Memorable travel experiences include indulgent culinary experiences, which are often times offered at discreet places that aren’t necessarily easily seen by the naked eye. Some of these hidden gems are slightly off the beaten path and from the outside, travelers would have no clue about the wonderful dining experiences that exist within. From a newly Michelin-starred restaurant in Miami to a Hong Kong restaurant offering modern European cuisine with a Singaporean twist, there’s an experience to be added to every foodie traveler’s bucket list.
Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt
The Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt is an intimate 18-seat fine world-class dining destination hidden within the notable Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. It’s so hidden, it can only be accessed behind a door that’s found after walking through the hotel lobby past stellar views of Miami Beach. Guests and locals who dine at Tambourine Room can enjoy a delicate take on modern classic French cuisine with Asian influences. Chef Brandt’s signature dish — beef tartare hidden under a layer of caviar alongside kimizu, whipped crème fraiche, and crispy house-made sourdough chips (pictured below) — has also quickly grown to be a dining favorite. Opened in December 2022, the restaurant was recently awarded its first Michelin Star by the 2023 Michelin Guide Florida — the only new recipient of a Michelin Star in Miami.
Whey by chef Barry Quek, Hong Kong
With an intimate space of 39 seats in total, Hong Kong-based Whey serves a tasting menu paying homage to chef’s Singaporean roots, seeking to introduce diners to modern European cuisine reimagined with Singaporean influences, with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Singaporean Barry Quek made a lot of waves when he got his first Michelin star in 2021. A favorite of top food journalists who consider him “so underrated yet very talented”, Barry’s progressive interpretation of Singaporean flavors has gotten rave reviews since opening.
Only a few steps away from the Jardin du Luxembourg, Ambos was introduced by Pierre Chomet, who has previously worked at notable Michelin star restaurants and even participated in Top Chef, as well as his wife Cristina Tejeda Chomet, former sous-chef at Buckingham Palace. Given the duo’s varied culinary experience and backgrounds, Ambos offers cuisine with European, Thai and South American influences. Notable menu items include lamb with iodized chimichurri, stuffed arepa cornbread and pad Thai-style shrimp tartar. Ambos offers guests the chance to see the culinary staff in action as they create their delectable dishes from an open kitchen that’s slightly hidden in a separate room past the large bay windows of the restaurant.