The Best Family Restaurants in Far-Flung Corners of the World

Published 27 August 2019 at 19:37

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The Best Family Restaurants in Far-Flung Corners of the World

Are you an adventurous spirit who loves to travel around the world? Perhaps you like to go off the beaten track as opposed to venturing into tourist hotspots? One of the things we love to do while on holiday is to enjoy the local cuisine and try foods we've never had before. If you want to combine your love for food with your sense of adventure, why not search for the restaurants in remote places? To save you some of the legwork, we have uncovered some of the best restaurants in the far-flung corners of the world, so that you can plan your next family vacation with spontaneity in mind.

Soneva Kiri Treepod Dining: Koh Kood, Thailand

Photo Credit: Alet

Eating out in a foreign country doesn't always have to be a traditional table and chairs affair laden with linen tablecloths and napkins. This is certainly true for the Soneva Kiri Resort on the Koh Kood Island in Thailand. Here you can enjoy gourmet cuisine in the treetops of a lush rainforest sitting in a bamboo pod.

Slippurinn, Westman Islands, Iceland

Skógafoss waterfall. Photo Credit: Inayat Khan

Iceland is definitely not the first destination you think of if you are planning a beach holiday. However, if you are a traveller who prioritises unforgettable experiences over a suntan, Iceland offers a magical world that abounds with picturesque scenery. You have a chance to immerse yourself in the myths and legends of the Icelandic people.

Hidden away on the Westman Islands is a family-run restaurant that prides itself on serving the freshest ingredients - including outstanding meat and fish dishes. The name of the restaurant, Slippurinn, means 'The Ship Yard' in English, and the building used to be a machine workshop before it was transformed into a truly unique dining place.

BocaValdivia, Ecuador

Photo Credit: BocaValdivia

With 530 miles of coastline, Ecuador boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It's also highly convenient for any frequent travellers who have built up a stash of US dollars as it has been using this currency since 2000.

The terrain of Ecuador is not limited to beaches: there are also more rustic sites throughout the country including various mountains and volcanoes. If you are keen on top quality food while taking in the beauty of the Pacific ocean, you will absolutely love BocaValdivia, a restaurant located close to the Playa San José. Their menu is designed with sustainability and excellence in mind, and you can sample their organic delicacies in various settings, including an organic farm, forest or even beach.

Wolfgat, South Africa

Photo Credit: Wolfgat

South Africa is a place that many tourists hope to visit at some point in their life due to its abundant wildlife and fascinating culture. South Africa is famous for its wine, but you'll also discover a love for African cuisine. It boasts some of the tastiest meat in the world, cooked in a traditional barbecue fashion.

If you enjoy spaces with tons of character and history, you'll definitely have to make a stop at the Wolfgat restaurant located in Paternoster. The restaurant building is over 130 years old and an actual cave is located on the premises. This cave has been studied by archaeologists and found to be of immense historical, archaeological, and geological significance. Local legend says that the cave extends far inland with numerous underground passages and a secret exit. Wolfgat may be remote, but it has an established reputation for serving amazing food. It received the prestigious 'Restaurant of the Year' award in February of this year at the World Restaurant Awards. Thus, a visit to Wolfgat provides both cultural knowledge and excellent cuisine at the same time.

TokuyamaZushi, Nagahama-shi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

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This remote restaurant is situated at the northern tip of Lake Biwa. One of the appealing aspects of the culinary techniques executed here is the fact that this eating space is one of the last of its kind. It practices an ancient fermentation technique that is essentially dying out, so here you will experience sushi like no other. Its chef is Hiroaki Tokuyama and his sushi creations are much older and more primal than modern sushi. Therefore, if authenticity is something you crave in a restaurant experience, this place should certainly find its way onto your bucket list.

Reale Casadonna, Italy

Photo Credit: Casadonna Reale

The adventures of siblings Niko and Cristiana Romito began in 2000, when they took over their father's trattoria in the village of Rivisondoli. At that time, they had no experience in the restaurant business, but the success of their Reale restaurant, currently located in a complex in Casadonna, shows that this pair really know their food. They employ a unique strategy on a daily basis in order to captivate guests by continually providing new tastes and aromas: every day, the chef and his staff conduct intensive research and invent new dishes. For a mix of innovative cuisine and rustic scenery, the Michelin 3-star restaurant Reale Casadonna is a must for anyone visiting the more remote parts of Italy.

Longjing Manor, China

Photo Credit: Fuchsia Dunlop

There are so many reasons to visit China, and Longjing Manor is just one of them. Its serene atmosphere allows customers to enjoy locally-sourced cuisine while surrounded by a beautiful Chinese garden. This is truly an other-worldly experience that almost seems to transport you back in time. The staff here are vigilant with regards to paying attention to guests, too: every table has a separate, private space and is attended by at least one waiter per table. Moreover, if you're the kind of person who likes to know where their food comes from, you'll be pleased to know that the private attendants record how and when the organic ingredients were purchased on a daily basis.


Now as you have explored some of the best restaurants in the far-flung corners of the world, you are probably already thinking about your next secluded vacation spot. Traveling somewhere that is remote allows you to fully unwind without being bothered by the constant noise and distractions of tourism. Now you can enjoy the best restaurants when adventuring in style!

By Jo-Ann Coetzee, The Media Image

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