Restaurants can provide the bread and butter of healthy relationships – if you’ll excuse the pun. There’s something about a meal with a friend or loved one that can help shape bonds and bring people closer together.
Of course, the rest of us just really like the food.
We’re revealing the best restaurants, according to the annual World’s Best Restaurants awards. The ceremony, which took place at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, highlighted some of the best restaurants in the world to grab a bite. So, let’s take a look at the menu…
19. Twins Garden – Moscow, Russia
The unique selling point with Twins Garden is how it’s run by identical twins Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy. Their approach embraces a modern approach to traditional Russian cuisine – never skipping on the brotherly banter every so often.
One particular dish that stands out on the menu is the venison and langoustines smoked in a birch bark at the table. Guests who spend an evening in the Russian restaurant are sure to be wowed for at least a few hours.
18. Odette – Singapore
It might look as though this chef and co-owner is straight out of school, but Julien Royer is an up-and-coming talent. He was an apprentice under Michel Bras and took that experience from France into Singapore.
This is an all out elegant experience. From the charming white tablecloths to the luxurious tartar dishes, no detail goes forgotten at Odette. In terms of Singapore restaurants, it’s truly one to shine. Make sure to try the veal sweetbreads with fresh asparagus.
17. Steirereck – Vienna, Austria
This family owned place seems pretty normal on the outside, even keeping to the traditional items on the menu. However, once you dig a little deeper you’ll see the modern twists applied by current head chef Heinz Reitbauer.
If you find yourself at Steirereck, you’ll want to make room for Reitbauer’s signature dish. It tells you everything you need to know about his modern-yet-balanced outlook on culinary experiences. Does freshwater mountain fish with hot beeswax and sour cream sound good to you? Count us in!
16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee – Paris, France
In 2014, Alain Ducasse completely renovated his original restaurant that was a staple of fine dining in Paris. But why? Well, the revolutionary twists and turns to his menu bounced him back on to our list after briefly falling. His mission was to place an emphasis on healthy and sustainable meals that focus on vegetables and fish.
The result? Truly one of the best restaurants in Paris, and maybe Europe. Its main dining hall is considered one of the most luxurious and futuristic halls – so make sure to try it out in person!
15. Septime – Paris, France
We’re staying in Paris just a little longer to visit Septime – a ‘hip neo-bistro’ from designer-turned-chef Bertrand Grebaut. Septime is unabashedly cool: it oozes from the chefs, the clientele, and especially the down-to-earth exterior.
With its set prices of 60 for four courses or 95 for seven courses, Septime is pretty accessible for most people. Make sure to try the egg yolk cured in salted pimento vinegar and cuttlefish. Its efforts towards the environment helped the establishment earn the Sustainable Restaurant Award in 2017.
14. Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain
Azurmendi is widely considered to be one of the most gorgeous restaurants in Spain. As well as its beauty, the whole business is dedicated to sustainability and healthy living. It looks like the work paid off: the establishment jumped a massive 29 places on the list from last year.
If you find yourself here in the future, you’ll experience a slightly different meal than what you’re used to. Chef Eneko Atxa personally guides you by the hand through the incredible architecture and then feeds you a gastro meal in its unique walls. Today, he is one of the most beloved chefs in Spain – and it’s easy to see why.
13. White Rabbit – Moscow, Russia
Back to Moscow once more to visit the city’s most famous chef – Vladimir Mukhin. The venue sits atop a 360-degree view of Moscow making White Rabbit the most desirable place to catch a meal with a view.
Once there, you can explore the dishes a la carte or two degustations. For those who are seeking an interesting view of the design process, make sure to check out some of the Russian dolls on display. White Rabbit is part of a family including 21 other restaurants.
12. Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico
We’re crossing over to North America for our first venture into some of Mexico’s best food. Pujol is run by a celebrity chef by the name of Enrique Olvera – setting out to prove that rustic menus deserve as much credit as other popular dishes.
If you want to take a trip to eat at Pujol, you better plan accordingly. The menu changes every season, but one dish remains its signature: the Mole Madre. Think of fresh mole in a circle of more mole, topped with warm tortillas. Delicious!
11. Den – Tokyo, Japan
Unlike some of the more traditional high-class Japanese restaurants, Den gets its charm from how low-key and modest it is. The establishment is designed with home-grown comforts in mind, keeping the whole thing intimate.
Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa says that his biggest source of happiness is seeing his customers leave with smiles on their faces. And with Den’s variety of delicious courses, it won’t be hard to manage! Make sure to check out the chicken wings – they’re some of the best in the world.
