For food lovers across the world, finding the perfect restaurant to dine at while travelling completes the travel experience. Culinary authority, The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants, provides an annual ranking of the best restaurants, offering insight into what makes an establishment the best place to dine. Here is their latest top 10 of what they believe to be the best restaurants internationally.
No stranger to top accolades, Osteria Francescana is at the number one spot for the second time. Chef Massimo Bottura, combines the modern with the traditional to give diners a unique culinary experience. Sourcing ingredients from local producers, the restaurant serves a range of dishes including the signature Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano, which is made up of a selection of local cheeses. Another notable dish is the Adriatic Chowder, which is a pie filled with a range of seafood including sea snails, razor clams and blue lobster.
Acclaimed restaurant El Celler de Can Roca is an offering from the Roca brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi. Each with their own speciality, they bring a combination of creativity and playfulness to the table. Their signature dishes include Frozen Olives, as well as freezed dried oyster shells. To top it all off, they complement their dishes with wine pairings that allow the full flavour of the dishes to come through.
From the Mirazur, on the French hillside diners have a captivating view of the Mediterranean Sea. Even more enchanting than the view is the French and Italian influenced dishes created by Chef Mauro Colagreco. Organically grown vegetables and fresh local produce, as well as fresh fish, are at the core of the offering. Items on the menu include oyster with tapioca, shallot cream and pear, which is the restaurant’s signature dish.
New York, USA
Chef Daniel Humm provides a unique culinary experience with dishes presented in a minimalistic and artistic manner. Amidst a majestic setting, Eleven Madison Park serves a few signature dishes among which is the savoury cheesecake with smoked salmon as the major ingredient, topped with caviar. The main menu has up to 10 courses, with a shorter 5-course menu for diners looking for a shorter option.
Named after Chef Gaggan Anand, Gaggan offers a range of dishes with an international influence. Their menu is diverse featuring dishes such as taco bites and nigiri sushi. With a number of signature dishes, they reveal a playful side to the restaurant with Lick It Up, a dish that requires diners to lick sauces from their plates. They have a 25+ course menu comprised of hand eaten small bite-sized servings.
A truly Peruvian experience can be enjoyed at Central. Capitalising on the country’s unique ingredients from the land and sea, the chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León create dishes that set the restaurant apart. Serving a 17+ course meal, the menu includes rarities such piranha fish served inside a piranha head.
Maido is a top choice for those who love seafood. Serving a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, the menu offers a range of flavourful dishes from cod marinated in miso to tofu cheesecake ice cream. In true seafood restaurant fashion, the restaurant has a sushi counter with its own menu. The chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura infuses each of his dishes with a hint of his Japanese culture.
A must visit for vegans, Arpège serves mostly vegetable dishes and was at one time a solely vegetarian restaurant. The menu now includes meat but is largely vegetable based. Acclaimed chef Alain Passard grows his own vegetables, adding to the authenticity of each meal. His menu comprises of renowned signature dishes, which diners book months in advance for.
San Sebastian, Spain
Innovative and creative, Mugaritz has an eclectic menu ranging from lettuce hearts with chorizo to tigernut ice cream with fried rice. Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, has been hailed as one of Spain’s top chefs and encourages experimentation with ingredients among his staff. The restaurant serves a 20-course menu, which may be enjoyed in the picturesque garden setting.
Set in a simplistic setting, the Etxebarri provides a relaxed and charming atmosphere. Master Chef Arguinzoniz uses the best in local produce and creates unique organic dishes. His creativity carries through to the choice of woods he uses in grilling and roasting over an open hearth, giving his dishes a hint of smoke.