Mouth-Watering Museum Dining Around the World Slideshow
October 4, 2011
Tokyo Eat at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Industrial décor, unpretentious dishes, and denim-clad waiters are the order of the day here. Open from midday until past midnight, Tokyo Eat is popular with the city's young, artistic set as well as art-loving families.
Oleum at The National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona
Oleum, housed in the grand, marble-walled Throne Room overlooking the Plaça Espanya, has been serving fresh, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine to diners since 2005. The magnificent views draw many diners, as do the opulent surroundings, but it's the innovative, Catalan menu that brings guests back.
The Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts, London
Chic and cozy, this new restaurant, in one of London's best art spaces, impresses with bronze heads in smart glass cases, plush pink velvet chairs, a respectable wine list, first-rate service, and hearty portions. The lemon sole and the salmon plate are stand-out dishes.
Jamie Kennedy Café at the Gardiner, Toronto
Retro, bright, and sunny, this friendly café, neatly located on the third floor of the museum, offers fresh and simple fare — from a Ploughman's Lunch to daily poutine. While it's a great choice for families, come here also for affordable, artful dining.
Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, New York City
Like taking a trip to old-time Vienna, Café Sabarsky is decorated and adorned with period objects, from lighting fixtures by Josef Hoffmann to furniture by Adolf Loos. Even the fabric dates from 1912. The herring sandwiches and beef goulash are perfectly good here, but it's the scrumptious desserts that most people remember fondly.
Source Restaurant at MONA, Tasmania
Part of the Moorilla winery complex, which also now includes the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), at Source it's all about sustainability of natural resources, watching the food miles, and the use of local products from small producers. Expect "iki-jime" line-caught fish, venison loin, and root vegetables to be on the menu.
Thompson Bar and Restaurant at the Jim Thompson Thai House Museum, Bangkok
Big portions, water features, and sultry alfresco dining make this place a real find in downtown, busy Bangkok. The food is excellent here and the dining terrace feels like a little jungle oasis in the city.
Novus at the National Museum of Singapore
Chic and grand, Novus boasts private dining areas, a 14-foot bar, and an adjoining outdoor courtyard. Expect to rub shoulders with Singapore's well-heeled and to taste creative dishes such as rosemary-flavored duck and oxtail ravioli.