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21 Places to Wine and Dine with Unbeatable City Views

21 Places to Wine and Dine with Unbeatable City Views

Cities all around the world are blessed with beautiful skylines that make travelers feel like the world is theirs to hold. When we look at a cityscape, especially when it’s lit up at night, we are reminded of the scope and potential of human accomplishment. There is something promising about the silhouette of skyscrapers or the infinite expanse of a city that spreads out so far and so wide it joins the horizon in the distance.

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The best way to take in these sights, of course, is over a nice glass of wine or a relaxing dinner. Yes, there are some restaurants and bars with spectacular cliffside or mountaintop views that provide diners with a sense of serenity and peace; but skylines, city lights, and the maze of streets that weave people together in major metropolises come together to deliver a sense of wonderment that no other view can.

We all know that when we travel, we want to see a city for what it is. Sure, getting right into it all and immersing ourselves in the thick of things on the street is the best way to learn about a place and its people, but seeing an entire city spread out before you, and taking in the whole of a city in one, sweeping glance? Now that’s a different story. That’s a different way to know a city and to see what flows through its veins and to see its heart beat.

The Daily Meal put together a list of some of the best city views around the world, be they from the bank of a river facing the city lights or a restaurant perched atop the tallest building in Europe. These sweeping views will be your windows to the world and change the way you see and connect to a city.

21. Clouds Heaven’s Bar & Kitchen, Hamburg

The name alone speaks to a gorgeous view of one of Germany’s bigger cities. If you venture to Hamburg, take in the sights and the scenes while dining at this establishment in the city’s Dancing Tower. Head to the restaurant and or venture one floor up to the rooftop where you can relax with a drink in hand. Take in the vista that stretches south over the River Elbe to the harbor and all the sparkling city lights.

20. Restaurang Himlen, Stockholm, Sweden

There is something about Stockholm that makes it seem trendy no matter where you are within it, and it’s definitely a place where you’ll want to sit back and take in the cityscape. With its location on the 25th floor of the Skrapan skyscraper in the Södermalm district, Restaurang Himlen makes for the perfect venue to adore this super-cool city. Go for the fine dining experience of French and Swedish cuisine at the restaurant, or head up one floor to the cocktail bar. Whichever venue you choose, the views across this capital are unparalleled.

Alexandra E. Petri is the travel editor at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @writewayaround.

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2. Pierneef a La Motte

La Motte Wine Estate – which is set at the entrance of the Franschhoek village – has a history of viticulture dating back to the mid-18th century. Its onsite art gallery houses a number of collectors’ pieces and its award-winning, fine-dining restaurant is named after the South African landscape painter, Jacob Pierneef (1886-1957), one of the country’s greatest masters of his time.

Executive chef Michelle Theron helms the kitchen at Pierneef and her culinary approach is inspired by centuries-old Cape Winelands food heritage, ingredients and techniques. She and her team draw on Dutch, Cape Malay, Flemish and French Huguenot recipes, but present their dishes with a contemporary twist. Theron uses seasonal ingredients and much emphasis is placed on using local, organic and sustainable products, with most of the vegetables and herbs picked straight from La Motte’s garden.


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Gastro Sentral at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur will be having a crustacean promotion ev ery Saturday and Sunday this month. Diners will be in for a treat with over 10 differenttantalising seafood delights to choose from. Available are ever-popular crustaceans such as theSabah spiny lobster, flower crab, jumbo clams and add-on items like slipper lobster and sea scallop, freshly prepared in front of you. All platters are served with beer and freeflow of fries. There’s platter for two at RM220 nett, platter for four at RM440 nett and platter for six @ RM660 nett. This is the perfect venue for live perfor mances where guests will get to sit b ack and enjoy the many dishes. There are a variety of stage performances such as comedy night, jazz band or live shows that attract the after-work crowd and local residents for enjoyable late evenings and weekends. For reservations, call 03-2263 7765.

