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Awe­some views, stel­lar meals and im­pec­ca­ble Cham­pagnes. The Royal Cham­pagne Ho­tel & Spa is proof that food­ies can find ev­ery­thing un­der one roof. Nes­tled amid a vast vine­yard that stretches across the hills of Eper­nay and the nearby vil­lages of Champil­lon and Hautvillers (of Dom Perignon fame), the re­fur­bished ho­tel is not only home to the award-win­ning Le Barthélemy Ho­tel & Spa and French beauty brand Bi­ologique Recherche, but also two new res­tau­rants by ex­ec­u­tive chef Jean-de­nis Rieub­land (for­merly ex­ec­u­tive chef of two Miche­lin-starred Le Chante­cler). Be it the all-day restau­rant, Belle­vue or fine din­ing room, Le Royal, din­ers can ex­pect a spec­tac­u­lar parade of or­ganic in­gre­di­ents from the Cham­pagne re­gion. There’s also a Chef’s Gar­den, over­look­ing the hills, in the works. 9 Rue de la République - Hameau de, Rue de Belle­vue, 51160 Champil­lon, France. Tel: +33 3 26 52 87 11

A stay at Prim­rose makes you for­get that you are ac­tu­ally in Las Ve­gas. Swedish in­te­rior de­signer Martin Brud­nizki (Ses­santa and Drake One Fifty) has recre­ated the feel of the French Riviera in a se­ries of rooms. The soft fur­nish­ings are rem­i­nis­cent of 1950s Provence, cour­tesy of lith­o­graphs by French artists Jean Cocteau and Pierre Bon­com­pain de­pict­ing sum­mers in south­ern France, as well as the pep­per­ing of Val­lau­ris ce­ram­ics and pot­tery. Chef Bryce Shu­man (for­merly of one Miche­lin-starred Betony) works the cus­tom-built wood-fired grill for clas­sic fil­let mignons and frites or short ribs that’s been mar­i­nated in its own fat for two days. Emily Yett (for­merly Herbs & Ryes) pairs the French fare with light cock­tails made with herbs grown in the restau­rant’s gar­den. Park MGM Las Ve­gas, 3770 South Las Ve­gas Boule­vard, Las Ve­gas, NV 89109, U.S.A. Tel: +1 702 730 6600

Lon­don­ers, mark your so­cial cal­en­dars. Renowned chef Tom Ker­ridge opens the doors to his first Lon­don restau­rant, Ker­ridge’s Bar & Grill on 10 Septem­ber. Lo­cated within the lav­ish Corinthia Ho­tel Lon­don, Ker­ridge and head chef Nick Beard­shaw present a menu of re­fined Bri­tish clas­sics, such as ten­der sliv­ers of Creedy Carver duck breasts and ten­der fag­got dressed with ro­tis­serie ap­ple sauce or a Scot­tish rasp­berry and rose gera­nium tri­fle, ei­ther à la carte or in their two- (£24/S$42) or three-course set menus (£29.50). Among an ex­ten­sive list of in­ter­na­tional wines and Cham­pagne is a fo­cus on English sparkling wines. Restau­rant art­works in­clude those by pho­tog­ra­pher Pas­cal Barker and sculp­tor Mark Beat­tie. Corinthia Ho­tel Lon­don, White­hall Place, Lon­don SW1A 2BD, U.K. Tel: +44 20 7930 8181

James Beard Award chef Michael Schlow adds an­other restau­rant to his em­pire. Adachi is Schlow’s first Ja­panese-in­spired con­cept. Housed within the his­toric Ford-pe­abody man­sion, the 65-seater din­ing room and bar is awash in en­tranc­ing blue, wooden doors and cherry blos­som mo­tifs. The menu, de­vel­oped with ex­ec­u­tive chef Llyod Roberts (for­merly from Nobu 57 and Vong), presents in­ven­tive Ja­panese small and large plates, yak­i­tori and maki rolls. High­lights in­clude the Her­itage Pork Dumpling with Soy Truf­fle Broth, King Crab “Risotto” with Uni and a Prime Koji Steak topped with Yuzu Béar­naise. An omakase sushi op­tion is cur­rently in the works. 325 S Old Wood­ward Av­enue, Birm­ing­ham, MI 48009, U.S.A. Tel: +1 248 540 5900

There seems to be no stop­ping the Hart Bros this year. Join­ing their other res­tau­rants – Bar­ra­fina and Casa Pas­tor – at Coal Drops Yards is The Drop, a wine bar fo­cused on small pro­duc­ers. Open­ing in Oc­to­ber, the three brothers – Sam, Cir­spin and James Harts – are fi­nal­is­ing their wine list with Aimee Hart­ley and prom­ise a wide va­ri­ety. Ex­pect young, dy­namic wine­mak­ers or lesser known va­ri­etals from oft-over­looked re­gions. Karan Ghosh (for­merly head chef of Thomas’s at Burberry) will present the sea­son’s best, of which in­cludes an oys­ter cart and hand-sliced Cecina from Spain. Coal Drops Yard, Sta­ble Street, Lon­don N1C 4AB, U.K.

