Clos Maggiore, London, England
Located in the heart of London's Convent Gardens, Clos Maggiore is a French restaurant that does justice to the passionate language of Paris. Soft lit rooms with trailing vines on the walls and large fireplaces contribute to an intimate and relaxed dining experience that allows the outside world to melt away until all that occupies your mind is the food and conversation at your table. The wine selection spans four centuries and comes from eighteen different countries, whereas meal ingredients are grown locally by UK Farmers. The style, flair, and cuisine of Clos Maggiore pays homage to both France and England and offers a glimpse into the cultural heritage of both countries.
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MAG Café, Milan, Italy
MAG Café, purposely and perfectly situated near the water in Milan’s Navigli District, embodies a merge between the old and new. Adorned with antique Argentinian counters, cabinets and rustic lighting fixtures that emit a soft glow, MAG gives a wistful feel to a night out, yet owners Flavio Angiolillo and Marco Russo hope that guests will leave having met new people. MAG is a place for those who are passionate about their food and drink; cocktails are not simply looked at as beverages, but as works of art. The café’s list of specialty drinks is updated every three to six months to include a diversity of flavour and fizz, with ingredients hailing from a variety of countries around the world. LUXOS recommends trying the “Cocktail of the Month.” Though constantly modified, the drink is formulated with the freshest in-season ingredients. The walls of the café, embellished with ever-changing photos and prints, invite guests into the world of the artist, and the intimate setting nurtures a bond among friends and lovers, old and new.
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La Terraza, Florence, Italy
La Terrazza sits elegantly on the top of the medieval Consorti Tower in Florence. If you are looking to impress your date with intimate conversation elevated by a soft amber glow, make a reservation and let the lounge take its effect on the two of you. A selection of original cocktails will give you the opportunity to try something new as the night gives way to your budding romance. The bar, which emits energy straight out of the 1950s, is charming yet chic and is also ideal for a group dining experience if you’re looking to share the love along with a delectable meal.
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La Fleur, Frankfurt, Germany
One of Germany’s top restaurants and listed as one of the best 500 restaurants in the world, the two Michelin-starred La Fleur located in the prestigious Palmengarten (botanical gardens), is housed in an attractive Bauhaus-style building and is headed up by the chef, Andreas Krolik. The menu makes for fascinating reading, and unusually, there is also a full vegan menu available. Dishes like Norwegian lobster served with caviar and hazelnuts or veal sweetbreads served with truffle sauce are just some of the taste sensations on offer. The wine list reads like a who’s who of German wine makers. Highly recommended.
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Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
Don't let the understated exterior of the three-starred Michelin restaurant Kanda fool you. The simplistic entrance and minimalist architecture mask explosions of flavour from some of the freshest vegetables and fish available in Tokyo. With seasonal dishes and freshly sliced sushi, Kanda is the place to go if you are looking for flavour, freshness and a brief respite from the modern world.
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