28 Jun 2018
Posted in Food & Beverage

The finest eating around.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, an annual ranking, has just been announced for 2018. Here’s a teaser: the top 10 on the list. Once you stop salivating, let us plan your journey…

10.  Asador Etxebarri. Axpe, Spain. Nestled in the Atxondo Valley, this restaurant preserves ancient grilling methods using a carefully selected variety of firewood that works in harmony with the locally cultivated, natural produce.

9.  Mugaritz. San Sebastian, Spain. A powerhouse of creativity in the Basque country. Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz is considered by many the heir to the title of Spain’s most pioneering chef after Ferran Adrià.

8.  Arpège. Paris, France. Vegetables fulfill their potential under a French chef who’s dominated Paris’ gastronomic scene for two decades. Alain Passard supplies the produce from his own farm.

Vegetables in the spotlight at Arpège. Paris, France. Photo by Douglas McWall.

7.  Maido. Lima, Peru. When Peru meets Japan on the plate, Nikkei is born, and Chef Mitsuharu “Micha” Tsumura is the Nikkei king. At this welcoming spot, fresh fish and citrus-packed sauces reign supreme.

6.  Central. Lima, Peru. Chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s flagship restaurant is a shrine to everything Peruvian, including many ingredients seldom seen elsewhere. The husband-and-wife team have been traveling all over the country to source interesting and unique produce from land, sea, and mountains.

5.  Gaggan. Bangkok, Thailand. For the last four years, Gaggan has been voted No.1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, a testament to the constant innovation at this ever-evolving hub of creativity. El Bulli-influenced Chef Gaggan Anand’s menu features 25 or more courses of rapid-fire small bites, many eaten with the hands.

4.  Eleven Madison Park. New York, New York. Innovative New American cuisine served in a majestic former bank. After a restaurant renovation, Chef Daniel Humm’s plating has taken on a more minimalist, almost Nordic aesthetic.

3.  Mirazur. Menton, France. Mirazur’s panoramic view overlooking the Mediterranean mere steps from the Italian border provides reason enough to drive an hour from Nice. Here, Chef Mauro Colagreco assembles modern, delicately flavored dishes imbued with the essence of the Côte d’Azur using local French and Italian ingredients.

2.  El Celler de Can Roca. Girona, Spain. Twice ranked the No.1 restaurant in the world, El Celler thrives on the endless creativity of the trio of talented Roca brothers behind one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants. Expect a perfect pairing of food, dessert, and wine.

1.  Osteria Francescana. Modena, Italy. Chef Massimo Bottura’s small, discreet restaurant in a relatively modest Italian town delivers one of the very finest dining experiences in the world. It combines tradition with fierce modernity, philosophical concepts with old-fashioned flavor, warmth with daring.

Happy eating.

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