Chic eats: Designer restaurants to dine at

Chic eats: Designer restaurants to dine at

Forget the calories

Text: Zimin Ho

Fashion's biggest names now cater to refined tastes of the gastronomic variety

From Ralph Lauren-branded restaurants to chic cafés in designer retail destinations, here are five stylish eateries dishing up the trendiest treats for your tastebuds.

ralph lauren polo bar

The Polo Bar | New York

Ralph Lauren's Polo Bar is sexy, suave, and the very embodiment of its home city. The Manhattan-based outfit sits on the corner of 5th Avenue and East 55th Street, housing a bar on the first floor and a restaurant in the basement. The handsome establishment is embellished with equestrian art and saddle leather interiors — décor that pays homage to the brand's heritage. The menu is inspired by Ralph Lauren's personal favorites and includes such classic American dishes as crab cakes, corned beef sandwiches, and of course the signature Polo Bar Burger.

 Le Jardin de Tweed

Le Jardin de Tweed | Tokyo

A typical afternoon at Le Jardin de Tweed goes like this: lounging and sipping tea while overlooking the bustle of Ginza, all from your table at the rooftop of the iconic Chanel building. It's the place to be for an elegant afternoon or sundowner in Tokyo. With acclaimed French chef Alain Ducasse at the helm, you can expect the light bites at Le Jardin de Tweed to go hand-in-hand with Chanel's hallmark elegance. 

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10 Corso Como Café | Milan

Tucked away in the heart of the 10 Corso Como building, 10 Corso Como Café is a dreamy glasshouse frequently by those in the know. The café offers both indoor and outdoor dining options, with the latter sitting in the courtyard of 10 Corso Como's art complex so that visitors can experience a seamless transition between the galleries and an artful dining experience. 10 Corso Como Café's luxe interiors and lush foliage make it the perfect place to enjoy both a night of cocktails or some creative salads at Sunday brunch.

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Graanmarkt 13 | Antwerp 

Graanmarkt 13 may look like a regular townhouse on the outside, but behind its front doors lies Antwerp's hippest dining and lifestyle joint. Its owners fell in love with the space and filled it with all their favourite things — transforming the place into a gallery, restaurant, and apartment all under one roof. Food is an integral part of what they do and resident chef Seppe Nobels creates modern European meals that are fresh, light, and in keeping with the seasons. The menu also draws upon ingredients from the restaurant's own herb garden and bee hive. 

Rose Bakery

Rose Bakery | London

Located at the top floor of Comme des Garçon's Dover Street Market, Rose Bakery is the perfect place to settle down and unwind after a bout of retail therapy. The eatery sports concrete walls and steely interiors softened with the warm and homely vibe nurtured by Rose Carrarini — the eponymous co-owner of Rose Bakery — who runs her café with boundless energy and makes a mean carrot cake. Rose Bakery offers a hearty English menu along with the simple and infallible combination of scones, cakes, and teas.