The main idea behind the formulation of this top ten list emerged with the impinging observation that most of the aspects of social as well cultural life of individuals in the contemporary world are featured in the kind and quality of restaurants. No doubt, the restaurants bring together numerous characteristics of the economic life of the people. In other words, the restaurants come to provide a context in which questions about gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality all play their roles in their respective domains. Most of the statistical surveys have reported that the very high prices of some restaurants are strongly associated with the quality of the food and services offered in the restaurant. So, in response to this most of the restaurants these days are focusing towards enhancing the attractiveness of the restaurant’s environment along with the food quality, as these two factors come to influence the credibility of the restaurant. Not surprisingly, these days most of the people spend nearly 50 % of their budgets towards the purchasing of meals from their desired restaurants. At the same time, the dining scenario and scene has also changed quite dramatically. As the restaurants these days prefer to serve highly educated, sophisticated and assertive consumers. So, the focus of this top ten ranking would be to impart some information and knowledge to our readers about the top 10 best restaurants in the world.
10. Per Se Restaurant (USA)
For this year, at number 10 we have The Per Se Restaurant. Being located in the United States of America, this restaurant is among those restaurants which offer highly selective foods. Thomas Keller, the famous chef, also happens to be the owner of this restaurant. Not to forget that the New York times had ranked this restaurant as one of the best restaurants ever in the dining history of the New York City. Per Se is also one of the three restaurants which have awarded three stars by the all famous and the most reliable source, Michelin Guide. On taking a survey of the restaurant, it seems to quite clear that there are fragments of the French history quite visible in the designing and structure of the walls. The restaurant’s menu is marked by some very delicious petite courses and beverages which are indeed the defining features of the restaurant. There are also some dishes that are available only on selective days, so before you plan to visit this place, try having an idea about the menu in advance.
9. Arzak Restaurant (Spain)
Arzak, the all famous Spanish Restaurant has made it to our number 9th spot. Being located in San Sebastian, this restaurant reflects a lot about the history of the area. The owner of this dining heaven is Juan Mari Arzak. Based on the reviews of the Michelin Guide and many other sources, this restaurant has been given three stars which it rightly deserves. The main dish for which this restaurant is known all around the world is the New Basque Cuisine. As this restaurant has been owned by Arzak and his ancestors for quite some time now, so he believes that running this restaurant and maintaining the prestige of the restaurant is his inherent responsibility. So, for those people who love salmon with smoked tuna, white olives with lobsters and much more, this restaurant is highly recommended.
8. Daniel (USA)
Opened in the year 1977, at number 8 we have the Daniel restaurant. Many of the tourists believe that their trip to the city of New York remains incomplete without giving a visit to this highly esteemed restaurant. This restaurant is the most recommended place for all the foodies, who have a deep desire to have inspirational dishes coupled with high quality wine. Daniel Bould, owner of this restaurant believes in serving the people with unlimited choices of dishes and cuisines. But what makes this restaurant so special is the unparalleled ambience which has been created by some highly talented designers. Although Daniel has many restaurants under his ownership, but only this restaurant has the title of being regarded as one of the most impressive and best restaurants in the world by the International Tribune. All around the environment a clear cut blend of French and American cultures is quite evident. So, for those who want to completely indulge themselves in New York, this place is highly recommended.
7. Alinea (USA)
Known as a theatre plus restaurant, Alinea has made it our number 7th spot for this year. The chef and owner of the restaurant is Grant Achatz who is well known all around the world for the kind of flavoring and blending he adds into the dishes and cuisines. The Michelin Guide has also ranked this American restaurant with three stars. The extravagant dishes like American Peanut Butter, all time delicious jelly sandwich, apple scented helium, and much more are just some of the most desired dishes of the restaurant.
6. Osteria Francescana (Italy)
The restaurant magazine had ranked this restaurant as the fourth best in the world in the year 2011. Massimo Bottura, the owner of this restaurant is yet another master class and head chef of this restaurant. The reason why people love the dishes prepared by him is because he texturizes and symbolizes the dishes with the magic touch. Very rare artistic skills are highly evident in the making of this dishes and courses offered at this place. For those who are in a search of the modern cuisine and culinary delights, this restaurant is one of the top recommendations. Not to forget that the services and the atmosphere of the restaurant is also quite impeccable.
5. Mugaritz (Spain)
People who have great regard for the Spanish dishes, the Mugaritz restaurant is indeed the place where they should be. As soon as one enters this restaurant, then it feels as all the senses have been sensationalized. All the courses and cuisines offered at this dining panorama give you a never before feeling and enchantment. A number of top notch magazines have ranked this restaurant among the best ever. It was also ranked as the 4th best restaurant in the year 2008 by the restaurant magazine. The menu of the restaurant is marked by some of the most desired Spanish dishes like warm lettuce hearts, wine cuttings mixed in roasted beef and milk curd. In addition, the wine which is offered at this restaurant is really out of the world.
4. El Celler de Can Roca (Spain)
The founders of this restaurant are the Roca brothers who are famous for their artistic and culinary sense. It is also among the few Spanish restaurants that have been awarded three rightly deserves stars by the Michelin Guide. But what makes this restaurant so special? It is the visual and spatial cellar, enamoring dinning space, aromatized dishes and courses which are all worth each of the pennies you spend in this restaurant. The quality of the dishes and services of this restaurant can be better understood by the fact that over the past few years, this restaurant has moved a number of places upwards in the list of the best restaurants in the world. In simple words, the experience of this restaurant is so subtle that you won’t to be able to define it in words.
3. The Fat Duck (UK)
All the dishes offered at this restaurant are based on the principles and laws of molecular gastronomy. Some of the most delicious and highly unusual dishes offered at this place include sorbet, sardine mixed with egg cream, and much more than you consciously imagine. Having already got three stars from the Michelin Guide, how more unassuming and perfect this restaurant can be? Then, what makes the dishes offered at this restaurant so much wished for? The answer is the factor of psychological and visual appeal all this dishes contain which can force anyone to have a taste of the culinary delights. In the year 2005, it was ranked as the best restaurant in the world by none other than the restaurant magazine itself. The specialties of the restaurant include the red-cabbage gazpacho, vanilla mayonnaise, poached salmon in rice, black forest gateau and much more for all the foodies.
2. El Bulli (Spain)
Located in the town of the roses, Spain, at number 2 we have the El Bulli Restaurant. The restaurant was run by the extremely talented chef, Ferran Adria. Being established in the year 1961, this restaurant is indeed one of the most traditional restaurants in the world. The restaurant used to open for very limited seasons in the past few years, with the last season running till 30th July, 2011. For the upcoming seasons, the restaurant had always received thousands of advance bookings from all around Spain and other countries. In fact most of the tourists visited the city in order to have a taste of this restaurant. Unfortunately, it has been announced recently that the restaurant will be closed for an indefinite period of time because of some huge monetary losses as stated by the authorities of the restaurant. Whether it will open again or not, is unclear till now.
1. Noma (Denmark)
Known all around the world as the best restaurant ever, at number 1 we have none other than the Danish restaurant itself, Noma. It has remained at the number 1 spot for almost three years now. Known for its Nordic and highly selective cuisine, the Noma restaurant the most alpha class culinary experience. The courses and dishes offered here are so encapsulating that you will feel compelled to eat whatever that comes in front of you. For those who are planning to visit this restaurant, it is recommended to make some advance bookings. At the same time, try not to feel despaired if you have to wait for many months in the long waiting lines.