Gourmet – 30 Must-Do Experiences
The Triple Michelin-Starred Temple
Popsicle-pink sunsets, flooding Rome’s twinkling skyline and illuminating St Peter’s dome… the views from La Pergola (above), the rooftop-garden restaurant at the ultra-stylish Rome Cavalieri, are as delectable as the food. And that’s saying something: the only three Michelin-starred restaurant in the city, its menu brims with strokes of executive chef Heinz Beck’s genius – such as lobster gratinated with pata negra and ‘nduja. Meanwhile, the 60,000-bottle wine cellar is so sensational it could dazzle Bacchus.
The Designer Pop-Up
Why have one big-name chef when you can have four? That’s the thinking behind Enigma, an avante-garde dining space at hotel Palazzo Versace Dubai. The décor is by Versace ornamented with touches of Arabian elegance; the food – and the head chef – change four times a year. The clincher? Chefs come from only the most lauded restaurants in the world: most recently, two Michelin-starred Björn Frantzén has been turning out white mass ‘sushi’ with deer.
The Creative Afternoon Tea
Clotted-cream-clogged afternoon teas are a dime a dozen in London – so Mayfair Kitchen, scores brownie points for thinking differently. It’s the Brit tradition gone south: cucumber sandwiches are swapped for Spanish pan con tomate, and sultana-studded scones for Sicilian lemon ones (slathered with orange and nectarine preserve and vanilla mascarpone). You can even ditch the tea for an array of artisan coffees or – better yet – a jug of sangria.