Astor Grill, Doha, Qatar
Diners at this restaurant, located at the St.Regis Hotel of Doha will without a doubt be mind blown. The name itself seems to have a western connotation, however, it is simply a dedication to the St.Regis chain’s founder, John Jacob Astor IV, and the place is so far from anything western. The curved entrance inspired by Tony Cragg, a British artist is 16 feet tall. The dining section has a unique ceiling installation made from strips of pine. The woods makes for a warm feel throughout the entire restaurant.
Ma Cocotte, Paris, France
Ma Cocotte, a new two-level restaurant designed by Philippe Starck is a unique addition to the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, a famous Parisian flea market. The decor is both eclectic and casual, filled with unusual pieces from other Parisian markets. The dining room is in the lower level, enclosed by garage doors which on sunny days open up into an outdoor terrace. The upstairs of the restaurant feels like a living room, filled with one of a kind vintage sculptures and goods.
NoMad, New York, New York
The NoMad hotel has both a restaurant and bar that although located in North America appears as a luxurious European hotel. Designer Jacques Garcia uses incredible attention to detail and unique materials, making a historical feel throughout the entire hotel. The bar is 24 feet long, made out of mahogany wood and is guarded by carved elephants. The fireplace room outside of the main dining area has an antique stone centerpiece from France. The room is constantly warm through its deep colors, even when the fire is not lit.
Cinco, Berlin, Germany
Cinco, located in the new Das Stue hotel is the first restaurant outside of Spain for world famous Catalonian Chef Paco Perez. The hotel is in the former Royal Danish embassy, built in 1939. The architecture of the interior, designed by Patricia Urquiola is filled with detail and is not something you see everyday, with a sculpture of a crocodile head in the lobby. The dining room itself is rather laid back, with an unsystematic arrangement of copper boats surrounding pendant lamps, in order to depict Spain, where chef Perez is from.
La Maison, 1888, Da Nang, Vietnam
Bill Bensley Bangkok designer, as part of the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, has created the interior of La Maison 1888, taking a twist of French Colonial architecture. The main staircase is illuminated with pendant lamps, aiming to depict Vietnamese birdcages and shadow imaginary birds. The dining room takes traditional to a new level, seen throughout, including the fancy Louis XVI inspired chairs. The menu matches the French Colonial feeling with French cuisine by Chef Michel Roux.
Troll Wall, Romsdal, Norway
Located at the Troll Wall, the heart of the Trollveggen, and the highest vertical rock point in Europe, it offers a roofline perfectly fitting it’s craggy surrounding mountains. It is an unbeatable part of the parkland, designed by Reiulf Ramstad, an Oslo architect, who has also created several incredible Norwegian attractions. The food itself here is not the attraction, nor is the dining area. However the view makes it a must visit restaurant. Even in less promising weather, the glass walls and perfectly designed roofs enable diners to view the sky to the fullest regardless.
French Blue, St.Helena, California
The feel of this restaurant perfect matches its location of Napa Valley, with an all year around summer feel. It was designed by architect Howard J Backen, the designer of many of California’s most famous wineries, together with his wife Lori, an interior designer. And as though the couple wasn’t already impressive enough, they are also partners in the restaurants, together with chef Philip Wang who creates dishes using local ingredients. Architect Backen is best known for his work that show little difference between the outdoors and indoors in his buildings. French Blue has tall windows which connect the dining room to a terrace with a fireplace. Even the dining chairs seem as though they can be easily taken outside
Volkshaus Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Considering its architects, Herzog & de Meuron, this bar and brasserie is rather held back in its design. However this was exactly the goal. It was built in 1925 intended to hold a concert hall, restaurant, hotel and
library, and after several years of renovations, the building no longer has its initial feel. Instead of adding more to the building, architects removed as many changes as possible in order to bring the building back to its original feel. Herzog & de Meuron aimed to make subtle changes and doubled the amount of ceiling beams. They put in high back seating to create a similar feeling to how the room was previously divided by partitions.
Considering its architects, Herzog & de Meuron, this bar and brasserie is rather held back in its design. However, this was exactly the goal. It was built in 1925 intended to hold a concert hall, restaurant, hotel, and library, and after several years of renovations, the building no longer has its initial feel. Instead of adding more to the building, architects removed as many changes as possible in order to bring the building back to its original feel. Herzog & de Meuron aimed to make subtle changes and doubled the ceiling beams. They put in high back seating to create a similar feeling to how the room was previously divided by partitions.
Brasserie Zedel, London, England
This restaurant is almost 100 years old and was initially a part of the Regent Palace Hotel, the biggest hotel in Europe at the time of its completion in 1915. In the ‘30s, architect Oliver Percy Bernard took over with an Art Deco approach. And although the decor has gone through several changes since, it has been brought back as much as possible by David Collins Studio of London, and Donald Insall Associates who specialize in historic restoration. Its unique design and reasonably priced French cuisine have made it a popular hotspot. Although the food is not the only factor drawing people in, with a cabaret and jazz clubs, Crazy Coqs, as well as the Bar Americain, with a time travel to 1930s Paris feel.
Atera, New York, New York
Atera restaurant, located in Manhattan’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood has only 18 seats in the main dining room, mostly at the bar. Designed by Parts and Labor Design, a New York firm of a diverse group of people combining many styles. Their styles perfectly match chef Matthew Lightner cooking as he is constantly trying out new things and experimenting with ingredients. Downstairs is not only where all the cooking happens, but also is a private dining room. The walls are made of subway tile, and school style chairs, however there are also leather high club chairs and glass wired paneled doors. Definitely not your everyday combination of styles.
Lily and Bloom, Hong Kong
Lily & Bloom attempts to take on the urban street life thrill, combining Shangai, Paris, and London. Designed by a New York design firm, it is an urban and eclectic space that although has a gritty edge, it is also very sophisticated, with wrought iron fixtures, tiled interior walls, red leather seats and gigantic steampunk chandeliers hanging from one story to the next.