At Luxwing, we love to eat almost as much as we love to fly! And what better way to combine the two than by checking out some of the best restaurants from around Europe! Have a look below at our top 10 favourites. How long will it take you to try them all?
- Funky Gourmet – Athens, Greece
Setting the bar for this top 10 is Funky Gourmet in Athens, equipped with its two Michelin stars, Funky Gourmet serves food in an unconventional and innovative way, stimulating multiple senses through some of the most delicious foods and the finest ingredients. The restaurant was ranked amongst the best in Greece through 2010-2016, and has managed to hold onto the number one spot for the past two years.
- La Pergola – Rome, Italy
Its cuisine, La Pergola in Rome takes the trophy. It was the first and is still the only restaurant in the city to be hold 3 Michelin stars, and it certainly deserves this title. The menu is fairly small, but the food is innovative and simple. The rare white truffle is a must. La Pergola has a spectacular wine list, and when you find a moment to take your mind off the food and drink, the view is spectacular, as La Pergola is located atop of the tallest hill in Rome.
- La Marmite – St. Moritz, Switzerland
Possibly the best mountain food in the world, La Marmite is located on top of the exclusive Swiss alps resort of St Moritz. Even with the incentive of a ski in/ ski out approach, you’ll be in no rush to leave the restaurant, as the lobster, caviar and truffles are served by the bucket, and on sunnier days you may sit outside with the celebrity clientele to enjoy the stunning views and the vodka ice bar.
- NOMA – Stockholm, Sweden
As a 4-time winner of the world’s best restaurant, NOMA is not one to be missed! The reinterpretation of Nordic cuisine has created a movement in modernised Scandinavian food which is currently spreading across the globe. The menu is full of vegetables and locally foraged ingredients and the combination of flavours is simply incredibly. Located in a hip, old warehouse in Stockholm, NOMA has for the past 14 years been creating a new style of high-class dining. If you’re not planning a trip to Stockholm don’t worry, René Redzepi has furthered the restaurants fashionable appearance by opening in some of the coolest cities in the World – London, Tokyo and Sydney.
- El Celer De Can Roca – Catalonia, Spain
Chosen as the world’s best restaurant in both 2015 and 2013 and then number two for an additional four years, El Celer De Can Roca in Catalonia holds some of the most incredible Spanish cusine on the planet. The three Michelin star restaurant is owned and ran by three highly and individually respected brothers – each taking out a different task within the restaurant: The oldest is the chef and uses local ingredients and inventive presentation to create dishes such as caramelised olives on bonsai; The next brother is the sommelier and manages the huge 60,000 bottle wine cellar; and the youngest brother is the patissier who invents wild deserts, including some based on perfumes such as Calvin Klein Eternity and Bulgari. The restaurant is a little far out of town – about an hour north-east of Barcelona, but of course if your just flying in for the food Luxwing can help fly you closer than the international airports.
- Le Meurice – Paris, France
As the most sophisticated and expensive restaurant in Europe you would expect big things, and Le Meurice in Paris doesn’t disappoint. The walls and plates are lined with gold and the seasonally updated menu holds the best truffles in the world, making this 2 Michelin star eatery the perfect spot for any truffle lover.
- Dstage – Madrid, Spain
After receiving 2 Michelin stars working at El Club Allard, Diego Guerrero has recently gone on to open Dstage, his own, award winning restaurant which focuses on telling a story though food – Right from the beginning where you are escorted to the kitchen counter to sample a selection of tasters, to the end where you are encouraged to take home a copy of the menu. The food has a slight Asian and south American influence due to the chef’s recent travels, but the ingredients and presentation remain world class.
- Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy
Moving into our top three, we have the best restaurant in Italy, and after spending the past 4-years in the top 3 best restaurants in the world, Osteria Francescana has finally, and deservingly won its place as the best restaurant in the world – The first Italian Restaurant to claim this title. The 3 Michelin star establishment has taken on the difficult task of updating the very traditional Italian cuisine, a challenge which has triggered some criticism. However, the food (at least in our opinion) has if anything improved, and the modern tastes from the classic dishes are something which just has to be experienced.
- Martin Berasategui – Lastarte, Spain
Martin Berasategui holds the most Michelin stars of any Spanish chef, and his signature restaurant is incredible. In fact, based on millions of genuine customer reviews, Trip advisor has just named it the best restaurant in the world! After holding its three Michelin star reputation for 14 years, the restaurants continue to serve small portions focusing on the quality both in terms of taste and presentation, as each dish looks like an absolute work of art, we recommend getting the 14 course tasting menu allows you to sample all the dishes, and some of the best Mediterranean food in the world.
- The Fat Duck, Bray, England
After being crowned the best restaurant in the world in 2005, The Fat Duck’s fusion of taste and innovation makes it, in our opinion, one of the best restaurants in the world. The combination of perfectionism and innovation can be seen by the number of staff working in the restaurant. The small restaurant seats only 42 diners but matches that at a 1:1 ratio with 42 chefs perfecting each dish. On your visit, we once again recommend the 14 course tasting menu which includes delights such as ‘nitro scrambled eggs and bacon ice cream’, as well as various other uniquely prepared dishes.
Are you feeling hungry yet? Give us a call and we’ll help get you a reservation, and on the next flight to any of these top restaurants. We’d also love to hear your favourite recommendations. Let us know on Facebook and stay tuned to this Luxwing’s news for more of our luxury international recommendations.