Fine Dining

Just as fragrances are commonly customized to satisfy a client’s personal desires, chocolate can now also be created to fulfill any taste preference. The latest addition to the world of bespoke...
Isidoro Gonzalez opened La Super-Rica in Santa Barbara, Calif., 28 years ago because he wanted to serve tacos like those that he had eaten while living in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Gonzalez,...
To be the best at shucking oysters, you need power, speed, and finesse, and the staff at Wiltons, a 266-year-old seafood restaurant in London, possesses all three. Led by Patrick Flaherty, the...
Nadine Brown encourages oenophiles to broaden their palates without leaving this country. She is head sommelier and wine buyer at the Washington, D.C., branch of Charlie Palmer Steak, a restaurant...
Australian winemaker Chris Ringland never had tasted paella until a business partner took him to lunch at the Paco Gandia restaurant in the Alicante hillside village of Pinoso, Spain. His meal was...
Robert Mondavi, Naoko Dalla Valle, Ann Colgin, and dozens of other winemakers are among the regulars at Redd in Yountville, Calif. They keep coming back to his restaurant, says owner Richard...
The next-best thing to eating Peking duck at the Forbidden Palace—where it was invented centuries ago by the emperor’s court chefs—is savoring it at Made in China, inside the Grand Hyatt Beijing. The...
With all due respect to Joël Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and other world-renowned chefs who have flocked to Las Vegas, some of the city’s greatest meals are off the Strip. The...
"I am a great artist." This declaration issues from the lips of the Communard refugee whose gastronomic tour de force furnishes the title for Isak Dinesen’s "Babette’s Feast." After regaling her...
The Garden at Arrows, the Ogunquit, Maine, restaurant run by chefs Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, offers pleasure for both the eye and the belly. The three-quarter-acre plot is the source of at least...
Each of the 100 featured restaurants was selected by one or more of the following vintners. Santiago Achával , Achaval-Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina David Adelsheim , Adelsheim Vineyard, Newberg, Ore...
Te Mataré Ramírez transforms dining into an R-rated experience. Sensual artworks decorate the walls of this 13-year-old restaurant in the Palermo Soho section of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and between...
Wine and Indian food are just beginning their courtship, and Vikram Vij, a 44-year-old native of Mumbai and owner of Vij’s, an Indian restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, is doing his part to...
The most popular dish on Marc Haeberlin’s menu at Auberge de l’Ill, in the Alsace region of France, is an irresistible paragon of excess. Dubbed La Truffe Sous la Cendre and invented 40 years ago by...
Provençal for farmhouse , Mas restaurant in Greenwich Village delivers all of the peace and serenity expected from a place tucked away in the French countryside. Wood stumps carved by proprietor...
Chef Michael Voltaggio is back where his career began. He has returned to the Greenbrier, in the West Virginia mountains, to run its new restaurant, Hemisphere, and elevate the reputation of the...
Restaurateur Pat Kuleto has an original take on surf and turf. He recently opened Waterbar , a seafood restaurant, and the Epic Roasthouse ( www.rinconparkrestaurants.com ), a steak house, side by...
Massimiliano Alajmo, the youngest Italian chef to attain Michelin three-star status at age 32, has moved from the kitchen to the dining room with his latest project, tailor-made tableware. The 15-...
San Francisco’s Embarcadero is now home to two Pat Kuleto restaurants: Waterbar at the south end of Rincon Park and EPIC Roasthouse at the north. These new additions to the Embarcadero are situated...
The signature dish at the newly opened Paperfish on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles plays off its name: seasonal fish and vegetables baked en papillote ?the French technique of wrapping the ingredients...
Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, founders of the renowned Arrows restaurant in southern Maine, have opened Summer Winter ( www.summerwinterrestaurant.com ) in the Boston suburb of Burlington, Mass. Like...
Chuck Hesse had planned to sail around the world, but he took a detour to a then-obscure Caribbean island, where he ended up settling and eventually farming sea snails. A decade after Hesse departed...
Beachfront restaurants in Los Angeles are better known for their views than for their cuisine, which makes the new Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Casa del Mar ( www.hotelcasadelmar.com ) a...
The new mocha coffee from Sanani ( www.sanani.com )—which the Plano, Texas, company offers through its web site only, at a price of $24 for an 8.8-ounce packet—comes from a mountainous region of...
During dinner with Olivier Krug in the gardens of his eponymous Champagne house in Reims, France, the conversation takes a confidential turn. "You know," our host begins, lowering his chocolate-laden...
The Gift At least 2.2 pounds of wild Iranian Asetra golden caviar, and the same amount of conventionally colored caviar delivered monthly for one year. — A golden caviar dinner for four at Manhattan’...
Chef Eric Ziebold intended his Parker House rolls to be a trifle between courses at CityZen, his Washington, D.C., restaurant—he does not even list them on the menu—but they have become one of...
Listening to Bach’s Cantata no. 131 and talking about cheese while tending to the machinery that tugs on the teats of his Jersey cows—is there a better way to spend a Sunday morning in Vermont? Not...
Mario Batali has been convinced that the Las Vegas scene is as sophisticated as any other—or at least that his new restaurant’s patrons are adventurous eaters. The menu for B&B Ristorante, the...
Boston’s L’Espalier and its sister restaurant, Sel de la Terre, have reinforced their reputation for savoir faire with their launch of the catering service Au Soleil ( www.ausoleilcatering.com ),...

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