The Best Restaurants have the Best Chefs
If you go to Wikipedia and search for “world tourism rankings,” then it will show you that about half of the top 10 countries visited by 1.186 billion international tourists worldwide were countries in the European Union (2015 survey). The EU countries are namely France with 84.5 million tourists, Spain with 68.2 million tourists, Italy with 50.7 million tourists, Germany with 39 million tourists and the UK with 32 million tourists. Taking these numbers into consideration one can only wonder why tourists flock at these places. There are many reasons why they visit European countries and some are there to see ancient and medieval architecture, others for job and business opportunities, but for people with acquired taste, they go there for the food, restaurants to be precise.
Knowing that the Euro (€) is worth $1.17, then you must have more than enough money to travel to any EU country and you must have way more money if you’re not living in western countries to make it there going by these standards, unless of course, you’re a migrant from war-torn countries like Lybia, Syria, Iraq and others that is. So the premise is that since you have enough money to spend on a Euro trip, then you must also desire to dine in one of their finest restaurants!
Here are 5 best restaurants in EU as ranked by MIchellin:
- El Celler de Can Roca – If you’ll go to Carrer de Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, Spain, then you should be standing next to the best restaurant in all of Europe (also the best restaurant in the world)! This restaurant got a 3-star rating from MIchellin and some people compare it to other restaurants as the ISS (international space station) whereas the rest are just popular carnival rides. The restaurant is managed personally by the groundbreaking culinary innovators, the Roca brothers in Girona, Catalonia and their freestyle cooking means you’ll never eat the same meal twice. This truly is one of the best restaurants in Europe, if not the best in the world!
- Osteria Francescana – This restaurant reminds me of my grandmother as she was also called, “Francesca” and being faithful to the nature of Italian cuisine, they have truly earned their place among the best restaurants in Europe. Their festina lente 9-course meal is absolutely superb with the tortellini with cream of parmigiano reggiano and the tempura of aula with carpione sorbet just a few to mention makes fine dining a trip to heaven for anyone who has never had such a nice meal before. If that isn’t enough, then you can also try their a la carte menu which has 2 separate course plus a starter delight and desserts.
- Noma – Third on our list is the Noma restaurant. The name Noma literally translates to “Nordic food” and so chef René Redzepi’s cooking prowess has showcased that Scandinavian cuisines are also world class. If you still have doubts, then you can check how many times Noma has been nominated and awarded with Michellin stars and has been on their list of best restaurants for many years! With over 1,433 reviews on TripAdvisor and 78% of the customers gave it the excellent 4.5 stars rank, there is no doubt about the food and ambiance in this restaurant. The crispy pork skin and black currant, blue mussels and celery and the squid and unripe sloe berry served with white currant and pine are just among the delicacies you will get for their lengthy tasting menu, dessert and wine pairing.
- Mugaritz – It seems that Spanish chefs are making it big lately, because we have another restaurant on our list from Spain! Much like El Celler de Can Roca, Mugaritz chef Andoni Luis Aduriz likes to experiment on his dishes to surprise guests and restaurant reviewers alike. As a result Mugaritz also got 2 Michellin stars for excellence and an unbeatable reputation that is well known throughout the world. Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz’s 2017 menu includes the oyster’s frozen kiss, pinenut ‘kagami’ embedded ice shavings, soldier striped shrimp from the Alboran Sea and sprouted chia heart and cream. There are more appetizing culinary delights in their kitchen I’m sure of it! Remember to list down Mugaritz as one of the best restaurants in Europe to dine in when you visit Spain.
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – The legend of the British culinary arts, Heston Blumenthal, who owned the Fat Duck as well as the newly established Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (which is run now by his protégé, Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts), is a no-nonsense chef known to many as a culinary icon. Palmer-Watts is not to be taken lightly as she is keen and artistic as her mentor was, in fact, the restaurant’s menu boasts of 5 sets of menus for your satisfaction! The restaurant got a Michellin star despite its infancy which only proves that they are second to none in the entire UK and is strongly competing against other restaurants across Europe.
Europe is still one of the best tourist destinations in the world, despite new attractions are being built in places like the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia. The world has never stopped falling in love with medieval royalties, noble knights, god-like princesses, chivalry, poetry and art. The residue of the Renaissance is still in the air and it seems that we would need a new one as grand and as epic as the time of Leonardo Da Vinci gave us. The class that the Europeans put into their culinary arts is beyond anything other countries have imagined. The glory of the past is still remarkable even as perceived by new generations and sometimes you can taste it in the food they prepare. These are the best restaurants that’s certainly worthy of your attention!