Restaurants from Taipei to Toronto are raising the bar on creating spectacular experiences. Here are five of our favorites:
- Le Roch Hotel
Paris’s first arrondissement is home to the Roch Hotel, featuring one of the most exquisitely designed dining rooms in the city. From its delicate pendant lamps to its plush peacock-colored furniture, Le Roch is a place to go for the experience, even if you’re not particularly hungry. Of course, if you are, you won’t be disappointed. Arnaud Faye, the winner of two Michelin Stars, designs the dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients, while chef Remy Bererd realizes them on the plate. As for the cocktail contingent, be prepared to make some tough decisions—for instance, between the French Trip and the Absolutely Fabulous.
2. Pasticceria Marchesi
Founded in 1824, the vintage Prada-owned café—conveniently located above the Prada store opposite the Duomo di Milano in the Galleria Vittorio—is as perfect for business meetings as it is for midday tea. No wonder Roberto Baciocchi designed the cafe with business and pleasure in mind. The matcha-green interior paneling gives the place a soothing vibe, and each dessert offering is a tiny work of art.
The Parisian bistronomy craze finds a home in Taipei with RAW, a sleek, sloping-wood-paneled bar designed by Singapore-based studio WEIJENBERG with the help of owner and head chef André Chiang. The sixty-seat restaurant keeps it intimate, serving colorful Taiwanese dishes to please the palate and the eye.
4. Bar Raval
Canadian studio PARTISANS chose a cozy locale for Bar Raval, located in the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy. The forty-person bar may seem a bit crowded, but it’s just large enough that you can get lost in it. The smooth wooden wraparound bar allows for soft lighting. The general tapas-and-beer atmosphere is a nod to the pintxo bars of Barcelona, while the menu covers just about everything you could want, from tuna belly to donuts.
5. Summit Restaurant
Chäserrugg Mountains / Switzerland
Herzog & de Meuron designed Summit to take full advantage of its Alpine location. Nested atop a ski resort, Summit features wood interiors designed to allow the snow’s light to bounce off of them and into the large dining room, a long room with one giant communal table with enough Konstantin Grcic chairs to accommodate 500 guests.