These are restaurants we hope to visit in the near future. Stay tuned for a review!
The Red Book recommends:
In Melbourne, Australia
- The Press Club. For a modern take on traditional Greek cuisine.
- Pearl (631-633 Church St., Richmond). For fine dining or a casual lunch in the cafe (Source: Qantas inflight magazine)
- Residential Cafe Bar (499 Lygon St, Carlton). For house made crumpets (Source: Qantas inflight magazine)
- Cutler & Co (55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy). Suggested to us by a great foodie friend who classified it as AMAZING!!! (her caps and exclamation marks.)
In Adelaide, Australia
- Blanc Bistro & Grill (31-81 O'Connell St, North Adelaide). Amazing SA fish. Specials like seared bluefin tuna with tempura prawns and a seaweed salad. Seafood platter and tiny cupid oysters plus great salt and pepper chips. (Source: Qantas inflight magazine)
- Kenji (Hutt St). Divine sashimi ice bowl, abalone & puffer fish, tuna, bugs, pork belly and dumplings.
In Sydney, Australia
- The Winery (285A Crown St., Surry Hills). For Penfolds Grange by the glass while seated on "flamboyant cowhide couches" (Source: Australian Financial Review Life & Leisure liftout Oct. 10-11 2009)
- Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. The degustation menu, served at the sole table in the wine cellar (easy access to the wine!) with a dedicated waiter to present the dishes and wine, has a lot to recommend it - as long as someone else is paying! (Source: DG)
Elsewhere in Australia
- Margan Restaurant (1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke). A cellar door restaurant with a difference. Fine food and a superb vegetable garden making much of the dishes about as local and organic as they can get. And a fine chef in Ian Atkinson who concentrates on simple, essential, non-fussy but intensely flavoured cooking. Worth a stop on any Hunter Valley itinerary. (Source: Financial Review, Life & Leisure June 11-13 2010)
- Aquacaf (Barrage Rd, Goolwa). Former Melting Pot chef Jordan Theodoros’ latest venture. Amazing Vietnamese inspired salads, great fish chowder with cockles and mussels (alive, alive oh!) Burgers and fab fish and chips (Source: Qantas inflight magazine)
- Tea Rooms of Yarck (6585 Maroondah Highway, Yarck). Pietro Porcu (of Da Noi in South Yarra fame) left Melbourne in search of the bucolic and ended up turning these ex-tea rooms into a Sardinian restaurant specialising in traditionally fabulous Italian food. Only open on weekends. Well worth the detour. (Source - Australian Traveller Oct/Nov 2010)
- J.Sheekey (Covent Garden, London). Amazing fish!
In Paris, France
- Clos des Gourmets. For classic French cuisine with a twist (Source: Observer food magazine)
- L'Ami Louis. The French are renowned for their roast chicken and this is the place to eat it (Source: Observer food magazine)
- Le Châteaubriand. Old brasserie decor, great food, rethinking classic French.
- The New York Café (Budapest). For coffee in Italianate opulence.
- L'Ecrevain (Dublin). Recommended by our foodie friend in Dublin as a suitable replacement for Mint. Chapter One is another possibility.
In Firenze, Italy
- Trattoria Coco Lezzone (Via Parioncino 26). A tiny family-run slow food restaurant serving amazing pork loin (Source: Observer food magazine)
- Pizzeria Il Pizzaiuolo (Via de Macci 13). For the best Neapolitan Style pizza in Italy (or even the world?)
In Edinburgh, Scotland
- The Tower Restaurant (Museum of Scotland). For great food with an excellent view over the city.
- Nargile (73 Hanover Rd). For amazing Turkish food.
In Barcelona, Spain
- Cal Pep (Plaça de les Olles 8). for the best tapas in town (Source: Observer food magazine)
- Bomba Bar Cova Fumada (56 Baluard). For amazing fried potatoes (Source: Observer food magazine)
- Inopia. "The best Catalan tapas we have had", should be renamed Utopia. (Source: Observer food magazine)
Elsewhere in Spain
- El Bulli. One day we hope to get in here although its days are numbered as Adria has just announced he will be closing the restaurant from 2012 onwards.
- El Carpicho (Paraje de las Bodegas, Jimenez de Jamuz). for what Time magazine called "the perfect steak".
- Carme Ruscalleda (Sant Pol de Mar). 22 chefs cook for just 35 customers in this 3-starred restaurant (Source: Observer food magazine)
In New York, the USA
- Gramercy Tavern. For all things pork (Source: Observer food magazine)
- Babbo. For simple Italian perfectly prepared (Source: Observer food magazine)
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