From modest openings in far- away spots to new offerings from marquee chefs, there are some restaurants worth a plane ride. It surely is something magical about these restaurants that you won’t be finding anywhere else. So if your pocket permits, don’t feel shy to visit them regardless of where you are coming from.
1. Aponiente, Spain
Located in southern Spain, this 22- seat restaurant specializes in sustainable seafood. Chef Ángel León uses traditional products with a twist, some unusual ingredients are used by him such as plankton and fish eyeballs. Such lavishing is the menu here that it is undeniably one of those restaurants worth a plane ride.
2. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
Three-times Michelin star winning chef Heston Blumenthal is at the helm of things here and has been busy researching British recipes dating back to the 14th century. Guests here get to look into the kitchen and watch its ultra-modern steel pulley system via a glass wall.
3. Benu, San Francisco
A brainchild of wunderkind chef Corey Lee, Benu got opened in August 2011 amidst some great expectations from the San Francisco food critics circle. Moreover,, it met those expectations beautifully with top- of- the- line critics awarding it with stars every week. This is one such restaurant that is definitely worth a plane ride.
4. M. Wells, New York
Run by HugueDufour and Sarah Obraitis, this retrofitted diner offers a menu that celebrates American and Montreal ingredients along with dishes such as pickled pig’s tongue, breakfast sandwich and escargots and bone marrow.
5. Mirazur, Menton, France
Located in a village, Mirazur is a product of Chef Mauro Colagreco where he offers crowd-pleasers like sweet red prawn with fresh young asparagus, wild garlic blossoms and Ligurian olive oil. In 2009, the chef bagged the title of GaultMillau’s “Chef of the Year”.
6. El Garzon Restaurant, Uruguay
Jet-setters are attracted to this sandy town ever since Chef Francis Mallmann opened a 5-room hotel cum restaurant here. An Andean technique named “infiernillo” is practised here where the food is cooked between two wood fires.
7. Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney
This is Chef David Chang’s first restaurant that is outside New York. Mr. Chang stated quite clearly at the time of the launch that they won’t be importing anything as such except shoyu and wine, with the kitchen duties being traded between him and Peter Serpico.
8. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
This tapas and cocktail bar is situated in the neighbourhood of Parallel. The space and food embrace a theatrical atmosphere with several “stages” that are being set up all over the restaurant.
9. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
Within weeks after its opening, Chef Andre Chang set his foot in wowing the most critical gourmands of the city with his French- inspired dishes such as braised eggplant and duck tongue.
10. Willows Inn, Washington
The menu here focuses mainly on the local ingredients. The team is committed in providing a comfortable, extraordinary and intimate dining experience. Chef Blain Wetzel is the star here, who works with an urchin diver and a farmer.