Wednesday 21 February 2018

The stunning dishes of the world's top 10 restaurants

Foodies lust over the offerings at the world's best eateries and we take a closer look...

Noma's winter potato cooked in fermented barley
Noma's winter potato cooked in fermented barley
Osteria's 'Ooops, I Dropped The Lemon Tart'
El Celler de can Roca's charcoal-grilled king prawn, king prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence
Eleven Madison Park's duck roasted with honey and lavender
Dinner by Heston's Buttered Crab loaf (1714): crab, cucumber, pickled lemon, sea purslane and smoked roe
Mugaritz' ice shreds with scarlet shrimp perfume
D.O.M's fresh heart of palm with scallops and coral sauce
Arzak's simple squid with onion and lemon sauce
Alinea's Lily bulbs, distillation of finger lime and lily and apple blossoms
The Ledbury's loin of roe deer baked in Douglas fir with white beetroot, blackcurrants and smoked bone marrow
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Earlier this week, the ‘World’s Best 50 Restaurants’ awards were held in London’s Guildhall where food icon Rene Redzepi’s Noma was re-crowned the top dog.

The newly announced list is cause for any foodie to replan their holiday en route to any of the world’s top eateries but what wonders are on offer upon landing?

It’s time to take a closer look at the world’s most desirable restaurants.

Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

Headed up by dreamy food hunk Rene Redzepi (who is making an appearance at this month’s Ballymaloe Literary Festival), this two Michelin star restaurant has reinvented Nordic cuisine. Although stunning, picky eaters might approach Noma with caution, with dishes like beef tartar with live ants and winter potato cooked in fermented barley heading up his menu.

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Noma's winter potato cooked in fermented barley

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

The three Js, brothers Josep, Joan and Jordi are the brains and passion behind Spanish second place El Celler de can Roca. The restaurant is famous for its Catalan inspired menu which twists the traditional cuisine of the region. Lust after their signature dish of charcoal-grilled king prawn, king prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence.

El Celler de can Roca's charcoal-grilled king prawn, king prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence

Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

This three Michelin star eatery in Modena baffles diners with a menu which would be lapped up by any poets in the room. The restaurant offers an almost lyrical selection of delightful dishes including ‘An Eel Swimming Up The Po River’, ‘Snails Under The Earth’, ‘All The Tongues Of The World’ and ‘A Potato Waiting To Become A Truffle’. Clearly they love an element of surprise and our eyes are on 'Ooops, I Dropped The Lemon Tart'.

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Osteria's 'Ooops, I Dropped The Lemon Tart'

Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA

Co-owned by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara Eleven Madison Park in New York calls to the glitterati with its amazing tasting menu. The stand out dish lapped up by judges is the duck roasted with honey and lavender.

Eleven Madison Park's duck roasted with honey and lavender

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK

Gastronomy king and idol to aspirtional chefs the world over it is no surprise a Heston Blumenthal restaurant featured at the foodie equlivent to the Oscars. The restaurant is inspired by traditional British dishes dating as far back to the 1300s. The judges voted a buttered crab loaf originating in 1714 as their stand out dish.

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Dinner by Heston's Buttered Crab loaf (1714): crab, cucumber, pickled lemon, sea purslane and smoked roe
 

Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain

Located in a Basque farmhouse a few miles outside San Sebastian, the ship is lead by the creative genuis that is head chef Andoni Luis Aduriz. Diners aren’t given access to the menu before booking and are treated to a personalised 20-course meal upon arrival. It has been heard that their ice shreds with scarlet shrimp perfume is inspiring.

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Mugaritz' ice shreds with scarlet shrimp perfume

D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Alex Atala runs the best restaurant in South America, D.O.M. Incorporating native Brazillian ingredients such as Tucupi juice, jambu herb and pirarucu into his menu, it stunned the world’s food professionals and landed a spot at number 7.

D.O.M's fresh heart of palm with scallops and coral sauce

Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain:

Another Spanish presence on the Top 10 list, three Michelin star Arzak is family owned and run.  Chef Juan Mari Arzak and his daugher Elena champion techniques including freeze-drying, dehydration and distillation and honour Basque cuisine with a modern twist. Simple squid with onion and lemon sauce is a speciality.

Arzak's simple squid with onion and lemon sauce

Alinea, Chicago, USA

Dishes at Alinea in Chicago definitely coax your curosity with offerings like sweet potato bourbon, brown sugar and cinnamon featuring on the menu. Its signature dish clearly Black Truffle Explosion impressed the judges .

Alinea's Lily bulbs, distillation of finger lime and lily and apple blossoms

The Ledbury, London, UK

Ozzie chef Brett Graham heads up this two Michelin star joint which sits happily at tenth best in the world. Tuck into inspirational American inspired dishes like buffalo milk curd with truffle toast and a broth of grilled onions.

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