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World’s top 10 restaurants: World-class cuisine and dining experiences

Everyone loves great food. We all have a favourite restaurant, one that is our go-to if we want to spoil ourselves with a good meal. But how often do you really treat yourself to a world-class meal, a meal that you thought you would only see on TV?

The truth is that most us need to travel to experience world-class dining, which is why restaurants can be an important consideration when making travel plans. Some of us even arrange our vacations around great food destinations. A great restaurant is definitely something that will attract tourists.

What makes a restaurant one of the best in the world? Is it just the food? Or is it the atmosphere, price, service, creativity or hype? Is it a combination of all these elements? What are the intangibles that elevate a restaurant to world-class status?

These questions were recently put to the test by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. They compiled a list of restaurants that are the best of the best in culinary excellence. Here are the 10 best restaurants in the world:

  1. El Celler de Can Roca
    Location: Girona, Spain
    Style of food: Modern Spanish
    Signature dish: Mackerel with pickles and mullet roe
  2. Osteria Francescana
    Location: Modena, Italy
    Style of food: Contemporary Italian
    Signature dish: Lasagna
  3. Noma
    Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
    Style of food: Seasonal Scandinavian
    Signature dish: Sweet shrimp wrapped in ramson leaves
  4. Central
    Location: Lima, Peru
    Style of food: Avant-garde Peruvian
    Signature dish: Octopus in purple coal
  5. Eleven Madison Park
    Location: New York City, USA
    Style of food: Modern European with a New York twist
    Signature dish: Honey lavender duck with apple and rutabaga
  6. Mugaritz
    Location: San Sebastian, Spain
    Style of food: Spanish
    Signature dish: Ice shreds, scarlet shrimp perfume
  7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
    Location: London, UK
    Style of food: Historical British, made modern
    Signature dish: Meat fruit (chicken liver parfait dipped in mandarin jelly)
  8. Narisawa
    Location: Tokyo, Japan
    Style of food: Japanese with French influence
    Signature dish: “Bread of the Forest 2001”
  9. D.O.M.
    Location: São Paulo, Brazil
    Style of food: Contemporary Brazilian
    Signature dish: Palm heart fettucine with mushrooms
  10. Gaggan
    Location: Bangkok, Thailand
    Style of food: Progressive Indian
    Signature Dish: Free-range lamb chops, sous-vide, grilled and finished with green herb oil

Get your passport ready, pack your bags and get your travel insurance in order if you want to visit any of these restaurants in the near future.