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Festive Restaurants: The Best Restaurants to Celebrate the Party Season
The great thing about the party season is the dining out, the after work drinks, Christmas parties and endless amount of good food and wine. It's even better if you've been organised and done all your Christmas shopping, stocked up on your Christmas booze and even nailed the presents for the hard to buy for. Once your duties are done, your purse strings a little lighter, what's stopping you from really blowing your month budget on some fine food in great restaurants? Here's our pick of the must-visit restaurants globally right now.
You'll be hard pushed to find a better street-level view in London. At Hide, you can pitch a spot by the window Above to enjoy their new à la carte menu as you overlook Green Park and the bustle of London traffic in the utmost comfort.
As one of London's trendiest haunts, it's the perfect venue for pre-Christmas entertaining. You'll want to go for the laid-back atmosphere, incredibly attentive staff, mouth-watering wine list and not to mention the food. Word to the wise; always go for the nest egg, it's the signature dish for a reason. Not to mention the Wagyu short rib and the luxury cheeseboard, we could go on...
The latest addition to Barcelona’s booming culinary scene Nobu has opened its first restaurant in the city. Located on the top 23rd floor of the new Nobu hotel, in the neighbourhood of Eixample, it serves up Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famous dishes that combine his classic Japanese training with the bold flavours he discovered during his extensive travels through South America.
The menu includes some of the brand’s iconic combinations – including Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Black Cod with Miso – as well as dishes inspired by the local Catalan ingredients.
La Passagere, Antibes
A classic spot to pitch yourself if you're on the French Riviera this Christmas. There is no better terrace with greater sea-views for you to enjoy some festive celebrations with Michelin standard food. You'll find La Passagere hidden in plain sight in the quaint town of Juan les Pins on Cap d’Antibes.
The menu makes the most of its access to local fresh seafood as showcased in the delectable mediterranean crab dish, which is a must for all diners as well as the imperial black fish.
Daniel, New York City
Everything here is easy. The atmosphere, the staff, the food, all of it wonderfully pleasant, a restaurant in which you can while away the hours with good friends. Daniel has been a trendy hot-spot for a few years now but there's a reason for that and based on the buzz within the high ceilings, it's not likely to change.
As for the food, it's everything you hoped for and more in terms of fine French cuisine. Expect flambéed fois gras, savoury dusted crêpes, truffled cod and mouth-watering Chantilly cream. We'd recommend the six-course prix fixe menu for a proper festive indulgence that will see the year off perfectly.
A one-stop destination for everything from the food and drinks to the cabaret and entertainment. Lío will be hosting 'Dine and Dance' this party season and will be opening its doors for the first time at the weekends during the winter months. Guests can now enjoy the celebrations and festivities year-round from this renowned restaurant overlooking the Ibiza hills.
In terms of the menu, you're in good hands with plenty of fresh sea food and lovely sushi dishes in a fusion of mediterranean and Japanese dishes.
Le Comptoir Robuchon, London
A new addition to London's Mayfair scene, Le Comptoir Robuchon is a decadent and vibrant restaurant of plush seating, striking marble and a warm, welcome atmosphere. Having opened its doors only this October, it is one of two new London openings under the Robuchon moniker this year.
The menu reveals a refined list of seasonal small plates as well as renowned Robuchon classics, making Le Comptoir Robuchon the ideal restaurant for festive group dining this party season.
Il Ristorante Adriatica
The latest addition to the Experiemental Group's repertoire, Il Palazzo Experimental, based in Venice is a rennaisance palace is home to Il Ristorante Adriatica, the restaurant inside the palace partnered with the Italian Supper Club to create the Supper Club's first residency in its homeland.
The menu leans on the influences of the Adriatic creating fresh, seasonal dishes from local. We'd recommend sharing in a number of the small plates including the Parmesan croquettes, Arrosticini and the Mafaldine pasta with rabbit ragu.