These cities are known for having stellar food scenes. But, with so many amazing options, it can be overwhelming deciding where to make a reservation. Here are five recent additions to check out.

1. Coquille Fine Seafood, Vancouver

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This higher-end seafood restaurant comes from chefs Lee Cooper and Jack Chen along with partner Nin Rai, the group behind the city’s acclaimed L’Abattoir. The space nods to the sea with a palette of soft greys and pinks and floor tiles that mimic fish scales. The menu features sustainable seafood, including a variety of hot and cold plates, oysters from the East and West coasts and two exclusive house wines.

2. Born & Raised, San Diego

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Not all steakhouses are created equal, and the design details at this hotspot make it a cut above the rest. Mid-century modern meets art deco throughout this huge space, which features deep-wood tones, brass fixtures and a stunning green-marble-topped bar. Its perfectly executed dishes include escargot in garlic butter, caviar, and aged Porterhouse cuts, while servers whip up Caesar salads tableside.

3. Nuala, London

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Given the impressive lineup of talent behind this Shoreditch spot (with chefs and a sommelier coming from some of Europe’s top restaurants), there’s high hopes for Nuala. All of the dishes are prepared using coal and wood fire in an exposed kitchen. Chefs Niall Davidson and Tarryn Bingle cook up fulfilling items, including crackling pork and vegetables fresh from the English, Scottish and Irish countryside.

4. Frenchette, New York

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Hospitable servers and an inviting interior—complete with leather banquettes and plenty of brass—are sure to make diners feel welcome at this charming bistro, located in the city’s Tribeca neighbourhood. The menu features plenty of traditional French fare such as petit steak au poivre, duck frites and rotisserie lobster, and beautiful desserts like the vanilla mille-feuille, served with strawberries.

5. Pehüa, Mexico City

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In a city bursting with world-renowned cuisine, it can be hard to stand out. Pehüa manages to shine thanks to its modern spin on familiar Mexican staples like mole, tacos and esquites. The menu at this cozy spot, located in the trendy La Roma neighbourhood, comes courtesy of chef Raúl Valencia. For full effect, go for the 11-course tasting menu that changes seasonally and uses regional ingredients such as indigenous corn, cactus and chicatana ants.


[This story appears in the August 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]