Go on a culinary journey around the world with these iconic dishes from some of the world’s top hotels.
The Beverly Hills Hotel’s McCarthy Salad
Beverly Hills, USA
Located on the famous Sunset Boulevard, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been popular with A-listers since Hollywood’s Golden Age. Neil McCarthy, the millionaire captain of the local polo club, was a regular guest during the hip hotel’s 1940s heyday. At the hotel’s restaurant, the aptly named Polo Lounge, he often requested a hearty salad made with two types of lettuce, chicken, beets, eggs, bacon, and beets, which quickly became known as the McCarthy Salad. Remaining unchanged, the salad is still served at The Beverly Hills Hotel today. Find the recipe here.
Babylonstoren’s Pistachio Ice Cream
Franschhoek, South Africa
Located in South Africa’s mountain-fringed wine region, Babylonstoren dates back to 1692 and is one of the oldest—and prettiest—Cape Dutch farms. Known for its prized fresh fruit and vegetable gardens (as well as its stylish accommodations), Babylonstoren is a haven for on-trend foodies. Give their signature pistachio ice cream recipe a go, as it only requires a few simple ingredients and no ice cream churner is required. Find the recipe here.
Hotel Savoy’s Traditional Italian Tiramisu
Meaning “pick me up,” espresso-soaked tiramisu is a well-loved dessert with worldwide fame. At Florence’s historic Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Head Chef Giovanni Cosmai takes this classic dish to the next level by making it from scratch with rice ladyfinger biscuits and fluffy pâte à bombe mousse. Find the recipe here.
The Marbella Club’s Mango Gazpacho
A Spanish summertime classic, bright and zesty gazpacho soup can bring a bit of sunshine into any kitchen. Andrés Ruiz, local Ronda native and the wellness-focused chef of The Marbella Club, makes his healthy version of gazpacho with mangos for an added summery feel—plus some extra vitamin C. If you don’t have mango, you can add strawberries or watermelon instead. Find the recipe here.
Kasbah Tamadot’s Chicken Tagine
High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Transport yourself to Morocco’s dramatic High Atlas Mountains with a fragrant tagine made with aromatic herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, and saffron. At Virgin Limited Edition’s Kasbah Tamadot in the foothills of the mountains, Executive Chef Yassine Khalal makes a chicken tagine that Sir Richard Branson counts as one of his favourite dishes at the resort. Find the recipe here.
Oil Nut Bay’s Cross Atlantic Flatbread
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Set in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Oil Nut Bay serves its guests dishes that are fresh, but also supremely comforting. Cross Atlantic Flatbread—named for the sweet and savory combination of Caribbean mango paired with Spanish Serrano ham—will whisk you away to sunnier shores. Find the recipe here.