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.