fine food - Dining under the stars
Written by Craig Butcher
There are few more pleasurable summer joys than dining al fresco. Complete the experience on a romantic evening with views of the stars above and fine food on terra firma.
The Tower Restaurant, Edinburgh
The Tower Restaurant enjoys iconic views of Edinburgh Castle and the famous Royal Mile. The outside terrace guarantees views of the stars above and the castle below while Scottish produce (Inverawe smoked fish, Buccleuch meats, and wild shellfish) complements the superb location.
Distance: 5532 km
Flight Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Frequency: 5 flights a week
ToTT’s, Hong Kong
Thirty-four floors up at the ‘Top of The Tower’, this modern European restaurant within the Mandarin Oriental’s Excelsior Hotel offers skyward views of the stars but, if they disappoint, the stunning harbourside views, including the Space Museum on Kowloon, as well as the nightly light show, definitely won’t.
Hong Kong, China
Distance: 6,337 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: Twice daily
In Potsdamer Platz at the crossroads of east and west Berlin lies two-Michelin-starred Facil, a restaurant frequently home to the Mitte district’s fashionable glitterati. With a retractable roof showcasing the stars and an outside terrace, the stellar menu of purist luxury and modern avant-garde complements the supremely serene ambiance.
Distance: 4,393 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 35 minutes
How best to see the stars
Clear views require as much darkness as possible, minimal light and air pollution, along with patience and an acceptance that you are at the mercy of the weather. Not to mention good company and an app on your phone such as Google’s Sky Map to make sense of it all.