Travel, Food & Drink

Seven of the World’s Most Stylish Restaurants

With the international fashion pack out in force this month, we seek out the sleekest, chicest restaurants across the globe for a stylish supper or two

Last week, New York Fashion Week kicked off a month of global fashion gatherings, with London the next stop on the sartorial carousel. With this in mind, we’ve drawn up a list of the chicest restaurants to see and be seen in – with menus to match, of course. 

Tiny Leaf, London
Tucked away on a quiet street near London’s trendy Notting Hill district, Tiny Leaf represents all of this year’s gastronomic buzzwords: sustainable, stylish, and meat-free. Masterminded by chef, writer, and food activist Justin Horne, and manager Jonathan Krauss, at Tiny Leaf would-be-waste food is donated by local food suppliers and retailers and is turned into delicately presented, delicious fare, served up in cool, cosy surroundings. But it’s not all wholesome goodness. Upstairs is a botanical cocktail bar – the ‘white room’ – where you can drink and dance the night away. Who says vegetarians can’t have fun?

Tiny Leaf is London's first organic, vegetarian, zero-waste restaurant. Enjoy the delicious, guilt-free fare from either the ground-floor bistro or elegant first-floor 'green room'.
Tiny Leaf is London's first organic, vegetarian, zero-waste restaurant. Enjoy the delicious, guilt-free fare from either the ground-floor bistro or elegant first-floor 'green room'.

Fotografiska, Stockholm
Located in a former customs house, Fotografiska is both a contemporary photography gallery and restaurant. The temporary exhibitions might be avant-garde in flavor – think surrealist works by fashion photographer Guy Bourdin – but the images on permanent display are undeniable classics: stunning views of Stockholm framed by huge panoramic windows. There’s no traditional menu in the restaurant. Instead, high-quality, locally sourced ingredients are gathered according to season and cooked and combined along principles of color, form, aroma, and texture. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself ordering simply ‘something green’.

The restaurant at Stockholm's Fotografiska gallery enjoys stunning views of the city.
The restaurant at Stockholm's Fotografiska gallery enjoys stunning views of the city.

Septime, Paris
Everything about Septime flies in the face of what is sometimes seen as a stuffy grandness in typical French haute cuisine. Instead, the look here is distressed bistro chic; but the food is polished. Chef Bertrand Grébaut is a rising star of the Parisian scene – he already has a Michelin star to his name ­– and he devises a new menu daily. To sample more of his gastronomic delights, try his new seafood restaurant Clamato, just two doors away.

With distressed wooden tables and metal accents, the interior of Septime is more Scandinavian modern than typical French bistro.
With distressed wooden tables and metal accents, the interior of Septime is more Scandinavian modern than typical French bistro.

Icebergs Dining Room, Sydney
The view from Icebergs Dining Room is possibly one of the best in the world. Vast windows capture one of Sydney’s iconic vistas – across the famous ocean pool and on to the crashing waves of Bondi Beach. It’s by no means a new restaurant, but master chef Monty Koludrovic has breathed new life into this Sydney institution. Much like the teal and glass interior, his menu updates are smart and simple. Served with an Italian, biodynamic bent, the seafood and steak are outstanding.

The view of Bondi Beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the understated style of Icebergs Dining Room in Sydney. Photograph: © Amber Melody Larte, Milan
Art meets kitchen at Larte, an innovative restaurant-gallery concept on Milan’s central Via Manzoni – in a building that was once home of writer and poet Carlo Emilio Gadda. It opened in late 2013 as a collaboration between some of the biggest names in Milanese fashion and design – Alessi, Artemide, and Santo Versace – and it’s still one of the places to be seen. Chef Gennaro Immobile combines new and old flavors in a modern interpretation of traditional Italian gastronomy. This is regional cooking revitalized, and each month Gennaro invites famous local chefs to his kitchen to share the story of their region.

Larte perfectly blends art, fashion, and design with top-quality cuisine to create a truly memorable gastronomic experience.
Larte perfectly blends art, fashion, and design with top-quality cuisine to create a truly memorable gastronomic experience.

Duddell’s, Hong Kong
For Chinese New Year, Duddell’s, located in Hong Kong’s historic Central District, collaborated with celebrated couturier Barney Cheng to design limited-edition gift boxes for their signature rice and turnip cakes. This, combined with Ilse Crawford-designed interiors, a vibrant arts programme guest-curated by respected industry insiders, and two Michelin stars, should be enough to make both foodies and fashionistas swoon with delight. With a chic Salon and Garden Terrrace, as well as fabulous restaurant, this is a cultural and social destination offering plenty to explore.

Located on Hong Kong's growing art trail in the Central District, the Ilse-Crawford designed Duddell's is a place where people meet to enjoy food and art in a relaxed environment.
Located on Hong Kong's growing art trail in the Central District, the Ilse-Crawford designed Duddell's is a place where people meet to enjoy food and art in a relaxed environment.

Santina, New York
Created by restaurateurs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, Santina‘s look and signature flavors are inspired by coastal Italian towns. Here, inside a Renzo Piano-designed glass structure – located under the Gansevoort Street entrance to the High Line Park – orange trees blossom, even in February, and the food is exquisitely fresh. Highlights of the menu include blue crab spaghetti and octopus spiedini.

Elegant white marble tables sit below impressive Murano chandeliers in the Renzo Piano-designed Santina restaurant in New York.
Elegant white marble tables sit below impressive Murano chandeliers in the Renzo Piano-designed Santina restaurant in New York.