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Morimoto Anticipates October Opening for Restaurant at Andaz Maui

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, Hawaii, United States, 96753
September 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

You may not be able to tell from this laid-back photo, but chef Masaharu Morimoto really is hard at work preparing for the opening of his second Hawaiian restaurant Morimoto Maui, now scheduled for October at the Andaz Maui at Wailea.

When we visited the resort for its grand opening on September 1st, we'd hoped to get a sneak peak at the restaurant too, but we were shut down on all fronts. In fact, the teak wood and black-stone tile restaurant is currently hidden behind a huge tent that's been lovingly called "Cirque du Sushi".

Morimoto did allow for a candid shot and we gotta say, he looks super cool outside the chefs whites, right?

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Inside José Andrés' Amusing Mi Casa Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Dorado

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  Site Where: 100 Dorado Beach Drive [map], Dorado, Puerto Rico, United States, 00646
June 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we told you about the first star-studded wedding at the new Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, but today we’re focusing on the hotel’s own celebrity. That would be Spanish chef extraordinaire and ThinkFoodGroup owner José Andrés who opened the restaurant Mi Casa at the luxury resort.

Normally you’ll find José’s restaurants on the U.S. mainland at the SLS hotels in Miami and Beverly Hills, as well as other restaurants in Washington D.C., Las Vegas and other cities. However, having eaten at a few of those places, we found familiar items from those far-away restaurants right on hand at Mi Casa, so we’d like to think that they are the chef's favorites, or perhaps they’re a starter menu and he’ll be creating items to put the Ritz-Carlton stamp on Mi Casa.

Our photo gallery highlights the fun design and food surprises we found at the restaurant.

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5 NYC Hotels Where Room Service Still Matters

June 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

Jaws dropped this weekend when Hilton New York it announced it would be doing away with room service completely. Instead of ordering up to their rooms, guests will have to trek down to the lobby, where a new grab-and-go restaurant is slated to open this summer.

Regarding the announcement, a spokesperson for Hilton said they've seen "a decline in traditional room service requests over the last several years." Though we wonder if that says more about the quality of Hilton's cooking than people's attitude towards the concept of room service.

Thankfully, there are plenty of other hotels in NYC that not only offer 24-hour room service, but when the food arrives, gives us mini food-gasms. For example…

On our first time staying at the Andaz Fifth Avenue, we went gaga over the complimentary snacks offered in every room for guests. But be sure to pick up the phone and actually order something next time you're there, as the French Toast (pictured above) we had for breakfast on our last visit totally rocked our world.

Four more picks after the jump!

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Chef Nobu Opens a Pop-Up Restaurant at The Fairmont Monte Carlo

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  Site Where: 12, Avenue des Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 98000
May 15, 2013 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa andChef Philippe Joannès, the Executive Chef of the Fairmont Monte Carlo

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has been a busy man this year. Aside from running his chain of Nobu restaurants around the world and opening his first hotel in Las Vegas, he's carved out some time in his frenetic schedule to open a pop-up restaurant at the Fairmont Monte Carlo.

Open from now through June 9, the pop-up Nobu is serving lunch and dinner daily inside the hotel's existing restsaurant, l'Argentin Monte Carlo. A special terrace has opened up just for the Nobu tables too, allowing guests to take in the killer views of France, Italy and Monaco while noshing on the Nobu specialities such as Black cod yuzu miso, the Wagyu gyoza, and the King crab leg with shiso salsa.

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Five Celebrity Chefs Who Rule Hotel Room Service

Where: Various Hotels , United States
February 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve talked about our favorite dishes to order from room service (FTR—grilled cheese rocks the casbah every time), but we’re recognizing that more and more in-room dining offerings are the vision of the world’s top chefs who have restaurants inside the hotels we’re patronizing.

The room service option may even be a second choice if you aren’t able to score a reservation in the chef's signature restaurant, but are in town and dying to get a taste of, say, Bobby Flay's latest creation.

So the next time you peruse your hotel’s room service menu, think about if you should go for the everyday cheeseburger or the yellowfin tuna tartare, whose recipe is courtesy of Gordon Ramsay, Daniel Boulud, or Matsuhisa Nobu's vision.

Here are a five hotels HC thinks has exceptional room service menus, which include choices from celebrity chefs.

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English vs Nobu vs Flay: Who'll Rule Atlantis' Restaurant Scene?

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  Site Where: 1 Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
February 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone knows the Bahamas' The Atlantis Resort likes to do things big. Start with a 2300-room resort (not counting the adults-only wing--Cove Atlantis and its 600 rooms) add an almost waterpark theme in the form of 141-acres, and don't forget the massive casino. Naturally an outfit this size doesn't slouch when it comes to dining, which is why their collection of dining options include restaurants from Nobu, Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. But not one to rest on their laurels (which some were afraid was becoming the case lately), the Paradise Island resort announced that on June 1st, celebrity chef Todd English will finally open Olives Atlantis.