Indulge in the all-time Italian favourite lasagna while enjoying a breathtakingview of the city’s skyline at Cascade Restaurant and Bar, Mandarin Oriental,Kuala Lumpur until March 31. Showcasing an array of specially created lasagnamenu, sample the signature Lasagn a Del Mare — an oven-baked lasagna withseafood and herbs and Lasa gna Emiliano, which features Parmesan crusts withlayered beef bolognaise, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, just to name a few.For guests who prefer to indulge in a vegetarian selection, the La sagna Verdicon giardino ortaggi would be the perfect choice. Baked to perfection withspinach, garden vegetables and Parmesan cream, this delectable lasagna issimpl y divine. Priced at RM32++ onwards per selection, Cascade Restaurant andBar is located on Level 3, and opens daily from 9am to 10pm. For reservations,call 03-2179 8887 or email to [email protected]

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is rolling out a new line of appetising beverages and food tobring its customers a newly defined experience as a specialised coffee and tea retailer. The new drinks and dishes available at all outlets are Chai Tea Latte, English Toffee Latte, English Toffee Ice Blended Drink, English Toffee Flavoured Coffee, Beef Meatball Pasta and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse.

SAO NAM RESTAURANT, 25, Tengkat Tong Shin, KL (Tel: 03-2144 1225, 012-218 9743) and Empire Gallery, Subang (Tel: 03-5022 2122) Business hours: Noon to 2.30pm and 7pm to 10.30pm, daily at Tengkat Tong Shin outlet and 10am to 10pm daily at the Subang restaurant. Halal. The restaurant serves Indochine cuisine with a liberal use of Hong Hanh fish sauce from the island of Phu Quoc.

ISHIN JAPANESE DINING, No 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, off Jalan Kelang Lama, KL. (Tel: 03-7980 8228). Business hours: Noon to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm. Pork free. The restaurant prides itself on the freshness and authenticity of its dishes as its ingredients are air flown twice a week directly from Japan’s famous market Tsukiji market. Among the dishes to relish are Satsumaimo Tempura, Maguro Kama Shioyaki and Jikasei Tofu.

THE COFFEE PLACE, 36G, Jalan SS21/39, Damansara Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7722 2248). Business hours: 8am to 7.30pm (Monday to Friday), 8am to 6pm (Saturday). Closed on Sundays. Halal. The cafe serves continental and Asian delights, breakfast specials, cakes, finger food, sandwiches and coffees.

MEZZE, No 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 0122). Business hours: Monday to Saturdays (noon to midnight). The brand-new vibrant Mezze Lounge opens up to an ultimate bar with a splendid difference. All the recipes at Mezze are the innovative creations of executive chef Yves and the founders of Mezze. Reflecting the cuisine from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Northern Africa, Mezze’s dining experience just spells great home cooked cuisine that leaves you wanting for more.

FITOU BRASSERIE, Lot GF 2, The Waterfront @ Park City, 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City, KL. (Tel: 03-6280 8978). Business hours: Noon to 12.45am daily, opens at 9am on Sunday. Non-halal. Fitou is a small town nestled between France and Spain, famous for pork. The restaurant offers a good mix of delights from the Mediterranean.

THE STRAITS CAFE, Lot G5, Ground Floor, Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, PJ. (Tel: 03-7722 1153). Business hours: 11am to 11pm, daily. The restaurant’s bestsellers include hawker favourites like Hokkien Prawn Mee, Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Char Koay Teow, Mamak Mee Goreng, Black Pepper Koay Teow and Koay Teow Phat Thai. The Straits Nasi Lemak is served with a choice of Chicken Kapitan or Beef Rendang, Straits Chicken Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice and Kampung Fried Rice.

DV RISTORANTE PIZZERIA, 77, Jalan Setiabakti, Bukit Damansara, KL. (Tel: 03-2098 2001) Business hours: Noon to midnight, daily. Sunday brunch starts at 11am to 11pm. Pork free. Casual dining restaurant serving home-cooked Italian dishes. They also have a Sunday brunch which includes a salad bar with over 15 items, cheese, soup and antipasti buffet selection.

AN YANG AUTHENTIC, Lot C 4.01.00, Level 4 (Connection Precinct), Pavilion KL. (Tel: 03-2148 8996). Business hours: 10am to midnight, daily. Non-halal. Features specialities from Ipoh and a range of Chinese cuisine infused with a twist of Malaysian flavours. Its signature dish is Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken (Ipoh Nga Choy Kai).

