By Liz W. on March 30 2014
A fine dining experience is something to be treasured. It’s not just the quality of the food that gives patrons pause, but the exceptional service and one-of-a-kind ambiance. For the most discriminating foodies, here are some of the top eateries in the world.
Masa - New York City, New York
Even canceling a reservation will run a bill at this fine Japanese restaurant in the heart of New York City. Masa is housed in the Time Warner Center, and the tab will cost at least $450 per person without including drinks, tax or gratuity. There are 26 seats available, but no food menu. Chef Masa Takayama opened the restaurant in 2004 and tracks what he’s served in order to offer the most satisfying experience.
The Fat Duck - Bray, England
The Fat Duck is a popular molecular gastronomy spot that was established in 1995. This inventive Michelin 3-star restaurant in the Bray, Berkshire region is not for the faint of heart. The Fat Duck offers up dishes like sardine on toast sorbet and snail porridge. You will need to make reservations 2 months in advance at this well-liked restaurant, and the tasting menu will run about $300 per person.
Aragawa – Tokyo, Japan
If you’re a meat eater, and you’re well-heeled, Aragawa is a must. Dinner for two will run over $1,000 at this popular steakhouse. It’ll also be difficult to secure reservations. However, quality is the name of the game at Aragawa. It is consistently named one of the most expensive restaurants in the world, and for lovers of quality Wagyu beef (Kobe), it is also the best.
Ithaa - Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives
Opened in 2005, Ithaa is billed as the “World's first undersea restaurant.” The restaurant offers its patrons a unique dining experience in that it is built roughly 16 feet below sea level. The food you’ll experience at Ithaa is a fusion of Maldivian and European cuisine. Prices will range from $85 for cocktail hour to over $300 per person for the six-course tasting menu before tax and tip.
Maison Pic - Valence, France
This Michelin 3-star restaurant has history and beauty on its side. Chef Anne-Sophie Pic is carrying out her family’s tradition by preparing high-quality menus that are acclaimed by global reviewers. The most exquisite dining experience can be had at this French eatery for $445 per person. The chef puts her special touch on food items that have been fashioned since the opening of Maison Pic in 1889.
Kitcho - Kyoto, Japan
Culinary art is alive and well at Kitcho. Chef Kunio Tokuoka is at the helm of this stunning Japanese restaurant. Kitcho was founded in 1930, and at the heart of the restaurant is a great respect for both quality and beauty in food. A full meal will run approximately $600 per person, but the price tag does not dissuade its most loyal fans.
International travel is exciting, and with travel comes food options of all kinds. For the wealthy, there are no barriers when it comes to high-quality dining experiences. High-end customers are not called to fine dining establishments for heaping bowls of pasta or flashy décor. The most exclusive eateries value excellence in food preparation, service and atmosphere over everything else.