5 of the Very Best Restaurants in the World

There are many restaurants around the globe with Michelin Stars and Gault Millau points. Here we take a look at 5 of the very best that stand above the crowd due to their exceptional cuisine, atmosphere and the finest service.

El Bulli in Spain is on our list of luxury dining experiences and is one not to be missed. The restaurant has been awarded “The Worlds Best Restaurant 2009” and “Best Restaurant in Europe”. The Chef also took the “Chef of the Decade” award in 2010. The food at El Bulli defies description and has to be tasted to do it justice. When it comes to fine dining in luxury at El Bulli, the dining rule book has been thrown out of the window.

You may wish to head over to Austria and visit Steirereck. This is one of Vienna’s very best restaurants. This is a must visit place for wine connoisseurs, there are over 35,000 superb bottles on the wine list. The restaurant serves modern Austrian cuisine with many of the ingredients coming from the restaurants own farm, and is located in one of the most stunning settings imaginable. Cheese lovers will also be in heaven here with 120 cheese varieties from more than 13 countries.

Italians are passionate about their food and one of the very best places to dine in luxury while enjoying a down to earth setting is Le Calandre. Le Calandre is a rustic three star restaurant where each and every guest gets a hearty welcome from the brothers who run it. Chef Massimiliano Alajmo takes credit for being the youngest Italian chef to be awarded three Michelin Stars. It is dishes such as glazed pigeon served with essence of red turnip that has won the chef the praise so rightfully deserved.

Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck deserves to be on the list of the very best restaurants due to the fact that the menu is constantly being tweaked and refined to absolute perfection. The Fat Duck is a somewhat “quirky” choice and it is not for the faint hearted. On the menu you may see such as Roasted foie gras served with crab biscuit and Rhubarb braised in Konbu. The restaurant is associated with great theatrics and has a very fun approach when it comes to dining out. You may want to visit at least once during your lifetime, if for nothing else but the unique experience.

Finally but by no means the least is the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee. This restaurant is set in the luxury Paris hotel where guests are served by staff wearing designer uniforms and overhead hang 10,000 plus illuminated pendants. They say you only get what you pay for, and while the price is steep for a plate of beluga caviar and langoustines, it is well worth the extravagant cost. This is luxury dining at its very best, complete with an atmosphere that takes some beating, attention to detail that is rare, and some of the finest ingredients from all over the world.

Influence – The Luxury Restaurant in Chennai

Now Chennai and Chennai-ites are no strangers to vegetarianism. So if yet another vegetarian restaurant opens its doors to Chennai, it comes as no surprise. If you are one of those who raise their eye brows when one talks of fine dining and a vegetarian restaurant in the same breath, then you need to think again! So when a fine dining vegetarian restaurant opens in Chennai, the fare it has to offer, should be different. Influence is just that…

The interiors of Influence are designed by none other than Manish Malhotra. In fact, his designer’s signature lends itself to the uniforms worn by the waiters too! The interiors can be described as plush and swanky done in shades of beige, brown and slathered with gold. Spread over 5000 sq. feet it gives you a feeling of space as you enter. Flower filled ponds, dim lighting, unusual furnishing, attractive paintings all add to creating a magical aura.

The menu rambles on endlessly offering a range of health drinks and juices to invigorate and rejuvenate. They also have an array of cream based soups, but what caught my eye was the tomato soup served with real gold leaf. The cuisine is more fusion than distinctive. You can take your pick from spinach balls stuffed with melting mozzarella, risottos for the rice lovers of Chennai, Vietnamese paper rolls, unusual combination salads and penne delicately flavoured with herbs and laced with invigorating tomato puree.

Their range of pizzas is extensive and they come with exotic asparagus, olive oil, fromaggio, jalapenos and chives. Fusion foods like paneer with Dijon mustard and mango sauce for dumplings aroused our taste buds. The desserts were rich and creamy, but their chocolate desserts were to die for!

If fusion food is not your scene, then you too have a choice! They have an entire desi menu for you to savour: dal makhni,tadka daal, palak makai, paneer pasanda, crisp cauliflower, vegetable biryani, butter naans, pudina and lachchedar paratha! The usual in terms of choice, but the unusual in terms of taste: the food was particularly tasty and not floating with oily masala!

Touted as the first lifestyle luxury restaurant in Chennai, it can best be described as avant garde and indeed a good influence! Despite the calm you sense upon entering the restaurant, it wasn’t particularly quiet. A tad expensive, but the good food and ambience made you feel it was good value for money!

Wines of the World

Fine Wines From All the Countries

Every day thousands of gallons of wine is produced and sold all over the world. Italy, Germany, France, and all the way to the USA; wine is still one of the most popular beverages in the world. At every fine restaurant, on every anniversary and dinner date; the perfect bottle of wine is in some cases a must. Scientists have found that the wine of the world can be traced back as far as 60 million years ago, and it was even mentioned in the bible. People liked it then, they like it now, and the demand keeps on swelling.

Where Did It All Start?

The drinking of this beverage started millions of years ago, but where did it go from there? It has been spread across the globe, and is even sometimes taken daily for health purposes. The ancient Egyptians made their own wine, as did the Romans and many other ancient people. The Egyptians planted their grapes along the enormous Nile River. Their methods included stomping the grapes in large bowls in order to make wine. Though for most people when they think of wine they thing of Italy and France, it is produced in many different countries such as Germany and Australia as well.

Varieties of Wine

Wine of the world comes in a variety of different brands, colors, and flavors. When you think of wine, you probably think of red or white wine. But, there are many different varieties to choose from. Rosé that is sometimes made by mixing red wine and white wine is also quite popular all across the globe. Sparkling wine that contains carbon dioxide provides the characteristic bubbling effect.

Champagne is probably the most well known of this category. Fine desert wines are usually very sweet (hence the name desert wine), and table wine which contain much more alcohol than most wines at about 14%. Vintage wines too are popular. These are grown in the time span of a certain year, and are also popular with many collectors. Wine is also used for cooking – most cooking wines such as cooking sherry are basically an inexpensive wine that is not intended for drinking.

World Famous

France is home to some of the most famous wines of the world – from Chateau Margaux, Pétrus, to Romanée Conti. But, France is not the only place to find great wine. Italy is home to some of the best wines of the world including Chianti Classico, one of the most popular wines of Tuscany. In Germany, Deutscher Tafelwein is a popular wine, but is usually not sold outside the country, and therefore makes it exclusive to Germany. Other countries such as Asia also produce fine wines, but it is true that most people prefer the French and Italian brands.

How Wine is Made

Making the wine of the world is not an easy process, and involves a lot of hard work. The grapes are usually ripe by September, and are ready to be harvested. Many workers are needed for the harvesting job to make the perfect drink. Once the grapes are picked, they need to be sorted fast before spoiling. After this process, they are crushed and in the case of white wine, the skin and seeds are removed. Then the fermentation process begins after which the grape juice is placed in barrels where it will be aged for a few months, while occasionally being poured into another barrel to remove the remaining peeling and solids.