When it comes to fine dining, the setting is just as important as the cuisine. Whether it be romantic lights, classical feeling, ultra-modern decor, minimal-chic or just natural beauty, it all goes towards an experience beyond the meal.
Here our ten top picks from Sydney to São Paulo for an unforgettable dinner time:
SushiSamba, London, UK
Occupying the two top floors of one of the highest buildings in the City, the top bar at the first UK outpost of international franchise, Sushi Samba, boasts the some of the best views of London.
Japan, Brazil and Peru come together here. That’s not an eye-opener these days, but the entrance to this expensive New York import is. Take the glass elevator that clings to the side of Heron Tower, shoot up 38 floors in a few stomach-flipping seconds, then walk into a bar from which you can practically browse workers’ emails in the Gherkin. Go on through to the double-height glasshouse of a restaurant, with its magnificent bamboo-lattice ceiling, and your table will likely face north across Spitalfields towards Alexandra Palace or east over Stepney and out to Essex. Allow time to drink in your surroundings, and maybe a cocktail or seasonal saké, while perusing a menu that will need deciphering by your well-drilled waiter, peppered as it is with terms such as ‘tiradito’, ‘taquito’, ‘moqueca’ and ‘chicharrons’.
The Rooftop at the London, West Hollywood, LA, California
Ideally located at the crossroads of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, The London West Hollywood is a tranquil urban oasis that epitomizes modern luxury. The Rooftop at The London is the perfect space to take in cosmopolitan views with laid-back California ease. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and fresh shrimp ceviche as you sit among the fire pits on chic white couches.
With its sweeping city views and playfully sophisticated vibe, Boxwood on the Roof offers guests and locals alike the perfect oasis for al fresco dining and mingling.
Known for his inventive and playful twists on New American cuisine and the top trending seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef Anthony Keene has created a vibrant new menu that takes each guest on a gastronomic adventure. Chef Keene’s summer menu reflects the eclectic tastes of the hotel’s global clientele while remaining true to its relaxed modern atmosphere.
Rainbow Room, The Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
The opening of the Rainbow Room is officially announced in 1934. The name changes from Stratosphere because, according to The New Yorker, “the Rockefellers decided that it [the name] not only fell short of the mark, but it sounded too much like an ordinary nightclub.” The space atop the RCA Building on the eastern side is to be a class of its own, unlike any other late night destination of the day.
Since opening one year after the end of Prohibition, in 1934, the Rainbow Room has significantly inﬂuenced American cocktail culture. Bar SixtyFive invites you to toast a rich history with the Classic list, our homage to past favorites;
Rainbow Room kicks off 2016 with a new Sunday brunch. Decadent à la carte dining is complemented by special chef stations featuring indulgent desserts and award-winning brunch cocktails, attracting guests for a taste of quintessential Manhattan.
Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
The world’s highest rooftop bar is exactly what dreams are made of. On the 118th and ultimate floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, you’ll bask in extreme views of Hong Kong Island while sipping an HK Skyline, a blend of Zacapa Centenario Rum, absinthe, Imperial Oolong syrup, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, and Dom Pérignon foam.
Enter the magical blue-hued surroundings of OZONE, the most celebrated rooftop sky bar in Hong Kong, and let the city hold you in its mesmerizing spell. OZONE offers an ideal location for an unforgettable night, complete with a striking ambiance, inventive cocktails, delicious Asian tapas, and incomparable views from the highest bar in the world. Host your wedding in the sky on our outdoor terrace or enjoy the nightlife with one of our imfamous dance parties featuring some of the most well known DJs in Hong Kong. Whether you come for dinner or Sunday Brunch, your time at OZONE is certain to be a memorable one.
Skye, Hotel Unique, São Paulo
Located on the rooftop of Hotel Unique, Skye boasts a crimson red pool with an underwater sound system and lounge area with stunning views over Ibirapuera Park and the entire São Paulo skyline, including Paulista Avenue´s skyscrapers. At Skye, innovative, delicious food and drink by Chef Emmanuel Bassoleil, visual exuberance, and legendary Unique service engage all the senses in every single occasion, from family breakfast, business lunch and happy hour with friends to a special romantic dinner.
Moon Bar at Banyan Tree, Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand is home to some of the world’s most amazing sky bars, but none carry the awe factor quite like this gravity-defying restaurant and bar combo, jetting 61 stories towards the heavens atop the Banyan Tree Bangkok. With 360-degree views extending to the horizon in all directions, it’s like hovering over Bangkok’s dazzling cityscape, a sensation heightened by multiple rounds of Thai Sabai, a potent mix of Mekhong (a national sugar cane and rice-based spirit), lime juice, basil leaves, and a splash of soda water.
Vertigo offers an al fresco dining experience set atop a roof terrace overlooking the glittering cityscape of Bangkok – a grill-and-bar experience that is Asia’s first. Dine on fork-tender seafood and premium steaks while feasting your eyes on the city’s vast skyline. Moon Bar puts you at ease in an informal setting 61 floors above the city and offers premium drinks, such as the classic Vertigo Sunset, a melody of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with just the right amount of Malibu.
Le Jules Verne Restaurant, Paris, France
Located on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, Michelin Star awarded restaurant Le Jules Verne offers the best view of Paris.
It offers a contemporary cuisine, reuniting all the basics of classic French cuisine. Created from a rigorous selection of quality ingredients from all the regions, it reflects the quest of excellence dear to Alain Ducasse.
Beyond the spectacular view upon Paris, the elegant space created by interior designer Patrick Jouin, is an invitation to the dream. In daytime, natural light pours throughout the restaurant. In the evening, the atmosphere becomes more muted, more sensual.
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Japan
The name Mandarin Oriental has become a byword for high end hotel glamour and that’s certainly the case with their Tokyo outpost. Looking out over the historic Nihonbashi district, the stylish and spacious 37th floor bar at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo has staggering views out over the city and plays host to live jazz most nights, of a suitably chilled out variety. They have an extensive wine list and the bar tenders mix an excellent cocktail (their classic martini is exemplary). The service is smooth as a just waxed floor and as ultra efficient as you’d expect cigars aficionados might want to inspect the bar’s impressive humidor. Seductive as all these things are, and they really, really are, it’s those views that leave the deepest impression.
Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar is one of the most spectacular restaurants in San Miguel de Allende and is a destination to savor at leisure. A menu of authentically prepared International tapas sustains guests as they enjoy expertly prepared margaritas and cocktails.
This relaxing venue invites guests to linger and absorb San Miguel’s ever-changing colors and skyline views. Rich shades of terracotta, ochre, earthy browns and dusty pinks contrast perfectly with a vivid blue sky, then are transformed by magnificent sunsets. Throughout the day and night, this al fresco setting presents breathtaking views of the iconic La Parroquia, spires, bell towers and rooftops across town.
360 Bar & Dining, Sydney, Australia
Located high above the city in the iconic Sydney Tower, 360 Bar and Dining is a culinary experience with revolving views of Sydney’s skyline. Offering fresh seasonal dishes on a fine dining menu, paired with award winning wines all designed to stimulate your taste and sight senses.
Offering specially designed cocktails with curated liqueurs, champagnes, wines from around the globe and carefully brewed beers, 360 Bar is perfect for sunset cocktails, pre-meal drinks or evening nightcaps.