Stefano Ricci Opens In Las Vegas
Exclusive Italian international luxury fashion
and lifestyle house Stefano Ricci has opened its second Las Vegas boutique in the Wynn
Las Vegas Hotel. The 3,500 square foot space follows the impressive design
offered worldwide, including briar-root wood and travertine marble.
The menswear line and SR HOME Collection will be available, as well as the SR Junior
line in a specialized room within the boutique. Stefano Ricci also offers
custom yacht and private jet interior design.
“The Wynn Las
Vegas is a destination for the world of luxury,” says Niccolò Ricci, CEO of
Stefano Ricci S.p.A., “We recognize Steve Wynn’s caliber, the fact that he has been
able to exalt the prestige of this dynamic, sleepless city, making it the
undisputed capital of entertainment…We are honored to enter into the
temple of the city, where we will be able to express the values of Italian
elegance, in particular the pure 100% Made in Italy and Florentine craftsmanship
that the world loves.”
Best Fine Dining Rooftop Restaurants in Luxury Hotels
Sometimes you want to enjoy the city you are in, you want a good meal, but you don’t want to get out of your hotel. In this edition we profile some rooftop restaurants with haute cuisine housed in luxury hotels, so bed is a mere elevator ride away.
2. Los Angeles, La Boucherie, InterContinental Downtown
Eater says, “The upscale French steakhouse will be
a moody spot for steaks, seafood, and evening rendezvous. A wine room will
offer 1,200 bottles, and there will be lots of hidden nooks and private dining
spaces for VIP types.”
Booths look out via floor-to-ceiling that offer
panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline from the 71st floor. Boucherie’s
menu features reimagined French classics; premium steaks and seafood, all
created with the finest ingredients from around the world. The dining
experience is enhanced by a cheese atelier, charcuterie cave and an extensive,
carefully curated wine list featuring up to 1,200 hand-selected international
and American wines.
3. New York, Asiate, Mandarin Oriental
Travel + Leisure says, “The 16-foot-high windows
in this Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s restaurant, Asiate,
offer views of Midtown Manhattan’s sleek vertical marvels and the leafy urban oasis of Central Park.
From the elegant 35th-floor dining room, the buzz of the city recedes, leaving
a glittering metropolis.”
Chef Toni Robertson “mixes Asian flavors and
classical French training to the menu,” according to the travel magazine. Entrees
include Atlantic halibut with shishito pepper and citrus sabayon, as well as
Long Island duck with summer berries and hibiscus.
4. Hong Kong, Felix, The Peninsula
Another pick from T+L we also like is Felix, on
the 28th floor of the Peninsula Hotel, with its Kowloon location providing
unobstructed views across the bustling harbor to Hong Kong Island skyscrapers
and twinkling lights in the distance on The Peak.
Set in a Philippe Starck design, there are floor-to-ceiling windows while modern fine
dining includes offerings like crab salad and tuna tartar with dandelion salad,
slow-cooked sea bass with black shrimp mousse, and grilled Australian lamb. If
you are there a 8 p.m. you can have a front row seat for a nightly laser and
light show. The name honors the hotel’s former general manager Felix Bieger.
5. Hong Kong, Pierre, Mandarin Oriental
It’s not fake news when CNN Travel picks the two-Michelin
starred Pierre for one of its top restaurants. We’ve dined there and agree it’s
the real deal. Pierre Gagnaire’s 25th floor perspective is a backdrop for his
modern French cuisine. The location is amid Hong Kong island’s towering
skyscrapers and high enough to get that dining in the sky perspective, but
still close enough that you can watch locals scurry along the streets below.
6. London, Aqua Shard, Shangri-la
Aqua Shard is not actually part of the Shangri-la hotel, but it is in the same
building, thus it makes our list. Located the 31st floor, the restaurant serves
innovative contemporary British cuisine paired with spectacular London views.
