As travelers, we often have the opportunity to eat at some pretty amazing places. As a foodie, I find myself trying to visit new, unique and highly rated restaurants around the world. Each year, a list of the world’s top 50 restaurants is published by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
This year a friend pointed out that one of the restaurants we ate at in Thailand was rated #32 in the world. That got me thinking, how many of the top 50 restaurants have I been to? Out of the 50 listed below, I have had the opportunity to eat at 9. Some of them well worth the visit, others….a bit overrated.
As with any list, I wonder how some of these are selected and why others aren’t rated as highly. Out of the 9 top 50 restaurants I’ve visited, none are my favorite restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.
How many of these have you visited? Are any your top-rated or favorites?
EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA – GIRONA, SPAIN
NOMA – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
OSTERIA FRANCESCANA – MODENA, ITALY
MUGARITZ – SAN SEBÁSTIAN, SPAIN
No.5 – ELEVEN MADISON PARK – NEW YORK, USA
I ate at Eleven Madison Park last year. It was delicious. I can understand why it’s on the list.
D.O.M – SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL, LONDON, ENGLAND
I joined a colleague at Dinner in 2011. It’s a very, very high-priced experience, but a great treat. Be prepared to shell out a small fortune for some amazing food.
ARZAK – SAN SEBÁSTIAN, SPAIN
STEIRERECK – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
VENDÔME – BERGISCH GLADBACH, GERMANY
PER SE – NEW YORK, USA
It only took me about a year to get reservations – but man, was it worth it. Per Se lives up to its reputation. Again, not a cheap meal – in fact, very expensive – but an experience like non-other.
FRANTZÉN / LINDEBERG – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
THE LEDBURY – LONDON, ENGLAND
ASTRID Y GASTON – LIMA, PERU
ALINEA- CHICAGO, USA
L’ARPÈGE – PARIS, FRANCE
PUJOL – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
LE CHATEAUBRIAND – PARIS, FRANCE
LE BERNARDIN – NEW YORK, USA
Le Bernadin is probably one of my all time favorite meals. I’ve been one time and it was unreal. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend you go.
NARISAWA – TOKYO, JAPAN
ATTICA – MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
NIHNRYORI RYUGIN – TOKYO, JAPAN
L’ASTRANCE – PARIS, FRANCE
L’ATELIER SAINT-GERMAIN DE JOËL ROBUCHON – PARIS FRANCE
HOF VAN CLEVE KRUISHOUTEM, BELGIUM
QUIQUE DACOSTA – DENIA, SPAIN
LE CALANDRE – RUBANO, ITALY
MIRAZUR – MENTON, FRANCE
DANIEL – NEW YORK, USA
AQUA – WOLFSBURG, GERMANY
BIKO – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
NAHM – BANGKOK, THAILAND
I have been to Nahm two times. Both times I was underwhelmed with the experience. The service is exceptional, but the food is not what you’d expect from a top 50 restaurant. Additionally, I’ve been his restaurants in Australia and I think the food is better there!
THE FAT DUCK – BRAY, ENGLAND
I will be there next week – I’ll update my post following the visit
FÄVIKEN – JÄRPEN, SWEDEN
OUD SLUIS – SLUIS, NETHERLANDS
AMBER – HONG KONG, CHINA
VILLA JOYA – ALBUFEIRA, PORTUGAL
RESTAURANT ANDRE – SINGAPORE
I went to restaurant Andre, and blogged about it, this past December. It was good, and the food was very creative, but the prices were outrageous.
8½ OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA – HONG KONG, CHINA
COMBAL.ZERO – RIVOLI, ITALY
PIAZZA DUOMO – ALBA, ITALY
SCHLOSS SCHAUENSTEIN – FÜRSTENAU, SWITZERLAND
MR & MRS BUND – SHANGHAI, CHINA
ASADOR ETXEBARRI – ATXONDO, SPAIN
GERANIUM – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
MANI – SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
THE FRENCH LAUNDRY – YOUNTVILLE, USA
The French Laundry is a great restaurant – it certainly deserves to be on the list of top 50 and in my mind, should be a lot higher – certainly above Nahm.
QUAY – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
I visited Quay in December 2011. My expectations were very high and yet I was not as impressed as I thought I’d be. The food was very good, but the service was terrible.
SEPTIME – PARIS, FRANCE
CENTRAL – LIMA, PERU