House within a sto­ried Vic­to­rian ware­house is the third (and big­gest) out­post of Black­lock. Slated to open its doors later this month, it will con­tinue to im­press with its mouth-wa­ter­ing menu of chop­house favourites. Pre­mium grass-fed cuts from award-win­ning Cor­nish farmer and butcher Phillip War­ren are seared to per­fec­tion us­ing the restau­rant’s iconic Black­lock Foundry Iron. Their sig­na­ture Black­lock Sun­day Lunch (£20/per­son) is where guests can en­joy a trio of their best – 55-Day Aged Beef Rump, Cor­nish Lamb Leg and Mid­dle­white Pork Loin – along with their lus­cious bone mar­row gravy. Best of all, Jon Nei­dich and Jim Kearns of New York’s speakeasy Slowly Shirley are plan­ning a 30-seater bar within the restau­rant. 28 Riv­ing­ton Street, Lon­don EC2A 3DZ, U.K.

Alila Mang­gis, a hide­away nes­tled be­tween the sea and the moun­tain in the East Bali, re­cently opened a chic al fresco lounge and bar. The Ocean Bar of­fers an ar­ray of sig­na­ture sun­set cock­tails with in­gre­di­ents har­vested from the re­sort’s own or­ganic gar­den and tasty bar bites. Sip on sea­sonal lo­cal fruits cock­tails, such as the Man­gos­teen Mar­tini (Rp95,000) while en­joy­ing the sea breeze, or join the one-hour Make Like A Mixol­o­gist class if you’re keen to shake and stir some cock­tails from the menu. The class is avail­able at Rp1,080,000 per per­son and open to in-house guests and the pub­lic. Alila Mang­gis, Desa Bui­tan, Mang­gis, Karangasem. Tel: +62 363 41011

Home to the Ko­modo dragon and a dra­matic land­scape made of small is­lands and rich marine bio­di­ver­sity, Labuan Bajo is the port of en­try to ex­plore Flores. Open­ing its doors on 15 Septem­ber, AYANA Ko­modo Re­sort, Wae­cicu Beach at Labuan Bajo is ready to wel­come guests to ex­pe­ri­ence a lux­u­ri­ous ad­ven­ture. With 13 suites and 192 rooms, the re­sort is built to show­case the ocean and the leg­endary golden sun­set of Flores. It’s equipped with a rooftop to host wed­ding and events. There are four res­tau­rants and two bars, a spa and three swim­ming pools. Check out the grand open­ing pro­mo­tion perks, such as free ex­tra night, 20 per­cent pre- open­ing dis­counts and the op­tion to ar­rive on the pri­vate pier with AYANA Lako di’a, a lux­u­ri­ous phin­isi sail­ing yacht. Pan­tai Wae­cicu, Labuan Bajo, Nusa Teng­gara Timur. Tel: +62 361 702222

True to its name which trans­lates as sev­enth heaven, Set­timo Cielo now of­fers a tasty Ital­ian graz­ing menu de­signed by chef Ni­co­las Laz­za­roni. Rus­tic in flavour and con­tem­po­rary in its pre­sen­ta­tion, the dishes are cooked à la minute and served on a large wooden tray. Or­der as many dishes as you de­sire from 11am to 5pm, in­clud­ing the Arancini, Rab­bit & Porcini Ragu Pap­pardelle or the per­fectly thin and crusty Ru­cola & Pro­sciutto Pizza. The Sev­enth Heaven Graz­ing Lunch is avail­able daily for Rp225,000 per per­son.

