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Eat Like A Chef: Oscar Luzon de Arcos of Zuma

August 04, 2020

Originally from the hilltops of Lleida, Spain, chef Oscar Luzon de Arcos grew up spending his weekends at all manner of local eateries and landed himself at Michy-starred resto Malena by the age of 15. He continued Michelin-diner hopping in Spain before finding himself at Zuma London in 2017 and from there, Hong Kong, where he now works as Corporate Chef of Zuma.

In our latest edition of Eat Like A Chef, the connoisseur of everything izakaya lets us tag along to his favourite food haunts around the world: from Capri and NYC to Kyoto, Bangkok and more.

 

Capri: Villa Jovis 

Since starting my career as a chef on a yacht, Villa Jovis on the beautiful Italian coast has stood out to me and since become one of my most memorable life experiences. The combination of stunning surroundings and a simplistic menu that’s made with the freshest ingredients is utter bliss. Get the pasta with clams and seasoned tomato with burrata—absolutely unforgettable.

Villa Jovis, 1 Via Lo Palazzo, Capri, +39 081 837 63 54


New York: The NoMad Restaurant

An iconic restaurant that’s become one of the most recommended by my chef friends, this is the place to go for an experience that captures authentic New York culture. The NoMad Restaurant takes hot dogs to the next level by giving the American classic a high-end twist.

The NoMad Restaurant, 1170 Broadway & 28th St Flatiron, New York, +1 212 796 1500


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Asturias: El Corral del Indianu

This is a hidden gem I found tucked away in a small villa after travelling to the seaside region in the northwest of Spain. They serve fresh seafood and produce from the surrounding farmer’s markets every day. This is a one Michelin-starred diner helmed by chef Jose Antionio Campo Viejo, who’s well known for his bonbon de cabrales, a white chocolate bonbon with a creamy blue cheese centre. I was so fascinated by how the chef used ingredients from the region to create exceptional traditional Spanish dishes that I ended up working for him for some time.

El Corral del Indianu, 14 Avenida de Europa, Arriondas, Spain, +34 985 84 10 72

 

Kyoto: Gion Mizuoka and Tempura Endo

Gion Mizuoka is a must for every visit and situated in the beautiful old town of Kyoto. The dish I always go for is their thinly sliced, charcoal grilled Wagyu roll with fresh seasonal vegetables. This dish epitomises Japanese cuisine with its delicate and refined flavour. 

Then, of course, I couldn’t visit Japan without having tempura. The best is at Michelin-starred gastrodome, Tempura Endo, which serves up a seasonal menu of light and crispy battered goodness.

Gion Mizuoka, 570-119 Gion-machi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, +81 75 551 2305

Tempura Endo, 566 Komatsu-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, +81 75 551 1488

 

Bangkok: Jay Fai

I’m usually a frequent traveller to Bangkok to visit our Zuma Bangkok outpost. Whenever I'm there, I make sure I visit this particular Michelin-starred traditional Thai street food restaurant. The highlight is the crab omelette, which has a crispy outer layer and the juiciest crab meat centre. They’re usually booked out two months in advance, so be sure to plan ahead.

Jay Fai, 327 Mahachai Road Samranras Subdistrict, Phra Nakon District, Bangkok, +66 2 223 9384


Follow Oscar on Instagram at @oscar_luzon to discover more of his high-calibre feasts and designer creations.


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