These American restaurants have all expanded recently with international outposts—but they didn’t just do the same old thing. 

September 14, 2015

Catch, Dubai

The Move: The Manhattan seafood hot spot has opened in the Fairmont hotel in Dubai.

The Translation: It’s about half the size of the three-story original, but graffiti-covered brick walls and industrial fans convey a distinctly American vibe.

The Draw: Only-in-Dubai dishes include the Land & Sea sushi roll (made with miso lobster and Wagyu beef) and the Pearl Necklace cocktail (vodka, passion fruit, and oyster-and-star-anise cordial).

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Golden Eagle Pictures

Motorino, Singapore

The Move: The Clarke Quay party district gets a branch of New York’s cult Neapolitan pizza joint—open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Translation: This is the first Motorino with outdoor seating. Naples’s San Gennaro Cathedral inspired the marble floor, and the chairs are from a Belgian flea market.

The Draw: The Soppressata Piccante pie is made with Italian salumi that’s illegal to import to the U.S.

Giles Christopher
Giles Christopher


Smith & Wollensky, London

The Move: The steak house chain goes international in the Adelphi building on the edge of Covent Garden.

The Translation: This is, hands down, the most opulent location to date. The green-and-white color scheme is punched up with Carraramarble bars and plush banquettes.

The Draw: The irresistible Sunday special: roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, and potatoes cooked in goose fat.


Voodoo Doughnut, Taipei

The Move: Portland’s outlandish doughnuts are now served in the shadow of the Taipei 101 skyscraper.

The Translation: It’s got the same Peptopink walls and takeout box, but there’s more room, with 52 seats under chandeliers.

The Draw: Doughnuts here are 25 percent smaller (with 25 percent less guilt!). Try the Taipei Cream (Bavarian filling with maple-and-vanilla frosting).

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