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El Celler de Can Roca

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El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant established in 1986 by the three Roca brothers: Joan, Joseph, and Jordi. When they first opened it, the restaurant was right next to the one of their parents. Later on, in 2007, the Roca brothers moved to another location – C/ de Can Sunyer, 48, Girona, Gironès – a building they designed just for the restaurant.

About the restaurant

This year, El Celler de Can Roca, got the second place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”. In addition. Restaurant magazine named it to be the “best restaurant in the world” in the year 2013.
El Celler de Can Roca hold 3 Michelin stars; a European hotel and restaurant reference guide.

Creativity at its best

For the Michelin guide to say about this restaurant that it is creative, it definitely is! First of all, El Celler de Can Roca has a cellar full of wine; more than 60,000 bottles!! The unusual presentation of dishes makes the traditional catalan cuisine look “eye catchingly” delicious.

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Three brothers have divided their responsibilities in the restaurant. The head chef is the oldest one; Joan Roca. The middle brother, Josep Roca, is the wine steward. In addition, Jordi Roca, the youngest brother, is in charge of everything that has to do with desserts.

Restaurant’s Interior Design

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca6After they moved to the new location, they designed the place to be as modern and as simple as possible. Tables, simply dressed, stand on wooden floors. On each one, the Roca brothers put 3 stones to represent each one of them. The restaurant fits 45 person and has a huge kitchen that fits for 30 chefs at the same time!

On the menu

Carmencitta MAgazine - El Celler de Can Roca 3An unusual presentation of food is always present in El Celler de Can Roca. First of all, when people arrive, the chefs give them small bites that include flavors from all over the world to give guests an idea about what they should expect. Moreover, perfumes such as Bulgari, have inspired chefs to invent some dishes.

The Test Kitchen; an outstanding experience

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If you are reading this, and you are visiting, or live somewhere near South Africa – specifically in Cape Town – you HAVE to visit a restaurant named “The Test Kitchen” that is located in The Old Biscuit Mill; a small village in the heart of Woodstock.

About The Test Kitchen

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Chosen as the best restaurant in Africa 2016, this place combines Latin cuisine with the South African touch in a small place that has the exact following address: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa. It closes on Sundays and Mondays and opens its doors all the other days from 12:30 until 1:30PM and from 7 until 9:30PM.

Owner

Surprisingly, the owner of the restaurant is also its chef. A guy called Luke Dale-Roberts. He was trained in Zurich, Switzerland. Luke was previously a sous chef at Soho House Media Club where he used to cook for famous and rich people. Because of this very talented chef, this restaurant became number 22 in the world’s top 50 restaurants.

Decoration

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Furthermore, the Test Kitchen is known for being a small restaurant that only fits 65 persons. It has brick gray walls, oak beams all along the ceiling, and pipes all over. its tables are rusty looking  in order to fit in with the surroundings. The best thing I find in this restaurant is the big wooden bar that embraces the open kitchen. This feature allows the guests to hear and see what the chef is doing and more likely, smell the food that is being prepared.

Signature Dish

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Speaking about food! The Test Kitchen has a very special dish. This dish is known as their signature dish.

“Light Curry Glazed” dish. This main course consists of a locally fished kind of fish that comes boiling between two concrete pots. Later on the waiter places it on a plate over cashew purée and a carrot. After that, the food is decorated by carrot beurre noisette.

White Rabbit Restaurant, Fantastically Different

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Overview

It is one of the most spectacular views in Moscow, Russia. Also, it is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. White Rabbit locates under a glass dome on a 16th floor of Smolenskiy Passage. The restaurant specializes in refined modern takes on well-known Russian dishes masterminded by young chef Vladimir Mukhin. Furthermore, a lot of flashy parties happen there. Big names in music and film attend such parties, and food is served throughout the night.

