Over the years, hotel restaurants have had a reputation of being less than stunning culinary institutions. Often being considered sub-par alternatives to the “real restaurants” in the city or destination in which they resided in. A movement however has begun to change all of that. Over the past few years, some hotels have started opening up some of the best new restaurants in their surrounding areas. Even celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, and Jose Andres gotten in on the game, quickly becoming some of the go to spots and hottest new restaurants for both locals and travelers alike.
Here is a list of a few in no particular order that have become game changers in their local area and have become internationally acclaimed.
1. Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman - Located next to one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches and owned and run by one of the most famous chefs in modern times, Eric Ripert’s Blue is a true gem and highlight of dining on Grand Cayman. Featuring locally caught seafood that highlights several different menus and an impressive wine list that features over 700 different wines from around the globe, it’s no wonder that Eric Ripert’s Blue is rated one of the top 50 best restaurants in the world by The Diners Club.
2. Il Palagio at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze - Located in beautiful Florence Italy, this Michelin star earned restaurant features a seasonal menu that is taking regional Tuscan cuisine to the next level with a modern twist. With an elegant decor and exquisite dishes such as Cavatelli pasta Cacio e Pepe, which won Dish of the Year in 2013 according to the restaurant guide Guida Ristoranti Espresso, Executive Chef Vito Mollica and Il Palagio have become one of the best restaurants in the already great and crowded Tuscan food scene.
3. The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel - Owned by world-renowned Chef Jose Andres who has two Michelin stars and was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”, The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills is not only one of the best hotel restaurants, it could also be considered one of the best restaurants in the world. Serving up Tapas style dishes from Spain and unique modern dishes inspired by Jose Andres himself, the menu is sure to delight everyone. With a creative atmosphere that was named one of the “ LA Restaurants With the Most Stunning Design” by Eater LA and impressive dishes, The Bazaar by Jose Andres is a restaurant worth making a visit to in the LA area.
4. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester - As being one of only 4 restaurants in the UK to hold 3 Michelin Stars and being located in what is arguably one of the best hotels in the world, Alain Ducasse has quite the reputation to uphold and retain. Located in the affluent Mayfair district on the West End of London, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester serves up modern French cuisine featuring perfectly executed seasonal dishes such as Confit Duck Foie Gras and Fillet of Turbot with impeccable service and an elegant ambiance. Dining at the Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester is truly an amazing experience not to be missed when in London.
5. York & Albany, York & Albany Hotel - Owned and run by perhaps the most well-known celebrity chef in the world Gordon Ramsay. The York & Albany restaurant located at the York and Albany Hotel in London has conceivably the most laid back atmosphere on our list of restaurants and is the only one that serves all meals of the day including breakfast. Notable items on the menu include the Y & A full English breakfast and Eggs Benedict for breakfast, the all time English classic Beer battered fish and chips with mushy peas for Lunch and Barbary duck breast for dinner. As Gordon Ramsay himself would put it “Simple and rustic” English fare done well.
6. Huang Ting at The Peninsula Hotel - Located in China’s great ancient capital city of Beijing, Huang Ting at The Peninsula Hotel serves up delightful and authentic Cantonese style dishes, Dim Sum, Peking Duck that is carved tableside as well as Executive Chef Bryan Li’s signature dishes such as Stir-fried Australian Wagyu Beef.
Huang Ting’s distinctive decor recreates the atmosphere of China’s deep, age-old past and now features a new Tea Lounge decorated with Ming Dynasty-era tables.
With all of this in mind, Huang Ting at the Peninsula Hotel has truly landed itself as one the culinary highlights of any trip passing through Beijing.
This has been just a small list of some of the great hotel restaurants. Be sure to check them or any great hotel restaurants out, the next time you are traveling. Until we eat again…..