On the outer edge of Huixquilucan in Greater Mexico City, Cherem Arquitectoshave built a contemporary Asian restaurant with interiors constructed mainly of two materials: wood and stone. Cherem’s leading architects Abraham Cherem and Daniel Braverman were faced with the challenge of creating an Asian-style eatery without being too local, ethnic, or cliché. The vision for the space was derived from the idea of building a sophisticated and timeless environment that is not directly associated with any specific country or place.
New ideas and concepts came from this discussion on how food has become a work of art, a journey through the traditions of a country.
I consider food a way to travel without moving, to taste recipes so original and tasteful to trigger a sort of meditation.
My creations are dedicated to all the people that would like to share this journey. Filippo La Mantia
Nadya thanks chef Filippo for satisfying vegan sweet tooth with
superlative Sicilian sweets.
Cave dweller´s delight
The Rayavadee Resort is an exclusive, luxury five-star resort on the tropical peninsula of PhraNang in the spectacular and peaceful Marine National Park of Krabi, Thailand.
A combination of the five star accommodations and stunning natural landscaping make the Rayavadee Resort in Thailand a dream destination. Cascading mountains, lush forests and beach lines that stretch for miles are only some of the stellar features of this luxurious island getaway. Guests can enjoy the surreal beaches and dine in a glowing nook inside one of the many natural caves on the island.
A Foodies Heaven: the 1st International Samui Fine Dining Festival
Abounding in first class restaurants, Koh Samui has evolved into one of Southeast Asia’s most prestigious dining destinations in recent years. This new festival is a chance for the foodies among you to sample sixteen of the best of them, as through March each one will be serving a special 7-course menu. In addition, there will be five gala dinners and one gourmet brunch. See samui fine dining festival press release (pdf) for the restaurant and chef line-up, menus and booking info. Throughout March
A Catalan Take On A Ryokan: LES COLS PAVELLONS
The small town of Olot in the Garrotxa National Park, two hours north of Barcelona, is home to one of Europe’s most unusual accommodations. With only five rooms, it delivers an otherworldly experience from the start. After checking in, you’re escorted to your glass-and-steel pavilion. Inside—aside from a minibar—the rooms are pure crystal cubes: no beds, no furniture, no phone, no TV, just a lounging mat and electric blinds on all four walls. Glass floors allow a view of the illuminated bare earth beneath, and the only sound is the trickling of the soaking tub, which is heated to a constant 99.2° F. When you go to dinner at Les Cols, the superb two-star Michelin restaurant next door, your lounging mat is made up as your bed. Although initially disorienting, Les Cols Pavellons quickly becomes a magical experience—think a Catalan take on a ryokan.
Nathalie and Gérald Garcia invite you to their table in a superb 11th century Cathar castle and offer you a chance to taste their special dishes, compositions with heady flavours, subtly seasoned with spices and condiments, and using fresh, seasonal products from the region. You may also stay in one of the seven bedrooms in the hotel upstairs, reached along narrow corridors in which the subdued lighting is reminiscent of the magical atmosphere of medieval châteaux.
You can also choose to stay in one of the seven new rooms located just a short distance from the castle, in the Presbytery. Renovated just recently with style, this construction has kept the authenticity of the past. Each room is unique. A skillful mix of concrete and wood, modernity, raw material and colors are combined with an elegant decoration and antique objects.
1024 Architecture, the French collective most known for their audiovisual architectural light shows, has recently built a temporary open-air restaurant on Île Seguin in Paris. The extraordinary structure is part barge, part greenhouse, part oil platform and part wooden house, a peculiar hybrid that will soon disappear without a trace.
1024’s pop-up fine dining destination is meant to accompany the reconstruction of Île Seguin, the former home of a Renault car factory built in the 1930s. Architect Jean Nouvel is currently leading an initiative to transform the island into a cultural hub.
The restaurant, which serves 100% organic food prepared by star chef Arnaud Daguin, draws heavily from the theme of rebuilding: the structure is essentially a large box of unfinished wood fiber insulation suspended by a pitched, scaffold-like construction attached with red shipping containers. Embracing the liminal state of an island completely under construction, 1024 has taken the architecture of anticipation and transformed it into a dazzling, ephemeral structure. Illuminated with LED lights, the restaurant projects the sensationalism of a stadium at night, presenting itself as a glittering gem in a “garden of foreshadowing.
photo courtesy of the architects.