One of the best ways to dive into the culture of a city is through the lens of its food culture. Understanding traditional flavours and trying local cuisine always ties you closer to local culture. But every food enthusiast knows that nothing satisfies us quite like delicious food, be it on the streets or in an upmarket Michelin Star restaurant.
People today crave culinary experiences that offer a deep immersion into a country’s culture. With the passage of time, more people are traversing the globe in the hope of finding authentic, creative, traditional, unusual, or palette-challenging food. While the streets give us a flavour of local cuisine, what sets the tone for a vacation is a fine dining experience. And when it comes to fine dining, you can’t surpass the best Michelin Star restaurants.
Michelin Star restaurants have been setting global standards in the culinary world for decades now, and every gourmet restaurant around the world one day aspires to earn their rightful place in Michelin’s influential guidebook. In culinary terms, it is an honour beyond all others. While this recognition was initially limited to European high-class restaurants (mainly within France and London), in recent years, the Michelin Star standard has branched out across the globe. Today the Michelin Guide and its associated star rating system are the ultimate culinary accolade.
A Michelin star speaks of carefully sourced produce, innovative cooking techniques, impeccable service and elegantly sumptuous surroundings. These restaurants serve delectable cuisines carefully curated by globally acclaimed and Michelin-starred chefs not only to please the palate but also the eyes. Promising gastronomic excellence, the restaurants offer world-class dining and unparalleled interiors to go with it. In short, the experience of eating at Michelin Star is often unmatched.
So, whether you’re curious about luxury dining delights or want to indulge in foods that tantalise the taste buds, Luxebook takes you through the top Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.
Alain Ducasse, The Dorchester Hotel, London
An icon of fine dining, Alain Ducasse has about 20 Michelin stars under his belt and three of them adorn his namesake restaurant at The Dorchester hotel in London. His French roots are visible on the menu that features French classics, such as beef fillet with charred leek and mustard, and lobster medallion with chicken quenelles, truffle and pasta. But executive chef Jean- Philippe Blondet is responsible for maintaining standards, and his vegetarian and a la carte menus highlight fine seasonal produce and the kitchen’s technical prowess.
Per Se Restaurant, New York
Serving up some seriously delicious French cuisine, the three-star Michelin Star restaurant Per Se is located in the heart of New York City. Situated on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Building it offers picturesque views of the entire city. Helmed by Chef Thomas Keller this is one of the highest Michelin-star restaurants that offer a special tasting menu daily. But what makes it truly unique is that not a single ingredient is repeated in these meals.
The Fat Duck, Bray, United Kingdom
Immerse yourself in the world of Heston Blumenthal who has turned food into a journey, making the Fat Duck a renowned temple for innovative Modern British cuisine. This restaurant earned its popularity due to the unique culinary techniques employed by Chef Heston Blumenthal, like multi-sensory cooking, food pairing, and flavour encapsulation and is best known for the 14-course tasting. The must-try food item here is the Turtle Soup and Sounds of Sea.
Located in the gorgeous Napa Valley region, this Michelin restaurant in California features food that doesn’t only taste good but looks too pretty to be eaten. The food served here displays Chef Christopher Kostow’s inventive cooking style that pays meticulous attention to detailing and uses only seasonal fresh ingredients. The menu at this restaurant changes frequently according to the season with new and innovative dishes.
Cheval Blanc, Switzerland
A pristine location calls for indulgence in luxury experiences. Known to be one of the top Michelin restaurants in the world, Cheval Blanc is an Italian restaurant is situated in Basel. In 2016, it was awarded Michelin Stars under Chef Peter Knoll, and the river-side venue further adds to the experience.
Osteria Francescana Restaurant, Italy
Chef Massimo Bottura is known for his excellence in Italian cuisine and Osteria Francescana located in the beautiful city of Modena offers exactly that. Given Italian dishes a Bottura twist, the chef infuses each dish with a contemporary twist and unique flavour profile. Classic Italian cuisine dishes like the Tagliatelle, Risotto, Rabbit Macaroons and the Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggian are some of the delicacies offered here.
Robuchon Au Dome Restaurant, Macau
Make your way to Chef Joel Robuchon gastronomic paradise at the Grand Lisboa hotel in Macau. Nestled in the dome of the Grand Lisboa Hotel on the 48th floor, this Michelin Star boasts spectacular sights city’s skyline and has been awarded three Michelin stars. It is rated as the best restaurant in all of Macau and offers a superb menu of French gastronomic cuisine, meticulously crafted by the world’s most Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon. A Prestige Menu is also featured by this restaurant which includes imperial dishes like Caviar and King Crab.
Azurmendi Restaurant, Spain
Making its name as one of the top (and eco-friendly) Michelin-star restaurants in the world, Azurmendi is located in Larrabetzu Spain. Following the vision Chef Eneko Atxa if you’re seeking a special experience, Atxa curates the perfect one for every visitor. This restaurant features a terrace garden where the diners can glance at the fresh produce used in meals and then savour the delicious dishes. But one of the key highlights is the fan-favourite edible cotton that is served here
Japan has one of the most revolutionary culinary scenes in the world, and a trip to Den will reassure you of this fact. Run by Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, the menu deviates from the refined but often repetitive Japanese stereotypes and offers personal creations by the chef. Keep an eye out for sardines served with liver paste and sesame rice, pork with root vegetables and lime and the Den’s salad served with a stuffed ant.
Copenhagen’s Noma is a gastronomic sensation headed by chef René Redzepi. René was one of the first to revolutionise Nordic cuisine and offer something new and interesting. Today, guests are served peculiar seasonal dishes from their 20-piece tasting menu that explores multiple methods of cooking and presenting food. you can expect to eat some interesting things. Some of the unconventional choices are soup inside a potted plant, seaweed foraged from beaches around Copenhagen and pancakes made from mouldy barley.
Man Wah, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong
Spectacular views and culinary delights immerse yourself in a fine dining experience at Man Wah, Hong Kong. Unlike the usual offerings, this Michelin-starred restaurant boasts exceptional local and regional specialities Cantonese cuisine in a luxurious setting. On the menu, you can find an extensive array of authentic delicacies such as dumplings, barbecued pork, Peking duck, smoked codfish and speciality teas.
Waku Ghin, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
It’s no surprise that Singapore’s luxury hub Marina Bay Sands houses a Michelin-star restaurant. This Japanese restaurant is led by chef Tetsuya Wakuda and delivers a premium experience by serving food made with the freshest ingredients in contemporary settings. With an exclusive Chef’s Table, you can savour a set 10-course degustation menu that focuses on Japanese delicacies along with luxe signature dishes and seafood of the day.
Indian Accent, The Lodhi, New Delhi
Encapsulating the essence of rich Indian flavours and signature spices, Indian Accent gives Indian cuisine a contemporary spin. Led by chef Manish Mehrotra, Indian Accent’s menu brings together global and indigenous culinary techniques to evolve into an experience that caters to all your senses. Opt for the six-course Chef’s tasting menu or pick from extensive à la carte options. Some stand-out choices are the duck khurchan cornetto, potato sphere chaat, tandoor-fired blue cheese naan and crab apple mousse.
Le Cinq, Paris
Le Cinq is one of the top Michelin-star restaurants in the world, and if one were to describe the restaurant in a few words we’d say – creatively plated French dishes in a richly decorated, regency-style dining room. The gourmet restaurant was initially headed by Chef Philippe Legendre, but it was the leadership of Chef Christian Le Squer that led to it receiving three Michelin stars in 2016. Le Cinq is synonymous with the apex of French modern and elegant cuisine.