If you're the sort of hardcore foodie for whom distance is no deterrent, then you must make time for these restaurants, all winners on the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2015 list.
1723 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Surprise is a key element at Alinea, which makes its longevity all the more compelling. Since Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas opened the restaurant in 2005, they’ve dangled butterscotch-coated bacon from a wire, camouflaged salsify jerky among twigs, and magically transformed corn nibblets into grits.
El Celler de Can Roca
Calle Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, Spain
The Roca brothers — head chef Joan, sommelier Josep and pastry chef Jordi — run this 55-seat Catalan restaurant. Their collective genius ensures El Celler’s food is always eye-catchingly complex, and the fine dining experience as warm as it can get. Blending artisanal and innovative technicality, each meal is an artful parade with delicious intensity — think a “nose-to-tail” ode to prawns and global flavours served in a paper lantern.
Minami Aoyama 2-6-15, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa doesn’t just serve beautiful food, he serves dishes that represent their provenance on the plate. Delicate baby fish are arranged as if still swimming, and beef is set on a mini grilling rack looking like a lump of coal. Combining his European training with the finest Japanese ingredients, Narisawa creates delicious landscapes that rank his restaurant among the world’s best.
Astrid Y Gaston
Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
Astrid Y Gaston is celebrity chef Gaston Acurio’s most well-loved restaurant. The playful tasting menus tell stories through dishes showcasing Peruvian ingredients and regional cooking styles. For well-travelled foodies jaded by Europe’s offerings, it’s a breath of fresh air.
See more restaurants in the September issue of ELLE Singapore.