Top Ten Travelers' Restaurants

Although most travelers' restaurants are places for people on the go, some are destinations in their own right, offering excellent food in stylish surroundings.
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Top Ten Travelers' Restaurants: Plane Food Restaurant, Heathrow
Plane Food in London's Heathrow Airport  (courtesy, Gordon Ramsay Holdings)

10) Plane Food, Heathrow Airport, London, England
Owned by Michelin-feted TV chef Gordon Ramsay, thismodern-British gourmet restaurant celebrates flying withits aerodynamic design, panoramic runway views, and cleveraviation-themed fittings. Dishes are good value, especially thetakeout picnic boxes for travelers in a hurry.

Planning: The restaurant is in Terminal 5.

9) Champagne Bar, St. Pancras, London, England
Part of the long-awaited renovation of London’s glorious,Victorian St. Pancras station as a Eurostar terminus, Europe’slongest champagne bar is a fine place to toast the revival ofinternational rail travel and the regeneration of a long-derelictneighborhood. The food is modern British.

Planning: The bar is on the upper concourse.

8) Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, Paris, France
For dining on the go, few places outclass Le Train Bleu—founded in 1901—for old-world elegance, luxury, andromance. With wood panels, chandeliers, upholstered seats,sculpted angels, vast arched windows, and 41 frescoes depictinglandscapes along the Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean route, therestaurant is a palatial Parisian pinnacle of belle-époquearchitecture. Expect superb service and classic French dishes.

Planning: Take a camera or sketchpad. There is a cheaper café with similar decor and elegance next door.

7) Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia
Founded in 1983, the world’s first traveling streetcar-restaurantcompany is now a fleet. Elegant burgundy cars from the 1920sto 1940s fitted out in velvet and brass, and modernized withstabilizers and air-conditioning, take diners on a leisurely silver-servicetour through Melbourne’s downtown and suburbs. TheAustralian-tinged menu frequently features kangaroo meat.

Planning: Depending on when you dine, set menus offer three, four, or five courses with drinks included. Reserve a table months ahead and dress up.

6) Tokyo Station, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo’s railroad station has its own “Kitchen Street" on thefirst floor, full of restaurants that are popular with locals.If you want more, go across the road to the Maru and ShinMarunouchi Buildings, which also have numerous diningoutlets, accessible by an underground passage.

Planning: With such a vast selection of restaurants, you will not have to walk far to find somewhere good to eat.

This Top 10 List is just one item on the menu in FOOD JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe. This beautiful new book from National Geographic presents hundreds of delicious destinations—spotlighting specialties and ingredients, markets, seasonal delights, great food towns, kitchen secrets, ultimate luxuries, and the best in desserts, wine, beer, and more.

Published: 12 Nov 2009 | Last Updated: 19 Jun 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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