Ours is a country that’s famous for fast food restaurants and TV dinners. We have a wide variety of restaurants like McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Domino’s. We are known to upsize everything when we order, large fries, large soda, supersize ‘em all! But there are people in our country that are a little bit more delicate than the general public who frequent these fast food joints on a daily basis. These people are called gourmets, gastronomes, and epicures, or more commonly, they are known as foodies. These are the kinds of people who has an affinity for fine foods, fine dining, and fine restaurants. They do not mind paying more for better tasting and better looking food than fast food.
Speaking of paying more for better food, we gathered the most luxurious restaurants in the world. This is a list of the ten most expensive dining places one can ever go to. It’s a gastronomic experience to dine in any of these ten restaurants, all of which we are sure, have 3 Michelin-stars. It is also a once in a lifetime experience for one’s wallet because the minimum dining cost in these places is, more or less, two hundred dollars.
10. Misoguigawa in Kyoto, Japan
Some people may not know what and where Kyoto is, it’s a city in Japan, located in the lower middle part of the main island. Kyoto is an important city in Japan because before Tokyo in 1868, it was the country’s capital city for more than a thousand years. Kyoto is the cultural epicenter of Japan. It is also famously known for its cuisine, especially the kaiseki spread. It is a method of serving food in one big tray, there you will see small servings of food, designed artistically and will explode with flavors in your mouth.
But what Misoguigawa’s specialty is taking the Japanese style of cooking and serving, kaiseki, and fusing it with the French style of flavors and spices and other methods of cooking and preparations. One will not only savor the unique French kaiseki, hey will also savor the rich and tranquil ambiance, a sort of historic aura in the environment, that the restaurant elevates. A trailblazer in food fusion, French kaiseki, Misoguigawa is an establishment that gives you a taste and an atmosphere of Japan, with a sprinkle of France. Not many restaurants can pull off this kind of experience, and if one happens to be French-Japanese, this is the perfect restaurant for them.
9. Sublimotion in Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is one of the many islands in the Balearic archipelago of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. The place is famous for a lot of things, beaches for one. Beautiful white sands and pristine waters, they are a treat. Another thing that Ibiza is famous for is its nightlife. From wild to borderline crazy, partying or clubbing here starts, usually, as the sun sets and ends at dawn. But as the young and restless party the night away and as the lazier ones tan their bodies at the beach, there are a group of tourists who visit Ibiza for one thing, too. It’s the Sublimotion Restaurant.
2 Michelin star chef Paco Roncero, of Spain of course, is the creator of this technologically advanced restaurant. As head chef of Sublimotion, and not to mention 2 years of hard work and development, the product of his efforts, and all the other designers, writers, illusionists, and architects who helped, it was the first gastronomic show in the world. The dining room is a space 70 meters squared and 7 meters high. The table, which can serve up to 12 guests, is not just a place to eat but contains the most advanced tech in gastronomic innovation. A dining experience that targets, not just the taste buds, but all five senses, is one that should be in everyone’s bucket list.
8. Plaza Athenee in Paris, France
Many chefs dream of having their own restaurant and its Michelin stars, or just even a star. But chef Alain Ducasse is a chef that’s right there at the top. Just right under legendary chef Joël Robuchon, who has a record-breaking, world-setting and kind of unbreakable, 31 stars notched on his proverbial belt, Alain Ducasse has 21 Michelin stars. At second out of all the thousands of chefs around the world, that is also considered #1. No one comes close to Alain Ducasse, except for the third chef, the former mentee of chef Joël Robuchon, Gordon Ramsay. But Gordon is well behind with only 16 stars.
Now, this chef has restaurants all over the world, too. He has thirty of them, most are in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He also has some in Monaco, Qatar, China, and Japan. One of his best is located in the Hotel Plaza Athenee, in Paris. One will get served contemporary haute cuisine called the Naturalness cuisine inside a restaurant designed by the tandem Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. A dining area that seems like a gallery or a piece of art in and of itself, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee is a sight to behold and a cuisine comparable to the gods’ nectars. It comes with a steep per head price of at least $500 for a full meal.
7. Masa in New York, USA
One thing about the city of New York is that you can’t beat the affordability, the accessibility and the taste of its street food. The iconic New York hot dog, the pretzels, and the falafels, and many more options and varieties in the streets and corners of the busy city. As pedestrian as it sounds and looks like, literally, to a New Yorker foodie, all is not lost for these people. It turns out that there are many, not as many as these hotdog and pretzel stands, Michelin-starred restaurants right here in The City That Never Sleeps. If you are a foodie and just moved to New York city, sleep well now, because there are great restaurants here for the likes of you. One great example is Masa.
A restaurant that’s proud of its Japanese and American fusion, as only the best can deliver, chef Masayoshi Takahama. He will hit the foodie with an assault of 26 courses, all hot (or cold) and ready. For at least $400, one can experience the wonder that is Masa. Sit comfortably, because this dining experience is longer than the extended director’s cut version of Titanic. And like Jack and Rose, we will fall in love with Masa and his world-class cuisine.
6. Maison Pic in Valence, France
Not all of them can say that they have Michelin stars, and not all of them with the Michelin stars can say that they are all male chefs. Chef Anne-Sophie Pic is one of only six female chefs in the whole world that runs their kitchen under the insignia of three Michelin-stars. The other four are Clare Smith – the first woman in the United Kingdom to get them, Nadia Santini – the first Italian female chef to get 3 Michelin stars, and then there’s Carme Ruscalleda, the legendary Catalan chef who has, well, 7 Michelin stars. The power of women is held high and proud by these mighty chefs, and chef Anne-Sophie Pic is a pioneering force in French “restaurateuring” today.