AH YAT ABALONE FORUM RESTAURANT, Life Centre, 2nd Floor, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-2166 3131). Business hours: Monday to Saturday, (Lunch): 11.30am to 3pm, (Dinner): 6pm to 10.30pm Sundays and public holidays (Lunch): 10am to 3pm, (Dinner): 6pm to 10.30pm. Non-halal. Famed for its abalone dishes, this restaurant also serves a host of Chinese dishes such as Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Double Boiled Bird’s Nest with Almond Juice, Stir Fried Fresh Scallop with Prawn and Vegetables.

TUNG JING (DIM SUM) RESTAURANT, 90, Jalan Midah 1, Taman Midah, Cheras, KL. 03-9130 9978. Business hours: Monday to Friday (9am to 4.30pm), Sunday (8.30am to 4pm) and closed on Saturdays. Non-halal. The restaurant serves up to 40 types of dim sum with the Steamed Giant Dumpling being the most popular. Other dishes such as the Tom Yam Curry Noodle and the Spicy Sesame Noodle are also favourites among patrons.

BASIL THAI NUDLE BAR G10, Bangsar Village 1, Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, KL. (Tel: 03-2287 8708) Business Hours (daily) 11.30am to 10pm. Some of their classic selections are their signature Steamed Siakap Fish with Lime and Chili sauce, Volcanic Tom Yam Soup, Green Curry and variation of stir-fried dishes.

MY ELEPHANT Block C-G4 Happy Mansion Jalan 17/13 Section 17, Selangor. (Tel: 03-6201 0649) Business Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (Lunch): Noon to 2pm (Dinner): 6pm to 10pm. The restaurant serves dishes like Miaeng Kum, Red Duck Curry, Steamed with Lime Garlic Chilli dressing, Gai Phad Grapow and Plah Meuk Yaeng.

THE SULTANI RESTAURANT, Level 5, Hotel Flamingo, No 5, Tasek Ampang, Jalan Hulu Kelang, Ampang. (03-4251 7360). Business hours: 11am to 11pm, daily. It serves Moghul cuisine with unique dishes like The Sultani Kofta, Anchargoshd, Fish Kasuri and Butter Chicken. Those who enjoy Iranian food can opt for Joojhee and Kebabi Sultani.

RESTORAN FUSION, 55-57, Jalan SS21/60, Damansara Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7727 3282). Business hours: 10am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm, daily. Pork-free. It serves Thai, Nyonya, Chinese and local fusion-styled dishes, and is best known for its Curry Fish Head.

BEN’S GENERAL FOOD STORE G17-18, Bangsar Village 1, Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, KL (Tel: 03-2284 8790) Business hours: (Daily): 10am to 10pm Website: www.thebiggroup.co. The cafe prides itself in providing fresh flat breads, authentic pizzas and a large daily selection of refreshing, hearty salads. The outlet also serves a wide array of pizzas such as the Funghi, Breakfast, Margherita, Salami, Melanzana, Bianca and Caesar.

ROMANZA. 241B, Lorong Nibong. Off Jalan Ampang, KL. (Tel :03-4252 6058), Business hours: Noon to midnight. A fine dining South African restaurant serving the best of Cape Town cuisine Beetroot and Roquefort Salad, Duo of Duck, Slow Braised Lamb Shank, Deboned XO Lamb Ribs and Sesame Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna.

SHOOK! Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2782 3875, 019-6000 495) Business hours: 6.30am to 12.30am. It offers an assortment of innovative as well as traditional favourites, including fresh sushi and sashimi, Chinese wok-fried jumbo fresh water prawns with crispy noodles, wagyu beef with mash and sautéed mushroom as well as the best-selling Snow White Dancing Prawns with a sinful mayonnaise glaze. Shook is also offering one of the best wine selections in the country with over 800 labels, from vintage Mouton–Rothschild to sought after New World Sauvignon Blancs.

JAKE’S CHARBROIL STEAK, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2148 1398). Business hours: Noon to 12.15am, daily. Halal. The restaurant is famous among KL diners for its steaks. Also available are lobster, oyster and fish.