Expect his signature cuisine to take advantage of the island's seafood bounty and from what we've read, the three-meal-a-day menu will reflect and respect the location. Guests seated at the 268-seat restaurant will have views of an open kitchen where staff will prepare casual, Mediterranean-island cuisine that might battle for attention with the serious raw bar piled high with shellfish, clams, crab, oysters and the like. Carnivores and vegetarians will have plenty of options to choose from as well, from steaks to pastas and English's well-known thin-crust flat-bread pizzas courtesy of the restaurant's wood-burning oven. And for those who find themselves in the clutches of Lady Luck or the nightclub Aura, Olives will be open until 3 a.m.

The restaurant, which is said to have a 6,850 square-foot interior, was designed by architect Jeffrey Beers, who also had a hand in the Hard Rock and Fontainebleau resorts. Here you'll see drama that Atlantis is known for, gigantic candelabras, wall sconces, limestone floor tiles, and views of Atlantis' dramatic marina. Let's hope the food has lots of drama on the plates, too.

[Photo: Atlantis Resort]

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Anthony Bourdain Selects a Stunner in "The Layover" Seattle

February 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In the season finale, our guy heads to Seattle. He’s got 48 hours to play in a place with a thousand nicknames, and lets viewers know “people love to hate this city, ” the reasons apparently boiling down to the weather. No surprise, there. As he hops into his $100K loaner electric Tesla S which has WiFi (!), he mentions he could watch porn while he’s driving--until his faceless passenger mentions he might need two hands on the wheel while driving. Oh. Then he’s off and running around this hipster (yeah, we’ll say it) town, making tons of Dave Matthews jokes all the way.

We cross our fingers hoping he'll make his last hotel choice of the season a good 'un.

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Anthony Bourdain Takes Natty Option for "The Layover" NOLA

January 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In this episode, we were certain Tony was going to get funky in New Orleans. How could you not? A haunted hotel maybe? Back to the W? But dammitall, you know what he did. He went fancypants again. While stuffing his face for 36 hours with down-home Southern/Creole food, he then went back to his pristine place for sleepy time. Sigh. What happened to letting the good times roll?

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Sushi in Bed: Why We're Extra Excited for Nobu Hotel

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  Site Where: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
January 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Yesterday we gave you 10 good reasons to sleep over at the first-ever Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Today, we'd like to expand on one of those reasons--room service. After all, if you're gonna build a hotel around your successful restaurant brand, the room service options should be nothing short of phenomenal.

Fortunately, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa created the room service menu himself, instead of passing the duty off to other chefs. He's even expanded beyond sushi and sashimi into breakfast. So now that you're on the edge of drooling over your computer, let's get eating.

For breakfast, you can start with a Tamago yaki ($23), a Japanese style omelette with your choice of ingredients from tomato and cheese to unagi and king crab. Or you could go with Eggs Matsuhisa ($24), done with roasted asparagus, bonito egg sauce, ikura rolls and spicy tuna. If you want to keep it more traditional, order up the blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes or the green tea waffles (both $22) served with bananas, strawberries, yuzu whipped cream, miso butter and maple syrup. Traditional Japanese and American breakfasts are also available as well as general bakery/pastry items.

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AKA Beverly Hills Sends Spago Up To Your Suite

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  Site Where: 155 N. Crescent Dr. [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
January 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you happen to be using the AKA Beverly Hills as an extended stay haven while in LA ( and who wouldn't with all these perks?) you can now add ritzy-room service to the amenities offered.

The brand has joined with culinary wunderkind Wolfgang Puck to create Spago in-Suite. This is the first "room-service" type venture for the chef. Now, Each AKA full-service suite will include a menu featuring items from Puck's flagship Beverly Hills restaurant Spago. In addition to the well-loved favorites (pizza!) there will be a rotating list of daily specialty entrees (perhaps the liberty duck breast with pear-mustard raisin compote) to commemorate Puck's 30 year anniversary and Spago's new menu.

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SPG Rolls Out Restaurant Promo Competing with NYRW

Where: Various Locations, United States
January 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We told you a few days ago that your 2013 goal should be to analyze your Hotel Loyalty Programs and for good reason. Everyone seems to be coming out the woodwork these days beefing up their perks. The newest is Starwood Preferred Guest’s Restaurant Week offer that has us giving New York's Restaurant Week and even the new dineLA a bit of pause.

Here's the deal, from now until February 10th, SPG members can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $20.13 and dinner for $30.13 at about 75 participating restaurants in North America (although it's only two-courses in Hawaii properties--WUWT?).

And these are some pretty choice restaurants as well.

Take a look-see after the jump,

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Anthony Bourdain's Hotel Is Way Cool In "The Layover" Taipei

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  Site Where: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Taipei, Xinyi District, Taiwan, 110
January 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.

So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In this episode, our guy gets 48 hours in Taipei. But once again, Bourdain has taken us by surprise. He's gone for what we’d consider a pretty hip hotel for his Taiwanese takeover. And we're loving him for that.

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