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Katana

A night out in West Hollywood gets off to a good start at Katana. It’s a sushi and Japanese Robata restaurant. Uh… come again? Robata is also known as open flame charcoal grill cooking. Don’t worry about the technical details. Just order the shortribs in asian marinade or the filet mignon wrapped around foie gras and asparagus and be amazed. If you go here on a Friday night, please expect the place to be packed and that you might have to wait a while for your table. Sip from one of the delicious Katana specialty cocktails while waiting. Even though the place is huge (several sections, floors, a big terrace) the dark interior with the black floors and chairs, the wooden tables and the candlelight still makes it feel intimate and not too crowded. However, the combination of the crowd and the Hotel Costes style ‘background music’ (that isn’t really in the background) makes the place extremely loud. Be prepared to scream at your table buddies. No big deal, because did you know Brad Pitt once rented a section of the restaurant for Jennifer Aniston’s birthday party?

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Roberto’s

This relatively new restaurant (open since June 2011) has already achieved a great reputation amongst Cape Town lovers. Situated on Cape Town’s historical Long Street, Roberto’s brought exactly what this busy street (full of bars and nightclubs) needed: a simple, good restaurant that offers quality food for a good price. All of this thanks to Executive Chef Roberto de Carvalho. After being sous-chef and chef at several 4- and 5 star hotels throughout Cape Town, he decided to open up his own restaurant. A wise decision. Roberto combines Portuguese and Mediterranean with a South African touch. OK, it might not really speak to your imagination just yet, but wait for the tomato mozzarella crostini, or the Piri Piri chicken to arrive at your table and you know what we’re talking about. Oh, and save some room for dessert.

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Bodega

Georgetown is a district you just cannot skip when you’re in DC. With its harbor, cute old houses and excellent shopping & dining options, you might even love it more than downtown Washington. Right in the heart of Georgetown, along M Street Northwest, you will find Bodega tapas & lounge. This restaurant attracts a lot of locals, especially during happy hour when the sangria flows like water. Over-order on delicious tapas such as their to-die-for Pan con Tomate y Jamón Serrano or Patatas Bravas and sit back to take in the atmosphere. The dramatic interior features black and red walls, copper bars, bullhorns and rugged leather seats. It feels like a mix between a traditional hacienda and a dark, trendy nightclub. Bodega offers happy hour every day (except Saturday) from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and opens up its fountain patio during the summer months.

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Terrassa

If you happen to stay in St. Petersburg during the summer, you should definitely pay a visit to Terrassa. The menu is extensive and diverse but truth be told: the real reason you go to Terrassa is to enjoy one of the city’s best views. The restaurant is located on the top floor of the tallest building in the historical center and from the outside terrace you can see the Kazansky cathedral and the famous Nevski Prospekt street. The interior is modern and bright and because of the open kitchen you might just be able to catch a glimpse of head chef Alexander Belkovich, who started here at only 21 years old. With great enthusiasm he prepares interesting dishes ranging from Italian to Asian cuisine. Reservations are a must at Terrassa. Be sure to indicate that you want to be seated outside with views of the cathedral; you will not be disappointed!
 
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Pasta e Basta

Imagine your waitress, after she just poured you a glass of wine, suddenly grabbing the microphone and filling the entire restaurant with her beautiful voice. This is just a regular night at Amsterdam’s entertainment hotspot Pasta e Basta. Located in a cosy, candle-lit basement, this Italian restaurant is all about its singers and its high amusement factor. The place is known to be a breeding ground for new talent and especially the arias performed a capella style are truly breathtaking. The restaurant’s name loosely translates into “Pasta and that’s it!”. After enjoying their delicious antipasti buffet served out of a grand piano, pasta is exactly what you’re getting. The simple and unpretentious dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients. Pasta e Basta’s owner, who possesses a strong passion for both music and Italy, proudly walks around the restaurant on most nights to greet customers like close friends. After being awarded honorary citizenship for organizing the city’s famous Prinsengrachtconcert (annual open air classical music concert), he is somewhat of a local hero. Book well in advance and bring a group of friends to enjoy the show. Don’t let the touristy vibe hold you back – there is a reason why Pasta e Basta is mentioned in most guidebooks!

