Proxi — Chicago, USA

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Andrew Zimmerman and Emmanuel Nony, the power duo behind Chicago’s Sepia, have added another gastronomic destination to the city’s already heaving dining scene. Their latest venture – an old converted printing house in the West Loop neighbourhood’s Restaurant Row – is the work of Meyer Davis.

Inspired by a mid-century American brasserie, the New York-based studio has lined the lofty, sunny space with high grid windows, yards of Noir St. Laurent marble and antique mirrors, whilst a stone-topped pill shaped bar swathed with leather quilted upholstery takes centre stage.

The dinner service is a particular treat. The uplit barrel vaulted ceilings and the open working kitchen framed by fluted glass provide an atmospheric setting for chef Zimmerman’s culturally eclectic menu of sharing plates – think tuna ceviche with coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger sorbet, and wagyu sirloin paired with a Thai herb salad, alongside coal-roasted oysters, and an avocado mousse dimpled with tapioca pearls and pandan leaf. 

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565 West Randolph Street

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.