Holding three Michelin stars is a rare honour few restaurants have achieved, meaning they have an “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey”. We have picked seven favourite Michelin-starred restaurants rank among the world’s finest culinary destinations thanks to innovation, creativity and some of the best food you’ll ever taste.
Eleven Madison Park
Address: Metropolitan Life North Building, 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
Chef: Daniel Humm
The menu here is inspired by the agricultural bounty of New York and its culinary traditions, emphasizing on simplicity, purity, and seasonal flavours. Gourmets who decided to try a dozen courses menu ($225), should be prepared to spend at least 3 hours at the restaurant and plan their day accordingly. Daniel Humm, the chef, is, at heart, a neo-classicist, a master of pruning the old-fashioned curlicues from the traditional haute cuisine of his training to make the pleasures more modern and direct.
Address: Via Stella, 22, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Chef: Massimo Bottura
The first Italian restaurant to win the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (2016) award. Tartare of lamb, smoked salt, kelp, caviar, oyster water and cider sorbet – it’s just a small part of all the culinary masterpieces this place has to offer its guests. An artist and a storyteller as much as a cook, Bottura weaves narratives through his dishes, experimenting with ingredients from the Emilia-Romagna region and playing with traditions.
The Fat Duck
Address: High St, Bray SL6 2AQ, UK
Chef: Heston Blumenthal
One of the most popular -and the most expensive – restaurants (former pub) in England called The Fat Duck, attracts clients from all over the world. It is famous for its creative dishes, such as The Sound of the Sea which is served on a glass-covered box filled with sand and comes with an iPod in a sea shell. If you are lucky enough to reserve one of the 42 seats at this restaurant then be ready to spend over $300 for 17 courses, as it ain’t cheap.
El Celler de Can Roca
Address: Carrer de Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, Spain
Chef: Joan Roca i Fontané
Run by three Roca brothers, this restaurant truly deserves all three Michelin stars it has. Avant-garde style, molecular gastronomy, and creativity, shown in the unusual presentations of food, have made the waiting list for the restaurant pretty impressive. Made of local ingredients from the Catalan area, every dish has a surrealist touch. On top of that, the restaurant released its own perfume called Nuvol de Ilimona, which was based on the dessert served there.
Address: Santa Isabel 376 Miraflores Lima, Peru, Peru
Chef: Virgilio Martínez Véliz
Dedicated exploration and research of the surrounding countryside done by the restaurant’s chef, an in-house filtration system for only the purest water, and an urban garden result in a diverse and sensory menu. Central Restaurante is famous for its contemporary interpretation and presentation of Peruvian cuisine. Examples of the ingredients used include kushuru, an edible cyanobacteria harvested in high-altitude wetlands; as well as arracacha, a root vegetable from the Andes; and arapaima, a freshwater fish found in the Amazon River.
Address: 30 Avenue Aristide Briand, 06500 Menton, France
Chef: Mauro Colagreco
Located on the French side of the Riviera, Mirazur is an idyllic place to enjoy gastronomic masterpieces with magnificent views of the sea and the old town. Mauro Colagreco prepares very personal cuisine, enhanced with aromatic flavours, flowers, homegrown vegetables and citrus fruits. Courses might include monkfish with topinambur puree and Piedmont hazelnuts, or anchovy fillets on fried anchovy skeletons with juice from Menton’s famous lemons.
Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, 中央区Ginza, 4−2−15
Chef: Jiro Ono
Hidden in the subway station (which is a pretty unusual place for a 3-Star Michelin restaurant), Sukiyabashi Jiro is hailed as the best sushi restaurant in the world. Ono’s unique preparation of sushi is deemed an art, carefully brushing each piece of sushi with nikiri soy sauce before it is ready to eat. After Barak Obama’s visit, the restaurant’s popularity has increased even more!