Jan 7, 2011

Cool Restaurants with Amazing Views

Eating out in another country is always a cool experience. There are literally thousands of great restaurants around the world that offer exquisite dining experiences and gastronomic delights, but only a select few are able to offer a view to match. Here is the our top 10 list of cool restaurants offering amazing views.

The Dining Pod at Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood will soon be offering what is sure to be an unforgettable dining experience! Enjoy picture-perfect scenery as you are winched 16 feet into the air above the shoreline in the dining pod. This brilliant concept will seat up to four people who will be served by a flying waiter harnessed to a zip-line.

Mount Burgess Dining Room, Emerald Lake Lodge, Canada

Sample Rocky Mountain cuisine as you look out over the vivid aquamarine of Emerald lake in Yoho National Park. The restaurant is open year-round and offers a seasonal menu that includes free-range elk, bison and caribou.

Al Mahara - Burj Al Arab restaurant Dubai

The dining experience at the Burj Al Arab’s signature restaurant 'Al Mahara' is unique. This underwater themed restaurant begins with a mock submarine ride from the reception to the dining area. The tables are situated around a giant glass aquarium full of fish that adds to the restaurants submerged theme.

Just to give you an idea of the prices. The 5 course set meal here will set you back about US$200 per person and that excludes any wine (US$100+ per bottle).

Also adding, though not as enjoyable, is the cold air temperature. As the name (which translates to oyster) suggests, the dishes here are mainly seafood, though there is fusion with other meats and Asian flavours. The surroundings make you feel as if your food was plucked freshly out of the ocean. With a dinning experience as exciting as this, it is no wonder that this place was named one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

Felix, the Peninsula, Hong Kong

Dining at the legendary Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong does not disappoint. The top floor Felix bar offers superb views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline, and with an interior designed by Phillipe Starck there is as much to see inside as out.

Restaurant 6.8, Palopo, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Marvel at the uninterrupted views of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding volcanic landscape as you sit down to dinner at 6.8 Palopo. Sunset is an especially beautiful time to take in these dramatic sights either seated in the relaxed dining room or from the glassed terrace.

Bukhari, Uma Paro, Bhutan

The setting for Uma Paro's Bukhari restaurant is a circular pavilion with a fireplace in its centre. Set among pine trees, the restaurant enjoys picturesque views of the Paro Valley. Dishes range from healthy COMO Shambhala eating to Indian, Bhutanese and Western.

Skyline restaurant, Queenstown, New Zealand

Most definitely the best spot in Queenstown to watch the sun go down! Set high above the town, the restaurant offers spectacular views across the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Dinner is served buffet style and you can always pop along to the Skyline bar afterwards if you haven't quite had your fill of the sights

Le TK, Tsara Komba Lodge, Madagascar

Le TK restaurant in the Tsara Komba Lodge is perched on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean. At lunchtime you often see fishermen paddling their dugouts past the beach. Enjoy views of Madagascar’s Grande Terre island and the Tsaratanana Mountains.

O2 Lounge, Moscow, Russia

The views from the O2 Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton are truly spectacular. Excellent sushi and cocktails are available while you admire the fabulous skyline that includes the mighty Kremlin and Red Square.


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