Jl. Pangkung Sari 10X, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 4741117 Savour the best of Asian and Western cui­sine at the re­cently re­opened Ta­man Wan­ti­lan. Lo­cated in­side the iconic Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Jim­baran Bay, the open-air restau­rant of­fers a stun­ning ocean view to boot. Make a stop at the seafood tep­pa­nyaki sta­tion, have a bite of the warm gar­lic cheese naan with pa­neer makhani, ask the chef to slice the juicy slow-roasted rib­eye, or head to the ded­i­cated dessert room where an eye-wa­ter­ing pas­try se­lec­tion, gelato and freshly made crepes beckon. Rp695,000 per per­son. Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Jim­baran Bay, Jim­baran, Kuta Se­la­tan. Tel: +62 361 701010

Jakarta’s night crawlers will raise their glasses to a new burger joint in town that opens un­til 5am dur­ing week­ends. Called Le Burger, this din­ing hotspot is the brain­child of famed French-amer­i­can chef Jean-ge­orges Von­gerichten and his son Cedric, so ex­pec­ta­tions of food stan­dards are cer­tainly high. Head there (it’s housed in­side Alila SCBD) for the deca­dent Truf­fle Burger (Rp130,000) or Kim­chi Dog (Rp120,000), fea­tur­ing 30-hour aged kim­chi. Don’t miss the cock­tail se­lec­tions, such as the on tap Gin Punch (Rp150,000) or the clas­sic New York Sour (Rp160,000). Alila SCBD Jakarta, Lot 11, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta. Tel: +62 21 50808788 Col­lage All Day Din­ing at Pull­man Jakarta Cen­tral Park of­fers dif­fer­ent the­matic buf­fet din­ners from Mon­day to Fri­day for din­ers to savour flavours from around the globe. Go Latino Fi­esta and en­joy a bur­rito on Mon­day, in­dulge in clams and crabs on Tues­day’s Seafood Ga­lore, and let the chef slice some meat from gi­ant skew­ers – Brazil­ian BBQ’S Chur­rasco style on Wed­nes­day (rp388,000 per per­son). Ladies who wear red on Thurs­day re­ceive a 50 per­cent off the buf­fet din­ner (Rp328,000 per per­son). Come by on Fri­days to en­joy a de­light­ful Nu­san­tara Street Food feast (Rp328,000 per per­son), in­clud­ing In­done­sian hearty fare like Sate Ayam and Nasi Goreng. Pull­man Jakarta Cen­tral Park, Podomoro City, Jl. Let. Jend. S. Par­man Kav.28, Jakarta. Tel: +62 21 29200088

The Blue Ter­race at AYANA Mid­plaza Jakarta is known as a des­ti­na­tion for teas and nour­ish­ing lunches. It now serves TSUJIRI, Ja­panese green tea brand, in an ar­ray of in­no­va­tive bev­er­ages. Avail­able daily, from 10am to 8pm, you can choose bev­er­ages like Tsujiri Latte (Rp75,000) or a cold Yuzu O-matcha (Rp85,000). Matcha devotees will be de­lighted with the soft serve ice cream, warabi mochi, shi­ratama, and matcha azuki youkan. AYANA Mid­plaza Jakarta, Jl. Jen­deral Sudirman Kav. 10-11, Jakarta Pusat. Tel: +62 21 2510888 Housed in a 150-year-old an­tique wooden Joglo pav­il­ion, Plataran Dhar­mawangsa was de­signed in the tra­di­tion of a royal Ja­vanese fam­ily com­pound. Lo­cated in the ele­gant res­i­den­tial Ke­bay­oran Baru neigh­bour­hood, the restau­rant re­cently added a new fea­ture to its lush gar­den, the candi tem­ple stone. Savour In­done­sian delecta­bles such as Su­ma­tra’s spicy Den­deng Ba­tokok (Rp179,000) or the all-time favourite Ayam Dhar­mawangsa (Rp129,000), a crunchy chickan scal­lop­ini topped with fruit slaw and re­fresh­ing sour spicy sauce. Jl. Dhar­mawangsa Raya No.6 Ke­bay­oran Baru, Jakarta. Tel: +62 21 29044167 Deriv­ing in­spi­ra­tion from French af­ter­noon tea and pas­try cul­ture, Ker­a­ton at The Plaza’s Di­rec­tor of Culi­nary, Rafael Gil has cre­ated a spe­cial French High Tea at Ker­a­ton Lounge. Mull over a choice of TWG teas or mock­tails while en­joy­ing the sweet and savoury treats like Croque Mon­sieur, Quiche Lor­raine, Smoked Sal­mon Crois­sant, Mille­feuille, Lemon Madeleines, Mango Éclair, and many more. Avail­able daily from 2pm to 7pm. Rp398,000 for two per­sons. Rp596,000 for two per­sons (with mock­tails). Ker­a­ton at The Plaza, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel, Jakarta, Jl. MH. Tham­rin Kav. 15, Jakarta. Tel: +62 21 50680000

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