Everyone enjoys a good meal at a nice restaurant, but there are “nice” restaurants, and then there are the best of the best. If you’re planning an incentive travel trip for your company’s top performers, and you want culinary thrills to be a part of the adventure, consider booking a reservation at one of the eateries below. As reported on theworlds50best.com, panels of gastronomic experts around the globe agree these are the top ten restaurants in the world.
- Asador Etxebarri
Practicing his specialty in Axpe, Spain, chef Victor Arguinzoniz is a master of the barbecue cooking method. As destiny would have it, the experienced tastemaker was born just minutes from the restaurant’s location. Today, he sends the establishment’s enticing aromas wafting into the sleepy village of his boyhood, using fresh ingredients straight from his garden.
Style of cuisine: Spanish wood-fired barbecue
Acclaimed food: crunchy corn and sea urchin, grilled eel, Palamós prawns
Located in historic Vienna, Austria, Steirereck boasts a modern atmosphere, and chef Heinz Reitbauer serves cuisine that’s modern in both preparation and presentation. The meals often look too pretty to eat, but you’ll be glad you let hunger take over. Some of Reitbauer’s entrees are quite unlike anything else, featuring eccentric combinations that are somehow perfect.
Style of cuisine: Modern Austrian
Acclaimed food: char with beeswax, yellow carrot, “pollen” and sour cream
Chefs Yoshihiro Narisawa and Takahisa Yuyama are the culinary brains behind Japan’s top restaurant. Located in Tokyo, in the non-touristy district of Minami Aoyama, Narisawa is known for two things above all: creating seasonal dishes based on the availability of homegrown ingredients, and fine Japanese wine. Combine them, and you have an unforgettable meal.
Style of cuisine: innovative Satoyama cuisine
Acclaimed food: Satoyama scenery, pinot noir from Nagano, riesling lion from Iwate
Located in San Sebastian, Spain, is Mugaritz, a restaurant that takes its cue from Basque cuisine, which combines ingredients from mountain and sea. The result is mouthwatering, gorgeously presented fusion food by chefs Andoni Luis Aduriz and Juan Vargas. Served in the restaurant’s scenic garden seating, a meal can include as many as 20 fabulous courses.
Style of cuisine: techno-emotional Spanish
Acclaimed food: bitter ideas of velvet, chocolate petit fours, oyster and young garlic omelette
We often see a French restaurant higher on the list than this, but Mauro Colagreco may take his establishment all the way to the top. Mediterranean cuisine is popular worldwide, and Colagreco and his team prepare it amazingly well in Menton, on the French side of the Riviera, using just picked heirloom vegetables and fresh seafood found from an acclaimed food market nearby.
Style of cuisine: Mediterranean
Acclaimed food: oyster and pears, fried anchovy fillets, green
Chefs René Redzepi and Benjamin Paul Ing reenvision traditional Nordic cuisine through a contemporary, eco-friendly lens. In a nod to the hunting and gathering tradition, They like to “forage” for ingredients instead of buying farm-raised. The food is fantastic, and the atmosphere is remarkably laid back. The chefs even leave the kitchen to bring food to your table.
Style of cuisine: seasonal, terroir-led Scandinavian
Acclaimed food: sweet shrimps wrapped in ramson leaves, apples and lemon thyme
Chef Virgílio Martínez and his world-renowned team source their menu’s ingredients from the local area to create the latest, greatest Peruvian cuisine. If any of the places on the list emphasize the eco-friendly, health conscious approach to creating cuisine, it’s Central. They even serve you water that they purif on-site with a multi-step reverse osmosis process.
Style of cuisine: Contemporary Peruvian
Acclaimed fare: Cosecha y recolección (harvest and gathering)
- Eleven Madison Park
It’s only fitting that the world’s most cosmopolitan city would have a top ten restaurant. Chefs Daniel Humm, Chris Flint, and Mary Welker team up to serve up some of the best contemporary style European cuisine the Big Apple has to offer. The team also likes to personalize dishes for individuals, so feel free to order like you own the place.
Style of cuisine: Modern European influenced by New York
Acclaimed food: Honey lavender roasted duck, Mast Brothers chocolate
- El Celler de Can Roca
Located in the provincial city of Girona, Spain, El Celler de Can Roca previously held the #1 spot. The trio of brothers who run the establishment are world renowned in their respective specialties. Joan is a chef, Josep is a sommelier, and Jordi is a patissier. When it comes to fine food, the brothers don’t the “best of both worlds”, but the best of three.
Style of cuisine: modern freestyle
Acclaimed food: vegetable stock, Iberian suckling pig, multi-layered prawn compositions
- Osteria Francescana
Located in scenic Modena, Italy, this restaurant reclaims the #1 spot after spending two years waiting at #2. Owner and chef Massimo Bottura opened Osteria Francescana in 1995. Since then, he’s showcased the art of blending Italy’s traditional, most revered recipes with fine trends in contemporary cuisine. Dining here is a new experience in Italian culinary arts.
Style of cuisine: contemporary Italian
Acclaimed food: mallard, partridge, and bollito
Feeling Hungry Yet?
Everyone needs to eat, and when you’re dining on an incentive travel trip, it’s a great time to fare on the best. This is what you find at the world class restaurants above. Incentive travel trips are designed to be unforgettable, which makes dining at unforgettable restaurants a perfect option.
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