Ryan Gruss

#14 – Best Restaurants in the World! [Part 2]

One of the blog posts I’ve enjoyed writing the most so far was #6 about some of the Best Restaurants in the World. As a foodie, it’s great not only to share some of my inspirations with you but also to showcase the amazing visual feats of modern gastronomy.

So today, I’ve decided to write a follow-up to that post, aptly titled ‘Part 2’! Here are 10 more of my favourite restaurants from the 2013 San Pellegrino list:

#1 – Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin is located at 155 W 51st St in the heart of New York

Le Bernardin is located at 155W 51st St in the heart of New York

The restaurant embraces an 'all things seafood' approach to their menu

The restaurant embraces an ‘all things seafood’ approach to their menu

One of the world’s finest fish restaurants, Le Bernardin prides itself on the freshness, sourcing and delicate flavour combinations of its food. From its humble beginning in 1986, Head Chef Eric Ripert & his team have transformed this Parisian inspired restaurant into an international name.

Tasting Menu – $155

#2 – The Fat Duck

The Fat Duck is located in the sleep town of Bray in the UK

The Fat Duck is located in the sleep town of Bray in the UK

The restaurant's scientific approach to food was pioneer by Heston Blumenthal

The restaurant’s scientific approach to food was pioneer by Heston Blumenthal

The Fat Duck has been named as one the Best Restaurants in the World for many years with good reason. Its ground-breaking dishes, including egg & bacon ice cream and salmon poached in a liquorice gel, have won the restaurant widespread recognition and also a few raised eyebrows!!

Tasting Menu – £195

#3 – El Celler de Can Roca

El Celler is run by Roca Brothers in Girona

El Celler is run by Roca Brothers in Girona

The restaurant's 'Modern Spanish' style includes dishes such as King Prawn sand & ink rocks

The restaurant’s ‘Modern Spanish’ style includes dishes such as King Prawn sand & ink rocks

This year’s San Pellegrino Best Restaurant, El Celler is the brainchild of the 3 Roca brothers, who bring the flavours of their Catalan upbringing to this sensational restaurant. The menu includes theatrics, culinary magic and of course, a distinct family dynamic!

Tasting Menu – 135 Euros

#4 – Narisawa

Narisawa is one of Japan's premier restaurants in the heart of Tokyo

Narisawa is one of Japan’s premier restaurants in the heart of Tokyo

Head Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa's style is 'Modern Japanese'

Head Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s style is ‘Modern Japanese’

Yoshihiro Narisawa is not only a chef, but also an environmentalist, combining classic French techniques with beautiful Japanese flora aesthetics. This is a fine example of Sustainable Gastronomy – food inspired & rooted by nature!

Tasting Menu – 21,000 Yen

#5 – Maaemo

Maaemo Restaurant is located on the bustling harbourside in Oslo, Norway

Maaemo Restaurant is located on the bustling harbourside in Oslo, Norway

Head Chef Esben Holmboe Bang is one of a wave of Scandinavian chefs leading the 'New Nordic' food movement

Head Chef Esben Holmboe Bang is at the forefront of the ‘New Nordic’ food movement

Set in a glass building & seemingly floating on the water, Maaemo is one of Norway’s most highly regarded restaurants. Its name translates in Norse as ‘Mother Earth’ and this is reflected in its seasonal menus which make the most of Norway’s natural bounty.

Tasting Menu – 1.950 Kr

#6 – Amber

Amber is situated in the elegant Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in central Hong Kong

Amber is situated in the elegant Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in central Hong Kong

The tasting menu incorporates 'Traditional French and subtle Hong Kong flavours'

The tasting menu incorporates ‘Traditional French and subtle Hong Kong flavours’

Established by Dutch born Richard Ekkebus, Amber embraces the essence of Hong Kong – a trading crossroad where East & West meet. The restaurant has a diverse and colourful menu embracing its international character.

Tasting Menu – HKD 1554

#7 – Vendôme

This German restaurant is located in the small town of Bergisch Gladbach

This German restaurant is located in the small town of Bergisch Gladbach

Head Chef Joachim Wissler's style is distinctly 'Deutsche küche' or 'Modern German'

Head Chef Joachim Wissler’s style is distinctly ‘Deutsche küche’ or ‘Modern German’

Despite its French inspired name, Joachim Wissler’s Vendome brings Germanic ingredients and traditions into the spotlight on its avant-garde menu. With a huge tasting menu of 25 courses, it’s certainly an experience for any foodie!

Tasting Menu – 230 Euros

#8 – Daniel

Daniel is a gem in the bustling downtown of New York

Daniel is a gem in the bustling downtown of New York

Daniel's core menu is simply described as 'French with US ingredients'

Daniel’s core menu is simply described as ‘French with US ingredients’

Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant champions the seasons in a menu combining bold French tastes with the finest American ingredients. The results – a BIG & ambitious menu!

Tasting Menu – $220

#9 – Mugaritz

Mugaritz is set in Errenteria, in the north of Basque country

Mugaritz is set in Errenteria, in the north of Basque country

The restaurant's style of food is unusually described as 'techno-emotional Spanish'

The restaurant’s style of food is unusually described as ‘techno-emotional Spanish’

Mugaritz is a truly unique restaurant in which Chef-patron Andoni Luis Aduriz challenges diners to explore the many ways restaurants can have impact. The menu is a culinary experience both obsessive and wildly creative!!

Tasting Menu – 180 Euros

#10 – Geranium

Geranium is one of Copenhagen's host of world leading restaurants

Geranium is one of Copenhagen’s host of world leading restaurants

Head Chef Rasmus Koefed & his team produce a menu true to his 'Creative, terroir-led Scandinavian' philosophy

The restaurant’s style is billed as ‘Creative, terroir-led Scandinavian’

‘Thoughtfulness can be tasted’ are the words of Head Chef Rasmus Koefed and his contemporary menu certainly challenges diners’ perceptions. Using natural items such as hay and dried leaves, Geranium delivers a feast for all of the senses.

Tasting Menu – DKK 1500

Thank you again for reading Part 2 of my showcase of the World’s Best Restaurants!! Which of these would be your top pick?

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2 thoughts on “#14 – Best Restaurants in the World! [Part 2]

  1. With due respect, Ryan – none of them and I’ve eaten at three on your list. IMHO, the eating experience is less about 2 & 3 stars and more about authentically local, including but not limited to quaint locales, imperfect service, value, comfort, and being able to dine attired in clothing that is relaxing to most.. Rarely, I suspect, does one get to savor these facets while eating in the ozone. Still, an interesting and informative post.:)

  2. Have you eaten at all of these? I would love to try the Fat Duck out because I find Heston Blumenthal completely intriguing! I am however not usually a fan of the foofy small portioned pretentious stuff. It’s nice to try every now and then but I absolutely love the atmosphere of a very “local” place with stellar cuisine. I’m sort of over having to guess what’s on my plate 😉 even though it often tastes superb! anyway – fat duck – on my list!

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