Just as you figured out by now, we love to eat and are always in the search for the best recipes out there, be them holiday specials, weird foods from around the world, specially designed treats and so on. But when it comes to restaurant food, now this is an entire other leagues, ladies and gentlemen, as famous restaurants and famous chefs fight for supremacy every year, hunting just another Michelin start to add to their collection, trying to improve every food critic with a loud voice in the media or striving to invent and create forever new, tantalizing, incredible and exquisite dishes that make them unique.
The battle for supremacy in the gastronomic world is fierce and on the other side of the fence, culinary arts specialists have a lot of hard decisions to make also, as some restaurants keep the tops for years in a row, while new ones come back fast from behind, aspiring to the title. Therefore, since the battle is still going on and the results this year don’t look like the ones of last year, we will present you with the most recently awarded 10 best restaurants in the world as they were awarded by the Academy of experts gathered by Restaurant Magazine.
1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
Start making reservations now to get a table next year, as head chef Joan Roca is very busy welcoming his (and his brothers’ guests) with dishes that definitely look and sound out of this world.
Charcoal-grilled king prawn, king-prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence.
2. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
René Redzepi’s name is world – wide famous, as Noma was rated among the best restaurants in the world so many times, one can’t even remember. Recently, it went down a step, but this doesn’t mean that Redzepi’s culinary creations won’t keep Noma forever on the list of the best restaurants in the world.
Brown crab, egg yolk and herbs
3. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
The cooking style in this restaurant, the head chef’s Massimo Bottura’s creations, are often described as eccentric, yet brilliant, fun and surprising. He has virtually no limits when it comes to inventing new dishes, to the surprise and delight of all customers. See his “Camouflage” for instance.
Camouflage – a thin layer of foie gras decorated with powders (hare blood, chestnut, various herbs), arranged to look like army woodland camo
4. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
You won’t get a full belly and entertain the chance of digestive issues, that’s for sure. Small portions, designed as almost precious pieces of jewelry, will tantalize your senses and will make you crave for more rather than sending you home 3 pounds fatter. A miraculous place for all gourmands out there.
Chocolate cake, cold almond cream and cocoa bubbles
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, U.S.A
Enter here, and forever be amazed, as chef Daniel Humm sure knows how to keep his guests entertained and addictive to his culinary creations. This is more than a restaurant, it is an entertainment center, as anything can happen, from receiving a meal in two stages, to having waiters do surprising things around.
Surf clam with morcilla sausage and celery root clam bake with whelk, Parker House roll and chowder
6. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Alex Atala is a name that needs no presentation in Brazil, as his restaurant D.O.M. was awarded as the best restaurant in the country years in a row. It made it to the list of best ten restaurants in the world, for his absolute genius of using Amazonian local traditional ingredients like exotic fruits, plants and herbs in culinary creations that can blow your mind.
Fresh heart of palm with scallops and coral sauce
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, U.K.
Now this is a legendary place graced by the presence of a legendary chef, and if you had any prejudice about English food, now it’s the time to give them up. To quote the gourmet experts on this,
Dinner is not about delicate combinations or table theatrics, but gutsy dishes that will remain at the forefront of your memory bank for years to come.
Frumenty (c.1390) Grilled octopus, smoked sea broth, pickled dulse & lovage
8. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
Fierce competition with Mugaritz, you wonder? Maybe not. Here at Arzak we are talking about two legends of the contemporary culinary arts: Basque gourmet chef Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena Arzak Espina, the World’s Best Female Chef in 2012. So you should trust that this team not only knows how to cook, but they will transport you into a world of flavors, food design and tastes that you never experienced before.
Lobster in a crisp potato shell with a cobaiba sauce and red pepper sphere
9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
If you happen to arrive in Vienna ever, don’t overlook Steirereck Restaurant. The head chef has his ways of introducing you to historical Austrian dished that received a modern make – over and enchant you with some rarities you will probably won’t find anywhere else in Europe.
Sensational dishes that play with Austria’s rich culinary history
10. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Not in France and not even serving French food, which is odd, all things considered, since the French were the grand masters of culinary arts. This restaurant in Germany, however, is on top of its game, with an avant-garde approach of German cuisine. Now this is the place where you can leave with a full belly and consider some digestive – helping medication, as the menus are described as being “epic” and sometimes including up to 25 courses.
Venison with pine-needle jelly and celery cream
Now we hope this list of ten best restaurants in the world gave you an appetite for more culinary arts masterpieces to try and a little idea about traveling too… If you went in at least one of these places, tell us, is the food as spectacular as it sounds?