Restaurants worth travelling for

Published in Signature Luxury Travel and Style magazine volume 30.

There are some dishes, chefs and dining experiences that are worth building your whole itinerary around. We asked some of Australia’s most respected chefs to recommend the restaurants they would go out of their way to experience again.

Christine Manfield


At the top of my radar for an exceptional food experience is St Hubertus in the alpine region of Alta Badia in the Dolomites, a three-hour drive north of Venice. I have been fortunate enough to visit this restaurant twice in the last year. Recently awarded three Michelin stars, chef Norbert Niederkofler’s ‘food from the mountains’ is extraordinary, elegant and restrained yet so intensely flavoursome. He is inspiring the next generation of chefs he works with, leading the way with a philosophy and practice of zero miles, seasonality and no waste.

He works only with farmers (doing away with middlemen), raising animals and planning crops to be planted for the year ahead. This is what determines the menu: a direct link to the land. There is seamless attention to detail in every aspect of service, and the wines suggested work in brilliant harmony with the food. By far the most rewarding and captivating dining experience worth travelling for.