TOM, DICK and HARRY’S 18, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7731 2265) Business Hours (Monday to Thursday) 4pm to 2am (Saturday) 10am to 2am (Sunday) 10am to 1am. Non-halal. The restaurant and bar serves popular favourites such as Porky Fries, Pigs in a Blanket, Chicken Mushroom Pie and Cheese Steak Sandwich. On weekends the outlet is also known for serving their hearty big breakfast sets.


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Empire Hotel Subang’s Di Wei Chinese Cuisine Restaurant is serving Peking duck until Dec 31. The famous Beijing creation is prized for the thin crisp skin, which is delicately sliced in front of the diners. Wafer thin pancake skin is wrapped around the meat with spring onion, cucumber, hoi sin sauce and eaten by hand. The meticulous preparation of the Peking duck includes a rather interesting step, where air is pumped into the duck to separate the skin from the fat. It is then hung up to dry in the open air, then glazed with a layer of maltose syrup. Having been left to stand for 24 hours, the duck is roasted in an oven until it turns shiny brown. The duck is available at RM39.90++ and an additional RM15++ for an additional side dish, including stir-fried with assorted vegetables, braised with spring onions and chillies, stir-fried with dried chillies, wok-braised with bitter gourd and stir-fried with black pepper. For reservations, call 03 – 5565-1388 or log onto www.empirehotel.com.my

Be among the first to feast on the authentic taste of Village Food until Dec 31. Master Chef Loke and his kitchen team have specially conjured exquisite offerings with nourishing and great tasting dishes for diners to sample. This promotion features tantalising village dishes such as Deep Fried Prawns with Shredded Yam, Steamed Boneless Chicken with Kailan, Braised Soft Fish Paste with Mustard Plant, Deep Fried Pork Spring Roll and Braised Sea Garoupa with Shredded Meat. The price ranges from RM 25++ to RM80++ per portion. The promotion at Dynasty Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese restaurant is for lunch and dinner. Tang Palace is also a perfect place to indulge in Chinese and Szechuan specialties including 55 varieties of steamed and deep dim sum. Tang Palace is a non-halal restaurant. For reservations, call 03–4043-7777 ext. 3340.

Pitted Prunes Ginger Cheese

Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s cake of the month for December will surely attract your fancy. Ginger, consumed as delicacy, medicine or spice, is the main ingredient for this month’s creamy delight. Often used in savoury Asian dishes as well as candy, the main ingredient is combined with the sweetness of pitted prunes and cream cheese to create a delicate flavour. This fabulous creation is presented in layers of buttery rich biscuit base topped with a thick layer of ginger and cream cheese mixture. Finally garnished with pitted prunes and dried shredded ginger on the sides. The cake, priced at RM7.50++ per slice or RM75++ per whole cake, is available at the Lobby Lounge,

For reservations, call 03-2697 8888 ext 8819, fax at 03 2694 8822 or e-mail [email protected]

SAO NAM RESTAURANT, 25,Tengkat Tong Shin, KL (Tel: 03-2144 1225, 012-218 9743) and Empire Gallery, Subang (Tel: 03-5022 2122) Business hours: noon-2.30pm and 7pm-10.30pm, daily at Tengkat Tong Shin outlet and 10am to 10pm daily at the Subang restaurant. Halal. The restaurant serves Indochine cuisine with a liberal use of Hong Hanh fish sauce from the island of Phu Quoc.

THE COFFEE PLACE, 36G, Jalan SS21/39, Damansara Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7722 2248). Business hours: 8am-7.30pm (Mon to Fri), 8am-6pm (Sat). Closed on Sundays. Halal. The cafe serves continental and Asian delights, breakfast specials, cakes, finger food, sandwiches and coffees.

