Some people go on vacation to explore new locations and learn about foreign cultures, and some are food enthusiasts and are looking for the culture with the best food. While the western cuisine is what everybody is used to, there are some countries that can provide food you have never heard of. If you are a food-minded person, then that is what you are looking for. Searching for new cuisines is not as easy as searching for destinations that have the best beaches, for example. While you can see pictures and read reviews from people who visited a particular location, taste is not as easy to describe. It depends on what you like, where you are from, and your tastes in general. Looking for delicious food is mostly a gamble. You will only know when you get to taste it. Here are some destinations where the food may be to your liking, but remember to keep an open mind. You will never enjoy it otherwise.
10. Patiala, India
Indian food is very popular throughout the world. There are few countries that do not have some restaurants that provide this type of cuisine. However, eating Indian food in India is a whole new experience. One of the best restaurants in Patiala is Moti Mahal Deluxe. The service here is okay, but the food is delightful. Truth be told, it is a bit expensive, but you have to try it at least once. It will be worth it. For your sweet tooth, you can try New Gopal Sweets. Your mouth will be watering when you enter the premises. The air smells like sugar, and it has a fruity touch. The décor is sweet as well. Overall, the place is worth visiting. The service is high-quality, and the view from the second floor is lovely. You should give it a try. Meenu Parontha is one of the best restaurants in town that serves Indian food. You get to taste the spicy food that Indians love so much, and the prices are more than affordable. You will surely love it there.
9. Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire
Yamoussoukro does not have many restaurants, but the ones you find will leave a very good impression. One of them is Banian. It serves European food, but you can also try some of the local recipes, which are amazing. Usually, the place is not crowded, and there is no music, but the food will make up for all that. The service and the décor are very nice. La Brise is a restaurant that has a large terrace. You can eat outside, which is better than inside, especially because it gets very hot inside. You can feel the breeze of the lake, the service is fast and attentive, and the food is delicious. The restaurant serves French food, but you can also try some local or pizza.
8. Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
East-European dishes are known for their size. The countries in that part of the world have this habit of serving large portions, but that is valid only for restaurants that serve traditional food. The western cuisine has shrunk the portions for the rest. If you are ever in Banja Luka, you should try Mala Stanica. It is on one of the best restaurants in town. Try the turkey with homemade dumplings and the lamb fried in Livno cheese. You will never want to leave. The Kazamat is a fancy restaurant that is designed to resemble a fort. Some people find it charming, but you will love their wines. The food is amazing as well, especially the local recipes. You can enjoy the best veal with Macedonian salad you will ever taste. Just make sure to take your time and enjoy the dinner. This place is not recommended if you are in a hurry. Restoran DOM has the best options for vegetarians. The chefs there are trained to make the best vegetarian food in town, especially now when this diet is spreading rapidly. The food is great, the décor is lovely, and the staff is attentive and friendly. You will surely have a good time.
7. Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine
Kiev is the capital and the largest city in Ukraine, so as you may have guessed, you have many restaurants to choose from. You can find almost every cuisine. However, there are a few that you will love. One of them is Kanapa Restaurant Salon. It has a cozy setting with lots of wood, and the food has received numerous certificates of excellence. You have to try their black pudding. Otherwise, it is like you never went there. Ukrainian food is not all you can find. You can also taste Italian and French. They are all just as tasty. If you are looking for a perfect steak and fine wine, BEEF meat & wine is the place for you. The décor is extraordinary, and the chefs are passionate. You will never receive a well-done steak when you order a medium-rare. One thing that adds a bit of charm to the place is that the firewood is displayed inside the dining room. The food presentation is flawless as well.
6. Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesian cuisine is one of the most colorful in the world, and the flavors are very intense. However, fine dining restaurants can provide the best recipes, no matter the cuisine. If you want to try the molecular dining experience, then Namaaz Dining is where you need to go. The chefs there are passionate, the food is amazing, and the place is beautifully designed. You will live a unique culinary experience there. The Sana Sini Restaurant is more of a buffet where you can eat all you want, but the food is absolutely brilliant. You can have local food, light meals, sushi, sashimi, and even western food. One of the most popular dishes is a dessert, which is just an in-house frozen yogurt, but it is delectable. You have to try it. Seribu Rasa is an amazing restaurant where you can eat the best seafood in town. The plates look better than on those cooking shows you see on TV, and the taste is divine. The Indonesian Cuisine is one of the best you can find, and the ambient is lovely as well. The service is fantastic too.
