Top 10 Restaurants for Food Lovers
It’s hard enough to choose the top 10 restaurants in a huge city, but picking the top 10 restaurants in the world is next to impossible. Then again, it can be done. In fact, if delicious food is your passion and tasting them all is your life’s mission, then take a look at our list of the best restaurants here.
The Spanish Supremacy
Now this may come as a surprise but the country with the most number of truly world-class restaurants in Europe isn’t France. It’s Spain.
The gastronomic delights of Spanish cuisine have always attracted a huge following, and the leader among Spanish restaurants is undoubtedly El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. For the last 8 years, the Roca brothers have provided a truly exquisite balance of elaborate and unassuming delicacies. The 14-course meal is an evocative parade of Catalan ingredients prepared with the utmost precision, and matched mostly with the wines of the Spanish peninsula.
You can also book a reservation in Mugaritz located in San Sebastián, where you don’t get a menu. You get a customized series of 20 or so dishes designed to provoke an emotional reaction or arouse you with its aroma and flavor. In this city you can also find Arzak, where the scientific approach to modern Basque cuisine is an artistic triumph.
The Continental Contenders
But perhaps you can go north to find the best restaurants, which many consider to be none other than the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. For the last 9 years it has dominated the top of the “best of” lists with its visceral Scandinavian treats, and its Nordic treats are venerated by locals and international visitors alike.
The Italians, of course, are also fond of their dining traditions, and their leading gladiator in the restaurant arena is the Osteria Francescana in Modena. Here you get a fine range of dishes from the superb traditional staples which the locals look for, to the modern classics and the experimental dishes that highlight Chef Massimo Bottura’s versatility and taste for adventure.
Now here’s an excellent tip: visit London. Forget about what you may have heard about English food, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is where you get a true measure of how excellent historical Brit food can be. Here the recipes from the 1300s are given a modern makeover, resulting in sensational classics whose taste will have an unforgettable impact.
No one’s trying to overlook French cuisine, of course, and you may find that for such delights a table in The Ledbury in Notting Hill. This unassuming restaurant is a beacon of hope for those who search for Modern French food that’s celebrated all over the culinary world.
The Pride of the New World
You can also find exciting French offerings in New York City, the undisputed restaurant capital of the US. The best is Eleven Madison Park, where the grandeur of the dining space and the magic tricks of the servers are suitably matched by the elegance of each meal.
Then there’s Chicago and the Alinea Restaurant, where the cutting edge innovation defines their ground-breaking menus. This is where culinary creativity will transcend any expectation.
Rounding off the list is D.O.M in Sáo Paulo, Brazil. This establishment is singlehandedly proving the bewitching delights of Brazilian and Amazonian food, which can match the striking artistry and precision of the country’s footballers and the unrivaled beauty of their women.