Cutting Up Condé Nast Traveler's Hot List of Global Tables
It's that time of the year again, folks: the CN Traveler Hot List Awards! While it's no secret that the recipients of the titles of "Best Hotels," "Best Spas," "Best Nights" and "Best Tables" are often big players in the city scene (hidden gems, these are not), it's always fun to check off where we've been and where we'd give our right arm to have a simple appetizer.
Launching right into those honored for having the best "tables" in the world, we're intrigued by the fact that Dubai only garnered one winner: Ossiano at the new Atlantis Palm Jumeirah Hotel. Wait, but isn't Dubai spending its days and nights tacking up fancy new restaurants who in turn spend their days and nights drizzling gold-tipped china with fancy new sauces? Frankly, we expected more.
On the home front, New York stole the show with nine hot tables, all huge "duhs" like Momofuku Ko, The John Dory and Corton. Moving into the Midwest, we're proud to say that our favorite player in Chicago pork, Publican, ranked along with the current king of amuse-bouches, L20.
As for giving our right arm in return for a small taste of a hot table, we'll turn to the four winners in India: Colonial in Bangalore, San-Qi in Mumbai, and Manre and Varq in New Delhi. Just say "galawati kebab" and "grilled fugu" and we're booking our tickets, with salivary glands working overtime.
· CN Traveler's Hot List: Tables 2009 [Concierge.com]
· 'I'll Have the Veal Brains' [Jaunted]
· Food Travel Coverage [Jaunted]
[Tuna at L20 Photo: Suzi Edwards]