On October 17, 2012Anthony Bourdain answered the question:There’s a place in Rome called Il Timoniere. We shot there in our Rome episode. It’s a really casual place and it’s jokingly referred to as “the angry cousin’s.” They just do wonderful, very typical Roman pastas and braised dishes — it’s very simple, but my whole crew’s in love with the place. We eat there even if we’re not shooing there.
Where else do I love? Asador Etxebarri near San Sebastián is the place that most chefs I know want to have their last meal. It’s Basque but very deceptively simple. The best ingredients grilled with a fetishistic attention to detail. And we covered that place in one of the Spain shows as well. But, wow, that is an awesome, awesome restaurant.
On October 17, 2012Anthony Bourdain answered the question:I travel so much and stay in so many hotels, but I have a few that I’m really loyal to and love. First and foremost, the Chateau Marmont in L.A. That’s the hotel I want to die at. You know, if I’m going to die in a hotel, I’d like it to be the Chateau. That to me is the perfect hotel, I feel most at home there and happy. I travel so much and stay in so many hotels, I really like to know where I am the second I open my eyes. I love The Raleigh in South Beach, too.
But I also have a real fondness for Southeast Asian colonial-era hotels, like The Metropole in Hanoi and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap — those remnants of French and mostly British Empire in places like Penang and Sri Lanka. I love those.
On October 17, 2012Anthony Bourdain answered the question:Hanoi fits in with my romantic notions of the East, my little boy fantasies of the way travel should be. Tokyo, I just love. I feel about Tokyo the way all chefs seem to - that it's really the mountaintop for pure food perfectionism and fetishism, as well as just being so wonderfully impenetrable. There will always be more to learn about Japan in general and Tokyo in particular. And I love Barcelona and Rome, for obvious reasons.