The Decoration

Carmencitta-Magazine-White-rabbit-restaurant-2From its stylish interior rooftop location, diners can experience a breathtaking full panoramic vision of the city. As the name may suggest, the restaurant whimsically embraces an Alice in Wonderland theme. There are lots of rabbits and rococo furniture. Antique wooden tables are organized with 19th Century couches. Moreover, modern upholstered pieces on herringbone hardwood floors that lend an old money feel to the glassy architectural glamour of the space. In other words, a series of interconnecting dining rooms and lounges give numerous VIP seating options.

Carmencitta Magazine - White rabbit restaurant 3The Chef

Vladimir Mukhin is a famous Russian chef. He is drawing in the brightest and best from across Moscow and the world to enjoy his special and delicious dishes. Furthermore, he is in the foreword of a new wave of young Russian culinary talents. Mukhin is making international waves by his best use of local, seasonal ingredients as for his charisma.

The Food

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The Meal begins with a well-classified raw bar with North Sea specialties. Next the cold appetizers like Blue Fin sashimi, beef tartare and terrine of rabbit with hazelnuts. After that they serve some model salads such as heirloom tomato, Caesar with chicken breast or innovative scallop salad with truffle oil. Finally, they serve the main course like classic grilled octopus, stuffed squid or smoked salmon on spinach. Moreover, they serve grill specialties including Wagyu steak, veal flown in from Italy’s Piedmont region. Not only that, but also you can order New Zealand rack of lamb with accompaniments like truffle ravioli or spaghetti with tiger prawns and asparagus.

 

Chillout Ice Lounge; the first in ME

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For Dubai, it was not enough having the most expensive, and the tallest skyscraper in the world, so they decided to have the first ice lounge in the Middle East. Moreover, they wanted to show how progress can be done by building it in the middle of the desert! In this ice lounge, everything is made of ice (duh!); couches, chandeliers, and even glasses! Furthermore, the degree hits about 21 degrees Fahrenheit where the outside degree is about 95. Take a tour with us in this unusual restaurant.

Overall Information

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 1jpgThe Chillout Lounge first opened in 2007, and UAE’s Sharaf Group owns it. Moreover, in 2014, the restaurant had major refurbishment where they created a location that is full of ice sculptures, ice couches and tables, in addition to a unique lightening systems. All of this with a temperature of bel.ow zero!

Visitors’ Greetings

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 2jpgOnce a visitor arrives, he or she is given specially made clothing in order to keep them warm while they are in a minus 6 degrees place. The clothing includes: a heavy jacket, gloves made of wool, shoes and gloves made for extremely low temperatures. After that, visitors have to stay in a specially made room so that their bodies can get accustomed to the low degree, since in Dubai, the temperature is always high.

On The Inside

Carmencitta Magazine - Chillout Ice Lounge. 3jpgOnce you come in, you will find the most unique interior design. Everything is either made of glass, steel, and of course ice. Moreover, the lightening changes its colors every once in a while, based on a specially made time interval. In addition, you will feel the magic moments once the lights strike on the crystal clear ice cubes, and a very beautiful hue combines on the inside of each cube.

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The Chillout ice lounge serves hot soups, sandwiches, juices, hot chocolates, coffee, tea and a variety of deserts, mock-tails and confectionary, making it the first of its kind in the world to serve hot food & beverages.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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“Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” is a restaurant that opened in London, England in January 2011. This restaurant gained a Michelin star only within a year, and after that, on April 2014, it was listed the fifth on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Moreover, it immediately received a second Michelin Star in the 2014 Guide.

Furthermore, the restaurant is managed by former Fat Duck restaurant’s head chef Ashley Palmer Watts. In fact, menu options are made while being based on historical British dishes. Those menu options and dishes were researched by food historians and in the British Library. Additionally, the restaurant’s opening immediately made interest in the industry, as well as positive reviews. The restaurant offers particular dishes that have been loved by visitors such as: the meat fruit and a chicken liver mousse created to look like a mandarin orange.

