1. The Vineyard, The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU
Last visited Winter 2013
Daniel Galmiche, the celebrated French Chef looks after the food but with 30,000 bottles of wine and a super wine list, definitely a place to put on your list. This is five star accommodation in the heart of Berkshire and perfect for the wine lover.
2. Vinoteca, 53-55 Beak St, London W1F 9SH
4 London Branches in Farringdon, Marylebone, Soho, Chiswick. Simple, well made food with reasonable prices plus great ambience/atmosphere. Interesting wine list that doesn't cost the earth. There's a bar plus restaurant.
3. 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen, 17-19 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QH
Last visited Autumn 2014
3 locations in London - Maddox Street, Fetter Lane, Marylebone
28º – 50º London was founded by master sommelier Xavier Rousset and top chef Agnar Sverrisson. There are 30 carefully chosen wines, available by the glass, carafe or bottle, as well as a seasonally changing menu on offer.
4. Goodman Steak Restaurants
Last visited July 2015
London locations at Maddox Street, Old Jewry (city), Canary Wharf.
Amazing steaks (best in London I would say) and great wine list with some stand out US, New Zealand wines. Choice of American USDA and British steaks. Can't beat an Antica Terra Pinot Noir from Oregon with a rib steak! This place may be Russian owned...but they know their British meat!
5. Murano, 20 Queen Street, Mayfair London, W1J 5PP
Visited Summer 2013
Angela Harnett is the executive chef and owner Murano in the heart of Mayfair.
Angela was born in Britain, her passion for good, honest food and the best ingredients was instilled in her by her Italian grandmother and mother. After starting out in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano, L’Oranger and Petrus, Angela became head chef at Petrus within seven short months, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. She went on to launch Amaryllis in Scotland; Verre in Dubai; Menu and The Grill Room at The Connaught, with Gordon Ramsay.
The food is great here and an extra special wine list with a very good choice of French wine in particular. It has one Michelin star. Premium priced that is for sure, especially as you're dining in Mayfair but worth it.
6. Hakkasan Mayfair, 17 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QB
Last visited September 2013
Awarded a Michelin star in October 2011 this is premium end Chinese food. With an excellent quality of food, albeit with small portions and big prices. The wine list is strong with many choices to match Asian food. Great atmosphere downstairs with the lighting and incense burners so ask to be seated below ground in this branch (The Tottenham court restaurant and the original is only below ground). The bar area on the ground floor and basement in the Mayfair restaurant are both excellent.
The group now has many restaurants around the world but for high end Chinese with a Western twist you can't go wrong.
7. Monteiths, 61 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Visited Autumn 2013
A tucked away restaurant just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh this is a hidden gem with fresh local meat, fish of the day and vegetables with a superb, cellar like atmosphere particularly with the candles and lighting. Good wine list too. If you want a traditional experience in the heart of Edinburgh town then this is for you.
1. The Capital Grille 800 Main Street Fort Worth , TX 76102
Visited June 2015
I was lucky enough to visit this top steak house in Fortworth, Texas in June 2015 after a bit of research on Tripadvisor. Not only are you going to get the best steaks Texas has to offer but the ambience, service and importantly the wine list are excellent. The Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River 2012 was a real treat with the steak. I love meat, especially steak and this is a place to put on your list if you're in the area.
2. Wild Ginger, 1401 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Visited February 2014
As a lover of fine Asian food I was attraced to Wild Ginger by reviews on TripAdvisor which said it was one of Seattle's best Asian restaurants. As well as a convenient location right in downtown Seattle on America's North West coast, it has dishes from China to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
As well as the very tasty and top quality food won a Wine Spectator Grand Award for its wine list. Wild Ginger has been Zagat's #1 most popular restaurant in Seattle for 14 years running, as well as being listed as one of Zagat's "Best Restaurants in the World." I was certainly impressed and the choice of Oregon and Washington State wines was top notch.
1. Churrascaria Vento Haragano, Avenida Reboucas, 1001, Sao Paolo
Visited July 2015
This is an example of the best Sao Paolo has to offer in terms of barbecue meat, with a great array of different meats, a very strong wine list, great salad buffet and superb atmosphere. It worked out at $15 a head for all you can eat given the weakness of the Brazilian Real. Amazing quality.
There is a great choice of Argentinian, Chilean wines. The rotating spit by the entrance with the meats is a sight to behold! Real culinary theatre.
2. Fogo de Chao, Santo Amaro 6824 | Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Visited July 2015
Another great Churrascaria (barbecue meat restaurant) in Sao Paolo with the lamb being particularly impressive. The Brazilians and the Argentinians sure know their high quality meats. A very strong wine list again, with some Argentinian gems from the likes of Susana Balbo. Very attentive service, you really feel like you're being looked after and for a European or from the US very good value indeed.