Food is an integral part of travel, not only because sustenance gives you the energy to explore and discover more about your destination, but also because it is an essential part of the country’s culture. If there is nothing more you love than eating your way around the world, here are some of the best restaurants in the world to enjoy a wonderful meal in.
Sukibayashi Jiro in Tokyo, Japan
Sukibayashi Jiro and its world-renowned chef, Jiro Ono, was the subject of the sublime and critically acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and for all the good reasons. Located in a train station in Ginza, Sukibayashi Jiro is the perfect place to experience sushi, which the eponymous chef and his dedicated disciples strive to perfect the art of making sushi. If you cannot get a reservation in the Ginza location (the restaurant is often fully booked for months, as it only sits ten diners at a time), then Takashi’s (Jiro’s youngest son, also a sushi chef) Roppongi restaurant is the second best place.
Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo, Monaco
If you ever find yourself in Monte Carlo, do not miss out on the chance to dine at the Le Louis XV, which, like Sukibayashi Jiro, has three Michelin stars. Run by the world-famous chef Alain Ducasse, this restaurant remains to be one of the greatest French restaurants ever. Aside from the magnificent food, the restaurant also offers its diners a feast for the eyes, thanks to the gorgeous interiors.
Three Ways House Hotel in Gloucestershire, England
Much has been said about British food—that it is unappealing and generally tasteless. But if there is any type of food that the English can do extremely well, it is the pudding. Located in the south-westen part of England, Gloucestershire’s Three Ways House Hotel offers its diners the unique experience of the Pudding Club. Basically, this is a course of seven different kinds of pudding, including mincemeat, sticky toffee, apple, and syrup sponge. And after the course (which usually lasts for three or so hours), you can vote for your favourite pudding. Make sure to book way in advance—Friday night’s Pudding Club attracts a lot of foodies.
El Bulli in Catalonia, Spain
Foodies from all over the world have had their hearts broken when El Bulli finally closed its doors. This Spanish restaurant had a three-star Michelin rating, and offered the best of molecular cuisine. When it was still open, the restaurant served only 8,000 meals a year—despite the one million reservation requests it has received.
Taillevent in Paris, France
Another restaurant with three Michelin stars, Taillevent was founded in 1946 and has consistently been one of the top restaurants in Europe (and in the world) since. The food is wonderful and not something you would likely to forget in years, but the service is the true gem of Taillevent. The service staff is well trained in the art of exquisite service—they are very attentive but not overbearing, and definitely not smarmy to their customers who have travelled from different corners of the globe.