Restaurants Of The Week

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If you're going to fly half-way around the world, take a ferry or charter a seaplane for a bit of grub, then it had better be worth the journey. Here are some ideas.

Situated at the most westerly point on the Isle of Skye, they don't get much passing trade at The Three Chimneys, Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye (01470 511258; three chimneys.co.uk). But those who brave the single-track road, or better still arrive by helicopter, are delighted by Shirley Spear's creative dishes whipped up from local, seasonal produce.

Some restaurants have grounds and a driveway but La Conca del Sogno, via San Marciano 9, Massa Lubrense, Naples (00 39 081 808 1036; concadelsogno.it) goes one better with its own private bay and a boat to get you there. The food is typically Southern Italian with scorpion fish baked with cherry tomatoes and lemons frozen into a deliciously tart sorbet.

It's a 200-metre ride by sea tractor from the South Devon coast to Burgh Island Hotel, Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea (01548 810514; burghisland.com). The glamorous Art Deco building was a setting for a television film of the Agatha Christie classic Evil Under The Sun.

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights, Romero restaurant at Umm Qais Resthouse, Amman (00 962 06 464 4228; romero-jordan.com) is at the northern-most tip of Jordan. Dine at dusk for stunning sunset views over the biblical city of Gadara.

You will arrive by seaplane at Cottage Point Inn, 2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point, New South Wales (00 61 2 9456 1011), a converted boat shed on the Hawkesbury river in the stunning surroundings of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Chilli salted cuttlefish with green tea noodles and a sweet ginger and lychee dressing is typical of the Asian-tinged food.

Dine al fresco in the red rock wilderness of the Watarrka National Park at Kings Canyon Resort, Central Australia (00 61 2 8296 8010; kingscanyonresort .com.au). Go native with just you, your loved one, the moon, an open fire and, er, a four-course meal served at linen-clad tables.

Hail a water taxi to Eagle Nook Wilderness Resort & Spa, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island (001 250 728 2370; eaglenook.com). Local wildlife includes the bald eagle, black bear and grey whales, none of which turns up on your plate, thankfully, although they might possibly appear in the view from your seat in the dining room.

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