I was choosing a restaurant for my guy's birthday, and kind of got distracted thinking about all my favorite restaurants. An hour later with a rambling stomach I had this list, and a desire to book plane tickets. Do not get me wrong France and Geneva have good restaurants, but nothing here beats these genius places.
Axe on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach must be my favorite restaurant. This is how all restaurants should be, serene, uncomplicated, in its decor and dishes that are made with local and organic ingredients. If I could afford a chef, he could just follow Axe's menu, their dishes cover everything I like. And lets not forget, they have a selection of cookies for dessert and it is near the Ocean. I can't wait to go back to Venice!
London for me is Zuma. It is the first thing we make sure we have a reservation for whenever we go. Contemporary Japanese cuisine, Again an informal place, and beautiful, but it doesn't matter, you will look only at your food, delicate, refined, exquisite! And you will be so happy.
Gusto in Rome, is an enormous complex on Piazza Augusto Imperatore. I used to work on the same square and love going back there. Gusto has a restaurant, a pizzeria, a cafe and an Osteria that I can really recommend. On Sunday there is a nice antique market right in front and you can get brunch.
At Hotel Lloyd's they serve traditional Dutch food with a twist. When you stay the night, you can also get a very nice breakfast with Dutch local farm products, the Dutch yogurt is unbeatable. This is a place that men love. My guy will schedule a business trip to Amsterdam just to go have lunch there. Actually that is where I should bring him for his birthday...