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The Platinum List: Restaurants Worth Travelling For

We've teamed up The Platinum Card® from American Express to curate a guide to the world's finest eateries...

When you land in a far-flung destination, navigating between quality venues and over-hyped tourist traps can prove tricky. Luckily for you, we’ve eaten our way across the world, breaking bread with locals, scouting out hot new openings and curating a failsafe list of restaurants along the way.

Mirazur, Menton, France

Combining his Italian-Argentine heritage with French finesse, chef Mauro Colagreco plates up dazzling creations using ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s gardens and Menton’s hinterlands.

Call: +33 492 418 686
Visit: mirazur.fr
30 Avenue Aristide Briand
06500
Menton
France

The Platinum List: Restaurants Worth Travelling For

Selfie, Moscow, Russia

More a gastronomic theatre than a restaurant, Selfie uses seasonal Russian ingredients prepared with aplomb in an open kitchen. Dine among elegantly designed interiors before heading out to the terrace for a drink.

Call: +7 495 995 85 03
Visit: selfiemoscow.ru
Novinsky Shopping Centre
2nd Floor
Novinsky Boulevard 31
Moscow
Russia

Attica, Melbourne, Australia

In Australia’s foodie capital, Attica is an homage to all things Aussie. Taking diners on a culinary adventure, dishes range from emu-liver bagel to saltwater croc ribs – this is one for experimental diners.

Call: +61 3 9530 0111
Visit: attica.com.au
74 Glen Eira Road
Ripponlea
VIC 3185
Australia

108, Copenhagen, Denmark

Noma’s younger sibling, minimalist interiors bring to an understated Scandi feel to 108. Ingredients are sustainably sourced and dishes are perfectly presented – New Nordic cuisine has never looked (or tasted) better.

Call: +45 3296 3292
Visit: 108.dk
Strandgade 108
1401
Copenhagen K
Denmark

Septime, Paris, France

Pared-back interiors and changing tasting menus make mealtimes an adventure at Septime. Dine on creative combinations paired with natural wines, and continue the evening at nearby wine bar Septime La Cave.

Call: +33 1 43 67 38 29
Visit: septime-charonne.fr
80 Rue de Charonne
75011
Paris 11
France

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Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey

With unbeatable views across the Bosphorus, Mikla would get away with average plates. But the delectable Anatolian cuisine further elevates the restaurant to one of the best in town. Arrive for sunset and don’t forget your camera.

Call: +90 212 293 5656
Visit: miklarestaurant.com
The Marmara Pera
Meşrutiyet Caddesi 15
34430
Beyoğlu
Istanbul
Turkey

Nerua, Bilbao, Spain

Set inside the Guggenheim, Nerua is a minimalist haven. Delicate, fragrant dishes celebrate nouvelle Basque cuisine, while low-key decor perfectly contrasts with Louise Bourgeois’ towering spider outside.

Call: +34 944 000 430
Visit: neruaguggenheimbilbao.com
Guggenheim Bilbao
Avenue Abandoibarra 2
48001
Bilbao
Bizkaia
Spain

Bo.Lan, Bangkok, Thailand

Taking inspiration from Thailand’s renowned street-food scene, Bo.Lan fuses authentic Asian tastes with a sustainable ethos. This zero-carbon restaurant uses native Thai ingredients to create a seasonal menu.

Call: +66 2 260 2962
Visit: bolan.co.th
24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley

Khlong Tan Nuea
Watthana
10110
Bangkok
Thailand

Astrid Y Gascon, Lima, Peru

Set inside a 300-year-old hacienda, this restaurant is bringing Peruvian dishes to the forefront of haute cuisine. An artfully curated menu uses traditional ingredients to create anything from ceviche to suckling pig.

Call: +511 442 2777
Visit: astridygaston.com
Avenida Paz Soldán 290
San Isidro
Lima 27
Perú

Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

Nestled in Slovenia’s Soça Valley, Hisa Franko’s intricate menu is designed to reflect the best of Eastern European ingredients. Advocating natural methods, food is sourced and foraged from the valley itself.

