Expand your tastes this year as you venture on journeys to culinary destinations, from underrated cities for foodies to longtime favorites with new offerings.
Forbes Travel Guide turned to Andiago – the app that recommends restaurants based on real-life experiences – for recommendations on which cities should be on every foodie’s bucket list in 2022, as well as the trending restaurants to visit in each. of them.
Lithuania’s capital offers a taste of the country’s unique cuisine, including dishes like cepelinaishredded potato dumplings stuffed with meat, and šaltibarčiai, cold beetroot soup in a neon pink shade. But it is also a destination for traditional gourmet dishes, often at high prices.
You’ll find Nineteen18 on the second floor of Senators’ Passage, a historic Old Town mansion that’s been transformed into a culinary hub with restaurants and grocery stores. Created by chef Andrius Kubilius and his team, the menu is dedicated to Lithuanian products grown on small farms.
What to order: Try anything with rye, radishes or ice cream.
Extra bite: The wine list is versatile, so you will surely find something to your liking.
At Ertlio Namas, savor cuisine with a history older than the restaurant’s preserved 17th-century building. Ertlio Namas draws inspiration from traditional recipes from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras and reinterprets them in a contemporary way. The result is delicious, creative dishes with wonderful presentation and ties to the past.
What to order: Pheasant soup and moose tenderloin.
Extra bite: The prix fixe is outstanding and the wine pairing is worthy.
Jamaica celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence this year. The island will mark its Diamond Jubilee with various festivities throughout 2022, providing added incentive to visit Kingston and indulge in its tasty cuisine and famous Blue Mountain coffee.
Stush in the bush
You won’t run out of meat at this reservation-only restaurant specializing in ital, a vegetarian diet in keeping with the Rastafarian faith. Sit al fresco and savor a prix fixe menu featuring seasonal ingredients from Stush in the Bush’s own farm and small local artisans.
What to order: Soup, vegan crab cakes, vegan bread and butter, and avocado sorbet.
Extra bite: The location is just as exquisite as the food: Stush in the Bush resides in the hills lining the northern coast. The meals are accompanied by a “land walk” through the farm.
Restaurant Nirvanna Lady Musgrave
Although this is an Indo-Chinese fusion restaurant, expect authentic Indian cuisine to taste – Nirvanna has brought in chefs from Mumbai to make roti, breads, curries and more, and he sprinkles many original Indian spices in the dishes.
What to order: Mutton kebab with garlic cheese naan, Kashmiri naan, chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken.
Extra bite: The dining room fuses Moroccan and Indian design, and the gleaming white onyx bar adds a modern touch.
A visit to Cairo allows you to feast on traditional dishes such as cochary (a carb-rich mix of rice, pasta, fried onions, lentils, and tomato sauce) and falafel (instead of chickpeas, it’s made with broad beans and fresh herbs). But this ancient city also offers much more.
This family-run Egyptian restaurant has been a local favorite since it opened in 1958. Diners flock to this New Giza spot for the lively city views from its sprawling leafy terrace and mouth-watering starters and main courses.
What to order: Roasted chicken and grilled partridge.
Extra bite: Don’t miss the elaborate breakfast, especially the feeer meshlteta gourmet Egyptian pastry with alternating layers of dough and ghee.
Tucked away on the second floor of the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, Birdcage has an Asian aesthetic with dark wood screens and furniture, lanterns, and a water feature. It is an ideal setting for delicious Thai cuisine.
What to order: Vegetable rolls, pad thai, egg noodles, mango juice and mint lemon juice.
Extra bite: While the Thai restaurant adopts a more casual vibe, it doesn’t slack off on presentation – fried prawns wrapped in konafa are neatly placed on bamboo slices, and the fried banana dessert arrives on a wooden slab at side of a coconut shell with ice cream.
The second largest of the Balearic Islands (behind Majorca), Menorca is known as a low-key, slow-paced beach getaway. Yet, behind the sun and sand, Menorca is also a place to discover for delicious meals.
Once a jewelry factory, this space in Ciutadella now houses a small five-room hotel. But the real reason to visit is the restaurant. Let chef Miquel Sánchez showcase his skills with organic and seasonal ingredients in contemporary Mediterranean dishes.
What to order: Be sure to order the shrimp ravioli.
Extra bite: The interior is more industrial, but the courtyard has a softer look.
Es Tast de na Silvia
Chef Sílvia Anglada’s modern Menorcan restaurant is airy and bright with high vaulted ceilings, an open kitchen, lots of light and a crisp white color scheme. Beyond its design, Es Tast de na Silvia is a pioneer of slow food advocating a rewarding, clean and fair diet.
What to order: Cannelloni with meat and Coca with sobrasada and cod.
Extra bite: The menu is constantly changing depending on what’s on the market that day, a bonus for those who return regularly.
China’s capital has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the country’s top foodie cities, showcasing a distinct array of top-notch regional cuisines. But another reason to dine in Beijing is its unexpectedly superb Italian restaurants.
While this restaurant overlooks the scenic Liangma River (Fiume means “river” in Italian) through its floor-to-ceiling windows, its cuisine hails from Emilia-Romagna. This translates to handmade pasta, charcuterie, Italian cheeses and lots of wine.
What to order: Eggplant parmigiana, six-layer lasagna bolognese and agnolotti stuffed with spicy salami and ricotta.
Extra bite: Take your pasta outside on the terrace to be closer to the water.
Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Opera Bombana is a landmark of Italian cuisine in Beijing. Try modern interpretations of centuries-old recipes from celebrity chef Umberto Bombana paired with a glass or two of vino from the dining room’s stunning slanted wine walls.
What to order: Tiramisu, foie gras starter, veal shank fondant and tagliatelle.
Extra bite: Savor freshly baked treats like bread or panettone from the on-site bakery.