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.

Photo: Guide to New Zealand

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.

More information here.

Photo: Oberoi Amarvilas

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?

More information here

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.

More information here.

Photo: Klook

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).

More information here.

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.

More information here.

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

Share this Article

Related Posts

10 Things to Do During Your Layover at Asia’s Top Airports

If you have time to spare before your connecting flight, why not enjoy a relaxing massage, take a sw...

4 Wellness Getaways in Asia for Your Next Digital Detox

Screen-escape getaways are now a firm fixture at spas and wellness resorts across the Asia-Pacific r...

5 Chocolatiers in Asia to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Chocolatiers around Asia are turning to local cacao farmers to create single-origin treats that capt...

6 Last-minute Valentine’s Day Ideas to Surprise Your Darling With

From a drive-in movie night to a private helicopter ride, these fun experiences will leave you with ...

A Magical Night at Asia’s First Dom Pérignon Plénitude Suite 

Fine champagne, servings of Sturia caviar, and multimedia projections set the scene for a memorable ...

4 Eco-Conscious Lodgings That Celebrate the Beauty of Bamboo

From a Balinese hideaway to forest villas in southern China, these eco-conscious lodgings celebrate ...