Europe comes out on top in the TripAdvisor list of the world’s best restaurants. Spain, France, UK and Italy all have three entries to the world’s 20 top restaurants while New York has two. Thailand, Peru, Mexico also have one each in the Michelin star heavy listing that is compiled from users’ reviews of their dining experiences. Au Crocodile in Strasbourg holds top spot, while Martin Berasategui and El Celler de Can Roca in Spain make up the top three.
1. AU CROCODILE, STRASBOURG, FRANCE
“The revival of a 'temple of gastronomy' under the culinary leadership of a young chef with a rare talent.”
This Strasburg restaurant housed in a building dating back to 1659, Au Crocodile does a great line in French classics including foie gras, lobster and frogs’ legs. Once upon a time the restaurant held three stars under chef Emile Jung, but it now holds just one under chef Franck Pelux.
“The best combinations of flavors we have ever experienced. The meal was culinary poetry.”
The most Michelin starred Spanish chef Martín Berasategui Olazábal’s eponymous restaurant in the Basque country serves season ingredients with the flair of a true genius. The new menu for 2019 is currently under development and will be available March 10th.
“Outstanding. Brilliant. Sublime. Perfect. What more is there to say?”
No surprise that Joan, Jordi and Josep Roca’s El Cellar makes the top three. The restaurant, which was opened in 1986 has consistently topped best restaurant lists the world over and the customers agree.
4. RESTAURANT SAT BAINS, NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
“Wonderful lunch at the Kitchen Bench”
Satwant Singh "Sat" Bains was French-trained before returning to Great Britain and opening Sat Bains in Nottingham under a flyover. The chef holds two Michelin stars but always stays true to its British and working-class roots.
Chef Rafael Zafra from Spain has created an oasis of pure imagination at the Grand Oasis Sens, a resort at kilometer 19.5 in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Expect the unexpected with surprises around every corner on their 20+ tasting menu.
Chef Proprietor Scot Kirton’s philosophy and approach lies in the fusion of Asian and French cuisine and the pursuit of excellence and perfection on each plate, resulting in numerous local and international awards. La Colombe is located in the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate at the top of Constantia Nek.
8. RESTAURANTE VILLA CRESPI, ORTA SAN GIULIO, ITALY
“A Devine Lunch”
Two-star restaurant in the absolutely stunning surround of Villa Crespi on the shores of the Orta Lake has Chef Cannavacciuolo who brings the traditions of his homeland, Campania, to his adopted territory, Piedmont, and the simplicity of the flavours of home.
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