Sometimes a menu item becomes so popular, so renowned, so emblematic of a restaurant that the chef or proprietor can’t ever remove it – not without causing a diners’ revolt! Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are no exception, with world-recognized dining experiences that inspire a thousand social-media images, memories and repeat visits. In no particular order, here’s a spin around the globe that highlights must-taste, must-see plates from among the finest culinary stars in Fairmont’s constellation of restaurants.
DIY Laksa at Fairmont Singapore
The timeless rooms and suites at Fairmont Singapore put you in the center of the “Lion City,” with unparalleled views from private balconies. There’s a tantalizing lineup of dining options, too, from sushi and teppanyaki at Mikuni to handcrafted pasta and wood-fired pizza at Prego. And if you’re looking to get your fill of the finest Southeast Asian cuisine, look no further than the halal-certified buffet at Asian Market Café.
This delicious all-you-can-eat bonanza features a huge array of seafood, salads and grilled satay, but the item that brings diners back time and again is the Singapore laksa. Prepped at a DIY station with a broth base and spiced with sambal chili, this noodle dish has a choice of toppings. Pick from quail eggs, fish cakes, tofu or chicken, adding veggies like enoki mushrooms, spring onions and fried shallots to round it off.
Grilled Tilapia Fillet at Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi
Blending old-world charm with modern style, Fairmont The Norfolk has been welcoming visitors since 1904. Sophisticated rooms and suites sit around fragrant tropical gardens, while the outdoor swimming pool is the perfect haven after a busy day of sightseeing or business meetings.
Since the earliest guests graced the hotel’s doors, diners have been enjoying exquisite meals at the iconic Lord Delamere Terrace. Bright and airy, with elegant wicker chairs, the restaurant specializes in both international and Kenyan dishes, including a long-time favorite: the grilled tilapia fillet. Rich in flavor, the flaky white fish is accompanied by sautéed managu (a leafy green grown in Kenya), ugali (a doughy cornmeal side) and kachumbari (a tomato and onion salad).
Black Cod at Fairmont Mayakoba
Surrounded by thick jungle on the Caribbean coast, Fairmont Mayakoba is the ultimate tropical getaway. You can snorkel among vividly colored fish and corals, listen for squawking parrots and chattering monkeys, and explore the region’s famous limestone cenotes.
Foodies are in for a treat here. One day you might pair Korean BBQ with fruity cocktails on the beach; the next you might nibble tuna tacos in chic Mexican eatery La Laguna. For an unforgettable night out, head to the resort’s signature restaurant, Gaia, to indulge in a seafood extravaganza. Sustainably fished Baja California oysters are the ideal appetizer before you move onto the main event: a six-ounce black cod decadently combined with caviar, brown butter and a luxuriously creamy potato mousseline.
Beef Wellington at The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
With its striking Edwardian and art deco designs, stunning rooms and suites, and unrivaled location on the River Thames, The Savoy is the epitome of London glamour. Guests are just steps from big-name museums, luxe boutiques and the hottest West End productions.
Acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay has his name on three restaurants within the hotel, including the storied Savoy Grill, once frequented by Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. Classic British and French dishes dominate the menu, including the legendary beef Wellington, a juicy fillet steak encased in puff pastry. Cooked to perfection, Ramsay’s take on the traditional English recipe features a distinctive Roscoff onion confit and red wine jus that will leave you craving seconds.
Moroccan Spiced-Lamb Shoulder at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech
From the moment you arrive at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, the extraordinary scenery is sure to blow you away. Set in a terracotta plain just half an hour from the city’s medieval medina, the tranquil retreat overlooks lush gardens, a palm-dotted golf course and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains beyond.
Each of the hotel’s fabulous restaurants uses fruit and vegetables harvested from the resort’s own organic farm. A favorite poolside lunch hangout is L’Olivier, but come evening, it’s worth making a beeline for Al Aïn, a sophisticated spot whose culinary journey transports you across the Middle East. You might be tempted by a spicy tagine or signature kebab, but the standout is the Moroccan spiced-lamb shoulder. Marinated in cumin, coriander and cinnamon, then slow-cooked for 24 hours, the tender meat comes in a shareable platter for two.
If your taste buds have been tempted by these signature dishes, book with Fairmont today to experience exceptional restaurants with impeccable service.