MEZZE, No 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara 50490 Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2095 0122). Business hours: Monday to Saturdays (noon to midnight). The brand new vibrant Mezze Lounge opens up to an ultimate bar with a splendid difference. All the recipes at Mezze are the innovative creations of executive chef Yves and the founders of Mezze. Reflecting the cuisine from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Northern Africa, Mezze’s dining experience just spells great home-cooked cuisine that leaves you wanting more. FITOU BRASSERIE, Lot GF 2, The Waterfront @ Park City, 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-6280 8978). Business hours: Noon to 12.45am, daily, opens at 9am on Sunday. Non-halal. Fitou is a small town nestled between France and Spain, famous for pork. The restaurant offers a good mix of delights from the Mediterranean.

THE STRAITS CAFE, Lot G5, Ground Floor, Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya (Tel: 03-7722 1153). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. The restaurant’s bestsellers include hawker favourites like Hokkien Prawn Mee, Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Char Koay Teow, Mamak Mee Goreng, Black Pepper Koay Teow and Koay Teow Phat Thai. The Straits Nasi Lemak is served with a choice of Chicken Kapitan or Beef Rendang, Straits Chicken Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice and Kampung Fried Rice.

BASIL THAI NUDLE BAR G10, Bangsar Village, Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2287 8708) Business Hours (daily) 11am–11pm. Some of their classic selections are their signature Steamed Siakap Fish with Lime and Chili sauce, Volcanic Tom Yam Soup, Green Curry and variation of stir-fried dishes.

MY ELEPHANT Block C-G4 Happy Mansion Jalan 17/13 Section 17, Selangor. (Tel: 03 62010649) Business Hours: Tue-Sun (Lunch): 12pm-2pm (Dinner): 6pm-10pm. The outlet serves dishes like Miaeng Kum, Red Duck Curry, Steamed with Lime Garlic Chilli dressing, Gai Phad Grapow and Plah Meuk Yaeng.

THE SULTANI RESTAURANT, Level 5, Hotel Flamingo, No 5, Tasek Ampang, Jalan Hulu Kelang, Ampang. (03-4251 7360). Business hours: 11am-11pm, daily. It serves Moghul cuisine with unique dishes such as The Sultani Kofta, Anchargoshd, Fish Kasuri and Butter Chicken. Those who enjoy Iranian food can opt for Joojhee and Kebabi Sultani.

NAN YANG AUTHENTIC, Lot C 4.01.00, Level 4 (Connection Precinct), Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2148 8996). Business hours: Daily, 10am to midnight. Non halal. Features specialities from Ipoh and a range of Chinese cuisine infused with a twist of Malaysian flavours. Its signature dish is, of course, the Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken (Ipoh Nga Choy Kai).

RESTORAN SUN FUNG BAK KUT TEH, 69, Ground Floor, Jalan Radin Bagus, Zone J5, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 011-1259 6639 or 013-232 3239. Business hours: 10am-10pm (closed on Tuesdays but will be open if it is a public holiday). Non-halal. It offers the all-time favourite made-to-order bak kut teh, as opposed to the pre-cooked version that may affect the meat’s texture. Hot favourites are the Special Bak Kut Teh and Special Pepper Soup.

TUNG JING (DIM SUM) RESTAURANT, 90, Jalan Midah 1, Taman Midah, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. 03-9130 9978. Business hours: Monday-Friday (9am to 4.30pm), Sunday (8.30am to 4pm) and closed on Saturdays. Non-halal. The restaurant serves up to 40 types of dim sum with the Steamed Giant Dumpling being the most popular. Other dishes such as the Tom Yam Curry Noodle and the Spicy Sesame Noodle are also favourites among patrons.

RESTORAN FUSION, 55-57, Jalan SS21/60, Damansara Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7727 3282). Business hours: 10am-3pm and 5pm-10pm, daily. Pork-free. It serves Thai, Nyonya, Chinese and local fusion-styled dishes, and is best known for its Curry Fish Head.

BEN’S GENERAL FOOD STORE G17-18, Bangsar Village, Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03 2284 8790) Business hours: (Daily) 10am-10pm Website: www.thebiggroup.co. The cafe prides itself in providing fresh flatbreads, authentic pizzas and a large daily selection of refreshing, hearty salads. The outlet also serves a wide array of pizzas such as the Funghi, Breakfast, Margherita, Salami, Melanzana, Bianca and Caesar.

