3 of the World’s Most Unique and Luxurious Dining Expeirence
People don’t choose to eat at high-end restaurants for a simple, traditional experience — they want to be impressed, awed, and transported. There are now countless restaurants across the world whose haute-cuisine chefs prepare culinary delights that would please the palette of any choosy gourmand. But what elevates a restaurant experience beyond an enjoyable meal to an unforgettable event? To really make a mark on the international dining scene today, restauranteurs are coming up with new and innovative concepts for restaurants -interesting aesthetics, locations, and philosophies that challenge the status quo of fine dining. These restaurants offer diners unrivaled experience in both cuisine and luxury; read below to find out more about 3 of them.
1. Dum Pukht – Mumbai
Diners at the ITC Maratha in Mumbai can experience a journey to the past in Dum Pukht – an award-winning restaurant that celebrates traditional Indian dining of a bygone era. Dum Pukht pays homage to the slow-cooking method called “Dum”. Dum was developed in response to the ruler Awadh commissioning the construction of the Bara Imambara as an employment scheme. The cooks fed the newly employed workers rice, vegetables, meats and spices that were slow-cooked over a fire in large dough-sealed vats. This dish is the food around which chefs at Dum Pukht’s center the items on their menu.
There are several Dum Pukht restaurants in India, but the Mumbai outpost is particularly transportive. The décor reflects that of a dining room from one of India’s golden ages: marble floors, pristine white walls, gold leaf embellishments, crystal chandeliers, with blue and gold ornamentation. Dining here is like taking an exquisite journey back in time, and the food and drink list aren’t soon to be forgotten.
2. Sea – Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives
At the luxurious Anantara Kihavah Villas Resort in the Maldives, you can find Sea; one of the world’s most upscale dining experiences in one of the most unusual locations. Sea is just one of four restaurants in the resort’s outstanding dining complex, but compared to the other three, this dining experience is unrivaled, particularly because of its location (as its name suggests) deep under the sea. Sea is one of the world’s first underwater fine dining experiences, where diners descend into the depths of the Indian Ocean to eat a first-class meal on the ocean floor. The dining room at Sea is surrounded by panoramic glass windows so visitors can take in the beautiful tropical marine life and coral as they dine. While the location can’t be beat, the menu is even more outstanding. The dishes rotate depending on what ingredients are freshest for the season, and the restaurant offers a Mediterranean lunch buffet and a lavish four-course dinner daily. Sea is also known for its wine list, featuring over 250 bottles from all over the world.
3. Aer – The Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai
High atop the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai is Aer — a breathtaking lounge and restaurant 34 stories into the sky offering unrivaled views of the city of Mumbai. Aer covers the entire rooftop of the hotel and is completely open-air. The atmosphere at Aer is very trendy and chic; the furniture is minimalist, and the low-lighting lends the space an elegant and romantic feel. Many people mistakenly believe that the star at Aer is the cocktail menu; but the international tapas menu is one of the best in the city. Diners rave about the whiskey smoked salmon and prawn and ginger dumplings in an aromatic broth; there is also a huge selection of meat-free options for the vegetarian guest. An experience at Aer is unlike any other in Mumbai; packed nightly with beautiful people eating, drinking, and dancing to music spun by the famous DJ Fatbat, the restaurant feels more like you’re at a European hotspot than a hotel in Mumbai. There is a cover charge to get into Aer for any non-hotel guests; but the price is worth it, since dining here offers some of the best city views and most elegant ambience of any haute-cuisine restaurant on the continent.
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