5 Scenic Dining Experiences to Have in Asia

From a multi-sensorial meal to feasting atop a sand dune, these unique culinary experiences provide plenty of food for thought.

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1. Ko Tahi te Ra
This six-hour excursion to tribal lands deep in the central plateau of New Zealand’s North Island offers a fascinating insight into traditional Maori food culture. With chef, hunter, and tangata whenua (person of the land) Tom Loughlin as host, guests help prepare and eat a hangi cooking-pit feast before flying back to Taupo via helicopter.

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2. Oberoi Amarvilas
Book a Taj Mahal–facing room at Agra’s Oberoi Amarvilas and you have the option of ordering a private candlelit thali dinner on your balcony, complete with the services of a butler. With the great monument to love just 600 meters away, what could be more romantic?

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3. Tali Wiru
In Australia’s Red Center, this intimate evening for a maximum of 20 diners begins with sunset champagne and canapés set to the haunting sound of a didgeridoo, followed by a lavish four-course dinner of bush tucker–inspired dishes atop a tali waru (“beautiful dune”) overlooking Uluru and the distant rock formations of Kata Tjuta.

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4. Aqua Luna Dim Sum Cruise
A cruise in a red-sailed junk around the west coast of Hong Kong Island is made all the more tantalizing thanks to a spread of bite-size Cantonese treats from the Aqua group’s Dim Sum Library (Mondays only).

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Photo: Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet

5. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
French chef Paul Pairet’s avant-garde, single-table Ultaviolet is now one of just two restaurants in Shanghai to hold three Michelin stars. If you haven’t experienced the multi-sensorial dining encounter Pairet dubs “psycho taste,” now’s the time.

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This article originally appeared in the February/March 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“100 Essential Experiences”).

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