Eleven Madison Park
Looking for an exceptional dining experience in a lush surrounding during Labor Day Weekend in New York? We might have found one! How about an upscale American tasting menu from chef Daniel Humm served in a high-ceilinged Art Deco space? If it’s a special occasion, why not seize it? It’ll be a total indulgence of flavors, service and atmosphere, indeed. No surprise that the ever-so-famed Eleven Madison Park ranked third among The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016, and topped the list in 2017.
Top 5 Brunch Spots In Münich by Olga Löffler
Vacay in Munich? Oh yes please! Let us show your way through the city's best brunch spots with our lovely ambassador, Olga's guidance! We've just got back from Munich – the capital of Bavaria, which is known for more than just the world’s largest beer festival and BMWs. Apart from these, the city is also rich in beautiful architecture, meaty sausages (traditionally eaten for breakfast), good football, museums, vintage trams, parties, exhibitions, and parks – one of which is larger than even New York’s Central Park. And of course; a new wave of gastronomy scene if you would like to opt for something lighter than sausages for breakfast. Read on to find out where to get the most delicious breakfast bowls, pancakes and egg benedict. You may thank it to Olga afterwards, we just did.
MOTTO Restaurant & Bar, located on Schönbrunner Straße, in the fifth district of Vienna, was apparently one of the first gay clubs in the 70’s and has since become somewhat one of the most popular celebrity hotspots in the city. Once you make it inside through the large chrome door (on Rüdigergasse, it’s tricky), the bar will be on your left, while the sophisticated dining area on your right, both opening at 6pm. You should definitely go both directions; you may decide the order though! Once we found its lush green interior via Instagram, we could not get it out of our heads. It was clear that the place has since become the ultimate hangout place amongst the trendy crowds of Vienna, so we joined them. It was Thursday 7pm and the restaurant was fully packed, few hours later as was the bar. Apart from its impressive interior, MOTTO is also known for its kitchen, which stays open after midnight. The menu features delicious dishes like beef carpaccio, salmon tatar or mountain trout, while the cocktail choices are not any less notable. Booking your tables already?
From bar to fine dining: Innio
It seems that the world has always been well aware of Hungarian kitchen; just think of Goulash, deep-fried flat bread or stuffed cabbage, yet the need for a more refined approach to gastronomy has been missing for a long time. Located in Budapest downtown, one-minute walk from Basilica, Innio has joined the fine dining gastronomy scene in Budapest by shifting focus from bar to restaurant yet lifting its menu to a whole new level. Today's gastronomy scene loves blurring lines; at the cross point of lush flavours and art a match-made-in-heaven happened, or rather put it this way; is happening. We can call it attainable fine dining. A kind that we can experience in Scandinavia; honesty, purity and primary focus on ingredients could best describe it. The chefs Csaba Sajben and Szilard Toth are creating each dish as it was a piece of art; keeping the Hungarian roots yet enchanting them with a Scandinavian edge. How could one best describe INNIO? Well, it is most of all creative, has a refined signature cuisine with non-everyday combinations and thoughts. They prefer doing it the Nordic way by focusing on the essence of culinary experience. Its luxurious feel lies much more in the experience itself; each moment you're seizing while enjoying its savour than the price. Innio is providing you a laid-back bistro atmosphere and makes sure that you'll feel comfortable while enjoying the best service and mastering the art of (fine) dining.
Dining in Soho: Le Coucou
The vibrant Soho district’s famed culinary gem, Le Coucou has been on our list for a long time, apparently even before our stay at 11 Howard last year. And so good it was; both the level of excitement and expectations were sky-high. Speaking of experience, the restaurant has quickly become one of the hardest tables to get in the city, but we’ve got lucky. Coincidence or destiny? You decide. In a lavish and enthusiastic manner, we’ve finally visited Le Coucou the other week, craving classic French cuisine the restaurant is renown for. The menu reflects the chef, Daniel Rose’s personal vision of classic French cuisine aimed at bringing great food and conviviality to the table. An exceptional menu, the lush list of wines and cocktails, paired with the utmost of hospitality, takes dining at Le Coucou to the next level.
