“Discover the Best New Hotel Restaurants Worldwide: Octopus Santorini, Nookies, and LAVO”

Recommended dish: The Octopus Santorini, grilled to perfection and garnished with marinated onions and capers, served on a bed of vibrant yellow split pea purée.

Nookies, a contemporary take on the classic diner, located at Silver Sands on New York’s North Fork

Photo by Alex Kroke/Silver Sands

Nookies offers classic diner fare like burgers and shakes, as well as oysters from the nearby Pipes Cove

Photo by Alex Kroke/Silver Sands

Nookies at Silver Sands Motel & Bungalows—Greenport, New York

A significant renovation has revitalized this iconic 1950’s North Fork motel, and the twenty-two seat Nookies diner retains all the nostalgia of a midcentury roadside eatery. While the menu still includes a tuna melt and indulgent milkshakes, it also features some new additions to cater to modern-day travelers.

Recommended dish: The aubergine melt, served on rye with generous amounts of gruyère cheese, yellow tomato jam and Calabrian chili.

LAVO at The BoTree—London, UK

LAVO, part of the Tao Group with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, and Mexico City, maintains its fun and relevant vibe at its newest branch at the BoTree in Marylebone. Attention to detail is evident in everything from the tray of garnishes accompanying your water, to the lavish truffles on the pasta, to the expert sommelier pairings. Despite being one of the neighborhood’s larger dining rooms, it manages to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere without being overbearing.

Recommended dish: “The Meatball,” a 500-gram combination of Wagyu beef and Italian pork sausage.

Théa at The Global Ambassador—Phoenix, Arizona

Named after the Greek goddess of light, Théa offers a truly immersive experience at a new resort with a focus on food. The Mediterranean menu is perfectly suited to a rooftop setting in sunny Phoenix. The flavors are bold but never overly indulgent: the kofta skewers are fragrant with sumac; the Moroccan roasted carrots are drizzled in Aleppo pepper honey; and the “Goddess of all Dips” platter is perfect for sharing while enjoying a spritz and watching the sunset.

Recommended dish: A fresh and flavorful Spring Tabbouleh salad with pea tendrils, mint, pistachio dukkah, and preserved lemon vinaigrette.

Fysh at The Singapore EDITION

“Lofty” is an apt description for this new restaurant by award-winning Australian chef Josh Niland inside the Singapore Edition. The decor features vaulted ceilings, abundant greenery, and an expansive open show kitchen, creating a sense of occasion and demonstrating that cooking can be a form of theater. The menu offers a “modern-age fish steakhouse,” treating ethically-sourced seafood with the same indulgence and reverence as a steakhouse treats its beef. While there are some “land-based proteins” on the menu, the real stars are the swordfish and yellowfin tuna steaks, sourced from Mooloolaba, Australia and dry-aged to perfection.

Recommended dish: Murray Cod, sustainably sourced and grilled over charcoal, then finished with an Andean BBQ corn humita, coriander, and lime.

Il Ristorante – Niko Romito at Bulgari Hotel Roma—Italy

This is the epitome of Roman elegance, from the sophisticated dining room, to the panoramic views over the adjacent Mausoleum of Augustus, to the menu designed by Nico Romito, one of Italy’s superstar chefs. The restaurant inside this Hot List winner offers Italian classics that range from the familiar (a perfect spaghetti pomodoro) to the innovative (crispy suckling pig with orange caramel sauce). It’s a fine dining experience in the Eternal City that’s worth every penny.

Recommended dish: Roasted tuna belly that melts in your mouth, topped with a light and refreshing fennel and citrus salad.

Source: cntraveler.com

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