10. Maido – Lima, Peru
Let’s take a trip down to Latin America for Maido – one of Peru’s finest restaurants. With its fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, Maido places its emphasis on seafood. Fans of sushi, sea urchin, or even 50-hour slow cooked rib will be able to enjoy a meal here.
Maido was voted the best restaurant Latin America in both 2017 and 2018 – so it’s no wonder it’s so high up on this list in 2019. For those who wish to indulge in the steller sushi, customers can enjoy its own bar on the side.
9. Disfrutar – Barcelona, Spain
Back to Spain but our first entry into Barcelona, Disfrutar is the perfect place to subvert your expectations. Chefs Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch have put their creative minds together to create some of the most imaginative dishes out there.
Want to try crispy egg yolk? A gazpacho sandwich? Why not? The trio of chefs has made sure to create more than 30 different unique dishes that tempt the palate in different ways. What would you try?
8. L’Arpège – Paris, France
Are you really that surprised there are so many Parisian restaurants on the list? Well, L’Arpège is definitely a worthy contender for one of the world’s best restaurants. Head chef Alain Passard has earned three Michelin stars at L’Arpège over two decades of hard work.
So what can you expect from one of the most prestigious restaurants? Well, vegetables. In 2001, the establishment turned completely vegetarian. Even though you can get meat in small quantities for special occasions, its emphasis is on vegetables and how to make them as tasty as possible.
7. Mugaritz – San Sebastian, Spain
If you want an innovate and playful environment, then Mugaritz is for you. Chef Adoni Luis Aduriz deliberately crafted a menu that isn’t supposed to be enjoyed by everyone. Basically, it isn’t for the calm or conventional restaurant goer!
You can expect to order dishes such as ‘How Long a Kiss Lasts’ or ‘Depends On How I Look At It’. With an emphasis on creativity and adventure, you won’t experience something like this again sometime soon.
6. Central – Lima, Peru
Back to Lima for a full display of diversity and color in your next meal. Chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León, who happened to be married, share a love of food and experimentation. Many of their dishes explore differences in corn, potato, and more.
Even though it experiments with tastes and flavors, you don’t need to go far to see how Central remains true to its Peruvian theme. The menu has 17 courses including anything from vegetables to Pirana heads.
5. Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
Our first stop to Denmark is certainly worth the wait. With artful and delicate designs in the plates and interior, a journey into Geranium is an instantly memorable experience. Perhaps one of the strangest things about this restaurant is its location: look out for the 8th floor of the national soccer stadium!
It might sound random, but the journey is worth it. While exploring the eclectic menu, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Copenhagen. Head chef Rasmus Kofoed has earned three Michelin stars over his career, so you can trust him to feed you well!
4. Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
Gaggan has been rated the best restaurant in the whole of Asia – earning it one of our top spots. In fact, it’s been rated consistently as Asia’s number one for the last five years. Clearly, they know what they’re doing. So, what is it?
Chef Gaggan Anand has designed an entire menu of more than 25 dishes that are made up of small bites and finger food. You might want to book here while you can: it’s going to close its doors in 2020.
3. Asador Etxebarri – Axpe, Spain
Our last journey into Spain takes us to Asador Etxebarri. For those who appreciate a more minimalist approach to their dining can take solace in the fact that restaurants like this one are still going strong.
Chef Victor Arguinzoniz takes extreme care in making sure that he crafts remarkable dishes out of seemingly modest ingredients. Despite its title as the third-best restaurant in the world, it is amazingly unpretentious – making the dining experience even better.
2. Noma – Copenhagen, Denmark
The first Noma was, of course, one of the most important restaurants of its time. In fact, it was rated the world’s best restaurant from 2010-2012, and then again in 2014. Well, after the first one closed in 2017, this new one was opened a year later and immediately jumped up as one of the best restaurants ever.
Since its relaunch, it earned the Highest New Entry award. Its menu changes three times a year, each of which has 20 unique dishes. Make sure you make your booking during the time of the year that suits your palate!
1. Mirazur – Menton, France
Well, here it is – the world’s best restaurant. Are you really surprised it’s in France? Sitting in the middle of the charming French Riviera, visitors can eat looking out at some of the best views France has to offer. But what are they eating?
Chef Mauro Colagreco moved to France from Argentina and trained under Bernard Loiseau. After working with Alain Passard at Arpege, Colagreco opened Mirazur in 2006 and the rest is history. Guests can explore the caviar eggs, beetroot, or smoked eel. Outside of Mirazur, Colagreco is also working on ventures in Bangkok, Beijing, and Palm Beach. Will you check them out?
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