Discover the Best High-End Restaurants Around the World
Sensational food from six cosmopolitan cities
One of the joys of travelling is the opportunity to visit incredible restaurants and sample the diverse cuisines of different countries and cultures.
There is no shortage of world-famous chefs pushing the boundaries of gastronomy and creating delicious food, which is why we’ve put together a list of some of the international greats.
From the buzzing metropolis of Tokyo to the valleys of southern France, here are our favourite high-end restaurants around the world:
Disfrutar , meaning ‘enjoy’, is run by three legendary chefs who met working at elBulli. Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch opened the restaurant in 2014 and it has since become famous for its avant-garde, yet markedly Mediterranean, tasting menus. Fun, playful and daring, the food is creative as well as delicious. Signature dishes include gazpacho in sandwich form, crispy egg yolk, liquid salad and hare bonbons.
Enjoy several tasting menus in a simple, contemporary space with an open-view kitchen.
Nearest airport: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat
Mirazur sits at the foot of a stunning range of mountains overlooking the sea, not far from the Italian border. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the elegant dining room’s floor-to-ceiling windows reveal incredible panoramic views of the sea and the town of Menton.
Head Chef Mauro Colagreco draws on inspiration from the surrounding landscape, sea and local produce to create a bold and colourful menu. The Italian-Argentine has been working as a chef in France for close to 20 years, opening Mirazur in 2006.
Since then, the restaurant has gone on to win critical acclaim, claiming its third Michelin star in 2019. Signature dishes include anchovies with fried skeletons and lemons; oysters with tapioca, shallot cream, and pear; and salt-crusted beetroot with caviar cream.
Nearest airport: Nice airport
Noma is a two-Michelin-star restaurant run by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. Its name is portmanteau of the word's ‘Nordisk’ (Nordic) and ‘mad’ the Danish word for food.
Noma can be found on a small lake just outside the centre of Copenhagen. Designed by renowned architect Bjarke Ingels, the restaurant’s buildings stretch more than 60 metres from end to end and were designed to resemble an old Danish village.
A four-time winner in the World's 50 Best list, Noma’s menu rotates throughout the year, depending on the season. Designed around the three seasons, the focus is on seafood for four months, vegetables for another four, and game for the final four. Famous dishes to appear on the restaurant's menu over the years include dried moss, ants, and mould.
The restaurant focuses solely on local ingredients from the Scandinavian region and largely inspired the rise the fermenting, foraging, pickling and preserving trends of the last few years.
Nearest airport: Kastrup airport and Roskilde airport, Copenhagen
White Rabbit, Moscow
White Rabbit can be found under a glass dome on a 16th floor of Smolenskiy Passage offering a spectacular 360-degree view of Moscow. As the name suggests, the restaurant whimsically embraces an Alice In Wonderland theme featuring rabbits and rococo furniture.
The first joint project of restaurateur Boris Zarkov and chef Vladimir Mukhin, White Rabbit opens every season with a tasting menu based on new products, ideas and combinations of flavours. Traditional Russian cuisine and products blend with the latest culinary trends to provide delicacies of every description. Borsch soup is elevated by fried crucians, baked beans and turnip crisps, while traditional Russian produce like Borodinsky black bread is paired with luxurious ingredients like caviar.
Signature dishes include rabbit and mini cabbage rolls in foie gras with potato crisps and truffle juice as well as roast suckling pig and Black Sea oysters.
Nearest airport: Sheremetyevo airport and Vnoukovo airport
Led by Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, Den serves modern kaiseki, the style of Japanese cuisine involving a series of small, intricate dishes. Officially voted ‘The Best Restaurant in Japan’, Hasegaw’s seasonal eight-course menu incorporates international influences with traditional Japanese cuisine.
Signature dishes include the garden salad composed of 20 vegetables reaped daily (practically the whole garden) or ‘Den-tucky fried’ chicken wings with a hidden surprise, presented in a fast-food takeaway box.
The service and hospitality at Den are second-to-none and diners are truly made to feel a part of the family.
Nearest airport: Haneda airport, Tokyo
Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo
Nestled deep in the Atxondo valley, at the foothills of the enchanting Mt. Anboto, you’ll find Asador Etxebarri. Here, Head Chef Victor Arguinzoniz cooks everything over a grill (even the desserts). Using carefully selected firewood from different trees to compliment the locally cultivated, natural produce, Arguinzoniz’s home-grown menu focuses on old-school cooking.
The menu revolves around earth, ocean and fire depending on the freshest seasonal products of the day. Well-known dishes include the juicy Palamós prawns, homemade chorizo tartare and tomahawk steak.
Nearest airport: Bilbao airport