Gayot writes, “Aqua Shard offers views over London from the 31st floor of
Europe's highest building, and an interior done in a purple and grey color
scheme with comfortable banquettes covered with Liberty print. Add to all this
dishes using seasonal local ingredients and a dash of exotic flavors and you
have a winner. Potted rabbit comes with baby vegetable pickles and rosemary
toast; roast halibut is accompanied by charred onion, confit orange peel and
nasturtium leaves with a passion fruit and honey dressing adding a sweet note.
Or go for roasted Cornish lamb loin with carrots, mint yogurt and puffed rice.
Desserts range from salted caramel chocolate mousse with crispy Mandarin to poached
pear with honey sponge and ricotta, and there’s a good selection of British
cheeses as well.”
7. Tokyo, Peter, The Peninsula
In Tokyo, Peter offers the Tokyo skyline and views
of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park from its 24th floor venue.
Grilled fare includes premium cuts of meat and fresh seafood including 40-day
Japanese dry-aged strip loin or Kagoshima pork Kurobuta, grilled Hokkaido
scallops. Japan Today puts it this way: “Peter is a great choice when you want
a refined but casual dinner with the best of good honest food (especially a
really good steak) in a fun and stylish place. The bar is worth having a drink
at before dinner, or why not stick around afterwards and enjoy the scene and
some of their famous cocktails. If you happen to be in the mood for a feast on
Sunday, try their Prime-cut Sunday Brunch.” By the way, Peter refers to the
current president of the Peninsula Hotels group Peter Borer.
Tokyo, Kozue, Park Hyatt
Movie buffs will remember Park Hyatt Tokyo’s bar from “Lost in
Translation” however, its fine-dining Japanese restaurant Kozue shares those
famous views, to Mount Fuji by day with the endless city in front of you. The
Guardian lists it as one of the 10 best fine dining restaurants in a city that
has more Michelin stars than any in the world. A Life Worth Eating reports,
“Traditional amber wood and handmade pottery carried by waitresses in kimonos
contrast against floor-to-ceiling windows and granite slabs overlooking one of
the most impressive restaurant views in the city. Such an explicit
juxtaposition of the traditional with the modern -- two concepts whose constant
interplay largely defines Japanese culture -- contributes to Kozue's uniqueness.
The dishes themselves are very traditional in flavor -- there are no
"twists" -- but their presentation and the finesse with which the
waitresses explain their components make this type of cuisine extremely
accessible to westerners. Signature dishes include wagyu beef tenderloin.
There's also an extensive sake list.
9. Singapore, Spago Dining Room, Marina Bay Sands
I’ve always liked Wolfgang Puck, not just for his
innovative cuisine, but from my time living in Los Angeles in the ‘90s how he
would always come out and mix in the dining room. It wasn’t just a token hello,
but he actually took the time for a bit of conversation. Silver Kris says,
“Looking through the large windows at Spago’s bar terrace (above) with the pool and palm trees beyond, it’s easy to imagine
I’m having drinks and bar bites in a open-air cabana by the beach – instead of
57 stories above the city by Marina Bay Sand’s famous infinity pool. The sophisticated colonial decor
continues over to the more formal air-conditioned fine dining area (below) with
its glamorous gold tiled ceiling. The white French doors around the dining room
show off the views of the bay.” Puck displays his extensive range with dishes
such as sesame miso cones (above) of spicy-sweet big eye tuna tartare with
shaved bonito, scallions and masago to hand cut agnolotti with white corn and
mascarpone. If Puck is in Singapore when you are there, you will likely see
him. In fact, I think he may have cloned himself as he somehow seems to be
there every time I visit one of his restaurants.
Bangkok, Sirocco, lebua at State Tower
Sirocco on the 64th floor of the Dome at State
Tower, also housing the lebua hotel, gets credit for turning rooftops into al
fresco fine dining venues from well, rooftops with nothing. You’ll feel like a
titan of the universe (OK, more than usual) as you survey skyscraper packed
Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River and temples glistening in evening lights. Food
is fresh Mediterranean fare and is sourced from local markets. The tasting menu
includes the likes of freshly flown in, chilled Alaskan king crab with osetra
caviar, citronelle emulsion, and yuzu, and Dover sole “a la plancha”
accompanied by Soulard foie gras and piquillo pepper farce. The spectacular
outdoor staircase with the dome lit in the background will tempt even the most
private among you to post some pictures on Facebook or Instagram.
