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Round-the-clock fine dining whatever your reason

24/7 dining typically rouses expectations of low-grade diners and even lower quality. But whatever your reason for a 3am dinner or a 5pm lunch, whether it’s adjusting to the local time zone, a squeezed-in business meeting, or there are simply more restaurants to try than you have meals to eat, fine dining at a time that suits you is fast becoming a reality. Greg Sunning reveals three great spots on our network that are leading the way.

fine food - Treetop dining in the Maldives

Going for dinner in the Maldives isn’t as straightforward as you might think. It may be the world’s flattest country, with atolls fringed by abundant arcs of buttery sands, but that doesn’t mean the country’s chefs are content with their oceanfront beach bars and palm-fringed pool bistros. In pursuit of novelty, the most luxurious resorts are now taking fine dining to new heights: by moving their signature restaurants off the ground and into the trees.

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Shopping or eating? Why not both...

Welcome to the contemporary hangouts that defy convention and pigeon-holing to offer more than just shopping.

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Emerging cuisines

These are exciting times for eating out. Never before has the range of choices around the world been so great. And while we love to celebrate local dishes using local ingredients from local chefs, there’s also always a good time to celebrate offerings from distant lands around the world. From Olympics-primed Brazil to the rise of Korean, push the boat out with these emerging cuisines. Greg Sunning shares three great cuisines that deserve a little more of your attention.

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Three of the world’s smallest restaurants

Service, exclusivity, luxury, and personalisation – modern customers demand uniqueness in their experiences and, in an ever-crowded world, their own space. Step forward small restaurants that celebrate the individual, keep the crowds at bay, and usher in a privacy many of us often crave. While pop-ups and market stalls excel at small, balancing scale and standards is key. Greg Sunning reveals where getting a table is hard because there aren’t that many, and the service and cuisine are extremely personal.

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Fashionable restaurants for fashionistas

As the European leg of the world’s fashion shows gets underway, showcasing leading designers’ Autumn/Winter 2016 collections, the demands of a fashionista’s unrelenting schedule are many and varied. Hopping aboard a magic carpet of style and elegance, thirsts and hungers are best sated at three superb catwalk-ready restaurants on our network. Greg Sunning reveals where the fashionista, fashion, and food combine in three of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities.

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Where the menu shifts as the chefs rotate

You may have heard of pop-up restaurants where the venue is temporary. But have you heard of venues that stay put while it’s the chefs that come and go? This unique modern trend for the ‘guest chef’ has restaurants showcasing menus that evolve as the chefs rotate, typically every two to three months, bringing global superstars to surprising cities for a unique travelling experience. Greg Sunning reveals three great spots on our network that are leading the way.

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Coffee houses to put a spring in your step

From timeless classics to modern independent coffee houses, there’s more than one way to enjoy your coffee, but all of them celebrate one of the world’s oldest and most complex drinks in style. For an experience where interior design, artistry, service, and quality combine, look no further than coffee. Greg Sunning reveals three great spots on our network where enjoying a coffee becomes a sublime experience.

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Restaurants where you’d be loco to go local

London is crackers for Indian curry and New York has a new take on Italian, while Melbourne clamours for Cantonese. Whether it’s historical connections binding one country with another cuisine, or a trailblazing new chef making their own mark, try something completely different in a known destination. Greg Sunning reveals three great restaurants on our network that outdo the cuisine of their host country.

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Famous chefs at work

For those who like to witness a chef’s artistry, the modern penchant for open kitchens is a real boon. It’s also reassuring to know that the named chef on the door is actually working their magic in the kitchen rather than shooting their next TV show. While there are no guarantees, we bring you three restaurants from around our network where you’re more than likely to have a famous chef cook your meal.

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