Call: +386 5 389 4120
Visit: hisafranko.com
Staro selo 1
5222
Kobarid
Slovenia

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Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Doing what Argentina does best, this rustic parilla joint offers some of the country’s best meat-based meals. From fried empanadas to the crispy sweetbreads, enjoy with a velvety glass of local Malbec.

Call: +54 11 4831 9564
Visit: parrilladonjulio.com
Guatemala 4691 (esquina Gurruchaga)
Palermo Viejo
C1425
C.A.B.A.
Argentina

D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil

Introducing native Brazillian ingredients to the global stage, D.O.M. prides itself on passion and authenticity. Explosive flavours and intriguing textures showcase South American cuisine in a brand new way.

Call: +55 11 3062 3634
Visit: domrestaurante.com.br
Rua Barão de Capanema 549
Jardins São Paulo
Sao Paolo
Brasil

Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain

With a name meaning “enjoy”, Disfrutar rightly backs itself when it comes to dining. The avant-garde restaurant successfully combines technical skill with playful fantasy – and has a Michelin star to prove it.

Call: +34 933 486 896
Visit: disfrutarbarcelona.com
Carrer de Villarroel 163
08036
Barcelona
Spain

CoffeeBar, Tel Aviv, Israel

Disappear into the Parisian-style interiors of CoffeeBar, where fresh, local dishes are served with sides of burnt-aubergine bruschetta and jalapeno aioli. A culinary institution in Tel Aviv, the restaurant has been a favourite among locals since 1994.

Call: +972 3 688 9696
Visit: coffeebar.co.il
13 Haruzim Street
Tel Aviv
Israel

Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

Reinvigorating Mexican haute cuisine, Pujol’s seasonal menus place emphasis on rustic flavours and culinary history. Dine on traditional favourites spruced up with contemporary additions and served with Mexican flair.

Call: +52 55 5545 4111
Visit: pujol.com.mx
Tennyson 133
Polanco V Sección
C.P. 11560
CDMX
México

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Babel at Babylonstoren, Franschhoek, South Africa

Located in a repurposed cow shed on one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms, Babel is a whitewashed, light-filed foodie sanctuary. Ingredients sourced from the South African farmland showcase the best local fare.

Call: +27 021 863 3852
Visit: babylonstoren.com/babel
Babylonstoren
Klapmuts Simondium Road
Simondium
7670

Forest Avenue, Dublin, Ireland

Cool, calm and collected, Forest Avenue’s short menu, humble design and friendly atmosphere makes it a Dublin favourite. Food is cooked in an open kitchen, and paired with a considered wine list.

Call: +353 1 667 8337
Visit: forestavenuerestaurant.ie
8 Sussex Terrace
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4

Alta, New York, US

This tapas restaurant offers Mediterranean-inspired bites and small plates. Although set in a quaint West Village townhouse, weathered brick and leather bar stools transport diners to European seaside towns.

Call: +1 212 505 7777
Visit: altarestaurant.com
64 West 10th Street
New York
NY 10011

The Platinum List: Restaurants Worth Travelling For
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Cookies Cream, Berlin, Germany

From parmesan dumplings to vegetarian caviar, Cookies Cream is a fine-dining treat for the meat-free brigade. Vegetable-based dishes are made with freshly harvested ingredients and cooked to perfection.

Call: +49 030 680 730 448
Visit: cookiescream.com
Behrenstraße 55
10117
Berlin
Germany

Atoboy, New York, US

A clever combination of western ingredients and Korean techniques, Atoboy serves up delicious plates of banchan in New York’s NoMad area. Pickled and fermented small dishes are the perfect accompaniment to pork belly and fried chicken.

Call: +1 646 476 7217
Visit: atoboynyc.com
43 E 28th Street
New York
NY 10016

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The Lowdown: The Platinum Card Benefits

The adage “it’s about the journey, not the destination” doesn’t always ring true when it comes to crowded airports and long queues. Yet with access to over 1,200 airport lounges in over 130 countries, Platinum Cardmembers can ease into a trip.

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