewhat aptly housed in a former ice cream shop.
Seats in the tree-shaded courtyard are the most sought after, while handwritten menus offering fresh pasta or classic saltimbocca with pillowy gnocchi add to the traditional feel.
Courchevel Bistro, Park City, Utah
It’s a resort largely known for snow and the Sundance Film Festival, but Utah’s Park City now has a fresh dining destination to add to its attractions.
Based in a historic former Coal and Lumber property, Courchevel Bistro is bringing the flavors of France and the Mediterranean to Main Street.
Executive Chef Clement Gelas oversees the fine dining restaurant, as well as a cafe, wine bar and private lounge.
Spread across more than 5,000 square feet, diners can expect dishes such as onion tart or braised chicken coq au vin, with desserts including a decadent apple beignet — a sort of French doughnut — or a plate of local cheeses to round things off.
Colours of the Garden at Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Located on a small island off the coast of Thailand, Colours of the Garden takes diners on a vegan culinary journey through four parts of the country, each with their own distinct taste profiles and produce.
Intriguingly, the team led by Danish chef Carsten Kyster also incorporates Nordic cooking techniques and cooking methods, including fermentation and pickling.
The result is a menu of seven plant-based dishes that celebrate organic fruit, vegetables and herbs, much of which is grown literally within arm’s reach.
Diners begin their visit with a walk through Soneva Kiri’s garden, where three small dishes are served as finger food, before the main event kicks off.
This could mean a take on the classic Thai curry Khao soi, but made with baby corn, enoki and sour mushrooms instead of the traditional chicken. Desserts may include ice cream with aged pineapple, mango pudding and fragrant galangal.
The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London
This hot new restaurant is housed at Great Scotland Yard, a hotel that was once the home of law and order, namely the former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police force.
Chef and restaurateur Robin Gill’s approach is to celebrate some of Britain’s finest ingredients with a slice of culinary theater thrown into the mix.
If venison with damson and baked celeriac doesn’t inspire, then maybe cod from Cornwall in southwest England, served with pumpkin ravioli and shellfish bisque, will do the trick.
For the Krasota, Moscow
Russian chef Vladimir Mukhin, who famously featured in popular Netflix show “Chef’s Table,” is already well known on the fine dining scene thanks to his Moscow eatery White Rabbit, which is frequently named as Russia’s best.
His new restaurant, For the Krasota, promises an unusual and experimental dining experience where the evening is as much about memories and interaction, “A place that will take you back to childhood or catapult you into the day after tomorrow.”
Light, music and floating crystals all contribute to the dining destination, whose name translates as “beauty.”
The quail cooked in ashes, a reference to the Phoenix — a popular motif within Russian folklore — seems set to be a signature dish.
EthioEritrea, New York
Finally, on our list is a new upstate New York restaurant with an unusual back story.
Ched Tesfahiwot Okube is from Eritrea, but spent seven years in an Ethiopian refugee camp, where he was able to hone his cooking skills in a cafe.
Now his dishes have a new audience at restaurant EthioEritrea, which offers a wide menu of dishes from across the region.
One regular feature is traditional soft sourdough injera, which is used to scoop meats, grains or vegetables from stews known as wot.
Okube also dedicates part of the menu to vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as braised greens or red lentil and chickpea stews.
The ten-table restaurant, located in Syracuse, retains the family style feel of his former cafe. Wicker baskets known as mesobs serve as communal serving dishes, and it’s a meal about far more than the food.