Famous chef Julia Child once said that in France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. Does that mean that you can only find the best restaurants in France? Not at all. Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in the world.
El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
This restaurant, run by the Roca brothers has an outstanding reputation for quality and has been rewarded with the Chef’s Choice Award in 2016. It offers what’s called “techno-emotional” dishes based on Catalan culinary folklore. This family started out with humble origins and managed to climb to the top of the culinary world only because of their determination, imagination and the quality of their food. If you want a menu paired with wine prepare to dish out at least £73.
Central, Lima, Perú
Awarded the best restaurant in South America in 2016, it will take you on a culinary experience starting below sea level and finishing at the top of the country; Virgilio Martínez. The Chef, prepares a menu that includes food from all altitudes of Perú. A wine and food pairing experience for two could set you back about £430.
Mirazur, Menton, France
Mauro Colagreco has an Italian-Argentinian heritage that mixes with French culinary culture. Using vegetables that he grows in his own garden, you will be delighted with dishes that appeal to the eyes as well as the taste buds. You can have a very special lunch from £47.
Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
As Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa puts it, clients “should not only be eating a meal, they should absorb life itself”. His dishes look to bring nature to the plate, mimicking landscapes by carefully balancing the ingredients to draw from nature. Dining there could cost you around £227.
Berggasthaus Aescher, Switzerland
A hidden away treasure, this charming little restaurant is often the final item of the travellers' itinerary to Switzerland which saves the best till last. Located 1,453m high above sea level, it is a hotel offering delicious Swiss food and breath-taking views. Don't worry if you're not a hiker, there is a cable car to this lovely spot and perhaps, more importantly, to bring you down after your meal.
Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
Have you ever tried sardines in green sauce with purslane? Jorge Vallejo will introduce you to a variety of foods and colours. It is not as expensive as some of the others, £75 per person should suffice to give you a jaw-dropping evening.
Amber, Hong Kong
This restaurant is an exclusive combination of East and West. Highlighting seasonal products from all around the globe, chef Ekkebus offers a contemporary cooking style. £205 provides a menu that includes david hervé ‘ronce’ oysters coagulated at 70 ̊C with sake leese, lemon, granny smith & Salicornia among other amazing dishes.
Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
Young chef Anand arrived in Bangkok in 2007 and never left. He started this restaurant following his frustration with other jobs. The restaurant, located in a colonial house, offers a variety of Indian regional cuisines with a modern interpretation. If you are thinking “I already had Indian this week” you are completely wrong. An amazing experience for only £57. You can’t miss this opportunity.
El Barri, Barcelona, Spain
This is not one, but six restaurants run by the Adrià and Iglesias brothers in the same neighbourhood or barri
in Catalan. You can get a taste of all six in one night: Tickets, Niño Viejo, Bodega 1900, Hoja Santa, Pakta, and Enigma. This is a truly innovative culinary experience inspired in the tapas
philosophy featuring a variety of food from all around the world, from Japan to Mexico. To dine at Enigma, you receive an email after completing your reservation, in which you have instructions and an access key (it can’t get more enigmatic than that!). Prices are around £100 for set menus, although you can have cheaper items on the menu.
Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
Awarded for being the Best Restaurant in Europe 2016, chef Massimo Bottura will make your taste buds applaud. Its combination of taste and imagination results in surprising dishes like “5 Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano” with its different textures and temperatures. The Festina Lente menu will cost around £180, plus £100 plus for the wine pairing. A truly unforgettable experience.
Although there are many other restaurants, these have been chosen because of their quality and originality. They don’t just give you food, they provide you with a gastronomic experience that introduce you to unique ways of preparing and serving their local produce. So plunge yourself into a world of tastes, smells and colours and, sometimes even sounds. Bon appétit!