Food hunting is one of the best things about travelling, especially when you are in a country or region where the cuisine is completely different from what you’re used to.
But there are also food lovers who would travel the world just to eat at a particular restaurant, or search for a specific dish made by a renowned chef.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London is one such restaurant. This is Scottish-born celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s first wholly-owned outlet, and the first one to receive a Michelin star – three stars, in fact. (Overall, Ramsay has been awarded 22 Michelin stars across 16 restaurants.)
Reviews from top critics have varied since the restaurant opened in 1998, though generally, they remain favourable. It is also a very expensive restaurant, so if you’re not keen on paying so much for a meal, you can also check out Ramsay’s 35 other eateries (either owned or run by him) located all over the world.
The upcoming outlet at Sunway Resort, Selangor will be his 36th.
On another note, Ramsay is the third richest celebrity chef in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$220mil (RM890mil). In second place is British chef Jamie Oliver (US$400mil/RM1.61bil), with American chef Alan Wong topping the list at US$1.1bil (RM4.45bil).
Here are a handful of restaurants abroad, that are either very popular or highly commended by food critics, we hope to check out one day.
Travel to Scandinavian and Nordic countries has gained much traction over the past few years and, as a result, cuisines from those regions have also become popular. But if you are ever in Copenhagen, make your way to Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants (awarded a total of four times!). This restaurant was founded by Rene Redzepi in 2003; in 2017 Redzepi closed the outlet to focus on a new direction for Noma. In 2018, he reopened at a new location, but reviews from critics and customers have been nothing but positive since then.
What to do in Copenhagen: Look for the mermaid statue, said to be a tribute to author Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale The Little Mermaid. You can also visit Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn and Christiansborg Palace.
Owned by top chef Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck has been opened since 1995. It has three Michelin stars and was voted the world’s best restaurant in 2005 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, an annual event that awards top restaurants around the globe. Blumenthal’s take on molecular gastronomy and the unique dining experiences offered are perhaps the main reasons why customers visit The Fat Duck.
What to do in Bray: The village of Bray is located by the Thames river, so there are a few beautiful gardens you can check out. A short drive away is Windsor Castle, said to be Queen Elizabeth’s favourite weekend home.
Number 18 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2019, and voted #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants last year, Odette is a French fine dining outlet in Singapore.
Located within the National Gallery Singapore, the beautiful restaurant is owned by French chef Julien Royer, and has three Michelin stars.
What to do in Singapore: Besides shopping, check out Gardens By The Bay, Jewel Changi the ArtScience Museum and the National Gallery Singapore.
A trip to the African continent is not just about the safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro. If you ever do get to fulfil your travel bucket list of visiting South Africa, look for The Test Kitchen, a fine-dining restaurant in Cape Town.
The place serves well-known “global” cuisine but with an African twist, using local ingredients, spices and produce.
What to do in Cape Town: Head to the Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch, or go to the Boulders Beach to look for penguins. You can also go bargain hunting at Long Street.
The modern, metropolitan city of Shanghai is where you can find some of the most innovative restaurants and bars in the world. Among them is the three Michelin-starred Ultraviolet is helmed by French chef Paul Pairet. It is an ultra chic restaurant that offers guests multi-sensory dining experiences.
What to do in Shanghai: Hang out at The Bund, visit Qipao, a water village and Tian Zi Fang, a French Concession area.
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