The way to everyone’s heart is through his stomach – especially if you are dining in the world’s most finest and innovative restaurants! You can dine 70-foot high above the ground at the Encounter Restaurant at the Los Angles Airport or 5-foot below the surface at the Ithaa Restaurant in the Maldives.
Travel the world and enjoy what every country has to offer, from the freshest and most organic vegetables harvested in their own gardens to the most creative and intricate food preparations. Reserve your seats now in this collection of 10 Best Restaurants in the World!
10- L’ARPÈGE, FRANCE
If you are in Paris and you are looking for a vegecentric type of menu, try the L’Arpège, owned by Alain Passard.
Diners all over the world make special visits just to try their exciting food – especially their Oeuf à la Coque, a lightly cooked egg yolk combined with creme fraiche, maple syrup, vinegar, and spices. Other than that, you can enjoy organic vegetables actually harvested in his garden, served with the perfect amount of elegance.
9- VENDÔME, GERMANY
In Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, the Vendôme takes the center stage with its modern take to its dishes. Most of its dishes are served in an avant-garde style, such as their venison with pine-needle jelly and celery cream.
This modern restaurant is owned by Joachim Wissler and part of the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg. The interesting part of this restaurant is that it offers one of the largest menus there is – 25 courses of sumptuous meals where both your appetite and eyes can feast!
8- EL BULLI, SPAIN
One of the finest restaurants in Spain is the El Bulli restaurant owned by Ferran Adria – who is also known as the “Salvador Dali of the Kitchen”. Why is his restaurant famous? He is most known to create menu items based on techniques that challenge the conventional ideas of how food should look, taste, or even feel.
Plus, the restaurant is situated overlooking the Cala Montjoi bay. This restaurant opens for only a limited season and only accommodates a few thousand diners every season.
7- ELEVEN MADISON PARK, NEW YORK
Within the bounds of New York City, you can find one of the finest and most innovative menus to satisfy your craving for fine dining.
At the Eleven Madison park, a contemporary American restaurant, its Swiss chef, Daniel Humm, creates theatrical menu options for its diners – a $195-per-person tasting menu to tickle your tastebuds. One of its latest addition is the Carrot Tartare, which is actually prepared at your table with a meat grinder! Almost all their dishes come with a surprising way of service.
6- FRENCH LAUNDRY, CALIFORNIA
Another American restaurant is the French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley in California owned by Thomas Keller, Keller, who is also the chef, is one of the most esteemed chefs in America and has been known for his whimsical dishes throughout his lifetime.
The restaurant’s building was established way back in 1900 and is actually in the National Register of Historic Places. One of the sought after delicacies in their menus is the Oysters and Peals – oysters and white sturgeon caviar resting on tapioca pearls and sabayon.
5- ENCOUNTER RESTAURANT, LOS ANGELES
Can you find one of the best restaurants in the world at an international airport? Of course! The Encounter restaurant is most famous for its space age interior design or the fact that you will be dining in a 70-foot high “Theme Building”, which offers a 360 degrees view of the airport and city skyline. This was actually designed by Walt Disney imagineers!
4- ITHAA RESTAURANT, MALDIVES
If Encounter restaurant lifts you up to the sky, how about a dining experience under the sea? Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience at the Ithaa Restaurant in the Maldives. It is located 5 meters below the surface and offers 180-degree views of the breathtaking school of fish.
Their menu takes a European style of gourmet food prepared into a six-course tasting menu. This includes, among others, Imperial caviar with sour cream and blinis, and yellowtail fish with saffron champagne risotto drenched in beurre blanc foam.
3- OSTERIA FRANCESCANA
Situated in Modena Italy, the Osteria Francescana restaurant offers food in exciting different level where the extraordinary becomes ordinary, especially for the genius behind these creative menu masterpieces – owner and chef Massimo Bottura.
One of the highlights of the menu is the “Camouflage” – a dish made of a thin layer of foie gras intricately decorated with powders of hare blood, chestnut, and various herbs. It is arranged to look exactly like a woodland camo!
2- NOMA, DENMARK
There is only one word to describe the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark: extraordinary. That is not surprising to hear when the restaurant is owned by Chef René Redzepi, which has the nickname of being the King of Nordic cuisine!
He is best known for using ingredients hand-picked from nearby forests and shores, making his creations in mystery all throughout their 20-course tasting menu. If you are a first-timer in the restaurant, you will be surprised to know that your first appetizer is actually a hidden table centerpiece!
1- EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA
Another fine restaurant in Spain is the El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. This year, it actually bagged the first spot at the 50 Best Restaurants in the World – so there is no doubt of their quality. The restaurant is owned by the three Roca brothers:
Joan as their maestro chef, Joseph as the head sommelier, and chef Jordi for their pastry. Their menu items offer a modern take to Spanish cuisine, incorporating innovative methods of cooking. One of their best dishes is the charcoal-grilled king prawn with king-prawn “sand”!