About It

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The restaurant opened after Christmas week in early 2011 and replaced the Michelin starred restaurant Foliage at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Moreover, they began to accept reservations on December, 1, 2010 however, the restaurant’s opening was not until January, 31, 2011. In fact, there were 42 phone lines set up once they started accepting reservations. They received over 600 telephone bookings. Even though it was not open yet, the first three months were totally booked. Surprisingly, a booking that was due on Valentine’s Day was sold on auction on the website eBay and was sold for £250.

The Menu

Carmencitta Magazine - Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 3jpgThe restaurant changes the menu every three months, each menu contains different historical dishes ranging from the 14th to 19th centuries. They serve dishes that include scallops and peas with cucumber ketchup and bergamot cured mackerel salad. In fact, one item was repeatedly reported in multiple reviews is the meat fruit, a chicken liver mousse made to look like a textured mandarin orange. The meat fruit became so popular that by November 2011, about 900 dishes were being sold per week.

 

Calico Cat Café

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A Cat Café is a place where you can sip a cup of coffee, enjoy a nice meal, or indulge in a dessert while you are accompanied by cats. This idea first started ages ago, where people who cannot commit to raising a cat can go pet them and feed them without having to own one in their homes. In fact, this is a good idea for home owners who have partners that do not like cats, or children that are allergic to cats. In this article, we are going to talk about one in particular, Calico Cat Café.

Information

Carmencitta MAgazine - Calico Cat Café 2Once you go there, the first thing you will see at Calico Cat Café has nothing related to food; it is the “cat selection.” However, you will not be eating one of them; they will be there just to keep you company while you sip on a nice cup of tea. Moreover, the specialized staff will ensure that the guests treat the cats in a good manner, as well as they will provide some bags of dried cat food that they can be used to attract the guest’s desired playmate. In fact, it is not realistic, for many Tokyo residents, to own a cat, this is why, the city has 30-odd cat cafés that give residents a chance to enjoy some “commitment-free cat stroking”.

The Café

Carmencitta MAgazine - Calico Cat Café 3Calico Cat Café is composed of 2 flours where about 30 cats roam as they want. In there you can see a wide range of cats that consists of: some Russian blues, a rag doll, a couple of Abyssinians, a couple Persians and the others are all of a more standard ‘house cats’. People who go there usually buy food, not for them, but for the cats. Moreover, you will see guests grabbing a bucket of chicken and feeding the whole thing to the cats. Additionally, the cats are really groomed, clean, and friendly.

Have a Seafood Meal in Al Mahara

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Overview

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Al Mahara is one the best seafood restaurants in the Middle East. Moreover, it is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Also, it is one of the must-sees of the Burj Al Arab. In Dubai, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah locates this themed restaurant.  It is well known for ‘The Oyster Shell’ in Arabic, tantalizing your palate giving an experience that will stimulate all your senses. It is not only superb seafood cooking but also decorated in a great way (Aquarium) that fits seafood restaurants.

Interior Decoration

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It is inside Dubai’s iconic 7-star hotel. In simple words, it is underwater themed restaurant. Although not actually situated under the sea, it certainly feels as if it is. The place is a large, cylindrical floor-to-ceiling aquarium, teeming with exotic fish. This acrylic glass tank holds around 990,000 liters of seawater and stands as the restaurant’s centerpiece.

The Menu

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The guests can enjoy the most succulent selection of Chinese and Western cooking style seafood. Every dish, even the bread, is like a work of sculpted art. Dover sole is delicately wrapped and the sauces are applied to the plate with flair. There is great attention to every simple detail. Actually it is not cheap, but for a one-off special occasion it is worth it. They do not serve only special seafood meals but also delicious desserts such the salted caramel mousse.

