The 10 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World
Many of the following restaurants are famous for their exclusivity, exotic locations, rare foods, and unique atmospheres. These hot spots offer more than meals; they offer once-in-a-lifetime dining “experiences.” Many of these restaurants draw much of their prestige because they have been awarded Michelin stars. The Michelin Guide is a series of annual reference books that have been published by the French company Michelin for more than one hundred years and The Michelin Red Guide, the oldest and best-known reference guide, awards stars for excellence to very select dining establishments. The acquisition or loss of a star can have a dramatic effect on the success – and prices – of a restaurant.
But the most expensive restaurants in the world continue to become less and less accessible, as the chefs and restaurateurs alike perfect their visions, and more and more restaurants dedicated to costly, specialized culinary endeavours continue to make waves all throughout the globe. Some say a good meal is priceless, but these opulent hot spots suggest that the experience can certainly be lucratively monetised. For those of who can only dream about dining at one of these restaurants , or for those who are looking for an extra special dinner recommendation, read on to learn the details of the world’s 10 most expensive restaurants.
10. Masa (New York City)
Restaurant Masa, located in New York City’s Time Warner Centre is more experience then eating a meal. Chef Masa Takayama suggests customers to dress themselves comfortably to allow for a three hours multi- course culinary show. There is no list menu. The dinners are seated and presented with a series of fresh dishes directly from the kitchen. The restaurant lounge is incredibly calming, relaxing to quell shock of seeing the bill $350 per person without the tax and tip,but not everyone can boast that gave $400 carafe of Kikuhime sake, or a $1,500 bottle of 1995 Chateau Margaux Bordeaux.
9. Misoguigawa (Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto)
The restaurant is located in a formers teahouse in central Kyoto and has been serving kaiseki-style French cuisine since 1981. Misoguigava harmonize French food with Japanese culture. The eight course seasonal menu will cost you at least $162 or multi-course experience costs $270 with tax, and must be ordered at least five days in advance. Some of the expensive dishes include beef filet with potato soufflés, buffered French beans, and roasted pumpkin. For dessert, there are many delicious suggestions as a chocolate marquise with berries in pistachio cream sauce. The restaurant offers the private rooms for events or specialized dining experience Bordeaux.
8. Le Pre Catelan (Paris)
Le Pre Catelan (Paris) is modern restaurant, located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne Park in Paris, France. The dishes start at around $85, and desserts at $43, but diners would be hard-pressed to find an a la carte special under around $130. For $255 including tax and tip, one can enjoy a seven-course meal. For a summer bargain, the restaurant offers a five-course meal for $199 a person. Some of these expensive dishes include prawn ravioli in olive oil broth, or veal paired with cinnamon-scented puree.
7. Beige (Toyko)
Beige is located in the top of the Chanel building in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood. The restaurant is yet another outpost of famed chef Alain Ducasse, who was recently, bestowed a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Ducasse’s restaurants, cooking schools, cookbooks and consulting activities had revenues of around $15 million in 2002. Beige offers French cuisine with seasonal Japanese twists. The dinner includes a $259 matsutake mushroom menu or a three-or-four-course menu for $147 or $190. For dessert you get a chocolate in the shape of a Chanel button for around $25.
6. Gordon Ramsay (London)
Everyone knows Gordon Ramsey from the popular shows Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares or Hell’s Kitchen. Gordon Ramsey is famous chef, restaurateur, and television personality. Ramsay’s restaurants are extremely prestigious. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is located in the Chelsea neighbourhood of London has held 3 Michelin stars since 2001. Their seasonal specials menu includes a series of courses for £ 185. Then, of course, there’s an added 12.5% tip, making the total closer to £ 200! There’s also an £ 11,000 bottle of red wine (in case you’re wondering, it’s a 1900 Chateau Margaux 1er cru classé).
5. Restaurant Crissier (Switzerland)
Restaurant Crissier has received 3 Michelin stars and has been part of a nearly 40-year succession of legendary chefs. The restaurant offers a full “sensory experience,” and has received massive admirations from both professional rankings and customer reviews. In 2013, Chef Benoit Violier was voted chef of the year in Switzerland, earning 19/20 in the prestigious French restaurant guide Gault Millau. Some dishes include white catfish saint-gilles-croix-de-vie cooked with lemongrass, summer roasted mushrooms, and red fruit soufflé. A set meal offers multiple courses, but costs $415.
4. Aragawa (Tokyo)
In 2006 Forbes rated Aragawa as the most expensive restaurant in the world. It is located at the end of a long hallway of the office building in the Shinbashi business area of Tokyo, it only seats 22 people. The specific location and the limited capacity of places talk about its exclusiveness. The restaurant offers the best Kobe beef in the world. Other delicacies include charcoal-broiled Sanda Beefsteak or a single whole salmon smoked fresh every week. Sanda Beef is a particular specialty, since the animal must meet very specific criteria – “prize cattle” only – to be selected and designated as Sanda beef. The cooking process includes ten separate stages. The price per person is around $341 without the drinks, tips and service tax, but this is good experience, if you can spare funds.
3. Restaurant Le Meurice (Paris)
The restaurant is decorated with Crystal chandeliers, bronze, and marble, and overlooks the Jardin des Tuileries in Versailles – inspired restaurant style. For $524 you can taste three specialties plus a selection of cheeses and desserts without the drinks. Some of the specialties are Guinea fowl pie (only about $156), lobster with potatoes, veal sweetbreads, and decadent selections of fruit and chocolate.
2. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives)
This exotic restaurant was rated “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily News in 2014. Ithaa is located five meters under the Indian Ocean’s surface, and offers a 180 degree panoramic view of the coral gardens by which it is surrounded. (Ithaa means ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi). The restaurant serves European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu, starting at no less than $320 per person without drinks or tips. The menu includes reef fish caviar and Black Angus beef tenderloin. Children are allowed at lunch, but not at dinner. This exotic restaurant is another truly unique experience, but it comes with a price of $500 per person.
1. Sublimotion (Ibizia)
The most expensive restaurant world is Sublimotion with chef Paco Rancero and described as “radically different” . Sublimotion is located in an island famous with partying than Michelin-starred chefs and expert culinary experiences. However, this restaurant is adding a touch of unique class to the party island. Sublimotion is in the Hard Rock Hotel in Playa de Bossa. The 20–course “gastro-sensory” meal produces a unique experience just for $2000.
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