South Korea: Woo Lae Oak
> Location: Seoul
Serving Seoul since 1946, Woo Lae Oak (also spelled Wooraeok) is known as the premier purveyor of Pyongyang naengmyeon (buckwheat noodles in ice cold beef broth). Although this popular dish can be found just about anywhere, Woo Lae Oak’s meaty, flavorful broth is beyond comparison. Fans of the restaurant also come for the bulgogi, but nobody skips the noodles.
> Location: Casablanca
An authentic Moroccan restaurant with intricate tilework and a garden terrace, Al-Mounia evokes the atmosphere of a timeless oasis. Traditional dishes include tagines (stews cooked in clay vessels), couscous salads, pastillas (stuffed flaky pastries), and kefta (herbed meatball kebabs). The lamb is always on point, and the mint tea, fresh orange juice, and Moroccan wines are unparalleled.
Netherlands: d’Vijff Vlieghen
> Location: Amsterdam
Equal parts museum and restaurant, d’Vijff Vlieghen is a rambling historic eatery spread throughout five conjoined 17th-century canal houses full of Dutch antiques, from Rembrandt etchings to suits of armor. The modern, seasonal fare is ingredient-driven. Various three to six course tasting menus are available, featuring dishes like smoked, beet-brined duck over pumpkin compote and haddock over Jerusalem artichoke cream with kale and celeriac.
New Zealand: Rātā
> Location: Queenstown (South Island)
Run by Michelin-star celebrity chef Josh Emett and restaurateur Fleur Caulton, the renowned duo behind some of New Zealand’s best restaurants, this tucked-away gem in Queenstown dazzles with modern dishes and Asian influences. The seasonal menu highlights local ingredients like Te Kouma Bay oysters, venison, and Fiordland crayfish (also known as rock lobsters), along with Otago region wines.
Nigeria: Danfo Bistro
> Location: Lagos
Danfos are privately-owned yellow buses that are the main means of commuter transport in Lagos and a cultural symbol of the city. The Danfo Bistro, a hip eatery that serves a fusion of global fare, is decorated with pieces of the iconic vehicles. While the menu relies heavily on Western elements like onion rings, mozzarella sticks, wings, and burgers, many of the flavors and ingredients are distinctly Nigerian.
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