ROMANZA. 241B , Lorong Nibong. Off jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur. (Tel :03-4252 6058), Business hours : 12pm to 12am). A fine-dining South African restaurant serving the best of Cape Town cuisine Beetroot and Roquefort Salad, Duo of Duck, Slow Braised Lamb Shank, Deboned XO Lamb Ribs and Sesame-Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna.

DV RISTORANTE PIZZERIA, 77, Jalan Setiabakti, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-20982001) Business hours: Noon to midnight, daily. Sunday brunch starts at 11am. Casual-dining restaurant serving home-cooked Italian dishes. they also have a Sunday brunch featuring a salad bar with over 15 items, cheese, soup and antipasti buffet selection.

JAKE’S CHARBROIL STEAK, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2148 1398). Business hours: noon-12.15am, daily. Halal. The restaurant is famous among KL diners for its steaks. Also available are lobsters, oysters and fish.

TOM, DICK and HARRY’S 18, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel:03-7731 2265) Business Hours (Mon-Thu) 4pm to 2am, (Sat) 10am to 2am (Sun) 10am to 1am. Non-halal The restaurant-and-bar serves popular favourites such as the Porky Fries, Pigs’ In Blanket, Chicken Mushroom Pie and Cheese Steak Sandwich. On weekends the place is also known for serving hearty, big breakfast sets.


Four places to wine and dine

Fire and spice
Coterie Dining Concepts, the team behind popular Cantonese tapas bar Sum Yi Tai, has unveiled what it claims to be Singapore’s first Szechuan yakitori bar along Bukit Pasoh Road, Chikin. The casual Izakaya-style eatery uses traditional Japanese methods of grilling skewers over Binchotan flames, but replaces the typical tare (soy basting) sauce with Szechuan peppercorn. Fried and cold dish options are also available alongside a variety of up to 20 cocktails – mostly inspired by Japanese ingredients such as Shiso leaves and Kyoho grapes – to be savoured amid a snazzy mash-up of neon lit walls, Japanese cartoon collectibles, and the promise of “happy tunes” spanning from the early 90s to the present.

Edible art
Japanese cheese tart chain Pablo has just opened its first Singapore café outlet at Wisma Atria, offering its signature 15-cm Pablo Freshly Baked Cheese Tart alongside Matcha and Chocolate variations. Those who seek a more indulgent alternative can opt for the Premium Cheese Tart which is made with two types of cream cheese and topped with a crème brûlée-inspired caramel glaze. Aside from other cheese-based products in the form of soft-serve ice cream and boxed confectionaries, cheese fanatics can even purchase Pablo-branded merchandise ranging from mugs to collectible lapel pins.

Happy hours
CBD workers who happen to be so fortunate as to clock out early should head on straight to The White Rocket along Stanley Street to enjoy its latest Wine o’ Clock promotion, where house red and white wines are priced by the hour from 3–10pm from Monday to Friday. That means a glass of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet or merlot costs as little as $3++ when the order is placed between 3–4pm. The café by day and bar by night also offers affordable weekday lunches from 11.30am–2.30pm, with salads going for $9.90++ and selected pasta dishes at $12++.

Wine and dine
Robert Parker Wine Advocate has launched its first-ever lifestyle programme, RP Benefits, which provides RPWA subscribers exclusive excess to wine and dine experiences, for an annual membership fee of US$99 ($134). Through RP Benefits, members are able to enjoy bring-your-own-bottle privileges at over 50 establishments as well as special promotions, such as complimentary wine beverages and kitchen tours, among others. Participating establishments include Michelin-starred-establishments such as Saint Pierre and Summer Pavilion.

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5 Authentic Places To Wine And Dine In Venice

The Italians know their cuisine, and it makes a major part of their lifestyle too. Breakfast through to dinner remains as three pivotal moments of the day, which many of their day to day activities revolve around. Their passion goes beyond sharing their cuisine with the world, but also eating fresh, flavoursome dishes themselves, using locally grown ingredients. Venice has some of the most exceptional, renowned restaurants across the country. Their chefs take their diners on a journey with every mouthful, where you can taste the love, passion, and sun-kissed exposure that has gone into producing premium produce for their dishes. That&rsquos why some of the simplest dishes taste exceptional and are taken to the next level. That doesn&rsquot go for the high-end restaurants, even down to the local pizzerias and pasta houses, giving every restaurant in Venice a run for their money.

