Restaurant lists: Top 100, Those To Pilgrimage to and those to See before you Die

I encountered 3 good Top World restaurant lists recently that I thought I should share.

First off two top 100 lists. Food and Wine Magazine have a list of 100 restaurants that are Worth a Pilgrimage in the World.  It seems very complete, and definitely a must read when travelling to get some ideas. i also liked that they do not choose the most evident options, there are obscure choices and a lot of very famous restaurants are not on the list.

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Another 100 list is from They also have Top 100 Restaurants in the following categories:  Worldwide, France, Japan, Europe , UK & Asia Pacific & USA, which means its actually over 100 restaurants to browse through!

Some of the best things of these lists is there is very little overlap between the two, so there are a lot of restaurant options. Funny enough, the restaurants in both lists are not necessarily the most obvious ones, they are :

  • FRANCE: Bras, Laguiole. In Paris:  L’Astrance, Pierre Gagnaire, Le Chateaubriand
  • MONACO: Le Louis XV
  • KYOTO: Kitcho Arashiyama
  • DENMARK: Noma, Copenhage
  • ITALY: Osteria Francescana, Modena
  • TOKYO: RyuGin, Sukiyabashi Jiro, Sushi Shin, Yukimura
  • NEW YORK AREA: Blanca, Brooklyn, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocatinco Hills, Brushstroke, Momofuku Ko
  • SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Benu,Coi Restaurant, The Restaurant at Meadowood, Manresa
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Hibiscus, St. John, The Fat Duck, Bray
  • BELGIUM: In De Wulf, Dranouter
  • SPAIN: Arzak, San Sebastian, Mugaritz, Errenteria, Martín Berasategui, Gipuzkoa, Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, El Celler de Can Roca, Girona
  • CHINA: Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
  • THAILAND: Nahm, Bangkok
  • BALI: Mozaic, Ubud

What restaurants do you think should have been included that werent?

The other really good article is from Forbes Travel. They released their Restaurants to Dine in Before you die, where all their travel editors named the 5 places they hadn’t eaten in and where they would want to before they died.  This got me thinking what are mine, and here they are (i did 10, couldn’t consolidate) ) :

photo © ditte isager, photo © adam goldberg / a life worth eating, photo © the selby courtesy of the new york times T magazine, photo courtesy of asador etxebarri
  1. Noma, Copehagen
  2. French Laundry, Napa Valley
  3. Alinea, Chicago
  4. Chateubriand, Paris
  5. Asador Etxebarri, Biscay, Spain
  6. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  7. Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo
  8. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown, New York
  9. D.O.M., São Paulo
  10. Dinner, London

And now more importantly here are the collective thoughts of the  editors:

  • Alinea, Chicago 
  • Antoine, Paris
  • Azul, Miami
  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
  • Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Calif
  • Da Vittorio, Brusaporto, Italy
  • Din Tai Fung, Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
  • Empellón Cocina, New York
  • George’s Ocean Terrace, La Jolla, Calif.
  • Girl & the Goat, Chicago
  • Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham
  • Husk Charleston. Being from the South
  • Husk Nashville
  • Kai Restaurant, Chandler, Ariz.
  • L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Naples.
  • La Ferme aux Grives, Eugénie-les-Bains, France
  • Ladurée Champs-Elysées, Paris
  • landre, Padua, Italy
  • Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse, Monaco
  • Masa, New York
  • Minetta Tavern, New York
  • Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York
  • Mugaritz, Errenteria, Spain
  • Narisawa, Tokyo
  • Newmarket Hotel, Melbourne
  • Nobu New York
  • Noma, Copenhagen
  • Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  • Per Se, New York.
  • Pujol, Mexico City.
  • Rasoi by Vineet Bhatia, London
  • Restaurant André, Singapore
  • Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas
  • Sardine, Bali
  • Sixteen, Chicago
  • SnowRestaurant, Kemi, Finland.
  • Son of a Gun, Los Angeles
  • Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo.
  • The Catbird Seat, Nashville
  • The Fat Duck, Bray, U.K.
  • The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
  • The Inn at Dos Brisas, Washington, Texas.
  • The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Va.
  • The Krug Room, Hong Kong
  • The NoMad, New York
  • The Ordinary, Charleston
  • The Pantry, Seattle.
  • The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.
  • The Tasting Room, Macau
  • Toqué!, Montreal

So with all these restaurant listing, what are your top 5 to go?

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