Relaxed Fine Dining: Interview with Mák
Visiting MÁK (means poppy seed in Hungarian) has been on our list for a long time. Actually we still cannot decide whether tasting their exceptional menu was more enjoyable or watching their, and especially the chef's János Mizsei's precision in the kitchen (yes, we made it behind the scenes). MÁK’s concept is to offer state-of-the-art gastronomy to foodies from all walks of life, in a relaxed unpretentious atmosphere. It counts as a real pioneer in Hungary's fine dinding scene. The chef of MÁK, János Mizsei, at a remarkable chef who has won several awards and has been praised by international publications such as The New York Times, the Michelin Guide, Time Out and Lonely Planet. He loves playing with different textures, acids and unusual combinations of ingredients. While respecting the culinary traditions of Hungary and local ingredients, MÁK’s style of creation and presentation as well as simplicity can be originated from the best practices of Scandinavian cuisine. We've got to talk with János shortly about his current favourite ingredients, his impressions of Daniel Berlin Krog and fine dining in general. Don't miss MÁK when you are in Budapest!
Local's Lore Picks: Top 5 restaurants in London
Spending just a couple of days in London as a traveler (even if you are a returning one) to fit in everything can be a real challenge. Just when you try to search the newest restaurants you will definitely find like twenty incredible ones opened since your last visit to the ever-changing British capital. We'd like to share our top 5 restaurants that are awaited (and hoped) to be discovered during our trip to London this weekend. The list includes the Michelin three-starred restaurant Sketch in Mayfair, which is famous for its high-quality dishes and unique pink interior. Bistrotheque is not new in London's gastronomy scene yet its loft-like dining area is on our minds for a long time. The newest, Omar's Place is an invitation to the most essential flavours and smells of the Mediterranean, tapas, selected wines and cocktails; a journey through countries bathed by such a mythical sea. This way we've just fixed a "sunny day" in London. PS have you tried any of the above mentioned gastro-treasures?
Top 5 restaurants to visit during MFW by Mary
No matter if you are in Milan for the Fashion Week, MIDO, Salone del Mobile or MIA Photo Fair in between shows and fairs one only has the time to grab something quickly. Therefore, we have collected you Milan's top restaurants to dine in according to our local ambassador, Marianna Zuliani aka Mary. We suggest you to book your table in advance as each place gets quite busy especially when the city is packed with visitors. Local's Lore's team is striving to discover local niche places, restaurants with a story, places that are blurring the line between fine dining, traditional local cuisine and new-wave cuisine. Some days we prefer restaurants that are hip, on others that are luxurious and delicate, some days we are chasing the best local street food spots. We are in for every type of culinary experience as long as it's delicious. Let's see the 5 best one in Milan according to Mary. To be precise 5+1 which is our Local's Lore pick and currently our most desired place to eat out! Find out which one it is on the bottom of our list.
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
Announced last week, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards now in its ninth year is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. This covers every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups. The Awards attract the world’s top designers, hospitality operators and judges from the UK and globally. Recent names include Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Foster & Partners, Stephen Alden, Gordon Ramsay, Tony Chambers (Editor in Chief, Wallpaper*), Alberto Alessi, Thomas Heatherwick and many more. Here are three of our very favourite spots:
A new Parisian address on the border of the 8th and 17th arrondissements, LE CAMONDO has opened its doors within the eponymous museum, just next to Parc Monceau. Upon entering, a large bar acts as the central element of the space, like a huge dining table inviting guests to share some time together. As if it were suspended in time, this former parking garage of the hôtel particulier has retained its coffered ceiling and metallic columns that make up the structure of the space. It also opens onto a paved courtyard that’s protected from external noise, just like a secret garden. Perfect for lunches and dinners on beautiful sunny days. This warm and inviting space boasts a cosy atmosphere featuring an interior design that mixes styles and materials with the spirit of an elegant conservatory, echoing the feeling of a private club. We sat down with the director, Aret BulBul to talk about moving to Paris, the French cuisine and his future plans.
Better Together: The Local's Lore special
On the occasion of the World of Coffee Festival in Budapest, we teamed up with our favourite coffee-slash-breakfast-spot owners Anna and Peter behind Szimply and Kontakt for a very special dish. The Local’s Lore breakfast menu includes avo toast (avocado, apricot chutney, cascara caviar, aspargaus cream, cardamom-peanut butter) and cascara coffee.