Chef Nathan Outlaw

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Al Mahara reopened a few month ago with a new look under the culinary patronage of multi award winning chef Nathan Outlaw. The famous British chef brought his style of simple, yet superb seafood cooking to the luxurious property, combining it with complex flavor blends using local, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. When he asked why he chose Dubai for his first restaurant outside the UK Nathan replied: “Working with Burj Al Arab speaks for itself. It’s the most luxurious hotel in the world, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.  This is my first venture out of the UK, and what an iconic property to partner with.”

 

Taste Quintonil Food

About Quintonil

It is in Mexico City’s, Polanco distinct, Mexico. It expresses the flavors and forms of modern Mexican cooking. The restaurant shows a deep partnership between the chef Jorge Vallejo and his wife Alejandra Flores. Quintonil is special because of the warm welcoming atmosphere and the like-home food. It opened in 2012 and became in the list of the 50 Best Restaurants in 2013.

The Chef

Jorge Vallejo through a few years made a big name of the restaurant. He advocates of using products from the nation’s small agricultural producers. Moreover, the chef takes a contemporary take on home cooking. Jorge’s cuisine is refined and balanced, celebrating healthy ingredients and their harmonious flavors. He follows the Pujol which is a new ideology of Mexican cooking. Furthermore, the Pujol chef combines indigenous ingredients with exciting cooking techniques to create a seamless elevation of Mexican cuisine.

Special Tasting Menu

The menu items demonstrate Vallejo ’s ability to rework traditional dishes into new permutations. Also it utilizes locally sourced native ingredients. He tries to make an amazing combination of flavors such as cactus based amuse bouche with crackling, tuna sashimi with a cuttlefish ink and lemon and pork reduction. Moreover, the food is artfully presented. For example, the black bean soup comes as a white bowl decorated with a swish of color from a puree of cilantro and delicate. Some dishes come decorated with tiny purple and pink edible flowers that make way for rich delicious food.

The Place

A cozy, relaxed place is offered for you to have your food. It is in a smart-looking street in upmarket Polanco. A small, narrow dining room leads into a light, bright open space flanked by walls. All the walls covered in leaves to give a garden feel. Quintonil ’s vibe is  elegant. So that it is perfect for anything from business meeting to special occasion.

Steirereck Vienna, Austria

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Steirereck is the best Austrian gourmet restaurant. A fine example of Art Nouveau architecture. Steirereck’s location is in the heart of Stadtpark, in the center of Vienna. The chef and owner Heinz Reitbauer creates inspiring dishes that reflect Austria’s culinary history. It is considered to be one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Additionally, it got one of two star Michelin restaurants.

Heinz Reitbauer has a characterized style of his own. Not only by creativity, but also by his regional references. In the tastefully elegant restaurant, the charming Birgit Reitbauer supervises an excellent service and lavishes every attention on her guests.

What’s it all about?

It may sound fairly traditional. Family owned for generations, with a bias towards Austria’s rural Styrian region. However, under the guidance of chef Heinz Reitbauer, Steirereck has become a byword for cutting-edge cooking rooted in the Austrian landscape.

What’s the vibe?

Housed in a monolithic glass cube in Vienna’s Stadtpark. Steirereck’s design may be super-modern, but the interior speaks a recognizable language of international fine dining. It’s a bright, tranquil vision of wood, concrete and starched white table linen.

The Menu

There are three menus from which to choose. The tasting menu includes delightful dishes such as puntarella with woodruff, sweet potato and sea buckthorn. Furthermore, you can find kale with macadamia nut, cornel cherry and Pogusch lamb. Reitbauer ’s signature says everything you need to know about his outlook. He follows precise technique and obvious reverence of local ingredients. The freshwater mountain fish, char, is cooked at the table in hot beeswax before being returned on a plate with yellow carrot, pollen and sour cream. At the end of the meal, an outstanding selections of more than 120 cheeses await.

What else?

While the tasting menu is, undoubtedly, the best way to engage with Reitbauer ’s vision. It says everything about his relaxed style. All of that, make Steirereck so popular with the lunch crowds.

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