Food

Some of the world’s best restaurants and why

April 05, 2013

Fook Lam Moon in Hong Kong.Fook Lam Moon in Hong Kong.TOKYO, April 5 — A new book written by some of the top food critics in the world compiles a list of restaurants deemed to be the best on the planet.

The “Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide,” with contributions by Patricia Wells, Gael Greene, Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Gold and Masuhiro Yamamoto, spans the globe and pays homage to innovative menus, chefs, ambiance and service.

Here’s a sample of what the critics had to say about some of their favorite restaurants:

Saturne, Paris

“Chef Sven Chartier’s restaurant featuring modern and gastronomic dishes reflects his Scandinavian and French heritage, Basque training, and time spent at Paris’s L’Arpège and Racines restaurants. While the interior reminisces a posh Scandinavian loft, the menu answers diners’ burgeoning desire for fresh, inventive fare that is simultaneously familiar and surprisingly new.”

Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo

“Hailed a natural treasure and immortalized in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 86-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono is as busy as ever in his Ginza district restaurant. Considered by some as the ne ultra plus of sushi temples, it’s in the basement of an office building. Still, the 10-seat counter-only sushi-ya is sought after by legions of fans clamoring to watch Chef Ono turn out gleaming cuts of fish draped over warm, perfectly seasoned rice at breakneck speed.”

Le Bernardin, New York

“More than 25 years after opening, this French seafood mainstay continues to hold its four-star status longer than any other New York establishment. Co-owner/Chef Eric Ripert has an encyclopedic knowledge of classical French culinary technique, as evidenced by his price-fixed menus featuring flawlessly and faultlessly creative dishes that are heavily influenced by global flavors and are simultaneously simple and sophisticated.”

Le Benardin in New York.Le Benardin in New York.The Waterside Inn, Berkshire

“After more than four decades serving spectacular French food in a stunning Thames River waterfront setting, the Waterside Inn is no less than a national treasure. Founding chef-owner Michel Roux’s magnificent attention to detail has resulted in a dining room both formal and relaxed, a place where classic cooking, formal presentation, and astute combinations of taste and texture are celebrated. Alain Roux, who inherited the throne from his now-retired father, maintains Michel’s lofty standards.”

Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong

“The flagship and original location of what is now a string of outposts in China and Japan, Fook Lam Moon has been a Hong Kong institution for more than four decades. Of its many famous Cantonese dishes, the restaurant’s signature crispy chicken is more than enough to lure diners from around the globe. But regulars know there’s much more to enjoy within the unassuming old-world second-floor dining room, including some of the best dim sum in Hong Kong.”

The book will be released this summer and retail for $19.95 (RM60). — AFP/Relaxnews