Father’s Day Dining Guide

June 16, 2017

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This Father’s Day, instead of wracking your brain trying to figure out the best present (Another tie? Another barbecue sauce trio? More golf balls?) treat the father figure in your life to an incredible meal at one of these restaurants across the globe.

Café de Klos. Image by Ali Ronca.

Café de Klos – Amsterdam

Looking for the ultimate meat lover’s feast? It’s at Café de Klos. Here, the carnivorous classics range from roast chicken to lamb chops to the show-stopping full rack of spare ribs. Generously served and cooked to perfection, the juicy ribs come with garlic aioli and creamy barbecue, bread, a simple salad and, if you opt for it, a baked potato. Add on a pint and enjoy.

Ferro e Farinha. Image by Tom Le Mesurier.

Ferro e Farinha – Rio de Janeiro

You probably don’t associate pizza with Rio, but thanks to Sei Shiroma, you can now. In New York he learned to make authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas and then moved to Brazil to bless The Marvelous City with his pies. The fit out of Ferro e Farinha is snug yet modish, and the flavorful creations feature toppings such as spiced honey, garlic confit and miso that are fired in a custom-made oven. Mmm.

Franklin Barbecue. Image via Flickr Creative Commons, by jpellgen

Franklin Barbecue – Austin

It may not be fancy, but the fare served up for lunch at Franklin Barbecue is sure to make any dad’s tastebuds happy. The tender slabs of meat (options include brisket, pulled pork, turkey, ribs, and sausage links), covered in a sauce shot through with espresso, are served either as a sandwich or by the pound. That’s right: by the pound. And then there’s the potato salad, not to mention the lemon chess pie. Serious southern comfort.

Gene & Georgetti. Image courtesy of the venue.

Gene & Georgetti – Chicago 

In business since 1941, Gene & Georgetti is as much about the enduring community of regulars as it is about hulking portions of steaks and seafood. Located in hyper-modern River North, it’s a breath of fresh air to visit a place as preserved as this. Sip on soup-bowl sized glasses of red wine, pair it with an expertly prepared New York strip and become a regular yourself.

Hajah Maimunah. Image courtesy of the venue.

Hajah Maimunah – Singapore

Prepare yourself: Malaysian restaurant Hajah Maimunah is a buffet of kampung cuisine. The spread includes dishes like tahu telor (silken tofu crisply fried with egg) heavily drizzled with a sweet and spicy sauce, siput sedut lemak cili padi (snails in spicy coconut milk) and the consummate crowd-pleaser, beef rendang. Pace yourself, for sure, because the food is so good you won’t be able to resist a second – or even third – helping.

Issaya Siamese Club. Image courtesy of the venue.

Issaya Siamese Club – Bangkok 

At Issaya Siamese Club, traditional Thai eats with a modern twist is the name of the game. Housed in a 1914 villa, this flagship from chef Ian Kittichai serves up specialities like mint tuna, pla luey suan (lightly fried whole Andaman white snapper fillet) and lamb massaman, a remarkably tender lamb shank with a fragrant, smoky curry. You can’t go wrong.

Nue. Image by Jenise Silva.

Nue – Seattle

If your father has an adventurous palate, then Seattle’s Nue is the perfect dining destination as it’s a phenomenal spot to do some table-side traveling. Chef-patron Chris Cvetkovich shares soul-warming nosh from around the globe at his hip eatery, and you’ll find everything from housemade Vietnamese pepper and sweet beef jerky to rich Malaysian seafood curry to fluffy Brazilian fritters made from peeled black-eyed peas.

Restaurant Embat. Image by Abigail Lymon.

Restaurant Embat – Barcelona

For modern Catalan cuisine, Restaurant Embat is the place. The menu at the bright, modern bistro changes seasonally to ensure the freshest produce is used, but you can expect plates such as scallops with pork brochettes, and duck cannelloni with truffle sauce. The mar y tierra (surf and turf) here is tops: the veal and sautéed squid with wild mushrooms is absolutely delicious. Plus, there’s an excellent selection of local wine.

Schneeweiss. Image courtesy of the venue.

Schneeweiss – Berlin

Elegant Alpine cuisine is what Berlin’s Schneeweiss is all about. The menu does encompass seasonal fusion dishes, but the traditional nosh is the draw. Think beef goulash with dumplings and apple strudel, as well as a thin, tender, golden, masterpiece of a schnitzel.

The Meatball & Wine Bar. Image via theurbanlist.com

The Meatball & Wine Bar – Melbourne

Melbourne’s The Meatball & Wine Bar does specializes in one thing: meatballs. The dimly lit, intimate noshery boasts an extensive menu centered around hearty meatballs of pork, beef, chicken, fish or a veggie mixture of quinoa, corn and cheese, served with your choice of sauce (tomato, cream or pesto salsa verde) and base – cannellini beans, creamy polenta, mashed potatoes, house pasta or market vegetable. Two words: dig in.

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