Dining out is both a big part of the joy of travel and a great way to get a taste for a destination’s culture. As for the most failsafe way to ensure you’re dining at only the worthiest of spots? Ask a local!
We’ve gone ahead and asked six for you, recruiting DFS staff members from around the globe to share the neighborhood restaurants and cafes they personally love.
If you’re in MACAU… try FERNANDO’S
"Fernando’s is not a secret, but it is one of those Macau institutions that the locals love as much as the tourists. It’s housed in a rustic old space with a courtyard and typical Portuguese red and white chequered table clothes, so it feels very basic, but the food is exceptional and the service is warm. The extensive menu is filled with traditional Portuguese and Macanese dishes. I never go without ordering the suckling pig, Macanese fried rice, and the homemade crème caramel. Just be prepared to have a couple of beers and snacks in the courtyard while you wait for a table, especially on weekends — but that’s part of the experience too"
“Maybe I’m biased, but nobody does fish and chips like New Zealanders, so we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great places. When I feel like something a bit fancier than the typical chippie, my favorite is Fishboy, which goes beyond the paper-wrapped battered fillet and offers some amazing fish tacos and burger variations. There’s also a solid selection of local beers and wines to wash down your casual feast.”
“MUM’s NOT HOME is housed in a residential building, so it’s easy to walk past, but it’s become a popular hangout through word of mouth. Part cafe, part art gallery, part thrift store, it’s the kind of place you could lose yourself in for hours and not realize the time passing. You must try their homemade cakes — the cheesecakes are my favorite. Wear your hipster best and you’ll fit right in!”
— Carolyn Wong, Client Services Manager
Address: 1/F 302 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
“Harry’s is one of those local joints that just encapsulates the Bondi scene. It started as a hole in the wall, where people came to buy coffees to go, and has turned into a spacious dining spot that gets long lines for brunch. Of course, you’ll find the usual avocado smash, but for me the best thing on the menu is the blueberry and ricotta hotcake, which comes with a big dollop of vanilla bean double cream. Make sure to add the side of bacon for the sweet-savory combination!”
— Nancy Wang, Marketing Manager
Address: 2/136 Wairoa Ave, Bondi Beach, New South Wales
“Kajinhou — also known as Pizza in the Sky — is a must if you happen to be in the Motobu or Nago areas. It may sound funny to recommend a pizza restaurant in Japan, but it’s in a traditional Okinawan-style house and the views are truly incredible — Kajinhou is at the top of a hill with panoramic views of the landscape and the sea below. Ordering is simple, as there’s only one type of pizza on any day — just choose the size and a salad, if you like, and wash it all down with a few of the local-style drinks.”
“While the InterContinental Sanya Haitang Bay Resort isn’t somewhere the locals usually dine out, for a special occasion, Aqua is a novel, fun experience. It’s both an aquarium and restaurant, so you feel like you’re eating on the bottom of the ocean — it’s actually a little surreal! As for the food, the buffet with classic steak and seafood-focused dishes (of course) should please even the pickiest of your travel buddies or family. For the full experience, come during feeding time for the fish — it’s a sea of color!”
— Shuyi Wang, Project Manager, Global Business Development
Address: No.128 North Haitang Road, Haitang Bay, Sanya