Gone are the days when you actually have to eat the cuisine of the country that you’re visiting. Having mussels in Brussels or fish and chips in London is now a cliché and not the norm. Today you can eat virtually any cuisine in any city and it may be even better than in the country of origin.
I love food from all across the globe and I love creating recipes that everyone can make in any city. I don’t think we’re trapped by geography anymore. Thanks to globalization we can source pretty much any ingredient anywhere.
I have had better French food in Bangkok then in Paris, better Italian in Kuala Lumpur than Milan and better Chinese food in London than anywhere else in the world. Yep that includes China.
However just because food is available everywhere doesn’t mean that each restaurant does a certain cuisine justice so I have pulled some of my fav restaurants from key cities around the world. I know most people in our community travel extensively for business and so I want to present some suggestions of great restaurants in key business destinations that you can take client to in order to impress them or just go by yourself and have a great quiet meal on your own.
Le Beaulie Bangkok is run by Master Chef Herve. Here the food is exquisite. Almost everything is imported like fine seafood from Australia to the most incredible cheese plates from France. His steak Tatar is out of this world and his unique culinary creations are fantastic.
Indigo is also a great French restaurant that is very reasonably priced. It is close to Patpong of Silom Road so it’s also really convenient.
Zanotti in Bangkok is my go to place for brilliant Italian fare. The food is inventive and the menu changes often so you will never get bored.
The Chinatown in London is one of the best in the world. It is primarily influenced by chefs from Hong Kong so the food is authentic, often Cantonese, but pretty much always beautifully prepared. There are many places to choose from but Four Seasons been one of my favorites for years. Duck and pancakes are a specialty that is served just like you would get in Hong Kong
London also has brilliant Italian and French restaurants. La Familia off the Kings Road is a staple establishment that has been around for years and for good reason.
The chain Thai Square in London also offers an amazing value as they very faithfully replicate the tastes of Thailand at its best. Blue Elephant offers more expensive Royal Thai Cuisine. It’s been an icon in London for years.
Kuala Lumpur like London or New York is a melting pot of cultures and as such features restaurants from all around the world. Hotels here do a brilliant job in keeping authentic cuisine just as it should be. Carcosa Seri Negara Kuala Lumpur is where I have spent much time filming and I have always enjoyed the fine French fare.
Hong Kong was one of the first Asian capitals to really explode with European cuisine. Today one of my favorites is the tapas bar at the Shangri-La Kowloon. It always offers great choices of cheese and aged ham along with a brilliant happy hour.
Felix at the Peninsular is expensive but it is worth it. Everyone should eat here at least once in their life.
There are so many great restaurants in so many great food cities around the world that I could go on forever. And that is the true joy of food and ultimately why I am never bored. So many restos so little time …….
Daniel Green, the Model Cook is a Celebrity Chef known for his healthy approach to food and living well. With TV, books, magazines and live appearances, Daniel spends his time helping fans to cook better, feel better and live better. He’s also an avid traveler and a self-confessed Foodie.