By Jake Green
Picking the 10 Best Restaurants in the US is hard. Picking the 10 Best Restaurants in the World is even harder–so we didn’t. These aren’t necessarily the World’s 10 best restaurants but they are all pretty incredible. Next time you’re in these cities, if you have a few hours (and a few hundred dollars) to spare, then these are the places you won’t want to miss.
This Spanish restaurant–located in Girona, Spain–was ranked best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2013 and again in 2015, and with good reason. Their tasting menus can exceed fifteen courses, and feature exotic dishes such as charcoal-grilled lamb breast fillet and sweetbreads with eggplant, coffee, and licorice. They also have an impressively extensive wine cellar with over 60,000 bottles (hence the name). If you find yourself in Girona, definitely think about going…if you can. El Celler de Can Roca is so popular that they book reservations up to 11 months in advance, and even that often isn’t enough to satisfy the demand.
Offering spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, Mirazur in Menton, France also offers spectacular food. Chef Mauro Colagreco serves Modern French cuisine at Mirazur, with influences from his native Argentina. Mirazur features locally sourced produce, and standout dishes include red prawns with asparagus, borage and wild garlic flowers, as well as squab with risotto, strawberries and gizzard confit.
Situated inside the Mandarin Oriental, this restaurant has a beautiful dining room with outstanding views of London’s Hyde Park. The dining experience here is very unique, as Chef Heston Blumenthal based the menu on centuries of England’s historical cuisine. Chef Blumenthal and Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts conducted in-depth research about Britain’s food history and the menu features items dating as far back as the 14th century. Dishes include “Rice & Flesh” from c. 1390, “Cod & Cider” from c. 1940, and “Brown Bread Ice Cream” from c. 1830.
Located in the heart of California Wine Country in the town of Yountville, The French Laundry is Chef Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant and is annually respected as one of the best restaurants in America. The building for the French Laundry was originally constructed in 1900 as a house, then converted in the 1970s to a restaurant. During the 1920s, though, the building was a French steam laundry. The menu changes daily and serves Keller’s brand of contemporary French-American cuisine. Keller is committed to serving the best produce, much of which comes from the restaurant’s own garden. No ingredient is used in more than one dish, so you can be sure your meal will be anything but boring.
Probably the best restaurant in all of Brazil, D.O.M. in Sao Paulo has been considered one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for the last ten years by Restaurant Magazine. Chef Alex Atala loves experimenting with food and using new ingredients. The cuisine is contemporary Brazilian but includes obscure Amazonian ingredients, such as an herb called jambu and a root called priprioca. These rare ingredients are sourced from long distances, and the costs reflect that, but it’s worth the price!
Ranked as the number 3 best restaurant in the world this year by Restaurant Magazine, Noma in Copenhagen has also claimed the number one spot 4 times. The tasting menus can consist of more than 15 courses and last for many hours, but it’s well worth the time. The food is influenced by the Nordic region in which it sits, but has many worldwide influences as well. The dishes are unlike any typical meal, and could be anything from fried reindeer moss to sweet shrimps wrapped in ransom leaves.
With panoramic views of Moscow and an interior loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, White Rabbit is sure to make for an unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant offers modern interpretations of classic Russian dishes such as beef stroganoff, and Chef Vladimir Mukhin frequently combines traditional Russian cuisine with high-end ingredients including caviar, truffle, and foie gras.
Another restaurant located inside a Mandarin Oriental in New York (clearly they’re doing something right!) Those golden rods in the picture aren’t just decorative–they’re pieces of a 4,320 piece chandelier that hangs over the entire restaurant. Chef Richard Ekkebus is Dutch-born, but the cuisine at Amber is modern French, with ingredients brought in from all over Asia and Europe. The Mieral Bresse pigeon breast is a specialty of Amber, and the restaurant features an extensive wine list with offerings from around the world.
British-born chef Luke Dale-Roberts has cooked all over the world. He trained in England and Switzerland before going to Asia, where he launched restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and the Philippines. Since 2006 Chef Dale-Roberts has been in Cape Town, and at The Test Kitchen he serves inventive dishes with original presentations. The restaurant offers several tasting menus, where dishes are paired with a variety of South African wines.
As the picture shows, Faviken is an unusual dining experience. Part of a 24,000 hunting estate in Jarpen, Sweden, the dining room is located in an 18th-century barn. Faviken is billed as the world’s most isolated restaurant, and diners have the option of staying overnight. The menu is unlike anything you’ve tried before too. The scallops cooked over burning juniper branches is one of the best dishes on the menu, and if you’re feeling brave other popular items include wild trout roe encased in dried pig’s blood or raw cow’s heart with marrow and flower petals.
There are only 13 tables in this restaurant, but the cuisine is anything but small. Chef Enrique Olvera serves progressive Mexican food at Pujol in Mexico City, where you’ll find items like corn fungus and powdered ants on the menu. Other exciting items include tostadas infused with octopus ink and grasshopper salsa. Olvera’s attention to detail is impressive, and this comes across in every dish. Nowhere is that more true than in his mole madre sauce, which he ages for nearly two years before serving.