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In Search Of... Fabulous Fine Dining Around the World

Ever wonder where the locals go to leisurely wine and dine when you are traveling to a new city? Ready to discover fresh and exciting dining spots in your own town? Take a tour of some of our favorite restaurants around the world, featured in several of our Leverage Partner cities. Bon appetit!

Steel Bar & Grille | Sydney, Australia

Located in the heart of Sydney’s bustling central business district, Steel Bar & Grille is a modern hangout appropriate for high-profile business meetings, relaxing with friends, or anything in between. The restaurant offers a contemporary Australian menu that caters to everything from a light meal with delicate flavors to a dry-aged ribeye on the bone.

Cactus Club Cafe | Vancouver, British Columbia

The first Cactus Club Cafe opened in Vancouver in 1988, and has since grown into 25 restaurants that span both British Columbia and Alberta. Cactus is a beloved favorite among locals, offering a fun, upscale restaurant where you are welcomed with great food and friendly service in a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere.

Spruce | San Francisco, California

Spruce showcases California-inspired American cuisine highlighted by seasonal produce and naturally raised meats, poultry, and fish. This distinctive restaurant reflects the charm of its Presidio Heights neighborhood surroundings, and provides residents with a welcoming place to dine, socialize and relax.

Topping Rose House | Bridgehampton, New York

Open daily year-round, Topping Rose House is a favorite for both visitors and locals in the Hamptons. With its seasonal American cooking and wide wood-plank floors reminiscent of a country barn, this hot spot mixes contemporary and traditional elements creating  an inviting, modern atmosphere in its 50-seat dining room.

Belcanto | Lisbon, Portugal

The Belcanto restaurant originally opened in 1958, and was revived in 2011 when Chef José Avillez began an extensive refurbishment of the kitchens and dining areas. At the revamped Belcanto, one can enjoy new Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere, reminiscent of the historical romance of the city.

Bo London | London, England

Bo London chef Alvin Leung introduced "X-treme Chinese" to the city, his signature cooking style that combines centuries-old recipes with modern cooking methods. The self-taught chef breaks down perceptions of traditional and regional Chinese food, creating an entirely new dimension for his diners to explore.

CHAR | Shanghai, China

Even though CHAR is surrounded by stunning panoramic views of Shanghai, the food holds its own against the glittery backdrop so well you might forget the restaurant has windows at all. The kitchen prides itself on simplicity of flavors and playfulness in presentation, with a menu that is constantly changing according to the season.


Have you dined at any of these fabulous restaurants, or do you have a favorite that you would like to add to the list? Please share your thoughts by leaving your comments below.

Photos courtesy of Steel Bar & GrilleSpruceCactus Club Cafe,
Topping Rose House, Best Emerging Chefs, BelcantoBo London, and CHAR.
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