Foodie holidays: where to find 8 of the world’s best restaurants
If you enjoy trying new tastes and sampling cuisine from all around the world, but you’ve exhausted the best restaurants in the UK, why not consider travelling further afield? Every year, the committee for the world’s 50 best restaurants meet and discuss the contenders. The winners are finalised by international industry experts.
The list for this year was released this month, so today we’re going to look at 8 of our favourite restaurants; all places where gourmet enthusiasts can explore new, extraordinary culinary experiences.
8. Central and Maida, Peru
These are two separate restaurants situated in Peru’s capital, Lima, that always feature highly on the list. You’ll have an exceptional dining experience in either of them and then you can follow that with an escorted tour that takes in one of the greatest wonders of the world, Macchu Picchu. This Incan fortress, clings to side of a nearby mountain and requires a bit of a trek up a steep incline to reach it, but it’s worth every panting breath you take exerting yourself to get there.
7. White Rabbit, Russia
It’s possible to visit Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow as part of an escorted tour, or go on a river cruise that takes in the palaces of St Petersburg at the same time. If you’re looking for an exceptional meal in the capital, then look no further than White Rabbit. This is an exciting restaurant that offers daring, contemporary Russian cuisine. The menu draws on Russia favourite dishes and adds a new twist; all served under a spectacular glass-domed roof.
If food is a defining factor for the sort of holiday you want to take, one of our friendly travel team members will be able to advise you as to which tours will allow you to visit the restaurants in the top 50 list. We also offer a number of dedicated food and wine themed escorted tours, that will take you to a different celebrated restaurant every night, introduce you to exquisite wine pairings and even provide you with cooking lessons and culinary theory workshops at the same time to help you widen your knowledge of the traditional preparation of certain foods.
6. Den, Japan
Japan is famed for having incredible food presentation ingrained in its culture, so imagine if you were to visit a Tokyo restaurant that is considered one of the best in the country. Dishes here will take the phrase ‘it looks too good to eat’ to a whole new level! Den offers Japanese home cooking that has been carefully prepared to balance the flavours and colours of a brand new type of taste experience. Given that any fine dining meal in a Tokyo restaurant might well involve you remortgaging your house as a result, you may as well go for the best!
While in Tokyo, be sure to visit the towering Skytree for a bird’s eye view of the city, Miraikan; the museum of technology, where you’ll encounter some extremely lifelike robots, and Asakura, which will give you a deliciously tourist-friendly taste of traditional Japan, with its stylish temples, incense and fortune tellers. One of the most technologically advanced and civilised places you could ever hope to visit, Tokyo is unlike anywhere else. You can eat and live extremely well here. Well worth a visit.
5. Eleven Madison Park, USA
There had to be at least one gourmet offering in the Big Apple and this one is last year’s number 1! Any trip to New York is going to be memorable, given that it’s one of the most exciting cities on the planet, but why not consider saving up to eat in incredible style? If you combine your big night out at a celebrated restaurant with any escorted tour or city tour of New York, there are landmarks, that you can’t afford to miss.
Central Park is the big city park, immortalised in many films and sitcoms, where you’re likely to see celebrities jogging or rollerblading past, while the Empire State Building is the tallest building and offers the best views of the city from above. 5th Avenue is where you want to be get your fill of designer shops and from here, you’re within easy walking distance of the neon wonderland that is Time Square, Broadway and the theatre district, as well as some of the more notable buildings; the Rockefeller Centre, the Chrysler building and Grand Central Station for instance. Everyone should visit New York at least once in their lives!
4. Disfrutar, Spain
Located near the market in Barcelona, Spain one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Disfrutar offers avant garde cuisine with an identifiably Mediterranean flavour. The decor is light and airy, influenced as it is by the colours and character of small fishing villages.
While in the city, the big must-see sight is Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. This is an imaginative cathedral-like structure, crossed with a fairy tale castle. Its tall, narrow spires alone offer plenty of wow factor, but it’s not until you’re standing below that you get to marvel at all the faces sculpted into the walls.
Not too far away from Barcelona, in the town of Girona, you’ll find another big-hitting restaurant on the top 100 restaurants list. El Celler de Can Roca is owned and managed by the Roca brothers and their parents. The cuisine is freestyle and delicious, with a rustic theme that benefits from all the latest culinary technologies.
3. Osteria Francescana, Italy
Chef Massimo Bottura has taken this restaurant in Modena from strength to strength, giving guests a taste of the Emilia’s countryside through its traditional and contemporary recipes. Whether you plump for one of their seafood dishes, pasta, or ox rib eye, you can expect all the excellence that comes with 3 Michelin stars.
Close to Bologna, Verona and Venice, Modena boasts classically influenced architecture, high culture in the form of opera and Tintoretto at the Essenes Gallery, as well as a history of producing some of the world’s most exciting sports cars. A firm favourite with the jet set of Italy, you could nurture a fondness for the high life here.
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2. Noma, Denmark
This is a Scandinavian restaurant with unique 20-course offerings. We’re currently in their ‘vegetable season’, but at other times of the year, you might find yourself enjoying the recipes of their ‘game and forest season’ or ‘seafood season.’
There’s plenty to do in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, besides eat. You can visit the celebrated statue of the Little Mermaid in the harbour area, inspired by the story of one of Denmark’s most famous sons, Hans Christian Anderson. And, if you look up, there’s a chance you’ll catch the green glowing tail-end of the Northern Lights; a sight that should surely be on everyone’s bucket list!
Geranium is another restaurant close by that featured on the list. Here you’ll enjoy your food overlooking the forest canopy of the trees below. It’s a great place to watch the leaves, when the seasons are changing, as well as enjoy terrific, critically acclaimed recipes.
1. Mirazur, France
Rated the top restaurant in the world, Mirazur, in Menton, has beaten off stiff competition from the country’s capital. Here, you can expect tremendous views of the French Riviera and the chef’s own cascading vegetable gardens. Just north of Nice, you’re in a great spot to tour the French coastline and soak up the provincial charms of the UK’s nearest neighbour.
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