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Nahm restaurant, in the COMO Hotel

The best places to sit at a true chef table, all around the world, are hidden gems that Andrea Oschetti, Hong Kong-based travel guru and founder of Blueflower, personally tasted
during his travels. A bit by chance, a bit by following the natural paths that lead to quality. Here you can find his exclusive, private selection.

Nahm

Bangkok - Thailand - 27 S Sathorn Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon;
Tel. +66 2 6253333; 
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This acclaimed modern restaurant, in the magic frame of the Metropolitan hotel by COMO, is known for cooking homestyle Thai food with a flair that seduces palates worldwide.
There is a meticulous research into developing of the head chef Prin Polsuk recipes. He tastes, tastes, tastes and then tastes again. It’s about finding the perfect ratios of ingredients but also striving to add surprising layers of flavours. All the subtle additions spark magic in the taste buds of the guests and give them extreme satisfaction.

Babel restaurants at Babylonestoren

Cape Town - South Africa - R45, Simondium, 7670;
Tel. +27 21 8633852;
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Babylonstoren is an old historic fruit and wine farm dating back to 1692, transformed into
a beautiful hotel with 13 guests. The heart of the property is its fruits and vegetable garden, laid out over 3,5 hectares, and its restaurant Babel. Housed in an old cow shed are a light and airy place with a seamless mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls
that make for a simple yet modern environment. Eating here is a journey of rediscovery of the honest essence of things. 

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Babel restaurant in Capetown.

Kikunoi

Kyoto - Japan - 459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Shimokawara-dori, Higashiyama-ku; Tel. +81 75 5610015

Kikunoi is a typical ryƍtei, a luxurious traditional Japanese (Kyoto-style cuisine) restaurant in the Gion-Maruyama district of Kyoto. As a three-star Michelin, they only accept new customers by referral, the meals are usually cheered by the conversation with the landlady (called Okami) and the dishes are prepared by the Okami's husband.

Salumeria Roscioli

Rome - Italy - via dei Giubbonari, 21/22;
Tel. +39 06 6875287; 
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Classic Capitoline dishes, 300 types of cheese, 150 varieties of cold cuts, 2,800 wine labels, and a wide selection of preserves, sauces, mustards, canned foods, pasta, oils.
The Roscioli motto is very clear: “Before the kitchen… comes the raw material.”

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The delicatessen Roscioli; eat like a true Roman

Don Julio

Buenos Aires - Argentina - Calle Guatemala 4699, Palermo Viejo;
Tel. +54 11 48319564

One of the best “parrilla” in town: a great balance between traditional and indulgent.
The dining room looks into an open kitchen, so ask your waiter to explain the various cuts of meat and they'll be happy to give you a crash course, based on samples sizzling away on the grill.

Eolo

Bragozzo on the sea - Venice - Italy;
Tel. +39 349 7431552; 
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Tasting the classic dishes of Venetian cuisine on board. Eolo is a “bragozzo” (a sailboat used as a fishing vessel in the days of the Serenissima Republic) of 1946, restored by Mauro Stoppa, its current owner and appreciated chef. The bragozzo is a traditional craft of long wooden fishing 16 meters, with colourful sails, which travels slowly through the lesser known areas of the north lagoon.

Tawlet

Beirut - Lebanon - 12 Rue Naher, Armenia Street;
Tel. +961 1 448129
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It all started as Beirut’s first farmers’ market: Souk el Tayeb that highlighted rural produce in the urban environment. Since 2004 has evolved from an experimental farmers market promoting small-scale farmers and producers, to an organisation working on projects to promote and preserve culinary traditions, rural heritage and the natural environment. In 2009 Souk El Tayeb opened Tawlet: the farmers’ kitchen focusing on local traditions, produces and cuisine. Every day a different cook from a different area tells us the story and the traditions of a region of Lebanon through food.

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Tawlet in Beirut, the farmer's kitchen on local tradition

L Chimpl

Vigo di Fassa (TN) - Italy - Strada de Tamion 3;
Tel. +39 0462 769108;
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One of the great gourmet restaurants of the Dolomites, with a Michelin star and just six tables and 14 places. In this small den, chef Stefano Ghetta offers the best of Ladin cuisine with special attention to product “zero kilometer” quality, and a great wine list expertly combined.

A Razor, A Shiny Knife

New York - USA - 34 4th St;
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Not a simple restaurant, but an internationally-acclaimed entertainment company specialising in event design, multimedia production and cuisine. A group of people who turned a subway car into a full-service restaurant: one part pranking group, one part performance art, and one part very skilled chefs, they are led by Daniel Castaño and Michael J. Cirino.

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L Chimpl, with a spectacular view on the Dolomites

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STAY ITALY

STAY ITALY

A helping hand
DO SUDAN

DO SUDAN

Conical curiosities
EAT ITALY

EAT ITALY

Paradise, etched in stone
EAT PORTUGAL

EAT PORTUGAL

Delectable dining through the Douro
STAY NORWAY

STAY NORWAY

A sprawling spectacle
STAY KENYA

STAY KENYA

Where the wild things really are
DRINK CYPRUS

DRINK CYPRUS

Arcadian nostalgia
DO BRAZIL

DO BRAZIL

An Amazonian experience unlike any other
EAT ROME

EAT ROME

All aboard: a moving historical experience
DO BARCELONA

DO BARCELONA

Spanish pampering a-la-carte
PACK NEPAL

PACK NEPAL

Pashmina, a favourite essential
SHOP AUSTRALIA

SHOP AUSTRALIA

Poetry to touch
STAY SWITZERLAND

STAY SWITZERLAND

Infinite Stars Hotel, conceptualism under the sky
DRINK RIO DE JANEIRO

DRINK RIO DE JANEIRO

Yoo2. Tapas and Cocktail on Botafogo Shoreline
EAT AROUND THE WORLD

EAT AROUND THE WORLD

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DO IRELAND

DO IRELAND

The land before time
SHOP PORTO

SHOP PORTO

Bridging the gap between interior and exterior
DO TOKYO

DO TOKYO

The fine art of flower arranging
DRINK GREYERZ

DRINK GREYERZ

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