What makes a great restaurant? It is easy to know what is good when it comes to food, just as it is simple to decide what isn’t. Although choosing a good restaurant is subjective, many of the world’s elite critics all agree on the best places to eat in the world. A lot goes into deciding on the top restaurants from the menus to the quality of the food that goes into each recipe.
World-class chefs are another element of a great restaurant and it is due to their magic in the kitchen that the food memorable. A great chef can make or break a restaurant and their ideas can be groundbreaking when it comes to food. Modern chefs are a lot like rock stars and fans from all over the world flock to their dining establishments.
Food critics and cuisine connoisseurs weigh the good, bad, and awful restaurants they dine at each day. Michelin star rankings are just as helpful as food critics who sift through restaurants’ menus like a prospector searching for gold.
Totalprestige Magazine has chosen its top 10 restaurants in the world. From classic cuisine to avantgarde recipes, these 10 restaurants are must-visit for anyone who takes food seriously.
OsteriaFrancescana – Modena, Italy
When a restaurant is praised in numerous publications, then it is safe to say it is that damn good. OsteriaFrancescana is owned and operated by chef extraordinaire Massimo Bottura. Located in Modena, Italy, OsteriaFrancescana isn’t in one of the country’s main tourist hubs or culture vulture centers. Bottura is an experimental chef, which hasn’t always gone down well in the conservative cuisine culture of Italy. His food has won over the locals, although it took time, and foodies from around the world now flock to OsteriaFrancescana. The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars thanks to Bottura’s use of locally produced Italian ingredients and recipes.
What to eat: “An Eel Swimming up the Po River” (A.k.a. eel with polenta, Campanie apple jelly, and burnt saba onion with charcoal salt
Eleven Madison Park – New York City, New York
Eleven Madison Park was named the best restaurant in the world in 2017 by several top food and restaurant magazines. A dining experience at Eleven Madison Park is just that as chef Daniel Humm and his team serve up an eight to 10 course meal. Of course, diners can enjoy a shorter five course meal at the bar, but what’s the fun in that?
What to eat: Cheesecake made with smoked sturgeon and topped with caviar
El Cellar de Can Roca – Girona, Spain
Voted the number one restaurant in the world in 2013 and 2015, El Cellar de Can Roca is run by brothers Joan, Josep, and Jordi. Originally opened in 1986, the restaurant’s current location has been going strong since 2007. The brothers learned to cook from their parents, who also owned and operated a restaurant in Girona. The menu is a creative collaboration between the trio and even the presentation is artsy.
What to eat: Frozen olives
Mirazur – Menton, France
Chef Mauro Colagreco has created a progressive menu combining French recipes with his Argentine upbringing. Mirazur has received two Michelin stars as it continues to climb the rankings of restaurant lists. The dishes at Mirazur are based on the seasons. Fresh vegetables, fruit, and meat are chosen due to the time of year while Colagreco’s creative brilliance delivers an out of this world taste.
What to eat: Crisp chicken skin served in a wooden bowl with straw and chicken feathers
Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
Gaggan is the premier restaurant on the Asian continent. Head chef GagganAnand serves 25 courses, so diners should come hungry. The restaurant is due to close in 2020 as Anand turns his attention to a new dining experience he plans to open in Japan.
What to eat: Yoghurt Explosion
Central – Lima, Peru
Central’s chefs Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon pride themselves on using Peruvian ingredients. The recipes the duo create are not only unique to the restaurant, but some of the ingredients are only found in Peru. The chefs are not only business partners but they are married. Every aspect of their lives goes into the food they make. Although Central is the team’s main restaurant, they are branching out in the culinary world in other directions and could hit another home run.
What to eat: High Andes Mountain (Pork belly, yellow mashwa, and kaniwa)
Arpege – Paris, France
Alain Passard is a world-renowned chef that has been making food for decades. His creations have led to critical acclaim and his three-star Michelin Arpege is one of the most popular restaurants in a city known for cuisine. All the vegetables served at the restaurant come from Passard’s own farm and they are the centerpiece of every plate.
What to eat: Black truffles (when in season)
Mugaritz – San Sebastian, Spain
Mugaritz is known as a creative restaurant that is more like a science lab than traditional eatery. Headed by chefAndoni Luis Aduriz, diners will find creative dishes thrust in front of them when dining at the Basque restaurant.
What to eat: Tigernut ice cream with friend rice
Den – Tokyo, Japan
Den serves up traditional Japanese home cooking thanks to chefZaiyu Hasegawa. Dishes change with the seasons at Den, but Hasegawa always stays true to three elements: sea, pasture, and forest. Hasegawa is pushing the boundaries of Japanese food and it has led to the restaurant publishing its first cookbook.
What to eat: Dentucky Fried Chicken (yes, it’s on the menu and served in a fast food box)
Quintonil – Mexico City, Mexico
Quintonil’s menu features homegrown Mexican produce while exhibiting the country’s eclectic cuisine. Mexico’s cuisine isn’t just tacos and burritos like many people believe and Quintonil tries to break the stereotype of the country’s foods. Chef Jorge Vallejo formerly worked at four-time Restaurant of the Year winner Noma. He got a lot of inspiration from the Danish eatery and has combined it with his own tastes at Quintonil.
What to eat: Cactus sorbet