High fashion is always something of a love-hate relationship. You hate that it’s frivolous and ever-changing, yet you want to be a part of its beauty in this unapologetic world. You see a bit of high fashion in all aspects of life, from clothes to jewellery, even hotels, and now in high fashion restaurants.
Thankfully, seeing an ever-changing menu at a restaurant is better than on the runway. You get the best of both worlds: a chance to experience haute couture while dining on some of the best-curated menus out there. It’s also one of the best spots to do everyone’s favourite thing: people-watching. In a place where the decor is subliminal — whether elegant or maximalist — you can be sure that you’ll never run out of pictures to capture for your social media profile.
There’s at least one spot in some of the most popular cities around the world: New York, London, Milan, Dubai, Tokyo, and more. So the next time you’re in one of these cities, be sure to drop by these high fashion restaurants.
What happens when two powerhouse brands, each from a different industry, come together in a city known for its culinary advancements? You get Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo, a collaboration of Chanel and Ducasse Paris. Housed in Chanel’s Ginza Building, this restaurant is not brand new, but rather a reopening. Expect a swanky new interior and a brand new menu featuring contemporary and elegant French cuisine.
In Dubai, things get done differently — even for a brand such as Cavalli. When you step into the Cavalli Club, you’re instantly slapped with high-octane maximalism. Think glittering runways, zebra-printed ottomans, suspended waterfalls, and chandeliers that are reminiscent of jellyfish. Of course, the Cavalli Club is also one of the hottest night spots in the city, so be sure to put on your dancing shoes for post-dinner activities. Order an Aperol Spritz to go with your carpaccios and veal Milanese, and finish with a Negroni after.
Located in The Villa Casuarina along South Beach, this Versace restaurant is a hotbed of beautiful tanned people getting an Italian-Mediterranean meal. The menu is curated by Chef Thomas Stewart, previously of Il Sole restaurant. Indulge in decadent dishes like gnocchi di granchio, with New Orleans blue crab, and also the eight-ounce Wagyu filet mignon with pan-seared foie gras. There are three dining areas including a patio overlooking the pool. It’s worth noting that the pool is constructed out of 24k gold mosaic tiles. Now that is lavish.
Housed on the sixth and seventh floor of the Fondazione Prada building in Milan, Prada’s new Ristorante Torre offers a panoramic view of the city as breathtaking as the art pieces within the restaurant itself. While waiting for your fine Italian cuisine, admire the art pieces by Jeff Koons, Goshka Macuga, and other famed artists. Even the dinner plates boast fine artisanal work, created specially for the restaurant by John Baldessari, Mariko Mori, Thomas Demand, and more. The menu of Ristorante Torre showcases recipes from the different regions of Italy, while the desserts are a must-try, inspired by classic pastry-making techniques.
Like a high class gentlemen’s club, The Polo Bar by Ralph Lauren brings you polished, mahogany-toned leather chairs, pillows in their iconic plaid print, hunter green walls, and paintings of racehorses. The guest list is so star-studded, you won’t even be surprised to bump into a few while you’re there. Brunch with Rihanna and Naomi Campbell will be just another casual Wednesday. For a snazzy place such as The Polo Bar, you’ll be surprised that they actually serve good comfort food — pigs in a blanket, burgers, and Vesper Martinis. When you’re there, be sure to order The Polo Bar burger, Ralph Lauren’s take on a traditional cheeseburger.
Burberry’s first cafe opened in 2016 on the trendy Regent Street within its fashion store, named after its founder Thomas Burberry. The all-day dining outlet offers classic British foods, except that instead of a pub setting, it has a classy interior of dark wood elements and monochromatic marble tiled flooring. Think afternoon tea and scones, lobster and chips, cured salmon and scrambled eggs, but entirely using fresh ingredients sourced from UK farmers and artisans.