Do you like having lunch or dinner out from time to time, trying out some exotic dishes, going to special romantic places? How about something more spectacular? Underwater restaurants, where you can eat while admiring corals and exotic fish, exclusive eateries perched on top of a mountain, restaurants that can only receive two guests at a time…
Here are the top 10 most expensive restaurants in the world – to be used as a bucket list for when you want to combine taste bud delight and touring the world… in case you win the US Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
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One might have seen documentaries or researched the beautiful Maldives when it came to daydreaming on a rainy day, or perhaps planning a romantic trip abroad to impress your loved one. The underwater experience is a rather unique one. Head to “The Mother of Pearl” within the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in Alif Dhaal Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. This restaurant is 5 meters under the sea and is sure to create a memory of a lifetime; being surrounded by marine life swimming above you with a panoramic coral garden view.
Kyoto Kytcho, Arashiyama, Japan
Visit Website: kyoto-kitcho.com
Food-wise, this fine eatery will set you back around $600 per person without counting the beverages to follow and service charge. What you get for the money is superb crafted food from one of Japan’s top and most respected chefs of his time. The attention to detail is going to be out of this world and without forgetting the 5 senses you’ll experience. The gardens are carefully looked after and forever changing with the season. The experience is truly one of a kind especially if one would indulge in the chef’s Omakase course, a must-try.
The French Laundry, Yountville, California
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3* Star Michelin, Chef Thomas Keller visited Yountville, California, in the early ’90s to find a space to fulfill a longtime culinary dream, to establish a destination for fine dining French cuisine in the Napa Valley. The French Laundry, a 1,600 square-foot structure constructed of river rock and timbers, was built as a saloon in 1900 by a Scottish stonemason. Classic French cuisine with the finest quality ingredients is on the menu alongside a similarly intense focus on impeccable guest service. A beautiful setting within the Napa Valley with perhaps a wine tour or two during your stay.
Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, Crissier, Switzaland
Visit Website: restaurantcrissier.com
Only a 10 minutes drive from Lausanne to Crissier, this is one of Europe’s most lavish restaurants in one of the most beautiful of all areas. This 3-star restaurant offers a couple of chef’s menu and oozes in decadence. The silverware is beautiful, the environment is tranquil with layers and layers of lavish textures and it comes with a team of faithful experience staff ranging with 1 year to 8, to 44. I guess they do something right if their people are willing to invest so much into this special “Maison”. An experience not to miss on any occasions.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris
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For restaurant connoisseurs around the globe, I cannot think that this restaurant passed your eyesight without never knowing about it and wishing to experience one of the most incredible dining experiences in a lifetime. Alain Ducasse is a household name for true foodies loving the Michelin guide following it like a religion and he also holds the record for the most Michelin Stars in one career, 20 to be exact. If you wish to be bathed in luxury dripping in crystals and massive chandeliers, then you won’t find much more flamboyant than this, especially knowing that the Dorchester puts a roof on top of its head. This is the emblematic pure, French dining indulgence. Be ready to splash some cash this will not come cheap. We let you find out.
The Krug Room, Hong Kong
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Home to so many billionaires, the Hong Kong food scene is off the charts. The Krug Room is located inside the Mandarin Oriental one of the best hotel chains in the world and designed to look like an old train carriage. This is the city’s, possibly best hidden gem and has culinary legend Robin Zavou to surprise all your senses. Be prepared to pay anywhere between $400 to $800 plus per person. And guess what they serve on tap – Krug. For lovers of one of the best bubbly drinks, it’s paradise!
Sublimotion, Ibiza, Spain
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If money isn’t something that matters greatly to you, then a reservation in this one of a kind restaurant is a must. It will offer a unique experience not available anywhere else on the planet. It is a 12 seat restaurant on a blank canvas. So as you walk in you might think you’re in an operating theater or onboard the Enterprise spaceship from Star Trek. Fear not, what will happen next is mindblowing. With each course, the setting changes. Walls, ceiling, plates, table…everything comes to light through the genius technology of SubliMotion. It combines food with art, illusionist, and a revolutionary approach to dining. This virtual reality culinary tour will set you back, minimum per person, a bargain $1950. Almost 1* Michelin per thousand dollars. Neat. Thank goodness it isn’t a 3*.
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Paul Pairet is a french chef at the helm of this super cool, unique, and outrageous restaurant in China. No more than 10 guests are invited for dinner in a top-secret location. Guests will sit around the table to enjoy a 20-course meal of a lifetime, working overtime their senses. Wall projections, sounds, and smells are also on the menu which corresponds with every dish. The experience will set you back around $500-$800 per person. A bargain compared to the previously mentioned. A wonderful 3* Michelin not to miss out.
Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
Visit Website: noma.dk
Once upon a time, Noma – voted the best restaurant in the world. And pretty soon after their opening. The chef is so talented and reaches boundaries like no other and puts Nordik food on the culinary map; still respecting the ingredients. The tricky part like most restaurants of this caliber, but this one, in particular, is the thinnest of possibilities of making a reservation. It’s impossible. Getting to know someone at the top in Copenhagen is far recommended. If not, you’ll have to make a few phone calls. An hour for a slithering chance or making a booking. Could set you back a respectable $500 per person, should you ever have a reservation.
The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire, UK
Visit Website: thefatduck.co.uk
The Fat Duck is owned by Chef Heston Blumenthal. He holds the record for the fastest growth starting from no Michelin to 3 Michelin stars in an eye-watering 4 years. The fastest-growing 3* restaurant in the world. A steam engine effort. He has a kitchen and a lab where he likes to experiment. In fact, everything comes from his lab. And yes, again, he has his very own laboratory where he would inject carrot oils into asparagus. Experience a tasting menu that’s out of this world. This place is unique. It plays with your sensory feelings and keeps making you believe wrongly what is on the plate. It plays with ingredients and your imagination like no other.