5. Taguig, Philippines
Even though you are in the Philippines, Filipino food is not the only one available. You can choose from a variety of restaurants, and they will all make you come back. If you are craving for French cuisine, you can go to Champetre. What you will see on your plate is art. You will not even want to touch it; that is how good it looks. The taste is nothing less that amazing. The chefs are passionate and are not at rest until every single customer leaves with his belly full and good impressions. Gallery Vask is perfect for those who want to try the local cuisine. Moreover, as a bonus, you have vegetarian and vegan options. The food presentation looks wonderful, and the food is flavorful. You will love the décor as well. The place is nicely designed, and the kitchen is visible from the dining room. The chefs themselves come out and explain the entrees. It is a nice touch to the whole experience. If you want to try some sushi, Toki Japanese Fusion and Fine Dining is where you should go. The food is fresh and colorful, and the taste is one you will remember. It may seem a bit pricey, but it is worth it. You have to try it at least once.
4. Malacca City (Melaka), Malaysia
Malaysia is a beautiful country, and you have plenty of things to do, but in between, you need to eat. There are several restaurants in Malacca that provide tasty food. One of them is Wild Coriander. It has a beautiful décor, the place is very clean, and the staff is used to tourists, so they are very attentive. The restaurant serves multiple cuisines, but when you are in a foreign country, you want to try their own. Malaysian dishes are well prepared in this restaurant, and your overall experience will be lovely. Straits Affair is another restaurant that serves Malaysian cuisine. The plates come out from the kitchen colorful, and the flavors are hard to forget. It is also the best place in town to try the curry laksa, a dish that you can only find in a handful of countries, Malaysia included. If you are a vegetarian, there are several options you can choose from. One of them is Veggie Planet. It has a lovely décor, the place is very quiet, and the food is delicious.
3. Tangier, Morocco
When it comes to food, Morocco never disappoints. There are a few dining restaurants that you will never get tired of. One of them is El Morocco Club. You may think that it is a bit pretentious, but once you taste the food, all negative thoughts will go away. It is amazing. The decor is very classy, and the servers are trained professionals. You will love it there. LE SOUQ Le Gout du Moyen-Orient is also one of those restaurants that you will never be able to forget. The food is delectable, and the chefs are amazing. Unlike the previous restaurant, the food is more affordable, and you can try several cuisines. You will enjoy your experience there.
2. Hai Phong, Vietnam
Vietnamese food has a specific taste that few restaurants in the western civilization can replicate. In Hai Phong, you can try the Sao Mai Club. The place looks luxurious, and you have the option of eating at a regular table or on the floor. The servers wear traditional costumes, which is a nice touch to the entire experience. The food is amazing. Its flavors are hard to forget, and the presentation looks good as well. It will be a delight for your taste buds. Nam Phuong Restaurant has a large dining room, and you have the option of eating upstairs. The place is beautifully designed, very clean, and the service is flawless. The food is flavorful and colorful. You can try several traditional dishes. You can ask the servers which they are in case you do not know. Your experience there will be unforgettable and will make you come back.
1. Roxas City, Philippines
When you go to the Philippines, you have to try the seafood. It is the best you will ever eat. With all that water around, it would be a pity not to try something new. A great seafood place is Coco Veranda Bar and Grill. Your mouth will start watering the second one of the servers brings you the food. The plate presentation looks amazing, and the taste is something that will make you come back for more. Café Terraza is another place that you may want to check out. You get to dine in front of a beautiful view, and you can even make a reservation for a private cabin where only you with your friends or family will eat. The privacy is a nice touch. It may sometimes be crowded, and you have to wait for a table to become available, but the food is worth the wait. Espacio Verde Resort is a cozy place where you can enjoy a nice dinner. The ambiance is lovely, and the food is flavorsome. You can also stay at the hotel. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. The overall experience is impressive, to say the least.
The truth is that most locations you choose to spend your vacation in would be entirely ruined if the food is bad. Going hungry in the most beautiful place on earth can ruin your entire vacation, and nobody wants to live on snacks from the vending machines if there are any. That is why food is important. It will improve your experience no matter where you choose to spend your holiday. The destinations above will surely make that happen.