Five of Europe’s best restaurants with incredible views
Let British Airways’ new on board menu from Marks & Spencerinspire you to discover more great food in unexpected places around Europe. Laura Miller finds five restaurants where the food is great – and the views are sensational.
Le Jules Verne, Paris
Perched 410ft above the city on the second level of the Eiffel Tower, this classic French restaurant offers unparalleled views out onto the Champ de Mars and beyond.
Unfortunately the only thing you can’t see is the tower itself. Run by renowned creative chef Alain Ducasse, expect contemporary French cuisine such as sea bream marinated with black radish and sesame, duck foie gras, and champagne sorbet. The best time to go is in the evening, when the City of Light lives up to its name.
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Located in the atmospheric district of Beyoglu, on Istanbul’s European side, Topaz’s dining room has a dreamy panorama of the clear, turquoise waters of the Bosphorus, and the spindly turrets of some of the city’s most famous mosques, from the Blue Mosque to Hagia Sophia.
Traditional Ottoman dishes such as stuffed grape leaves and oven baked duck rub shoulders with modern Mediterranean interpretations like sous vide duck liver terrine. Time your meal with dusk, when the sinking sun illuminates the river with a golden glow.
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La Pergola, Rome
Situated on the top floor of the beautiful Rome Cavalieri hotel, itself located on top of the highest hill of the city, Monte Mario, La Pergola is a true destination restaurant.
From its elegant interior, you can see across to the gleaming dome of St Peter’s Basilica, with the rest of the ancient city spread out below.
Innovative head chef Heinz Beck has three, well-deserved Michelin stars, and creates dishes such as venison with chestnut cream, or squid with seaweed.
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Ice Q, Sölden
Boasting some impressive movie credentials – it featured in the last James Bond film Spectre – Ice Q restaurant teeters on the top of the Gaislachkogl peak, 3,048m (10,000ft) above sea level.
Its glass walls look out over onto the ski slopes and mountains of the Ötztal Alps, dazzling with light when it’s sunny.
Open in season, from late November to April, it serves gourmet Alpine cuisine, such as wiener schnitzel, venison Wellington and suckling pig.
The wine list includes the unique Pino 3000, a Pinot Noir matured in oak barrels at altitude.
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Even the name is heavenly, and, rightly, so is the view. Clinging on to the cliffside of the island’s curved volcanic crater, Ambrosia looks out onto the caldera.
Visitors flock to Santorini’s western side as the sun sets, to see the spectacular show of colours as the sky turns golden, orange, red, and purple.
The food at Ambrosia works hard to distract you, however, with Greek dishes such as mint-scented lamb cutlets and sautéed shrimp in mastic sauce.