However, if you think you will find some of the best restaurants on the main streets and piazza&rsquos of Venice, you&rsquore wrong. Some of the most spectacular eateries are found down the narrowest alleys, that burst out into small plazas that house single restaurants, with alfresco and indoor dining. But, worry not, I&rsquove done the hard work for you, and found an exceptional selection of must-visit dining hotspots.

Are you ready to jump on board my foodie experience of Venice&rsquos hidden gems? Let&rsquos go!

1. Osteria Ae Sconte

Finding Osteria Ae Sconte was like playing a game of hide and seek. Winding through various alleys, with even Google Maps getting confused, we finally stumbled upon this gem. Situated in a small square near Sestiere Castello, you will find yourselves transported to peace and tranquillity off the beaten path, where the true Venetian magic comes into play. Here you will find some of the finest authentic Venetian dishes, which makes it worth the journey to find it in the first place.

TIP: The seafood linguine and the tomato basil spaghetti are two must-try dishes when dining here. Both are simple dishes, with exceptional flavour and very good value for money.

2. Al Vecio Marangon

Escape the main part of the city, and exploring the backstreets of the Art District, you&rsquoll find this cosy little restaurant lit up at the end of another small alley. Not one you would find if you were passing by, and a restaurant filled with locals who know about this little gem. There is a chance of a queue because the capacity is small, but the food is worth the wait.

TIP: Try the Pomodoro Gnocchi and the Aubergine Parmigiana for your mains, both absolutely delectable dishes with so much flavour. If you have room for dessert, definitely order the tiramisu. The best I have ever had in Italy!

3. Ai Mercanti

Venice has plenty of options for great pasta and pizza, but sometimes you want to escape the carb overload and try some of the other dishes the local culinary geniuses can muster up. Ai Mercanti was the perfect transition, with some international cuisines with a modern twist but still providing true Italian hospitality and some of the most serene alfresco dining you may ever encounter within a city. It&rsquos also a restaurant listed on the Michelin guide, it doesn&rsquot get better than that!

TIP: Start with the cream & garlic spaghetti, it&rsquos truly life-changing, followed by the Thai soup with cod, and finish up with the cheese board &mdash a winning combination that will leave you going home feeling extremely satisfied.

4. Trattoria Pizzeria Do Mori

If you want to find some of the best pizza only eaten by locals, you need to veer off the main island of Venice and head over to Giudecca. By all means, it&rsquos a no-frills, no thrills kind of restaurant, good pizza, straightforward service and waterside dining, allowing you to soak up the sun while sipping on an Aperol spritz. A winner in my eyes.

TIP: If there isn&rsquot a pizza topping combination you like on the menu, order a margarita pizza and add additional toppings from the menu.

5. Skyline Rooftop Bar, Hilton Hotel Venice

Venice is famous for its small wine bars and spots for a quick prosecco in the sun, but if you&rsquore looking for a little bit of luxury, I would recommend the Skyline Rooftop Bar, which resides within the Hilton Hotel. If you can make it for the sunset, you can experience some of the most stunning views across Venice with spirts of apricot and ruby red colours in the sky too &mdash truly magical.

There is even the opportunity to go for after dinner drinks on Saturday nights around the rooftop pool, with the DJ in full swing. Perfect way to enjoy the rest of the evening in true style!

TIP: If you like sweet, fruity cocktails, I would recommend trying the Sensation Fizz. Made with Absolut Vodka, Saint Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice, strawberry puree, soda water and egg white, it&rsquos heaven in a glass!

Where are your favourite places to dine and hydrate in Venice?


Dinner with a difference at The Dining Room – Woodstock

If you’re looking for something different to share with your mom, The Dining Room offers a unique dining experiences to their guests. The Dining Room offers an array of old-fashion dishes which will no doubt leave those special ladies in our lives reminiscing over their formative years.

Additionally, meals will be served in a private dining room, giving the restaurant a warm, homey setting.