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10 of the world's best hotel restaurants

Published On 07/14/2014 Published On 07/14/2014

Earlier this year we took you on a culinary tour of America's best hotel restaurants, from New York's NoMad and Carmel's Aubergine, to Baltimore's Wit & Wisdom and Louisville's Proof on Main. And everything in between. It included more than a few heavy hitters, to say the least.

This time, we traded TSA PreCheck for Global Entry (actually, PreCheck's included in Global Entry, but whatever) and whittled down the world's top hotel eateries to 10 of the tastiest. Feel free to start planning your next epicurean adventure of the planet now...

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Tapas Molecular Bar, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo -- Tokyo, Japan

Nobody does molecular gastronomy -- you know, when chefs turn ingredients into wicked science fair projects -- than Tapas Molecular Bar. Part sushi counter, tapas bar, science lab, and edible modern art exhibit, the eatery only serves eight people at a time, twice a night, so reservations are a must.
Signature dish: Crystal Ravioli or Yurine Espuma

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La Cuisine, Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris -- Paris, France

With its romantic alcoves, open kitchen, and ceiling fresco, La Cuisine boasts one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Paris. Add a sommelier voted 'Best in France' and a pastry chef known as the “Picasso of Pastry” (be sure to try the shortcrust Tarte Infiniment Citron with lemon cream and sorbet), and you can't miss.
Signature dish: Roasted duck, confit legs, red pepper, and white radish with Thai coriander

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ONE Restaurant, The Hazelton Hotel -- Ontario, Canada

One of acclaimed chef/owner Mark McEwan's three Toronto eateries, this French/Italian-inspired spot in Ontario's Yorkville neighborhood plates favorites like linguine with blue crab and black tiger shrimp, and a 34-ounce ribeye steak called the “Canadian Prime Tomahawk Chop".
Signature dish: British Columbia black cod, sesame pancake, chow mein noodles, carrot and cucumber salad with marinated tofu and yuzu aioli

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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Merrion Hotel -- Dublin, Ireland

We know what you're thinking: Come on, there's no such thing as a great Irish restaurant. Or at least one that doesn't pour Guinness and sling vats of boiled cabbage and corned beef. Wrong! There is. A three-decade staple of Dublin fine dining, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the only two-star Michelin-rated restaurant in all of Ireland. Don't miss the terrine of smoked eel, poached Annagassan blue lobster, and butter toast touraine squab pigeon.
Signature dish: Mellow spiced wicklow lamb, black garlic, piquillos pepper, olive crumble

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Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet -- Wanaka, New Zealand

Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s Central Otago region, Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet’s dining room offers jaw-dropping views of the water and surrounding snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. U.K. born Chef James Stapley followed his Kiwi wife to New Zealand and has become a culinary star with a changes-daily, artisan menu that includes dishes like smoked salmon and horseradish roulade or goats cheese mouse beetroot.
Signature dish: Rose jelly with raspberries, elderflower cream, and vanilla beignets or 72hr beef shortrib

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Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Restaurant at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons -- Oxford, U.K.

The dream child of successful U.K. Chef Raymond Blanc, Le Manoir rocks its own two-acre kitchen garden where they grow 90 types of vegetables and 70 herbs. As you can imagine, the menu skews toward the greenery. Try some risotto of spring vegetables or raspberry and beetroot gourmandine.
Signature dish: Cornish sea bass, Scottish langoustine, smokey mash, star anise jus

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El Motel Restaurant at Hotel Emporda -- Figueres, Spain

El Motel has created a name for itself as a trailblazer for new “Catalan gastronomy”, or local Spanish cuisine dressed up with internationally inspired dishes. Think tatin of ox tail, broad beans, or octopus sautĂ©ed with onion and eucalyptus oil. While you might think the heavy on the vintage ‘60s decor is a gimmick, guess again; the restaurant has remained mostly unchanged since it opened in 1961.
Signature dish: Monkfish in black olive oil

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Felix at The Peninsula Hotel -- Hong Kong

