10 World-Class Restaurants for Every Foodie
Some travel for adventure while others travel for breathtaking scenery. Foodies, on the other hand, travel for an unprecedented restaurant, exquisite menus, and unique dining experiences.
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Below are ten world-class restaurants that belong on every foodie’s bucket list.
White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
This stylish, Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant embraces Russian tradition with fresh and local produce. Chef Vladimir Mukhin provides an imaginative menu with a twist on the traditional Russian classics such as borscht served with beans, fried carp (crucian), sour cream, and turnip chips.
Enjoy your dining experience with a 360-degree view of Moscow’s historic center in a dining room filled with rabbit paintings bursting with personality, glass chandeliers, and rococo furniture.
Al Mahara Restaurant (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
The land of luxury does not disappoint when it comes to fine dining experiences. Not only does the Al Mahara Restaurant offer the most mouth-watering seafood to tantalize your palate, but you also get to enjoy your special meal in an underwater dining room.
Your one-of-kind meal will be prepared by award-winning chef, Nathan Outlaw while being entertained by the variety of colorful and unique fish and aquatic life that live in the floor-to-ceiling aquarium that engulfs you.
San Cristobal Paladar (Havana, Cuba)
If you’re looking to experience an authentic Cuban meal while being showered with complimentary cigars and rum, San Cristobal Paladar needs to be on your bucket list.
The restaurant is furnished with black-and-white photography, antique crystal chandeliers, and vintage rococo furniture that gives it an old-school vibe.
The menu entices with Cuban-Creole favorites such as yucca (cassava), cerdo Asado (roast pork), and an assortment of seafood, including lobster, shrimp, and fresh fish.
Leave room for the Pudin San Cristobal, a delicious pudding made with the perfect combination of eggs, milk, fruit, and almonds.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénéé Hotel (Paris, France)
With three Michelin Stars, the Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénéé provides its guests with a bold menu focused on healthy eats that are caught or grown organically and sustainably.
The menu is fundamentally Parisian with elements of Shojin (Japanese) cuisine incorporated into a few dishes. This place is oozing luxury and glamor with polished stainless steel shells dividing parties and chandelier ceilings that create a starry effect.
Napa Valley Wine Train (Napa Valley, California)
What better place to wine and dine than in wine country on a train traveling through the vineyards themselves. The experience begins when you settle into a refurbished, century-old Pullman railroad car and travel between Napa and St. Helena.
Along the scenic route, enjoy local wine paired with superb onboard cuisine such as a steak tenderloin served in a Cabernet Sauvignon reduction.
Labassin Waterfall Restaurant (San Pablo, Philippines)
If you’re looking for a surreal dining experience, imagine enjoying your meal while calf-deep in water from a gigantic, indoor waterfall rushing beneath you.
Guests enjoy local, authentic cuisine such as chicken adobo, lumpia, sinigang (hot and sour soup), and cassava cake on bamboo tables while being entertained by traditional dance and music performances, not to mention the gushing waterfall a mere few feet away. After dining, guests are invited to take advantage of the surrounding nature with activities such as hiking or bird watching.
Blue by Eric Ripert (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)
Blue Top Chef Eric Ripert’s trademark ethereal seafood (executed by his handpicked brigade), flawless but not fawning service, swish setting, and soothing, unpretentious sophistication make this one of the Caribbean’s finest restaurants.
Choose from hedonistic six- and seven-course tasting menus (with or without wine pairing); there are also trendy “almost raw” and “barely touched” options. Many dishes are clever riffs on the mother restaurant (New York’s celebrated Le Bernardin), using the island’s natural bounty; a tribute to the Bernardin tuna foie gras adds Cayman sea salt.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives Rangali Island)
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant boasts the title of the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, located 16 feet below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel. Ithaa serves caviar and Maldivian lobster—just a couple of the menu items to be enjoyed while taking in the 180-degree panoramic views of the water above you.
El Motel, Spain
Since 1961, El Motel in the northeastern Spanish town of Figueres has been preparing inventive, unfailing delicious Catalan cuisine. They have surprised a thousand sheets of eggplant and anchovy in the style of James cadaqués that have been prepared. Taste and texture memory.
Il Palagio (Firenze, Italy)
Capture the magic of Florence – authentic Italian cuisine, superb wines, and an exquisite indoor-outdoor setting. It all comes together at Il Palagio, Michelin-starred Italian dining in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Loved by visitors and locals alike, Il Palagio is a favorite among Florence restaurants for its traditional regional fare with a modern twist.
Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his team have earned international acclaim for the thoughtful preparation of the freshest local ingredients, in dishes such as the signature Cavatelli pasta Cacio e Pepe with red prawns and marinated baby squids.
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