To date, chef Anne-Sophie Pic already has 5 Michelin stars. The new 2 Michelin stars were awarded to her and her Switzerland restaurant in Lausanne called Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic in 2009. But the Maison Pic in Valence, Drôme, in the upper southeast region of France, is her baby. In fact, it’s their family’s baby. It was opened in 1889 by Anne-Sophie Pic’s great-grandparents, then was passed down to her grandfather (Andre Pic), and then to her father Jacques Pic. A dinner in Maison Pic may cost $445 per head, but it’s worth every penny.
5. Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland
Every time we think of Switzerland, three things come to mind, the cheese, the chocolate, and the knife. But to a bonafide foodie, Crissier is one of their top three. Crissier is a small town, only a little over 2 square miles, in the district of Ouest Lausannois in the Canton (Switzerland’s version of State) of Vaud. With a population not going over 10,000, it seems a quiet little town with levels of excitements dialed down on a daily basis. It’s a good thing that in this town, there is a 3 Michelin-star restaurant where people can pass the time. Head chef Benoit Violier was named Chef Of The year by Switzerland in 2013, less than a year after he opened the restaurant in Crissier.
The best restaurant in all of Switzerland, and one of the best in the whole world, Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville will make the diner a little less than $400 poorer. This will give the customer the full and unbridled dining experience of eleven courses and a wide selection of wines. Unfortunately, chef Benoit Violier passed in 2016 from an apparent suicide in January 2016, a month after his restaurant was honored the title best restaurant in the world by the French government.
4. Kitcho in Kyoto, Japan
Arashiyama is a district located in the outskirts of western Kyoto. It is also the location of one of the best restaurants in the world. Kitcho’s father and creator is Teiichi Yuki, he founded the restaurant a little less than a century ago (1930) in Osaka. Arashiyama nests one of the best in Japan that Kitcho offers, and certainly one of the best in the world. From delicate ingredients such as blue crab and barracuda sushi, one can experience superb dining only Kitcho can provide, for around $400. Kitcho in Arashiyama is headed by Teiichi Yuki’s grandson, Kunio Tokuoka.
Kitcho, in Kyoto alone, has 6 restaurants, but this one in Arashiyama is undoubtedly the best. If one is splurging and does not care about the cost, they should go ahead and order the Chef’s Omakase Course. The Omakase is a personalized dining experience where the chef picks out ingredients, fresh and only the best, and prepares and cooks them in front of you. Lunch starts at 11:30 am and dinner at 5:00 pm, and is closed every Wednesdays. If a vacation or a business trip takes you to Japan and near Kyoto, do not forget this schedule and the town’s name: Arashiyama.
3. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in Conrad Rangali Island, Maldives
Restaurants always have some gimmick to add to their fabulous food, just do a search using Sublimotion Spain or Ultraviolet China and get your mind blown by how psychedelic those restaurants really are. But this next restaurant is all natural. No effects in this place, everything you see around you is real. Imagine a see-through submarine, a big tube submerged and suspended underwater, amidst the school of fish and all marine life swimming about in the Indian Ocean. Then convert it into one of the best fine dining restaurants in the world. So fine that a meal will cost at least $200, that’s a four-course meal. How many people can say they dined, not just underwater with the fish, but dined in one of the most popular and most luxurious restaurants in the world.
So exclusive and so discreet that the restaurant only serves 14 customers at a time. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the first undersea restaurant in the world and it was opened in 2005. They serve 4-course lunches and 6-course dinners. These are usually European dishes and sure enough, they serve the freshest seafood because they’re all right there, haha! If you ever take a vacation in the sunny Maldives, don’t forget to have a nice dinner here in Ithaa.
2. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, UK
Yes, this restaurant is named after a famous reality cooking show host and judge. Yes, he is a real chef and one of the best. No, he is not just pretending to be a chef. He is Gordon Ramsay, and he has the best restaurants spread all over the world. He also has at least 7 active TV shows, including Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen, and Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course. Past shows rack up to at least 12, including Hotel Hell and The F Word. But if we are going to visit just one restaurant of his, it would be the one in London. He has, technically, 36 establishments all over the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. These are restaurants, bars, pubs, hotel restaurants, and 3 Michelin stars fine dining restaurants.
There are 14 of his establishments all over London, and the one we want to talk about is the restaurant along Royal Hospital Road. With 3 Michelin stars and the braggadocio of having named after the man himself, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is arguably the finest restaurant out of all of them. We don’t know if Gordon Ramsay has more TV shows or restaurants, but one thing is for sure, they’re all very good.
1. Per Se in New York, USA
An almost $400 tasting menu, an eating marathon, then hours later one realizes that they’ve just spent the best 5 hours of eating experience they ever had in their lives. A structure with tables offering a nice view of Central Park and Columbus Circle, bring around four Benjamins to enjoy a tasting menu of nine courses. Savor the solemn ambiance and the intimacy as they serve you one course after another, each one a little bit better than the last. Per Se is an establishment where reservations are hard to come by, they are booked until the end of 2018.
Per Se is owned by Thomas Keller, the three Michelin star chef, and restaurateur who also happens to own three other fine joints, namely The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Ad Hoc. People say that Per Se is the New York version of The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Located in Manhattan at West 60th Street and Broadway, on the 4th floor of Time Warner Center twin tower building, Per Se is elegance and fine dining at its best in the heart of the Big Apple. Thomas Keller did well in placing one of his restaurants in a prime position there at Columbus Circle.