Top ten Restaurants of the world in 2015
Osteria Francescana: Modena, Italy
This 10-year-old restaurant in northern Italy managed to hold onto its Top 10 ranking for a second year. It has become known for its Modena cuisine, including a more traditional meat stew that’s on offer alongside avant-garde fare.
Diners can choose between the “Tradition and Evolution” and “Sensations” set menus, which cost around $184 each, excluding wine, at this three-Michelin star restaurant, according to their website.
La Bernardin: New York, USA
It may have slipped four positions in the list over the course of a year, but Le Bernardin is still considered one of the world’s top seafood restaurants, serving near-raw and barely-seared concoctions.
Looking for an Asian twist? The Michelin Guide highlights the “clever and highly enjoyable reconfiguration of Chinese flavors…found in the ‘Lightly Cooked’ black bass, amber-brown at the edge and moist within, finished tableside with a riff on hot and sour soup.”
Its fixed-price, four-course dinner menu costs around $140 per head, according to the restaurant website.
La Pergola: Rome, Italy
La Pergola is in good company when it comes to this top 10, but is the only restaurant in Rome to boast three Michelin stars.
There are not only 60,000 wine bottles on offer—thirsty patrons also have a choice of 29 different waters.
A nine-course meal, from which you can select gourmet Mediterranean fare like gratinated lobster with pata negra ham and spaghetti with scorpion fish, will cost diners between $289 to $326 per person, according to their website.
Per Se: New York, USA
The second New York restaurant to make the top 10, Manhattan’s Per Se is led by Head Chef Thomas Keller.
With a choice of a “daily chef” or vegetable tasting menu, Per Se promises that not one single ingredient will be repeated throughout the nine courses. Those with a taste for veggies can expect charcoal-grilled French Leeks and slow-baked Italian eggplant.
The three-Michelin-starred fixed-price menus clock in at $310 a head, according to their website.
Robuchon au Dome: Macau, China
Macau’s Robuchon au Dome just missed the top five, but—like the rest—also has three Michelin stars.
The restaurant serves up French fare under Head Chef Francky Semblat. Diners should expect anything from foie gras mini burgers to challans duck breast with grapefruit marmalade.
An impressive wine list hosts over 12,600 labels, making it one of the biggest collections in China. And if that’s not enough, it’s located at the top of the city’s tallest buildings with a 360 degree view of the former Portuguese colony.
The Fat Duck: Bray, UK
Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck is the one British restaurant to make Elite Traveler’s top 10.
Located in a pub that’s almost 500 years old, the 20-year-old restaurant is known for its modern dishes, including snail porridge and bacon ice cream.
Michelin awarded the restaurant three stars, saying the “highly original, theatrically presented dishes contain excellent taste and texture contrasts and stimulate the senses.”
Diners can expect to spend over $325 on a tasting menu, according to The Fat Duck website.
Eleven Madison Park: New York, USA
Housed in a former bank, New York’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant serves up contemporary French cuisine, with the website advertising fixed priced menus at $225 per person.
Head Chef Daniel Humm received four stars from The New York Times, and three Michelin Stars since taking charge in 2006. Offerings include potato sherbet and foie gras terrine with orange and chamomile.
Azurmendi: Larrabetzu, Spain
Another three-Michelin-star establishment in the top 10 is Azurmendi.
Chef Eneko Atxa has been described as a “local institution,” sourcing produce from local greenhouses and growers from the surrounding Basque region.
Housed in a striking glass building, the Michelin Guide said the cuisine showed “quality and unquestionable technical ability.” Meals include dried ice apples, and mushroom and chestnut crisps, with the guide saying you should expect to spend between $145 and $173 for the set menu per head.
El Celler de Can Roca: Girona, Spain
This family-owned establishment, run by the Roca brothers, is built upon the Catalonian cooking tradition passed on by their parents — who run the restaurant next door.
Michelin has awarded the restaurant three stars, on the back of its “particularly interesting wine list,” and “sublime textures, nuances and contrasts” in its food.
Michelin’s restaurant guide prices a meal between $91 and $205, with Elite Traveler highlighting the caramelized olives and truffle bon bons.
Alinea: Chicago, USA
This Chicago restaurant took the top spot in Elite Traveler’s rankings of 100 restaurants for the fourth time this year.
Boasting “modernist cuisine,” the restaurant offers eclectic food including edible, helium-filled green apple balloons, and a cake served inside a smashed chocolate sphere.
But Head Chef Grant Achatz is no stranger to accolades – the restaurant has consistently ranked among San Pellegrino’s top 50 restaurants in the world.
It has three Michelin stars, and the highly-respected guide describes the cooking as “strikingly original and very clever.”
“But underpinning all those clever techniques and all those dazzling arrangements and quite striking presentations is an inherent understanding of flavor—and this is what gives the cooking such great depth,” the Michelin Guide 2015 said.
According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, meals excluding tax, wine and service were being offered at around $250 per person.