Curtis Stone restaurant and bao bun eatery among best new restaurants 2015

Friday, January 30th, 2015. Filed under: Books Destinations Entertainment Food & Dining Home & Garden Online
Bao buns are taken to another level at one of the hottest new restaurants in Hong Kong. © Skjold

Bao buns are taken to another level at one of the hottest new restaurants in Hong Kong.
© Skjold

(Relaxnews) – Editors at Travel + Leisure magazine have compiled a list of the most exciting new restaurants around the world for 2015, chosen for being based in what the magazine calls 11 of the most compelling food capitals of the world.

They’re “neo-traditionalists, upstart iconoclasts, and ingredient obsessives” that are setting new culinary standards, editors write.

In Los Angeles, for example, one of the hottest tickets in town is Maude, opened by celebrity TV chef Curtis Stone, perhaps best known for hosting “Top Chef Masters.”

Described as a chic, rustic space, multi-course menus are themed around a single ingredient. In winter, for instance, tangerines are used as both a sweet and savory ingredient, perfuming tangerine-glazed chicken terrine.

In Hong Kong, editors rave about Little Bao, a small, 20-seater restaurant that reinvents local comfort foods. The steamed bun, for instance, becomes a pork-belly slider with cinnamon.

In Sao Paulo, popular chef Rodrigo Oliveira opened Esquina Mocoto, elevating popular rustic dishes like rice and beans into “ethereal risotto.”

And in Tokyo, ramen lovers are flocking to the backstreet restaurant Gonokami Suisan, for its tagliatelle-size noodles that come with an uni-infused dipping broth.

Other cities listed include New York City, Sydney, London, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mexico City and Philadelphia.

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