From exciting flavour combinations to rare ingredients, the world’s most expensive restaurants are cooking up dishes worth their weight in gold. While it might seem unusual to pay three figures for a simple hamburger, today’s artisan chefs are proving quality is worth paying for.
Once reserved for only the wealthiest patrons in the busiest cities, today luxury dining experiences can be found all over the globe and range in style from reimagined classics to opulent gourmet dining experiences. If you’re thinking of celebrating a special occasion, the more expensive restaurants can be a great choice – it costs more than your average takeaway but in exchange offers a special experience for your family and friends.
Luxurious dining experiences
Creative restaurateurs are taking the dining experience up a notch with their elegant dining rooms, gourmet ingredients and fine wines. Among the most expensive in the world are also the most award-winning and leaders in their field. A few of the highlights include:
Kitcho – This 3-Michelin star restaurant in Tokyo is famous for being elegant and traditional. The restaurant – a family business – was founded in 1930, and today executive chef Kunio Tokuoka is finding new ways to blend the traditional with the modern with flawless style. Price for a meal for 2: around £772
Plaza Athenee – Sample French food at its absolute best at renowned chef Alain Ducasse’s flagship restaurant in Paris. The dining room alone is something to marvel at; its centrepiece is the 10,000 crystal pendant chandelier that dominates the room. Plates are no less impressive, featuring everything from locally sourced ingredients to rare caviar. Price for a meal for 2: around £680
Hotel de Ville – The decadent Hotel de Ville restaurant in Crisser, Switzerland, is famous for its seasonal menu that uses fresh ingredients to create impeccable dishes that look as good as they taste. Price for a meal for 2: around £460
Sketch – The trendy Mayfair restaurant in one of London’s most prestigious postcodes has been impressing diners with its mouth-watering dishes and eye-watering prices for more than a decade. Here you can find a wine list that’s as inspired as the menu itself, and depending on what you’d like to drink can take this meal from reasonable to the price of a short holiday. Price for a meal for 2: around £300
Find a new restaurant
When you want to take your friends or family out for a meal that can only be described as truly special, the first thing you’ll need to do is choose a restaurant. Online newspapers can be a great source of information – the Telegraph and the Guardian have each put together guides to the world’s best restaurants as picked by their food critics to offer inspiration no matter where you intend to eat.
If you’re planning an expensive meal or special occasion, the most important thing is to know you’re visiting a restaurant that can deliver the best in service and quality. Guides like Harden’s and Restaurant Ranking both offer in-depth reviews and suggestions. If you’re looking for critic-approved eateries, the Michelin restaurant guide makes it easy to search for award-winning restaurants around the world. Each of the above websites provide information about where to find the restaurant and how to book a reservation either online or by phone.
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