What goes around, comes around. When it launched in the ‘60s, revolving restaurants were all the rage and universally seen as a new way to dine. Fifty years on, the novelty might have worn off—and sometimes met with skepticism—but no one can deny the pull of an expansive panorama and the nostalgic, old-school charm. Today’s revolving restaurants don’t only offer a vantage point, but also distinct culinary point of view. Here are 5 that aren’t only on top of the building, but on top of their game, too.
Tóng Lè Private Dining
Situated on OUE Tower, the restaurant under TungLok Group is one of the only two restaurants in Singapore that still has the revolving concept. When you dine here, you’re guaranteed the most amazing 360-degree vista of Marina Bay and CBD skyline without leaving your seat.
The kitchen team led by executive chef Martin Foo believe that food is as important. Hence they change the menu daily to highlight the season’s best produce. Some signatures remain—look forward to the Fairy Duck of Confucian Mansion, salt baked dried abalone and bird’s nest in chicken consommé.
Tóng Lè Private Dining | 60 Collyer Quay, OUE Tower, S(049322) | 6634 3233
Cross your fingers and hope for good weather when you dine at this buffet restaurant perched on the 17th floor of New Otani Tower. With a sunny day or a clear, starry night on your side, you’ll be able to take in Tokyo’s iconic, skyscraper laden cityscape.
Be equally impressed with the offerings at the ‘stage kitchen’, which showcases the freshest Japanese dishes as well as the best catch of the day. Freshly caught fish procured from Tsukiji market and marbled meats from well-known prefectures in Japan await at The Sky. Dine with your imagination as the chefs cook them based on your liking.
The Sky | 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 102-8578 | +81-3-3265-1111
A change of scenery and weather brings us to Piz Gloria, located on a peak in Switzerland. Getting there is a bit tricky: you’ll have to go up a mountain and take a 30-minute ride by cable car. But trust us, it’ll all be worth it.
The restaurant is surrounded by glass windows that offer a clear picture of the blue skies and snow-capped mountains beyond. While you’re at it, don’t forget to tuck into regional specialities such as raclette and the signature 007 burger, named after the James Bond film.
Piz Gloria | Höheweg 2, CH-3800 Interlaken | +41 33 82 60 007
The Point Revolving Restaurant
Travel 17 floors up at Wrest Point Tasmania and you’ll find yourself mesmerised by the magnificent backdrop of Hobart city, Tasmanian bridge and Mount Wellington, all of which surround The Point Revolving Restaurant.
The experience is taken up a notch with the excellent French-inspired dishes that seamlessly weave in local ingredients. Our favourites include confit de canard, beef bourguignon as well as the crepe Suzette; the latter never fails to impress when served tableside.
The Point Revolving Restaurant | Wrest Point, 410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay TAS 7005, Australia | +61 3 6221 1888
The restaurant, located 350 metres high up at CN Tower, is not only known for its dizzying, revolving views of Toronto. It also has a cellar in the sky—an award-winning collection of over 550 international and Canadian wines.
Pair these with the chef’s Canadian-centric menu, which sees dishes made with regional ingredients and locally-sourced produce. The two- or three-course prix fixe menu comprises the chef’s specialities such as the Niagara charcuterie, 45-day aged Alberta prime rib, and the Atlantic salmon.
360 Restaurant | CN Tower, 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada | +1 416-362-5411