It’s no secret that the UK is a nation of passionate foodies, with a fervent love of cooking shows, celebrity chefs and foreign cuisine. This love of food is now influencing our holiday choices according to our latest research.
Dining out is top of mind for travellers
The research demonstrates that the UK is a nation of intrepid explorers when it comes to their taste buds, with 31% considering dining out options when choosing a holiday destination and 55% professing to having flown for food within the last 5 years.
A country’s cuisine is now one of the most important factors when choosing where to go on holiday, with the research results highlighting it as more important than nightlife and outdoor activities.
A nation of Francophiles
As big fans of foreign food scenes, over a third (34%) of British diners want to eat just like a local when abroad, swapping classic dishes for the flavours of the continent and further afield. Top of the table is France, the nation’s favourite country to travel to for food (52%), whilst the favourite foodie city is Florence with over half (7 out of 13) of the UK regions surveyed naming this as their dream destination for dinner.
Eating out abroad awakens our adventurous side, with 42% of British holidaymakers stating they are more likely to try new dishes and dining experiences when eating out whilst away from home. Women are the bravest when it comes to trying new foods with 44% making adventurous choices compared to only 39% of men.
Dining destination Holidays
With the summer travel season in full swing, the OpenTable insiders have compiled a list of must-try dishes from dining destinations around the globe. From traditional dishes to novel takes on local cuisine, these “25 Fly to Try Dishes” are well worth the flight — and adding to your bucket list:
- Bangkok – Coconut and turmeric curry of blue swimmer crab at Nahm
- Chicago – Spinach margherita deep dish pizza at Gino’s East
- Dublin – Whole split lobster at Lobstar
- Florence – Tagliatelle al sugo at Trattoria Sabatino
- Guanacaste – Trilingual ceviche at HiR Fine Dining
- Hong Kong – Sunday brunch dim sum at Duddell’s
- London – Sunday roast at Roast
- London – Meat fruit at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
- London – Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
- Los Angeles – Zucchini lasagna at Plant Food + Wine
- Madrid – Jamón joselito at TATEL Madrid
- Melbourne – Sticky pork belly at Red Spice Road
- Mexico City – Mole Madre at Pujol
- Munich – White sausage and pretzel at Wirtshaus zum Straubinger
- Montreal – Disco poutine at Deville Dinerbar
- New Orleans – Oyster po’boy at Emeril’s New Orleans
- New York City – Porterhouse steak at Keens Steakhouse
- Oranjestad – Scallops tempura at The Kitchen Table by White
- Paris – Steak frites at Le Relais de l’Entrecote
- San Francisco – Roast chicken with bread salad at Zuni Cafe
- Shanghai – Double boiled fish maw soup, crab claw, sea whelk in coconut at Jin Xuan
- Singapore – Beef buah keluak at Candlenut
- Sydney – Wood-roasted moran family lamb at CHISWICK
- Tokyo – Kobo rainbow sushi at Itamae Sushi Edo
- Vancouver – Chilled seafood platter at COAST
Dining as an experience
When asked what was important when selecting where to dine, it’s not just the cuisine on offer that is driving holiday dining choices. The research reveals that a ‘reliable menu and service’ is the most important factor to the nation, with 52% of Brits ranking this as very important. OpenTable allows users to view menus and reviews ahead of departure to help holidaymakers plan their gastronomic adventures before booking.
Adrian Valeriano, VP EMEA, for OpenTable comments, “Over time, travel and dining have become synonymous. Our latest research shows that local cuisine and dining choices now form an integral part of the holiday decision-making process and in-country experience. Nothing immerses a traveller in their new surroundings like an authentic local dining experience but the choice of where to go can often be overwhelming and this is where OpenTable can be indispensable. Read reviews, check out menus and quickly make your reservation in advance, all in your local language, and dine with confidence, wherever in the world you are.”
OpenTable gives diners the opportunity to be hyper organized when travelling with functionality that enables diners to search, discover and make reservations at restaurants across the globe. The global booking functionality gives access to over 42,000 restaurants across more than 20 countries at the tap of on a button, making OpenTable the must-have foodie travel companion.
For more culinary travel inspiration and to enter OpenTable’s “Will Fly for Food” social media contest, visit: http://willflyforfood.opentable.com.
OpenTable & One Poll research carried out in May 2017. OpenTable surveyed 2,000 UK holidaymakers.