From the Down Under to the Big Apple, we wanted to find the very best restaurants from around the world — so we asked our travel agents! We polled more than 100 tripcentral.ca travel agents to uncover the very best of the best. Rounding out the top 10 are…
The Pickled Onion, Bermuda
Located in a historic building from the 1800s, the Pickled Onion comes highly recommended by several of our travel agents. The decor boasts visually spectacular thick limestone walls, stone roofs held in place by cedar beams, and high ceilings, which help to keep the rooms cool during hot summer days. The Pickled Onion, an upscale casual bar and restaurant has thrived as a Bermuda hotspot since 1998.
Le Cellier, Epcot Center
Located below the Chateau at the Canada Pavilion of Disney’s Epcot is Le Cellier Steakhouse. The name translated into “the cellar,” which explains why there are no windows! The ambient lighting and stone arches, though, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Steak definitely steals the show here, but the menu offers a wide variety of dining options.
Mon Ami Gabi, Las Vegas
A classic French bistro, Mon Ami Gabi will tempt your taste buds with authentic cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Terry Lynch. The menu features features classics such as onion soup au gratin with bubbling baked gruyere, roast chicken & frites grand-mère style with mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions, frisée & bacon salad with a soft-poached egg and croutons, as well as the trademark steak frites. My mouth is watering just writing about this menu!
Oh No!!! This was highly recommended by one of our travel agents, but sadly, it has closed since then.
Scotchies, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
If jerk chicken and pork sound good, you’ll love Scotchies! Deemed one of the best Jerk food stops on the north coast of Jamaica, Scotchies offers more than just a meal, but phenomenally friendly service and a stunning location.
Koal Keel, Angilla
This relatively new restaurant is making a name for itself by mixing the finest French and West Indian style cuisines. Owned by Lisa Gumbs, a descendant of the slaves once housed her, Koal Keel features a beautiful dining veranda and an exceptional 15,000-bottle wine cellar.
The Royal Palm, St. Kitts
Ottley’s Plantation Inn is nestled within the stone walls of a sugar plantation in St. Kitts. According to our travel agents, the champagne Sunday brunch at The Royal Palm restaurant is unparalleled. Naturally elegant with a low-key ambiance, the view is almost as good as the food.
Persian Room, Australia
The Persian Room in Pyrmont features authentic Persian dishes infused with wide a range of exotic spices cooking techniques. Most of the ingredients are sourced directly from Iran, which makes dining at the Persian Room a unique experience not to be missed.
The Private Room, China
Created by Japanese interior design firm Super Potato, the Private Room features 16 private dining suites complete with private restroom and pantry. Each suite features a Chinese, Japanese or contemporary theme derived from various cultures. Blending conventional Cantonese cooking with a modern twist, The Private Room offers a feast for the senses.
The Five Napkin Burger, NYC
This one is my personal favourite! Not only is the food fantastic, but the mojitos were nothing short of spectacular — of course you can also choose from more than 50 beers and 100 wines. The menu is simple, as is the decor — one room packed with tables that spill out onto the patio in the summer. It has a true neighbourhood restaurant feel. And you’ll definitely need that fifth napkin if you order one of their tender, juicy burgers!
What are some of your favourite restaurants from around the world?