What’s a better way to become acquainted with an exotic destination than by indulging in the local cuisine and flavors? When you travel to the hotels in the JG Black Book Collection, you’ll find that they serve up delicious dishes right on-property, so you won’t have to go far for an unforgettable culinary experience. From regional delicacies in Mozambique and Bhutan to fine dining in Alaska and Italy, we’ve rounded up 9 of the best dinner dishes to experience with JG Black Book.
A recent guest of Azura Quilalea Private Island described the dining as “worthy of a 5-star Michelin restaurant,” and both Azura Benguerra Island and Azura Selous Game Reserve have received similar compliments for their excellent menu items. Azura Retreats’ Mozambican island properties specialize in fresh seafood, and with its 3000 km of coastline, it’s no surprise why. What the local fishermen catch in the morning is served to guests that very evening — it’s pretty much as fresh as it gets! Guests go crazy for the heaps of fresh of prawns, lobsters, and succulent crabs. In the remote wilderness of Tanzania at Azura Selous Game Reserve, the dish that always captures the hearts and bellies of guests is the excellent cold soups the chefs conjure up. After a game drive in the height of summer, nothing is more refreshing than a cold soup to start your evening meal, and the guests agree! Whether it’s dining with your toes in the sand on a Mozambican Island or under a star-strewn sky in Tanzania, guests are guaranteed an unforgettable dining experience.
At Bawah Reserve, a guest favorite isn’t necessarily a specific dinner dish, but a variety of sambal sauces that give them that extra zing! For those who are unfamiliar with sambal, it’s a type of chili condiment or hot sauce that graces almost every Indonesian dish. Each sambal features some sort of cooked or raw chilies, like green chilies, red chilies, bird’s eye chilies, plus a myriad of secondary ingredients. It is eaten alongside any and all dishes and lends a powerhouse of flavors — heat from the chilies, sour from the limes, sometimes sweetness from the palm sugar or gula Melaka and an umami bomb from roasted shrimp paste. Guests go crazy for it! Are you ready to add this spicy sauce to your repertoire?
When The Stafford London guests dine at The Game Bird, they all say the same thing – the Chicken Kiev is a must-try dish! Accompanied by a pomme puree and topped with shavings of black truffle, this dish is bursting with flavor. Did we mention it was listed by The Evening Standard as one of the “Must-Try Dishes When in London”? It is an indulgence at it’s finest and the perfect way to enter the spirit of The Game Bird!
47 Boutique Hotel
At 47 Boutique Hotel’s new Bistrot Parole in Libertà, food is an expression of creativity and passion, a philosophy that is based on the genuineness of the ingredients, the conjugation between tradition, modernity, naturalness, and respect for the territory. The futuristic culinary manifesto invites guests to savor the food with sight, smell and touch. And one dish that guests have been savoring the most is the Pappa al Pomodoro. This delectable dish was added to the menu thanks to the famous Italian book, “Il Giornalino di Giamburrasca di Vamba,” published in 1920, a period strongly dedicated to Futurism.
Sheldon Chalet is not only a premier destination for adventure seekers but also culinary explorers. Featuring the finest in Alaska fare, their private chefs prepare a tantalizing menu of locally wild-crafted items such as fiddlehead ferns, wild rose petals, and champagne currant berries. These unusual flavors get big reviews from Sheldon’s guests! The ingredients find their way into mignonettes, sauces, salads, desserts and cocktail garnishes. And foodies will be pleased to know that many of these hang-foraged items are plucked from the Sheldon family property, including a 55-year old Crabapple Tree that Don Sheldon planted for Robert on his wedding day.
At Andronis Luxury Suites’ Lycabettus Restaurant, it’s all about the art of fine dining. I mean, have you ever seen flavors like this being plated on a tree? As unique as it is delicious, guests love the restaurant’s featured dish, Canapé, a Greek salad with Santorini cherry tomatoes, baguette with bottarga and cod crocket with capers. No matter the dish, Lycabettus provides its guests with fine flavors and impeccable service, always focusing on attention to detail.
After more than 52 years of welcoming guests on safari, the Micato Safaris team has gotten a pretty good handle on what their guests enjoy eating and where they can find the best of what East and Southern Africa has to offer. One of the quintessential dishes guests are always looking to bite into is Nyama Choma. As fun to say as it is to eat, this food term is for well-marinated, succulent meals from the nearby highland ranch, and is the meal of choice when one celebrates special occasions. Guests seeking a healthier option often ask for the Sukuma Wiki, made from simmered kale, tomatoes and whichever organic vegetables are in season. For a classic Kenyan street food dish, safari guests go crazy over Mogo Crisps. It’s a mix of sweet and savory cassava slices that are then put into a fryer and sprinkled with chili pepper.
For more about what to eat on safari as well as favorite recipes from Micato’s Africa co-founder, Jane Pinto, click here.
As autumn slowly fades into winter and the temperature begins to drop in Gangtey Valley, what better way to warm the heart than with a number of the authentic Bhutanese dishes? A guest favorite is the Momo dumplings, or as the Bhutanese simply refer to them, ‘Momos’. They’re popular throughout the Himalayas, mainly in Nepal and Bhutan. These delicious bundles have been made by Karma, Gangtey’s expert on-site Momo maker. And in Bhutan, the Momos are usually made with beef, pork or a vegetarian style with minced carrot, cabbage, cheese, and ginger. This dish is quick to make but just as quick to disappear when the chef brings them out!
Atlantis by Giardino
Well, the Limmat isn’t quite the Thames, but tea time at Hide & Seek at Atlantis by Giardino is still renowned the world over. Here you’ll find cosmopolitan surprises meeting classics, like dainty sandwiches, scones, and pralines – always accompanied by a pot of fresh Wellmondo tea. And although the food is divine, the guests absolutely love the urban retreat’s version of the popular afternoon tea concept with an Ayurvedic spin. Giardino’s “Tea-Tox” beverages include mango turmeric lassi, balance tea, bases tea, and turmeric latte.
For additional information on the “Tea-Tox”, please click here.