Guangzhou, Catch, Four Seasons
At 1,340 feet (408 meters) above Guangzhou's
streets, Catch is nearly a quarter mile in the air. The menu focuses on seafood
such as lobster three-ways or seafood platter for two which includes lobster,
oysters, abalone, scallops, crab and clams. Diners can watch the chefs at work
in the open kitchen, providing you can tear yourself away from the picture
12. Athens, GB Roof Garden Restaurant, Grand
Michelin writes, “Set on the 8th floor of the Grande Bretagne hotel, this
elegant rooftop restaurant offers spectacular views across Syntagma Square
towards The Acropolis. Sunny, modern Mediterranean cooking uses fresh
ingredients and is accompanied by an extensive wine list. Service is smooth and
efficient.” We agree. The view is breathtaking as you look out on such
historical sites. A top pick by Wine Spectator fours years in a row it is open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
13. Shenzen, Elba, St. Regis
Named by The Telegraph as one of the 20 best
rooftop restaurants in the world, on the 99th floor Elba provides a
contemporary take on Venetian-inspired décor where metallic silver and grey
mosaic tiles line the entrance and a shelf displays a preview of fine wines.
Moving into the dining room, natural light streams
in through floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek, crystal column chandeliers
illuminate modern, face-shaped white chairs and an eclectic, complementary
array of regal gold, eggplant, and sienna armchairs, which are joined by sleek
modern black tables. Plush black area rugs top smooth charcoal-colored marble
floors, which, together with a backdrop of neutral hues and metallic accents,
highlight an open kitchen as well as wall mosaics featuring colorful Venetian
masks and playing cards.
Complete with a pizza oven, the kitchen reveals
the restaurant’s top chefs preparing Italian favorites and modern
interpretations, including homemade pastas, antipasti, and pizza. A private
dining room seating up to 18 guests is situated on an indoor balcony and
features a private pantry, washroom, and sitting area. Two additional
half-private dining spaces can seat between two and eight guests each.
Beijing, China Grill, Park Hyatt
Another pick from The Telegraph’s best dining in
the sky is the 66th floor China Grill atop the Park Hyatt with 360 degree views
of Beijing A “dramatic Chinese lantern” at the building’s apex, featuring a
soaring glass pyramid ceiling and glass walls will make you fell like you’re
flying. China Grill focuses on premium meat, fish and seafood. There is a
semi-private dining area on the mezzanine level overlooking the main dining
space. The day I was there we were actually above the clouds in bright sunshine
on a raining day.
Rome, La Pergola, Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Heinz Beck’s three Michelin start La Pergola in
the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria offers stunning views of the of Rome in a
classically decorated dining room. Andy Hayler, the only person to have eaten
in all Michelin three star restaurants in a single year says, “Fagotelli
carbonara is the restaurant signature dish, and was as good as ever, the liquid
filling of the pasta delightful, the seasoning precise. Black cod mash with
celery infusion and crust was also excellent, the fish beautifully cooked and
the celery having deep flavor.” He adds, “Service was superb from start to
finish, as polished as you could wish for.” If you are an oenophile, he notes
the wine cellar contains 65,000 bottles of wine, with 3,500 different labels
offered on the list.
16. Sydney, Altitude, Shangri-la
The floor-to-ceiling windows at Altitude
Restaurant in the Shangri-la in Sydney give postcard views of Sydney Harbor accompanied
by a fine dining take on Australian cuisine. An 18-person private dining room
is available for more intimate gatherings. Awards this year alone include "Restaurant
of the Year” from Tourism Accommodation (NSW) Awards, 2017, Fine Dining
Restaurant of the Year from Luxury Travel Guide, UK, and Three Hats from Gault &