Ryan Gruss

#6 – Best Restaurants in the World! [My 10 Picks]

One of my greatest passions is food and I could happily spend hours talking to someone about recipes and techniques.

I was taught how to cook from an early age by my South African mother & Greek grandma and a couple of years ago, I won Tesco’s Young Cook of the Year and national food writing competition WriteIt!

But my passion for food isn’t just in creating it, it also lies in being inspired by some of the incredible restaurants and chefs around the world.

One of the best showcases for outstanding restaurants is the annual San Pellegrino list. Here are my 10 favourites from this year’s top 50:

#1 – The French Laundry

The French Laundry is located in California's Napa Valley

The French Laundry is located in California’s Napa Valley

The French Laundry describes its style of good as 'Modern French-American'

The French Laundry describes its style of good as ‘Modern French-American’

Set deep in California’s Napa Valley, The French Laundry prides itself on its daily changing menu using ingredients from its in-house garden. Head Chef Thomas Keller says he wants his food to be an ’emotional experience’.

Tasting Menu: $270

#2 – Noma

Noma is located in an old warehouse in Copenhagen

Noma is located in an old warehouse in Copenhagen

Noma's style of cuisine is described as 'Seasonal Scandinavian'

Noma’s style of cuisine is described as ‘Seasonal Scandinavian’

Last year’s ‘Best Restaurant’, Noma has pioneered a new wave of Scandinavian cuisine based around nature’s bounty. Head Chef René Redzepi’s dishes are beautifully crafted from foraged ingredients to reflect the Danish landscape. This is culinary innovation at its finest!!

Tasting Menu: DKK 1,600

#3 – Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen is located inside an old biscuit mill in Cape Town

Test Kitchen is located inside an old biscuit mill in Cape Town

The Test Kitchen's style of cuisine is 'eclectic international'

The Test Kitchen’s style of cuisine is ‘eclectic international’

Set in a Cape Town’s Woodstock district, Luke Dale-Robert’s Test Kitchen is unique in its industrial décor and inspired takes on international dishes. This restaurant is a new venture for Luke, but it’s already establishing itself as a casual but brilliant place to eat.

Tasting Menu: R 520

#4 – Schloss Schauenstein

Schloss Schauenstein is located in Fürstenau, Switzerland

Schloss Schauenstein is located in Fürstenau, Switzerland

Head chef Andreas Caminada describes his style as 'Modern French'

Head chef Andreas Caminada describes his style as ‘Modern French’

Schloss Schauenstein offers an exquisite take on regional Swiss cuisine, set in the walls of a medieval Alpine castle. Head Chef Andreas Caminada remarks that he loves to play around with ‘clean flavours and vibrant colours’.

Tasting Menu: CHF 245

#5 – L’Astrance

L'Astrance 2

L’Astrance is set on Rue Beethoven, Paris

L'Astrance is set on Rue Beethoven, Paris

The restaurant’s style of cuisine is ‘modern international fusion’

Pascal Barbot’s L’Astrance is set in the back streets of Paris, but its food couldn’t be further from traditional French cuisine. L’Astrance’s dishes experiment with French flavours to create modern fusion dishes, both extravagant and beautiful.

Tasting Menu: 220 Euros

#6 – Alinea

Alinea is one of Chicago's finest restaurants

Alinea is one of Chicago’s finest restaurants

Alinea is one of Chicago's finest restaurants

Its dishes can only be described as ‘cutting edge’

Alinea is a restaurant that continues to push the boundaries of gastronomy. If you’ve ever fancies a plate of food incorporating helium, apples & a balloon, then this is the perfect restaurant. Grant Achatz’s food has wowed Chicagoites since its launce in 2005.

Tasting Menu: $210

#7 – Mani

Mani is based in the growing Brazilian city of São Paulo

Mani is based in the growing Brazilian city of São Paulo

Mani created wonderful 'Brazilian/European fusion' dishes

Mani created wonderful ‘Brazilian/European fusion’ dishes

Mani is run by husband & wife team Helena and Daniel and delivers beautiful contemporary Brazilian cuisine in the country’s largest city. The restaurant itself merges contemporary with rustic Brazilian furniture to create a unique and authentic experience for the diner.

#8 – Fäviken

Favken is a Scandinavian gem, set in the heart of Sweden

Fäviken is a Scandinavian gem, set in Järpen, Sweden

The food is distinctly traditional with modern elements

The food is distinctly traditional with modern elements

Surrounded by a 20,000-acres of land and on the same latitude as Iceland, Fäviken is one of the world’s most remote restaurants. Head chef Magnus Nilsson is a master forager and uses only locally sourced produce to make inspired versions of Scandinavian classics from scratch each day.

Tasting Menu: $250

#9 – Quique Dacosta

Quique Dacosta is located on Spain's east coast in Dénia

Quique Dacosta is located on Spain’s east coast in Dénia

Head chef Quique Dacosta's style is a modern take on Spanish

Head chef Quique Dacosta’s style is a modern take on Spanish

Following the closure of the famous elBulli, Quique Dacosta has become one of the leaders of avant-garde cuisine in Spain. He has a passion for ecology and research, reflected in his strikingly minimalist food.

Tasting Menu: 165 Euros

#10 – Mirazur

Mirazur provides perfect vistas of Menton, France

Mirazur provides perfect vistas of Menton, France

Head chef Mauro Colagreco describes his style as 'natural' French cuisine

Head chef Mauro Colagreco describes his style as ‘natural’ French cuisine

Mirazur not only makes the ‘Best Restaurants’ each year for its elegance, simplistic cuisine, but it provides some of the most memorable vistas of any of these restaurants. Its fresh and floral dishes are a perfect tribute to the blue hues of the Mediterranean sea.

Thanks again for reading my blog!! Which restaurant would be your pick?

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6 thoughts on “#6 – Best Restaurants in the World! [My 10 Picks]

  1. Thanks for becoming a Follower. I enjoyed this post, especially the images. Happy blogging.

  2. Have you been to each one? If so, you are one lucky son of a gun. Your list is perfect. I totally approve. 🙂

  3. wow this is a great post and I guess I would love to visit these places and the restaurants you have mentioned…thanks a lot for sharing Ryan…keep in touch 🙂

  4. I’m salivating! Thank you for following WordBowlbyMsCharlieS and introducing me to your inspiring blog! I’d add Frances Mallmann’s 1884 outside of Mendoza, Argentina to the list…

  5. Have managed to eat at ALL these restaurants? WOW. The French Laundry is high on my list, as his bakery just down the road from there 😉

  6. Pingback: #14 – Best Restaurants in the World! [Part 2] | Ryan Gruss

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