Year after year, various magazines, food connoisseurs, renowned writers and bloggers release their list of the best restaurants in the world and people cannot help but be in awe as restaurants climb on their way to the top. They will not always be from U.S., but restaurants that get the spotlight are literally from all over the world. Talk about impossibly long reservation lists, expensive menu prices, and geographic location challenges—you better have a virtual tour first of this year’s most prestigious restaurants before actually booking your next flight to Spain and say hola to exquisite Spanish cuisine.
Vendome is a gourmet restaurant in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, near Cologne. With the name bearing three Michelin stars, your taste buds cannot help but ask for more when you see what is waiting for you on Vendome’s menu consisting of 25-course dinners. Climbing all the way from below the rankings to this year’s no. 10 most prestigious restaurant in the world, Chef Joachim Wissler must have really done a great job in making sure the restaurant has preserved its German traditions infused with a modern take on cuisine. One of their bravest creations would be the venison with pine-needle jelly and celery cream.
9. Steirereck Restaurant
Another restaurant that made it to this year’s top 10, from previous year’s 12th spot, Steirereck Restaurant has truly highlighted its expertise on modern Austrian cuisine. Located in Vienna, Austria, this restaurant features an art-nouveau-inspired chateau. Chef Heinz Reitbauer has obviously showed his expertise and experience with his background and knowledge on produce from a cooperative that he built, together with other farmers. He learnt this as he grew up in Syria. Another highlight of your visit to the Steirereck Restaurant would be the small cards that show all the details of your dish, compete with its origin. You can take this home as a souvenir, proof that you have dined in one of the world’s best restaurants.
Arzak has three Michelin stars on its belt, which is more than enough reason why people have fallen in love with this quaintly housed restaurant. Another luring fact about Arzak is its thoughtful dishes that will amuse your taste buds and satisfy your fascination for Spanish food. San Sebastian, Spain houses this restaurant, and Juan Mari Arzak built this place.
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
If you think that Chef Heston Blumenthal is only popular for The Fat Duck, his flagship restaurant, then wait until you try Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Stealing the spotlight and climbing all the way to this year’s top 7 most prestigious restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has become famous for its modern and playful twists on classic dishes. One of its avant-garde cuisines is the meat fruit, a chicken liver parfait that looks deceptively similar to a mandarin orange.
Located in Sao Paolo, D.O.M. has undeniably captivated the taste of both locals and tourists. Chef Alex Atala takes on the lead of D.O.M’s kitchen, which makes the restaurant scream with authentic native Brazilian cuisines. Chef Alex Atala makes cuisines extra special with Amazonian ingredients such as Pupunha hearts of palm and priprioca which are both indigenous to the restaurant.
5. Eleven Madison Park
You will surely have a memorable experience at New York’s Eleven Madison Park. The first thing you will get hold of is not a menu of dishes, but a card indicating all 16 different ingredients. These ingredients are the dishes’ main ingredient and all you need to do is to choose which one will make your taste buds cry in awe. Chef James Beard, an award-winning Daniel Humm, will add all the other ingredients necessary for the dish.
Popular for its culinary creativity and innovation, Mugaritz boasts of 2 Michelin stars. This restaurant is famous for its techno-emotional cuisine that best describes Chef Andoni Aduriz’s science of cooking. It has also been on the list for years because of its technologically progressive, produce-driven platings.
3. Osteria Francescana
Osteria Francescana is owned by Massimo Bottura. It has three Michelin stars and is located in Modena, Italy. One of the best highlights of this restaurant is that it exhibits future forward, modern, and avant-garde cuisines, yet is also preserves its culinary heritage of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.
Noma is located in Copenhagen and has grown big for setting standards for the “New Nordic” restaurants. Chef René Redzepi's uses modernist culinary techniques but only includes seasonal Scandinavian ingredients. As much as you want to get a taste of this Danish hotspot, hold on to your seat as you try your luck to get into a whopping 100,000 reservation requests every month.
1. El Celler de Can Roca
A Spain based restaurant has coveted the number 1 spot for being the most prestigious restaurant in the world. It is very popular for its ability to combine the rich flavor profiles that evoke old memories. It was the Catalan brothers who are the forefront of this restaurant’s kitchen. In 2011, El Celler de Can Roca has been in the number two spot and was said to be “possibly the least well-known restaurant to have ever held the much-vaunted number-two spot on the list." Back then no one knew that 2013 would be big for them as they have coveted the much wanted spot of being the most prestigious restaurant in the world.
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