A treat for your eyes and your taste buds, here are some of the most luxurious restaurants and best dining destinations in the world you can bookmark for your travel this year.
Food is an integral part of travel. A restaurant offering unique tastes and flavours combined with stunning décor makes for an unforgettable experience and becomes a key element of the destination.
Delight your palate and elevate your culinary game as we embark on an epicurean journey around the globe, highlighting some of the world’s most luxurious and coveted dining establishments.
Your travel itinerary this year wouldn’t be complete without these gastronomic gems that are known not just for their distinctive, flavourful offerings but also for their extraordinary ambience and exceptional service. After all, the food we savour and the dining spaces we choose form an inseparable part of our travel stories, contributing significantly to our overall journey.
The allure of international dining is exemplified by establishments like Alinea in Chicago, where avant-garde culinary techniques meet extraordinary flavour profiles, and Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro, offering a uniquely intimate sushi dining experience, prepared by the master himself.
Over in Europe, Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca dazzles with its gastronomic innovations deeply rooted in Catalan cuisine, while France’s Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse in Monaco is a beacon of opulence and classic French fine dining. Experience the height of luxury in Dubai’s Pierchic, an overwater haven of exquisite seafood, or journey to the tranquil heart of Bangkok to dine in Sorn, a two Michelin-starred restaurant known for its authentic Southern Thai cuisine.
Each of these outstanding dining establishments promises a feast for the senses, creating moments of culinary delight that resonate long after the meal has ended. Prepare to feast your senses on culinary masterpieces turning dining into an unforgettable adventure in these top global culinary destinations.
Alinea, Chicago – Chef Grant Achatz
Known for its creative innovation in gastronomy, Alinea in Chicago is a dining experience beyond the ordinary. This three Michelin-starred restaurant, led by visionary Chef Grant Achatz, presents modernist cuisine with an artistic flair. Each course is carefully constructed to provide diners with a multi-sensory experience, often incorporating elements of molecular gastronomy. The menu is ever-evolving, showcasing unique flavours and textures from a wide range of global ingredients. This is a dining experience that pushes the boundaries of culinary norms and belongs to one of the best food destinations USA list.
Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo – Chef Jiro Ono
Sukiyabashi Jiro is an intimate sushi restaurant nestled in the heart of Tokyo, famed for its meticulous attention to detail and fresh, high-quality ingredients. The restaurant’s patriarch, Jiro Ono, considered the greatest sushi craftsman alive, creates a symphony of tastes and textures with each sushi piece, allowing the natural flavors to shine. This two Michelin-starred establishment offers a sushi experience par excellence, promising an unforgettable journey into the artistry of traditional sushi-making.
El Celler de Can Roca, Spain – Chefs Joan, Jordi, and Josep
Located in Girona, Spain, El Celler de Can Roca is a culinary gem. Headed by the Roca brothers – Joan, Jordi, and Josep – this three Michelin-starred restaurant offers an innovative and nuanced take on Catalan cuisine.
Joan helms the kitchen, creating dishes that meld local ingredients with global culinary techniques, while Jordi’s desserts capture the essence of nostalgia and Josep’s wine pairings complete the sensory journey. Dining at El Celler de Can Roca is akin to experiencing a beautiful, edible symphony of Catalan culture and innovation.
Le Louis XV – Chef Alain Ducasse, Monaco
Epitomizing opulence and elegance, Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse in Monaco is a standout in the world of fine dining. Under the guidance of world-renowned Chef Alain Ducasse, this three-Michelin-starred restaurant offers an exquisite selection of Mediterranean dishes, prepared with precision and flair. Each plate is a tribute to the local produce and the region’s rich culinary tradition, making a meal at Le Louis XV a truly grand affair.
Pierchic, Dubai – Chef Beatrice Segoni
Perched on its own pier in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic is Dubai’s leading seafood restaurant. Its location alone promises a luxurious dining experience, complemented by an array of fresh, high-quality seafood, curated and crafted by Chef Beatrice Segoni. The menu features a blend of Mediterranean flavours with an emphasis on sustainable produce, ensuring each dish not only tantalizes the palate but also respects the ocean’s bounty.
Sorn, Bangkok – Chef Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri
For those seeking authentic Southern Thai cuisine in a serene, luxurious setting, Sorn in Bangkok is the destination. Chef Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri sources rare, local ingredients from 14 Southern provinces of Thailand, creating dishes that tell a story of the region’s cultural heritage. His approach to preserving traditional recipes while introducing innovative techniques earned Sorn two Michelin stars, affirming it as a must-visit dining destination for any culinary traveller.
