10 Top restaurants in the world, with the Blueflower soul

Food is art, passion and culture. The best places to sit at a true chef table, all around the world, are hidden gems that Andrea Oschetti found during his travelling. A bit by chance, a bit by following the natural paths that lead to quality. Here you can find his exclusive private selection, ten restaurants where Andrea has not only eaten, but also worked, during his travels, as a trainee chef. And where he learned the rudiments of the each local cuisine, that he cleverly mixed with his knowledge of Italian and Mediterranean taste.

Nahm

Bangkok - Thailand
27 S Sathorn Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon
Phone no. +66 2 6253333
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This acclaimed modern restaurant, in the magic frame of the Metropolitan hotel by COMO, is known for cooking homestyle Thai food with a flair that seduces palates worldwide. There is a meticulous research into developing of the head chef Prin Polsuk recipes. He tastes, tastes, tastes and then tastes again. It’s about finding the perfect ratios of ingredients but also striving to add surprising layers of flavours. All the subtle additions spark magic in the taste buds of the guests and give them extreme satisfaction.

Babel restaurants at Babylonestoren

Cape Town – South Africa
R45, Simondium, 7670
Phone no: +27 (0)21 863 3852
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Babylonstoren is an old historic fruit and wine farm dating back to 1692, transformed into a beautiful hotel with 13 guests. The heart of the property is its fruits and vegetable garden, laid out over 3,5 hectares, and its restaurant Babel. Housed in an old cow shed are a light and airy place with a seamless mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls that make for a simple yet modern environment. Eating here is a journey of rediscovery of the honest essence of things. 

Salumeria Roscioli

Roma - Italy
via dei Giubbonari, 21/22
phone no: +39 06 687 5287
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Classic Capitoline dishes, 300 types of cheese, 150 varieties of cold cuts, 2,800 wine labels, and a wide selection of preserves, sauces, mustards, canned foods, pasta, oils. The Roscioli motto is clear: “Before the kitchen… comes the raw material.”

Kikunoi

Kyoto – Japan
459 Shimokawara-cho, Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Shimokawara-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
+81-75-561-0015

Kikunoi is a typical ryōtei, a luxurious traditional Japanese (Kyoto-style cuisine) restaurant in the Gion-Maruyama district of Kyoto. As a three-star Michelin, they only accept new customers by referral, the meals are usually cheered by the conversation with the landlady (called Okami) and the dishes are prepared by the Okami's husband.

Don Julio

Buenos Aires - Argentina
Calle Guatemala 4699, Palermo Viejo
Phone no: + 541148319564

One of the best “parrilla” in town: a great balance between traditional and indulgent. The dining room looks into an open kitchen, so ask your waiter to explain the various cuts of meat and they'll be happy to give you a crash course, based on samples sizzling away on the grill.

Eolo

Bragozzo on the sea - Venice – Italy
Phone no. +39 349 7431552
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Tasting the classic dishes of Venetian cuisine on board. Eolo is a “bragozzo” (a sailboat used as a fishing vessel in the days of the Serenissima Republic) of 1946, restored by Mauro Stoppa, its current owner and appreciated chef. The bragozzo is a traditional craft of long wooden fishing 16 meters, with colourful sails, which travels slowly through the lesser known areas of the north lagoon.

Tawlet

Beirut – Lebanon
12 Rue Naher, Armenia Street
phone no: +961 1 448 129
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It all started as Beirut’s first  farmers’ market: Souk el Tayeb that highlighted rural produce in the urban environment. Since 2004 has evolved from an experimental farmers market promoting small-scale farmers and producers, to an organisation working on projects to promote and preserve culinary traditions, rural heritage and the natural environment. In 2009 Souk El Tayeb opened Tawlet: the farmers’ kitchen focusing on local traditions, produces and cuisine. Every day a different cook from a different area tells us the story and the traditions of a region of Lebanon through food.

L Chimpl

Vigo di Fassa (TN) – Italy – Europe
Strada de Tamion 3
Phone no +39 0462 769108
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One of the great gourmet restaurants of the Dolomites, with a Michelin star and just six tables and 14 places. In this small den, chef Stefano Ghetta offers the best of Ladin cuisine with special attention to product “zero kilometer” quality, and a great wine list expertly combined.

A Rasor A Shiny Knife

New York – USA
34 4th St, NY
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Not a simple restaurant, but an internationally-acclaimed entertainment company specialising in event design, multimedia production and cuisine. A group of people who turned a subway car into a full-service restaurant: one part pranking group, one part performance art, and one part very skilled chefs, they are led by Daniel Castaño and Michael J. Cirino.

Herbert Samuel

Tel Aviv – Israel
6 Koifman St
Phone no: 03-5166516
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Head chef Jonathan Roshfeld’s flagship restaurant is well known in culinary circles as one of Tel Aviv’s best restaurants, opened eight years ago along the beautiful Tel Aviv seaside, with an amazing Mediterranean Sea views from the large, centrally located bar and surrounding tables. The inventive menu reflects the dazzling array of fresh, seasonal ingredients available in the local markets, with an extensive wine list and mixed cocktails.

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