French food is the envy of the world, with the subtle mixture of traditions and international flavours, young chefs’ creations and fresh ingredients, the French are more than entitled to their culinary pride. My restaurant recommendations in France cover it all, from the capital’s newest restaurants by talented young chefs from all over the world, to the country’s Riviera spots as well as the longstanding institutions.

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Spain is home to some of the world’s best and most cutting-edge restaurants, it’s also a country with culinary tradition at heart. My assembled lists include specialities from the gastronomic city San Sebastian, traditional taverns and Michelin-starred spots from the country’s biggest cities, as well as quality Mediterranean holiday vibe places featuring the freshest of ingredients.

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Italy is the go-to country for food lovers around the world. Arguably the number one country where most of the world’s favourite foods originated. While mostly my lists feature authentic Italian places run by family from one generation to the next, I also share some other spots worth visiting, from fine dining to cutting edge places from all over the country.

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Luxeat readers know that Japan’s exquisite food is my first true love. The country’s diverse regional gastronomy reflects, not only the climate, nature, or terroir of that place, but also its history and social customs. My carefully curated lists contain Japan’s best places including cheap eats, modern Japanese cuisine and Michelin-starred stalwarts.

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Wine is the indisputable match for any meal, well-matched it can drastically change food’s texture and flavour. Among the huge variety of wine options, my trusted sommelier friends have listed the most outstanding ones for you to try. And my very good friend Pablo Alomar Salvioni introduces and suggests some sakes which can (and do so very nicely) as a replacement to wine.

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My annual lists of the year’s 20 best dishes started in 2013. Every year I bring you amazing gastronomic discoveries by extraordinary chefs from various locations all around the world.

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Here you will find some interesting and new suggestions for my favourite things and experiences, to help to discover and enjoy the world of gastronomy more.

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The restaurant scene in London has rightly put the Big Smoke on the foodie map, thanks to a wide range of international cuisines and cutting edge chefs. My carefully curated lists are assembled to indicate what are, in my opinion, the best restaurants there today. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a quick bite, delivery options or authentic Japanese, these are the ones not to miss.

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France Lists
Our 12 Must-Visit Restaurants in the South of France

Our 12 Must-Visit Restaurants in the South of France

Luxeat Insider · 3rd ED.

Our 12 Must-Visit Restaurants in the South of France

Luxeat Insider · 3rd ED.

From fine dining to modest hole-in-the-walls…here it is!Luxeat’s best-eating selection for the South of France (in alphabetical order). AM by Alexandre Mazzia A 2-Michelin-starred fine-dining experience inspired by a combination of Mediterranean flavours and chef’s former life in the Republic of Congo. Alexandre’s Congolese influences are featured throughout a menu…

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Aug '20
5 favourite wines from the French & Italian Mediterranean coast

5 favourite wines from the French & Italian Mediterranean coast

Luxeat Insider · 3rd ED.

5 favourite wines from the French & Italian Mediterranean coast

Luxeat Insider · 3rd ED.

by Mirazur’s Benoit Huguenin Well under thirty-years-old, head sommelier at three-MICHELIN-starred restaurant, Mirazur in Menton France, Benoît Huguenin represents a new generation of wine experts. “The first words chef Mauro (yes, he’s referring to chef Mauro Colagreco) said to me were, ‘I don’t want a classic sommelier,’” he tells the…

7
Aug '20
Ginza Onodera and best sushi-yas, etc…

Ginza Onodera and best sushi-yas, etc…

Ginza Onodera and best sushi-yas, etc…

Umami flavour is key in Japanese cooking and the reason why it is so oishi. One of the historical explanations could be that because for many years before Meiji restoration four-legged animals meat had been forbidden, Japanese cooks had to develop other ways to bring out umami. Necessity is what…

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Aug '17
The most magnificent cheese shops

The most magnificent cheese shops

The most magnificent cheese shops

In a country known for its breath-taking array of cheeses, it can be hard to know where to find the best or how to narrow down the selection. Luckily, Paris is home to some of the world’s best cheesemongers and affineurs, those talented men and women who find the most…

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Mar '14
Chocolat, chocolat, chocolat!

Chocolat, chocolat, chocolat!

Chocolat, chocolat, chocolat!

As an American cartoonist Charles M. Shulz once said, “all you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt”. I don’t know another city in the world, where you will find so many exceptional chocolate shops as in Paris. Here are some of my favourites (my…

8
Dec '13
Best Paris Pastry Shops: Past, Present and Future!

Best Paris Pastry Shops: Past, Present and Future!

Best Paris Pastry Shops: Past, Present and Future!

Paris is the place to go for the world’s best pastry. With so many prestigious pâtissiers present in the capital, choosing where to indulge can be a challenge. Classic addresses like La Durée, Fauchon or Lenôtre still have their place on any best-of list, but they are being joined by…

12
Oct '13
Where to eat in Courchevel?

Where to eat in Courchevel?

Where to eat in Courchevel?

My recommendations on eating out in Courchevel 1850 Lunch on the slopes La Soucoupe ( Near la Loze teleski, Courchevel 1850, tel. 04 79 08 21 34). Diots de Savoie (Savoyard sausages) with polenta, fireplace grilled steaks and outdoors deckchairs to catch up with your suntan… Le Chalet de Pierres…

3
Dec '12
The Apple dessert

The Apple dessert

The Apple dessert

One of the most beautiful desserts I’ve seen and tasted. More pictures form Le Pré Catelan will follow…

3
Sep '11
The treasures and pleasures of rue Saint-Anne

The treasures and pleasures of rue Saint-Anne

The treasures and pleasures of rue Saint-Anne

Konnichiwa! I have been eating a lot in rue Saint Anne and its surroundings lately. Lunches, dinners, but main lunches as my Japanese courses are not far away. In fact, the main reason why I started learning Japanese is the Japanese food and in the little Japan of Paris, you…

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Feb '09