La Serre – Dubai

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A street side Parisian Cafe, overlooking Emaar Boulevard, La serre is the perfect place for a nice sit-down meal, or even a quick bite. Located in the Vida hotel, La Serre has 2 levels – a bistro and cafe, depending on your mood you can take your pick.The crisp white interiors, and beautiful glass facade make this a great modern eatery with Parisian old world charm. The Boulangerie has some of the freshest breads, jams and pastries, that are as enticing as the food menu itself.  Read more

Sass Cafe – Dubai

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The Arab version of the famed outpost in Monaco, Sass Cafe brings European luxury to Dubai. Located in DIFC, this is a great place for a meal, a nigh out, or even a crazy party brunch, Sass Cafe is great anytime of day. The menu is European inspired, with salads and pastas and some fantastic desserts. Sass Cafe even has a wonderful outdoor area, from which you can see the Burj Khalifa in all its glory.  Read more

Otto e Mezzo Bombana – Central, Hong Kong

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Find yourself in Hong Kong during truffle season (Sept- Nov)? then head over to Otto e Mezzo Bombana, to taste the culinary delights of Chef Bombana. Umberto Bombana is rumored to have the first pick of the famed truffles from Alba, and consider yourself lucky if you get to eat them! But be prepared to open your wallet wide, truffles that are flown in daily from Italy, do not come cheap.  Read more

The Stinking Rose – Los Angeles

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Are you a huge fan of garlic? Do you just not care how much your breath will stink after eating lots of garlic? (And hey, what are mints and gum for right?) If the answer to these questions is a yes, then there’s a restaurant you must eat at in Los Angeles, The Stinking Rose – a garlic restaurant! Every dish served in this restaurant is garlic based. Yum! This might not be the best place for a date though, if you know what I mean.

The Stinking Rose is an Italian restaurant with its own flair. When you walk in, you will feel like you’ve walked into a circus. Tables are set up with curtains and decor is pleasantly chaotic. LA is known for its crazies and this is just one of the many that fit right into this star studded city. Read more

Eatalia, Carpe Diem – Hou Hai, Beijing

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When in China, do as the Chinese? But that can be a bit dangerous if you are vegetarian. In a city where people barely understand what you are saying, finding vegetarian food can be quite the task. Even more so when you think you are talking to a person who may possibly have eaten scorpions, worms, cockroaches, and god knows what else… oh! the curse of imagination! In such a situation, finding Eatalia – Carpe Diem in the middle of Beijing is like a beacon of hope, restoring your faith in mankind.

Started by 2 friends of Italian and Spanish origin, Eatalia is a small, but cosy place serving great Italian food. They have an indoor and outdoor section, and Marc Antony’s speech “Friends, Romans, countrymen .. ” painted on the wall. The menu was quite extensive, with pizza, pasta, risotto and salad options. Read more

Grappa’s – Admiralty, Hong Kong

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Italian comfort food – that is exactly how I would describe Grappa’s. The food is perfect, simple, and just what you might be looking for after a long day. The interior of the restaurant is cosy, and reminiscent of old american diners, with booths that have leather upholstery. Also, like other american restaurants, they sell their own merchandise, if you are interested in owning Grappa’s stuff. Read more

Cafe Deco Pizzeria – Kowloon, Hong Kong

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For most people, holidays involve shopping, and lots of it! It’s mall after mall after mall, and in between all the bag carry-ing, clothes try-ing and bill pay-ing, it’s nice to get a bite of food.

Café Deco Pizzeria is the perfect place for that bite. Located in Elements mall in Kowloon, Café Deco offers you quick comfort food right in the middle of a busy shopping day. The pizza had a nice crispy crust, and the toppings were fresh. The Penne Arrabiatta was exactly as you would imagine it. No surprises, just a simple elegant penne in a nice and tangy tomato sauce. Read more

Ciak, in the kitchen – Central, Hong Kong

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Another great spot for a crazy day of shopping. Located on the 3rd floor of the Landmark mall, Ciak is a nice pit stop  to take, before you resume shopping. Ciak translates to ‘action’ (like on a movie set), and the cafe/restaurant has Italian cinema references littered through the decor.

This is a venture by Michelin Star winner Chef Bombana. The walls double up as shelves, inviting guests to buy boxes of house made pasta boxes and other Italian produce. The restaurant has open kitchens, so you can always see your pizza being prepared, and above the kitchen, they have cute sayings, giving the whole restaurant a friendly feel. Read more