Travel magazine identifies best new restaurants around the world

A contemporary Australian restaurant in Singapore, a Michelin-starred pork expert turned fishmonger, and Ferran and Albert Adrià's new Barcelona restaurant are among some of the new hotspots recognized by
Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

The 15th annual 2011 Hot List Tables singled out 21 new restaurants around the world that are "destined to become instant classics," and were chosen for transcending industry standards in design, service and amenities. Editors chose 200 hotels, spas and restaurants from a pool of a thousand new properties that opened worldwide last year.

For the first time, this year's list also named individuals who have made an important impact on the hospitality industry in the past year. José Andrés, whose chain of restaurants falls under his company ThinkFoodGroup, was named Hot Restaurateur for the year, while Erik Lorincz of American Bar at The Savoy in London was named Hot Bartender.

Andrés has been credited with popularizing Spanish cuisine in the US with restaurants like Minibar and Café Atlantico in Washington, DC, while Lorincz - head bartender and mixologist at The Savoy - has been called the best bartender in the world.

April Bloomfield's New York restaurant The John Dory Oyster Bar made the short list for the bold flavors in dishes like smoked haddock terrine, eel and parsley pie and her signature dish, oyster pan roast with uni butter crostini, between $11 to $21 (€8 to €15). Bloomfield is a Michelin-starred chef, best known for her homage to pork at the Spotted Pig in Greenwhich Village.

Ferran and Albert Adrià's Barcelona restaurant Tickets, named after its theater district locations, was also recognized for its "futuristic bar" serving avant-garde bites, elevated tapas and its whimsical dessert area with cotton candy machines and ice cream carts. Entrées are between $3 and $16 (€2 to €11). According to Traveler magazine, a must eat is the rabbit with aioli.

And Luke Mangan's Singapore restaurant Salt Grill & Sky Bar, was highlighted for its modern Oz cuisine, mixing classic French techniques with local flavors like coriander, ginger and chili. The restaurant's location atop an art and retail complex ION Orchard also gives diners a sweeping view of the city. According to the magazine, a must-try dish is the Australian yellowtail kingsfish sashimi, ginger and shallot and goat's feta for $27 (€19).

Other restaurants which made the hot list include Rick Bayless's Red O in Los Angeles, Corey Lee's Benu in San Francisco, Relae, by Noma protégés in Copenhagen, and Trullo, also opened by a protégé of Jamie Oliver in London. Apothecary in Beijing also made the short list, as did Mario Batali's Singapore restaurant Osteria Mozza.

The May issue of Traveler magazine hits newsstands April 19.

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