Mishkak, OmanJanuary 16, 2020
Mishkak is one of Oman's favourite street snacks - barbecued lamb, richly seasoned, tenderly cubed, consumed on its own or folded in flatbread with tomatoes and lettuce.
Bait Al Luban, OmanJanuary 13, 2020
One of Oman's most respected traditional restaurants, Bait Al Luban is our best bet in the capital city, Muscat, for a meal of shuwa, a classic celebratory dish of goat marinated in a spiced date paste and roasted in an underground firepit for over six hours, for robust chunks of gamy, fleshy mea...
Kitchen Vibe Bistro, LaosJanuary 10, 2020
Kitchen Vibe Bistro could be Vientiane's best bet for contemporary Laotian cuisine, showcasing everything from frog legs to duck hearts, super-spicy beef tenderloin laab to wild-caught chitala fish balls stewed with pork fat. End with an elegant iced bua-loi, brimming with sweet potato, taro and ...
Ka-Tib-Khao, LaosJanuary 8, 2020
Ka-Tib-Khao could be Vientiane's perfect place for a porcine lunch - minced pork cooked with fish sauce and Lao herbs in banana leaf, pork jerky soup, and pork sausage wraps, washed down with the country's own Beerlao.
Haute & Cold Gelateria, LaosJanuary 6, 2020
On a sweltering afternoon in Vientiane, seek relief at Haute & Cold, with locally inspired gelato and sorbet flavours like cempedak or ginger chestnut, plus gelato-blended cocktails.
Vila Preseren, SloveniaJanuary 3, 2020
Slovenian char fillet, trout consomme and tolminc cheese make for a fine lunch at Bled town's Vila Preseren (an elderflower-flavoured Hugo cocktail by the side won't hurt), the prelude to exploring Predjama Castle (a Renaissance-style structure built against a cliff-side) and Postojna Cave (24 ki...
Sergiana, TransylvaniaJanuary 1, 2020
Encircled by the Carpathian Mountains, Romania's Transylvanian city of Brasov is a beauty of baroque buildings and cobbled courtyards, with intriguingly atmospheric restaurants like Sergiana, which serves traditional Transylvanian specialities such as pork pot roast with chicken liver, smoked sau...
Moma, Sofia, BulgariaDecember 25, 2019
Dedicated to Bulgarian cuisine and culture, Moma is beautifully outfitted with artwork that pays tribute to the people and handicraft of this country. Dinner here in the capital, Sofia, might consist of butter-roasted duck hearts, fried nettle fritters, and the piece de resistance of oven-baked s...
Bass, Oslo, NorwayDecember 25, 2019
Seafood carpaccio with cured egg yolk flakes; pork knuckle meat with sage; duck hearts with crispy chicken skin; halibut with kohlrabi; king crab with chanterelles; cauliflower with almonds; carrots with pistachios; and honeyed plum flan to cap the meal - with food that's this good, we're absolut...
Kofe Bar, BruneiDecember 18, 2019
Coffee fans who find themselves in Brunei should check out Kofe Bar, a caffeine bar that takes its work seriously while also coming up with contemporary concoctions like a Ketocreme latte with almond milk and an iced shaken espresso with avocado crema.
Piccolo Cafe, BruneiDecember 16, 2019
One of Bandar Seri Begawan's best-known cafes, Piccolo is popular for its playful pleasures - fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes are served savoury as well as sweet, layered with chicken ham and bechamel sauce in a twist on croque monsieur, while lattes emerge in flavours like onde-onde, spiked wit...
Tabaq, PakistanDecember 10, 2019
Serving up a taste of Pakistan since 1976, Tabaq specialises in 'chicken steam roast,' rich in the flavours of yogurt, garam masala and lemon, but it's also worth exploring the menu for comfort fare like mutton brains and lentils cooked in creamy preparations.
The Cabana, Cafe Sinouk & Titkafe, LaosDecember 4, 2019
For a caffeine crawl in Laos' capital, check out these three cafes within convenient walking distance of each other: Start with The Cabana, one of Vientiane's most on-trend venues, for open sandwiches topped with olives to couple with cappuccinos ...... then try Cafe Sinouk, whose coffee relies o...
Rice Noodles & Qing Bu Liang, HainanDecember 3, 2019
The perfect lunch in Hainan might be a mix of hot and cold - soulful rice noodles, assembled to order with roasted peanuts, fresh coriander, pork strips and pickled vegetables in savoury broth, followed by qing bu liang, sweetly brimming with fruits, seeds and beans.
Yi Bua & Zongzi, HainanDecember 1, 2019
Glutinous gluttony, sweet and savory, in Hainan: Snack on yi bua, rice cakes stuffed with coconut and brown sugar, then feast on bak chang, filled with pork belly and salted duck egg.