There are a wide number of reasons that can draw a traveller to a specific destination. For some it’s the weather whilst for others a rich cultural heritage could be a deal-breaker; then there are those for whom the way to the heart is through the stomach.
The epicurean traveller has been thoroughly spoiled by the travel industry with foodie tours and cookery schools cashing in on this burgeoning market. Wherever you choose to go in the world, you are likely to be able to find a food-focused experience that will really allow you to get to grips with the local cuisine. Yet whilst street food and markets are chock-full of authentic appeal, sometimes when you’re on holiday you want to be treated to dining that goes above and beyond.
The annual World’s Best Restaurant awards took place in April – here are five of the highlights to tantalise your taste buds…
For only the second time in the 15 years the World’s Best Restaurants awards have been running, a restaurant outside of Europe has taken the top spot. Blending outstanding hospitality and exquisite food, co-owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have worked to develop an imaginative and elaborate menu which includes such delicacies as celery root cooked in pig’s bladder and honey-glazed roasted duck. Be aware if you’re travelling over the summer, though – Eleven Madison Park is planning a renovation of its kitchen and dining rooms from June-September 2017.
Last year’s winner, Osteria Francescana, is tucked away in the wonderfully atmospheric lanes of tranquil Modena. Innovative chef Massimo Bottura has made his name with experimental and truly daring dishes that weave an element of storytelling into a diner’s experience. Take, for example, his Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano, a gastronomical journey which introduces diners to the famous cheese in a variety of imaginative guises by changing the temperature, texture and tastes of the ingredient. The dishes and restaurant space is heavily influenced by art and classical music. Those who appreciate the finer things in life may well find food heaven at this Italian gem.
The medieval city of Girona plays host to the third best restaurant in the world. El Celler de Can Roca provides a perfect juxtaposition of contemporary cool against the historic backdrop, bringing complex, cutting-edge techniques and an ingenious blending of ingredients to their plates. The restaurant is owned by three talented brothers who together are a force to be reckoned with. Joan is a chef, Josep a sommelier and Jordi a patissier – it’s a sure bet they have all bases covered. Menus include fare such as edible perfume desserts, comté cheese cuttlefish with black rice sauce, and charcoal-grilled lamb consommé.
If what matters to you in a restaurant is location, location, location, Mirazur’s stunning surroundings, on the French side of the Riviera, certainly won’t disappoint. Skilled chef, Mauro Colagreco, has devised a menu influenced by his Argentine-Italian roots whilst drawing on the heritage of the local French region. The result is a show-stopping menu created from local produce and includes exquisitely presented dishes such as anchovy skeletons, monkfish with topinambur puree, and oyster with tapioca, shallot cream and pear.
Latin America’s number one restaurant has put Lima on the foodie map. The Peruvian food scene has been going from strength to strength in recent years and Central’s chef, Virgilio Martinez, is paving the way. Diners can expect exotic ingredients and vibrant colours that promise a journey through Peru’s culinary heritage with a focus on sublime seafood dishes like the Spiders on a Rock, course consisting of mussel, crab and abalone or Close Fishing, an octopus concoction with yuyo, barquillo and squid.
Ensure you aren’t disappointed by booking as far in advance as you can at these exclusive restaurants. A little bit of forward planning can really make the difference to a trip.
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