Epicure at Le Bristol Paris – Chef Eric Frechon
Chef Éric Frechon made Le Bristol his home for over 20 years: two decades of a fruitful collaboration that have birthed one of the most prestigious signatures in contemporary fine dining. In 2009,
Epicure earned its 3 Michelin stars, all of which it has maintained every year since. With his subtle sense of harmony in flavour and delicate use of sauces, Éric Frechon’s cooking inspires awe for its creativity. His macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras, gratinée with aged Parmesan is an unforgettable dish that people travel to Paris to experience.
Epicure restaurant can be visited every day of the year, with tables laid in an exquisite garden setting throughout the summer.
Plénitude at Cheval Blanc Paris – Chef Arnaud Donckele
On the first floor of Cheval Blanc Paris, the gastronomic restaurant of Chef Arnaud Donckele (awarded five toques and a 19/20 rating by Gault & Millau) Plénitude is an intimate place where sensual pleasures arise from new alliances: maturity and freshness, tradition and location, familiar and far-flung. Suddenly, time stands still, suspended in unforgettable moments at the luxurious Cheval Blan Paris.
The cuisine at Plénitude takes inspiration from the tradition of preservations such as broths, vinaigrettes, creams, veloutés, juices. These rural traditions of potting, refining and maturation bring forth essences and perennial aromas, inscribed in history. Arnaud Donckele has plunged with passion into this ancestral art of preservation in search of new fragrances and flavours. He unites this heritage, entirely reinvented during his exploratory walks, with the freshest ingredients of the day.
For each of his “magic potions”, Arnaud Donckele has given a number, such as his Velours n°1, whose secret lies in a skilful composition of bonito belly filets, prawn consommé, Lambrusco-and Chardonnay vinegar, chestnut honey and citron essence, rosemary infusion, roasted fish-head oil, and Java pepper. No wonder it is considered one of the best food destinations in Europe
And then there are his other sublime sauces: Juice n°2, Cream n°7, Vinaigrette n°6 or Bouillon n°9. So many extracts of happiness infused into the moment and the plate of the day. The discoveries continue with Maxime Frédéric’s desserts, which seal another alliance: that of two artists’ flavours.
Armani Ristorante at Armani Hotel Milano – Chef Francesco Mascheron
Armani Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy to provide you with classic and authentic culinary delights. The dishes take advantage of fresh produce served amidst an elegant ambience with impeccable and lifestyle service. Armani/Ristorante features a unique Enoteca with an exclusive and wide selection of wine and private dining.
Chef Francesco Mascheroni’s cuisine brings together classic Italian culinary traditions with an international twist. Francesco carefully selects the finest produce from Italy and beyond, creating dishes that aim to bring out the true flavours of each ingredient. Francesco’s creations feature a carefully balanced selection of textures and flavour combinations that are sure to surprise and delight the palate.
L’Atelier Robuchon at The Woodward Geneva – Chef Olivier Jean
After 7 years as Executive Chef of L’Atelier in Taipei, Chef Olivier Jean is at the helm of the kitchens at The Woodward, an all-suite hotel located on the shores of Lake Geneva.
L’Atelier Robuchon features the legendary chef’s open kitchen concept, creating a theatrical dining experience for 36 guests seated around the counter, as well as two dining rooms that can be privatised.
After Paris, Tokyo, New York, Shanghai, Las Vegas and Miami, Geneva welcomes the first and only Swiss address for the French chef.
La Grande Table Marocaine at Royal Mansour Marrakech
The fine-dining restaurant, emblematic of Marrakech, offers nothing but taste discoveries and sensory delight and is considered one of best food destinations in the world.
Sh’hiwates, seafood pastillas, seven-vegetable couscous and Amlou ice cream show you a new interpretation of Moroccan cuisine based on the deep secrets of tradition.
The very best of Moroccan fine dining is served in an equally matched setting: simply royal. High ceilings, original artworks, designer linens, cutlery, glassware and peaceful melodies from luth and oud musicians: the omnipresent elegance is there to give rise to the greatest pleasure.
Taste of Siam, Chiva-Som Hua-Hin
Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the Taste of Siam restaurant at Chiva-Som, Asia’s renowned and pioneering wellness destination, is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional Thai architecture.
Ideal for those who want to relax and recover from the rigours of a hectic lifestyle, Taste of Siam Restaurant showcases Thailand’s exceptional wellness cuisine and is the perfect place to enjoy a moment of serenity.
Serving delicious wellness cuisine, the exclusive beachside restaurant offers a contemporary guilt-free menu of Thai and international cuisine. The culinary team’s skills and techniques, which has been developed over many years, are combined with the freshest of organic ingredients, many grown in the resort’s own organic garden, to deliver masterful cooking that delivers both flavour and goodness.
Chiva-Som believes nutrition should be viewed as a foundation of health, as well as a source of pleasure seducing the senses and satisfying your hunger. Balanced meals are created in its open kitchen by award-winning Chefs. Chiva-Som embraces your dietary requirements such as vegan, vegetarian and halal – just let the team know.
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