Top 10 Restaurants in the World 2018
When visiting a country, it’s absolutely imperative that you immerse yourself in the culture through the local cuisine. While these restaurants aren’t serving exclusively local food, they have been voted the best restaurants in the world and are absolute must-eats. We rather like the idea of eating our way around the globe!
New York: Balthazar
Having opened over 20 years ago, Balthazar has brought opulence and a little bit of the theatrical back to Manhattan.
It has remained almost exactly as its creator Keith McNally had intended and with its gilded mirrors, red banquettes, and outrageously delicious, classic food, Balthazar will not disappoint.
Orana is an ode to the beauty of indigenous ingredients and Chef Jock Zonfrillo – known as the ‘Mad Max’ of foragers – has identified over 700.
With only 10 tables and decidedly cult status, expect to see dorrigo, kutjera, finger lime, paperbark, and zig-zag wattle on the menu.
London: Claude Bosi at Bibendum
With two stars on the mantle and fanciful deflections such as a bonsai tree bearing olive pissaladières which pop in one’s mouth, bite-sized cornets of foie gras and mango, and tripe-and-cuttlefish gratin, Claude Bosi has perfected his slightly off-beat pairings.
Dublin: Heron & Grey
Australian born Chef Damien Grey – one half of the Heron & Grey duo – wants nothing more than to amuse your palate. Expect sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami throughout the 12-course menu which changes every fortnight.
Heron & Grey was awarded its first Michelin star after 7 months of being open and is the table everyone wants to book.
Glasgow: The Gannet
While Glasgow is yet to be awarded a Michelin star you should still consider this city if looking for ways to spend your online betting NZ winnings. There has been a steady stream of new restaurant openings in recent years of which The Gannet is far and away the jewel in the city’s crown.
Expect to see the best of Scotland’s offerings with a menu of Borders lamb, Shetland squid, and Perthshire deer.
Madrid: Ramón Freixa
With only 7 tables, Chef Ramón Freixa derives much joy from being a hands-on host and floats throughout the restaurant to take orders and present dishes.
Expect a dazzling menu which combines traditional flavours with astounding molecular techniques.
Florence: Il Santo Bevitore
Il Santo Bevitore serves new style osteria food in a delightfully rustic setting. Having opened 15 years ago in Ponte alla Carraira, the primis are an absolute highlight – homemade riccioli with spicy ‘nduja and aged pecorino – and secondi could see you enjoying roast pigeon with foie gras and Jerusalem artichoke.
France: La Chassagnette
If you’re after inventive southern French dishes which positively radiate with colour and flavour, then La Chassagnette is the roadside hideaway the foodie in you has been longing for.
Chef Armand Arnal harvests much of his ingredients from his beautifully tended potager which is complimented by locally-sourced meat and fish.
With a maze of different rooms set over five floors, there is a hushed sense of awe about the utter quality of Kyubey.
Every mouthful of fish – sourced from that morning’s market – is so fresh it will make your palate dance, from the braised squid to the sweet shrimp.
Spain: El Celler de Can Roca
El Celler de Can Roca was established in 1986 by the Roca brothers Joan, Josep, and Jordi and holds three Michelin stars.
Expect a tantalising menu of traditional Catalan cuisine with a twist and the restaurant also hosts a large wine cellar with some 60,000 bottles.