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BAR 22

Like the idea of shared dining, but not a great fan of Spanish tapas? Well, try BAR22. Here you can have delicious half-size dishes to share with your fellow diners, without having to choose between tortilla or chorizo. The menu varies from inside-out sushi to grandma’s meatballs to garlic spaghetti. A wide variety of choices. It’s up to you! The drawings on the wall are amazing and give the interior a very unique vibe. It used to be just a bar, and now the focus is mainly on the restaurant. However, you can still feel the cosy ‘bar-esque’ atmosphere: laid-back and unconstrained. And right after dinner, the DJ pops in to select and play music, so that you don’t even have to move on to the next bar down the street. Just stay where you are!

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Cecconi’s

Inspired by the original Cecconi’s in London, Cecconi’s Miami Beach opened its doors in 2010 in the members only Soho Beach House. This classical Italian restaurant offers Venetian inspired food and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Besides delicious dishes such as beef tartare with pecorino, quail egg and black truffle, Cecconi’s offers an amazing setting in the hotel’s ground floor courtyard. The 150-seats dining area is outside, but the carefully chosen furniture and the pergolas with overhanging greenery make it feel protected and cosy.  The trees are wrapped in white lights that create a magical effect when the sun sets. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful restaurants in Miami to dine al fresco, just steps away from the ocean. Even though the interior and food make you feel like you’re in Europe, a little people watching will take you right back to SoBe. A colorful crowd of attractive models, surgically enhanced has-beens and a celebrity or two seem to love Cecconi’s too.

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Agua

Barcelona is a port city. And since the ocean explains the very existence of Barcelona, you should try to eat fish at the beach at least once during your visit. For this purpose, restaurant Agua is the ultimate destination. Agua is located on the fashionable Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta; you won’t find a better ocean view in a nicer neighbourhood. The swanky interior has a Hamptons-meets-tropics touch to it, with spacious, bright coloured rooms and ethnic details. Reserve a table on the outside terrace and order the catch of the day while sipping on your Spanish wine. La buena vida – Barcelona style! We recommend to come here around lunch time if you want to avoid the younger (and louder) crowds since Passeig Maritim is known for its vibrant club scene.

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Indomania

OK, we’ve heard of all the coolest venues in Miami. The places where the celebrities have lunch, restaurants where the food is fresh, vibrant and delicious and of course the clubs where the music is spot on all night long. We love it. But! The one and only spot on Miami Beach where to find actual good Indonesian food is Indomania. People from all over the world come to this restaurant to enjoy real Indonesian food. Go with a group and let them bring you several appetizers and rijsttafels to try a great mix of flavors. An unforgettable experience ensured! And it’s a nice getaway from all the typical Miami food (a cultural fusion of Latin-American, African and European traditions). For all you Dutchies: it’s nice to know that the owner of this restaurant is Dutch. (He’s that friendly old guy that walks around and chitchats with everybody.)

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Il Tempio del Gusto

Located in the heart of Italy’s Umbria region, Spoleto is often chosen as a base to explore the area. It’s a charming, quiet little city located on a hill’s slide with its own ancient Roman acquaduct. But most of all…Spoleto houses one of Umbria’s best restaurants, Il Tempio del Gusto. This family owned restaurant is small and intimate inside but also offers outdoor seating. As Umbria is known for its mushrooms, black truffles and wild game, many of the dishes at Il Tempio del Gusto contain just that. Pair it with a glass of local Sagrantino wine to fully embrace the Umbrian experience. Owner Eros Patrizi is a passionate chef and carefully prepares the tasty and beautifully presented dishes while his wife Manuella cares for her guests in the most attentive way. An evening at Il Tempio del Gusto feels warm, welcoming and will prove to be the ultimate gastronomic experience at a reasonable price. Reservations are advisable, especially during weekends and/or in summertime. Do you want to take some Il Tempio home with you? They also offer classes from the Master himself.

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