We live to see the best the World has to offer and luxury experiences give life a whole new level, that’s a fact. Dining in the best and most exclusive restaurants in the world will certainly be a one of a kind experience. Design Limited Edition brings you a list of the World’s top 5 restaurants in 2013 to inspire you, a selection made by the World’s 50 Best website. In these restaurants, eating is a form of art.
El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain
Owned by a Catalan family, the Roca Brothers, this restaurant serves traditional Catalan cuisine, but with extremely creative twists. The restaurant has a large wine cellar with 60,000 bottles and dishes served include those based on perfumes and with unusual presentations such as caramelised olives served on a bonsai tree.
The Roca brothers are chefs of the highest order. Head chef Joan helped pioneer the widespread use of sous-vide cooking in the ’90s via his Roner machine, and is a technical maestro. Josep is the head sommelier who runs the supremely smooth front-of-house operation: understated but passionate. Jordi is the rule-breaking pastry chef whose creations blow the imagination.
Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
Innovative and inventive, Noma serves one-of-a-kind Nordic food inspired on nature. Head chef René Redzepi’s food can at times be shocking but it strives to reflect the Danish landscape and culture. Through its fantastic menu of small appetisers and courses to its stunning array of ‘treats’ that round off the meal, there’s always at least one dish that makes you feel glad to be alive.
Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy
Tradition and modernity collide in spectacular fashion at Osteria Francescana with chef-patron Massimo Bottura’s sense of fun and headline-grabbing cooking. This year, the new dish ‘camouflage’ has been a success – a thin layer of foie gras decorated with powders (hare blood, chestnut, various herbs), arranged to look like army woodland camo – but this is tempered by more traditional fare. Brilliant yet eccentric, Bottura’s artistic, show-stopping food has secured him a fervent following.
Mugaritz – San Sebástian, Spain
At Mugaritz diners are treated to a multiple-course tasting menu of intricate yet small dishes developed through a creative process and an attention to detail that borders on the obsessive. Chef-patron Andoni Luis Aduriz aims to play with guests and reflect on the different ways a restaurant can have an impact, rather than just filling people up and sending them on their way. From that point of view there is no other place like Mugaritz in the world.
Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA
Chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara’s sleek Art Deco restaurant offers a masterclass in surprise. From the mysterious string-tied box that kicks off proceedings to the waiter affixing a meat grinder to the table midway through the meal, little can be anticipated. What diners can rely on, however, is a dining experience that is as delightful as it is engaging, with the use of peerless ingredients and top-class cooking, such as a clam dish that comes in two stages.
Be bold! Visit these restaurants and enjoy food as you have never done before.