"You gotta eat something!"
Rachel Minard, the director of marketing at hedge fund-of-fund manager Cadogan Capital Management LLC, New York, took that familiar maternal refrain to heart and asked clients, hedge fund managers, vendors and employees for their favorite restaurant picks all over the world. The result is a sleek little black book that trots the globe.
Of a sushi restaurant, Fukuzushi in Tokyo, Stan Howard of Investor Select Advisors, said: "'The owner has an attitude.' - yeah. 'There are so many foreigners in there, you could be in New York' - yeah. 'I've never paid so much for sushi' - yeah. But hands down, it's the best damn sushi you will ever have in your life. It's so fresh and good that sometimes I think some sort of magic is at work. Wasn't cocaine in the original Coca-Cola recipe?"
According to Jacob Navon of Warren International, Chicken Lavish in Negril, Jamaica, no longer has a "rusty corrugated iron roof supported by (a) rotting timber structure where the next meal could be spied cluck-clucking its way round the dirt surrounding the 'establishment'). ... But the main reason to venture here ... remains that it is simply not just the island's, nor just the Caribbean's, but arguably the whole Universe's best fried chicken - period!"
And for those with a taste for the truly exotic, Kenneth Lewis Payne of CARE International recommends the following: "Do you have an insatiable craving for giraffe? What about zebra? Maybe ostrich, camel or crocodile? Then do I have the place for you! Welcome to the Carnivore in Nairobi! If you have not guessed already, this is not a restaurant for vegetarians. ... My personal favorite - giraffe! The meat so tender, juicy and flavorful, followed closely by the ostrich and impala. Yum-yum... mighty good eatin' and NO! ... it DID NOT taste like chicken."