Decorated by avant-garde designer Philippe Starck, dining at Felix is like eating on the set of “Barbarella”, complete with strange chairs that feature the faces of long-time hotel employees and a “Crazy Box”, or soundproofed area with a “footprint floor” that lights up the imprints of dancers feet. It's also located on the hotel's 28th floor and boasts killer views of the Hong Kong skyline.
Signature dish: Grilled Japanese A5 beef tenderloin with green pepper sauce, pickled red onion, marinated lycium, deep-fried potato

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Emiliano Restaurant at Emiliano -- SĂŁo Paolo, Brazil

Smack dab in the middle of São Paolo's chic "Jardins” district, the Emiliano Restaurant is the class of the city. Chef Stefano Impera serves impressive Italian fare like ossobuco with Milano-style risotto and slow-cooked suckling-pig with potato “millefoglie.” Also, did we mention the giant wall of vegetation?
Signature dish: Roasted black cod with pearl barley, carrots ragu, and Sicilian lemon

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La Pergola at Rome Cavalieri -- Rome, Italy

Taking the concept of hotel restaurant to another level, La Pergola is the only one in Rome with three Michelin stars. Long-time Executive Chef Heinz Beck serves a nine-course gourmet menu that -- for a cool $300 -- includes a tasty carpaccio of scallops, green tortellini with seafood, venison salami, and veal cheek. Throw in a wine cellar stocked with a ridiculous 60,000 bottles, stunning view of St. Peter's Basilica, and a water menu complete with 29 choices of water (seriously, water!), and you've got one solid (and well-hydrated) night out in Rome.
Signature dish: Fillet of veal marinated in pepper on aubergine purĂ©e

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1. Tapas Molecular Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Mandarin Oriental , Tokyo, 103-8328

This eight-seat restaurant at Tokyo's exclusive Mandarin Oriental hotel offers an intimate dining experience with a scientific twist. You'll feel like you're eating in a laboratory, except the food won't, unlike chemicals, kill you. And you'll need a reservation.

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2. La Cuisine - Le Royal Monceau 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, 75008

Replete with a classical French menu, award-winning pastries and wine, La Cuisine serves up some of the finest gourmet grub in Paris in a sleek, modern setting.

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3. ONE Restaurant/Lounge 116 Yorkville Ave., Toronto,

ONE Restaurant is known for the famous chef Mark McEwan, who heads up the Italian/French joint. Serious carnivores will love the “Canadian Prime Tomahawk Chop", the restaurant's specialty, 34-ounce ribeye steak.

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4. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud 21 Uppr Merrion St, Dublin, 2

Ireland's sole two-star Michelin-rated restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is known for its outlandish yet hearty offerings of traditional Irish fare like pigeon and smoked eel.

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5. Whare Kea Lodge 494 Mt Aspiring Road, Glendhu Bay,

Whare Kea Lodge's restaurant serves up a delicious, artisanal menu with scenic views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Highlights include the 72 hour beef shortrib, and smoked salmon and horseradish roulade.

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6. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford, OX44 7PD

Enjoy fresh, modern cuisine in a rustic English manor house setting at Le Manoir. Spearheaded by the notorious British chef Raymond Blanc, the hotel restaurant is known for growing most of its ingredients on site -- with vegetables and herbs planted in its extraordinary kitchen garden.

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7. EmpordĂ  Hotel Figueres Av. Salvador DalĂ­, 170, Figueres, 17600

The menu at Hotel Emporda's El Motel offers much of the same dressed-up traditional Catalan cuisine its been dishing up since 1961, when it opened; its decor accordingly channels a vintage '60s vibe.

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8. The Peninsula Hong Kong Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, -

Atop the luxurious hotel's 28th floor, Felix serves exquisite fare such as a beef tenderloin in a stylish setting, with incredible views of the Hong Kong skyline.

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9. Restaurante Emiliano Rua Oscar Freire, 384, SĂŁo Paulo,

This SĂŁo Paolo restaurant, headed up by Chef Stefano Impera, dishes up gourmet Italian favorites like ossobuco with risoto.

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10. La Pergola Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, Rome, 00136

At this three Michelin star establishment, you can expect to be served a delicious nine-course meal replete with seafood, pasta, and meat, which you'll wash down with one of their 60,000 bottles of wine.

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