Executive head chef at Ramusake in Dubai, Australian Michael Muir has also worked across the globe. Here, he gives us the lowdown his favourite restaurants
Aria Restaurant, Sydney
Aria has a very balanced seasonal menu that features only the best produce on the market. It’s a great fine dining experience with a real sense of elegance headed up by Chef and owner Matt Moran. On the very edge of Sydney’s glistening harbour, expect delicate touches, passionate creations and a true sincerity of delivery in a breathtakingly beautiful dining room.
Favourite dish: The chef’s seasonal tasting menu is consistently a great choice.
Bird’s Nest Yakitori And Bar, Brisbane
Not only is this place really atmospheric, they have a fantastic array of small bites on the menu making it the perfect place for a great catch up and a social dining experience with friends. Showcasing an Izakaya concept specialising in the traditional art of yakitori cooking, expect delicious Japanese skewered grilled meat and vegetables. Fusing the Japanese heritage of the owners with their love for traditional food, opt for the full tasting menu to get a handle on the menu in its entirety.
Favourite dish: Chicken tenderloins with wasabi mayo.
Rockpool Bar And Grill, Perth
It’s all about the experience at this trendy restaurant where the atmosphere is as electric as the food is diverse. The dining style is simple and uncomplicated – wood fired grilled meats and seafood from Australia’s very best producers alongside one of Australia’s greatest grape lists. With impeccable service and impressive interiors over an open kitchen, it highlights the primal appeal of cooking. No reservations are accepted so just
Favourite dish: It has to be the charcoal oven roasted King George whiting.
Ullus 29, Istanbul
Combining hearty portions of tasty Turkish cuisine with a laidback, mellow ambiance, exceptional views and truly terrific service, you simply can’t go wrong with a visit to Ulus29. In addition to all of this, you’re guaranteed amazing value for money when you compare the quality of the food to other restaurants in the same tier. Part nightclub, part terrace and part restaurant, this bountiful trifecta in bustling Istanbul is well worth a visit no matter what type of evening you’re after.
Favourite dish: Scallops with foie gras served with truffle green pea puree.