Let us take you on a culinary adventure with all the grills and thrills that come with new international eateries...
Llama Inn, New York, USA
Top quality Peruvian food lands in Williamsburg courtesy of Llama Inn (pictured) chef Erik Ramirez. With inventive, flavour-packed dishes such as quinoa with banana, avocado and bacon or red snapper tiradito with persimmon, yuzu and ginger, along with an inviting, unstuffy atmosphere — intended to feel like a corner barrio bar– it’s not surprising that this spot is packed every night.
The Lighterman, London, UK
London’s new kid on the block, The Lighterman dishes up a robust all-day menu of British classics. Think ham hock, leek pie and grilled steaks, with a judicious lashing of mod Euro plates like cured trout and spiced mayonnaise, and salt-baked beets with watercress and feta.
Whitegrass, Singapore, Singapore
Whitegrass proves Singapore’s hyperventilated dining scene can still surprise us. The restaurant is the new home of Australian chef Sam Aisbett after much laureled stints with Tetsuya Wakuda and Peter Gilmore. Aisbitt has conjured up a Japanese inflected menu of slow-cooked cubes of Mangalica pork with diced abalone and lotus yam, and scallops flavoured with muntries, a native Australian bush berry.
Volta, San Francisco, USA
San Francisco’s food scene changes direction with a French and Scandinavian fusion at Volta. The third restaurant from co-owners Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje marks a departure from the Italian cuisine for which the duo are known. Swedish-born executive chef Terje turns the focus to brasserie cuisine that leans heavily on Scandi culinary traditions.
Porto East, Kiev, Ukraine
East and South-East Asian culture come into a coherent whole at Porto East. The sleek granite bar references the sunken bars of Japanese izakayas, and an exposed wine cellar allows diners to peruse vintages over an appetiser or two (the popcorn tiger shrimp is excellent). And while wine is one of the restaurant’s strong suits, we can’t resist the collection of aged Japanese whisky.