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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.
2.MARTIN BERASATEGUI, LASARTE, SPAIN
“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.
3.EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA, GIRONA, SPAIN
“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.
Sooo close! 72 hours of pain and heartache and were 98% there! 2% will be done before it goes live tonight. 😓 ‘’A Plate of Pheasant’’ Last of the game seasons offerings! ♥️🐦🐶🤷🏾♂️ Well done team RSB 1. Bbq glazed breast 2. Lenton fried Pheasant 3. Heart and leg Sausage roll 4. Rillette 5. Boudin Blanc with truffle and confit thigh 6. Pheasant Jus-roti 7. Mustard coleslaw 8. Truffle ketchup 9. Chicory/parfait sandwich 10. Beets and berries 11. 🌲 oil 12. Slice of truffle 😓🤷🏾♂️
5. RESTAURANTE BENAZUZA, CANCUN, MEXICO
“Suburb dining experience, excellent service, awesome food!”
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.
6. LA COLOMBE, CONSTANTIA, SOUTH AFRICA
“Favorite restaurant in Cape town!”
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.
Best Lunch in the city so far , Starting off with some sour dough bread and home churned butter .. pea mousse quail egg , apple and youzi ... Pan fried gnocchi, fennel , turnip and cereliac .. yellow fin tuna , umami broth avacado .. followed by cauliflower risotto, pan fried cauliflower broccoli stems and smoked garlic , finishing the meal off with strawberry lemon verbena , cashew nut and quinoa and some tea | @lacolombect you have exceeded my expectations. 🍽 #misueats #SA #capetown ( Swipe right )
7. TRB HUTONG, BEIJING, CHINA
“Modern, upscale international cuisine that isn't overdone or fussy. The clean, straightforward decor and lighting pair beautifully with the menus.”
Contemporary European cuisine served in a lovingly restored 600-year-old temple. Managed by ex-Boulud marvel Ignace Lecleir.
At @trb_cn Hutong, starters are called preludes. Things won't get any more haute French cuisine in China than at this Beijing gastronomic restaurant. From their 'Marine & Marvellous' selection, I tried the sea urchin. Five grammes of Baeri caviar are optional. This dish made with rice, avocado and seaweed was so marvellous I could have it for lunch, dinner and breakfast! @michelinguide hasn't discovered China yet. Yesterday, @tripadvisor contributers elected TRB Hutong the best restaurant in Asia. You may want to follow TRB. And me. I might know where I'm going. 😃 #seaurchin #starter #prelude #trb #trbhutongbeijing is a #beijing #topquality #frenchcuisine #beijingfood #star #trbhutong #chefsofinstagram #tripadvisor #gastronomy minus the official #michelin #michelinstars #tasteofbeijing #amazingdestinationsbelgium
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.
9. THE GROVE, AUCKLAND CENTRAL, NEW ZEALAND
“Wow. Wow. Wow.”
Representing the best of New Zealand, The Grove serves modern local cuisine with a French twist. A degustation menu that changes with seasonality and market availability it is a revitalising culinary experience.
10. DAVID'S KITCHEN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
“There are many, many places with good food, but no ambiance. David's has the best of both.”
This family-run restaurant in Chang Mai hits the right notes between casual and formal, elegant and easy, warm and luxurious. Consistently at the top of the Thai tree when it comes to restaurants.