007 Ways to Eat Like James Bond
November 7, 2012
Gazebo at GoldenEye Hotel and Resort — Goldeneye, Jamaica
Stop by Ian Fleming’s personal estate and the birthplace of James Bond — GoldenEye, Jamaica, now a swanky hotel and resort. You can even stay in Fleming Villa, complete with a private pool, gardens, and staff (also, let’s not forget Fleming’s original writing desk). Hungry? Head to the elegant Gazebo lounge and restaurant, where you can dine on local classics like jerk chicken and grilled lobster, as well as upscale Jamaican curries. The website will say the Gazebo was built overlooking the beach and lagoon for those gorgeous Caribbean sunsets, but any spy worth their salt knows a good stakeout point when they see one.
Fish Market — Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland, is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Jkulsrln Lagoons famous icebergs. Oh, do they look familiar? Maybe you saw them in A View to Kill (1985) or the car chase scene from Die Another Day (2002). Assuming you managed to lose your tail, head on over to Fish Market. The dinner menu lets you know youre definitely not in Kansas anymore, with dishes like whale sashimi and smoked puffin. Cant choose? Head chef Hrefna Rsa Stran has great picks for you and a friend with her tasting menu.
Humphrey’s Fine Dining Restaurant at Stoke Park Country Club — Buckinghamshire, England
Perhaps the most memorable and exciting golf game in history was played at Englands Stoke Park Golf Club in 1964s Goldfinger. In fact, it was in shooting this pivotal scene that Sean Connery discovered his love for golf. Youre welcome to see if the 17th hole inspires you as well, but the main culinary event is at Humphreys Fine Dining, also on the premises. Bond would feel right at home at this luxurious restaurant featuring innovative British cuisine with a twist. Head chef Chris Wheeler offers impressive signature dishes, such as roast supreme of duck with seared foie gras escalope, parsnip pure, green beans, and blackberry jus, which are a perfect ending to a round of golf, clandestine or otherwise.
Piz Gloria — Schilthorn, Switzerland
The Schilthorn in Switzerland offers 360-degree panoramic views of the scenic Bernese Alps from nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, plus an epic James Bond connection. The peak including Piz Gloria, the summits revolving restaurant was the setting for On Her Majestys Secret Service in 1969. In it, George Lazenby engaged in an epic ski chase down the Schilthorn. Do you have murderous bad guys coming after you, too? Before spending the day practicing your black diamond evasion techniques, fuel up with Piz Glorias 007 Breakfast Buffet. (They also recommend for you to "start the day with a glass of sparkling prosecco." In case you needed the encouragement.)
Epic Roasthouse — San Francisco
Need a busy setting for a discreet hand-off? Head past the tourists and sea lions of Fishermans Wharf to the Embarcadero in San Francisco if its good enough for Roger Moore in A View to Kill, its good enough for us. While youre there, check out Epic Roasthouse. This luxury steakhouse cooks all their aged beef on a wood-fired grill or in the wood oven, and offers unique table-side aged prime rib service. In addition to their signature steaks, Epic Roasthouse also has appealing appetizers such as wood-oven-roasted marrow bones with tomato jam and their name on a dessert the EPIC warm fruit cobbler, with huckleberry compote and concord grape sorbet. The best part? A panoramic waterfront view, in case you need a quick getaway.
Grandrestaurant Pupp — Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
The Grandhotel Pupp was the setting for the resort and casino shenanigans in Casino Royale, Daniel Craigs first James Bond film. Their pride and joy, Grandrestaurant Pupp, offers its guests the height of luxury in the Czech Republic with first-class Czech and international cuisine for lunch and dinner. Although a current list of offerings wasnt available online, but if the Valentines Day menu is any indication, they are in for a delight. You might pamper yourself after a long battle of wills with marinated pikeperch served on red beet carpaccio with orange crme frache followed by roasted saddle of venison in cream sauce with herbal dumpling and glazed rowanberries. End the evening in grand Bond style with a slice of chocolate cake with pistachio mousse, fresh raspberries, and strawberries.
Neel Kamal Restaurant — Udaipur, India
Most of 1983s Octopussy featuring Roger Moore was filmed in Udaipur, India, which makes it a must on any list of Bond destinations. The Taj Lake Palace, a luxury hotel which actually appears to float on the water, is a beautiful setting for wooing any Bond girl in your life. Once shes agreed to dinner, take her to the hotel's Neel Kamal, an exquisite Indian restaurant overlooking Lily Pond. Rich upholstery and gilt-embellished arches are reminiscent of royal banquet halls, and the local Rajasthani and other Indian cuisines served are fit for kings.