There are two kinds of people in this world. The first, to whom luxury means their couch plus a bowl of warm, comforting food, maybe chicken nuggets? And then there is another set of people out there to whom luxury means a fine-dining restaurant surrounded by everything posh. Posh food, posh ambience, posh people.
Now, it doesn’t matter which of these two categories you belong to because at the end of the day you are a foodie and the title of this article has spiked your curiosity.
What is luxury?
What restaurants are considered to be ‘luxurious’? Why?
What makes them so?
To answer these and hopefully a couple of other questions that were circulating in your mind, here is a list of some of the most luxurious restaurants in the world:
10. Misoguigawa: Kyoto
Where does a French aristocrat go in Kyoto, when homesick or in desperate need of a reminder of his beloved country? The Misoguigawa. A restaurant within a former teahouse, with the entire atmosphere resembling the tranquility of Japan. In comparison to all the other restaurants on this list, this is the least expensive. One can get a meal at the Misoguigawa for somewhere in the $180 mark but if you want to get the entire experience be ready to cough up somewhere around $270.
9. Beige: Tokyo
When you walk in, you don’t think of a restaurant. You think of an architectural marvel embodying contemporary modern style. Beige, is a collaboration between fashion brand Chanel and the Alain Ducasse Enterprise. Head-chef, Alain Ducasse brings out simplicity and complexity in French cuisine using traditional Japanese ingredients. Why is it included in this list? Exemplary food. Pristine location. And one of the best head chefs in the world. As a customer, you have the option to indulge in a 3-course meal, or a 4-course meal but one thing that everyone should indulge in is the Chanel chocolate. Your budget? North of 10,000 Yen.
8. Le Pre Catelan: Paris
Three-Michelin stars. That’s no easy feat. A Michelin star brings credibility to a restaurant like no other accolade.Inaugurated in the year 1856, the restaurant has managed to defeat the immortal barriers of time. Successful then, successful now, today it is headed by French chef Frederic Anton. Experience a modern French gastronomical experience at an architectural marvel. Chandeliers line the ceilings. Greenery everywhere else. The interior decor of the restaurant will leave you a little bit confused. Is it embodying the modern ways? Or, is it a subtle reminder of our past? Oh! And if you love wine, please do make sure to check out ‘The Cave’, a cellar containing more than 30,000 bottles of pristine wine.
7. Aragawa: Tokyo
The Aragawa is synonymous to Beefsteak. Since 1967, when the restaurant first opened to public, the Sanda Beefsteak has been ‘the dish’ i.e signature dish. The restaurant is a piece of history that one can experience today for approximately $350 onwards. All the furniture and interior decor of the place hasn’t been refurbished right since its opening. And yet, there is a sense of grandeur that’s associated with the place. The Swedish chandeliers and cherry wood tables surprisingly don’t alienate each other but rather complement each other perfectly.
6. Masa: New York City
Head Chef of Masa: Masayoshi Takayama. Humble beginnings once upon a time and today he is the head chef of one of the most luxurious restaurants in the world. He has been successful in taking Japanese culture to USA in a manner that’s very hard to replicate. Expect Japanese hospitality and a display of reasonable skill and technique at the Masa. Make a reservation well in advance if you want to enjoy the $600 worth meal. This culinary journey lasts for nearly 3 hours so, be prepared!
5. Gordon Ramsay: London
Every foodie in the world knows who Gordon Ramsay is. To a chef, he is their dream. To a foodie, visiting one of his restaurants is a dream. Within the UK, he runs around 14 different restaurants. The Gordon Ramsay Restaurant is his trademark 3-Michelin starred restaurant, in Chelsea, London. Known for the exquisitely sophisticated French cuisine and intimate set-up, this was one of his first completely privately owned restaurants. At once, 45 people can be accommodated for and all of them must have a big purse as a meal starts at 110 Pounds.
4. Restaurant Crissier: Switzerland
Switzerland chef of the year, 2013: Chef Benoit Violier is the man, who along with his crew of 58 chefs runs Restraurant Crissier throughout the year. Perhaps, arguably this is the best restaurant in Switzerland and one of the best in the world. Deservedly, the restaurant has 3 Michelin stars to its name, a tribute to the quality service delivered year after year. Booking a reservation is not very difficult and can be easily done by visiting their website. For the real ‘Restaurant Crissier’ experience you will need to shell out nearly $375 per person, however, a quick meal from the A La Carte menu could cost a little less at around $200.
3. Restaurant Le Meurice: Paris
Alain Ducasse has two of his restaurants included in this list. Isn’t that something? The Restaurant Le Meurice is a place that’s reserved for the elite. Service professionalism takes new meaning all-together and you will not feel like a customer rather, a guest visiting your dear friend’s opulent manor. The interiors are reminiscent of the much spoken about classic Parisian luxury. Ideally, this is not the best first-date venue as an average meal will cost you in excess of $500.
2. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Maldives
A restaurant under the sea. Don’t that translate to extraordinary? Imagine, you and the love of your life seated on a table, drinking some of the best wine and when you two holds hands and look around you, you see hundreds of beautiful, multi-coloured fish swim lazily all around you looking as satisfied as you currently are. Beautiful isn’t it? Arguably, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is known throughout the world as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world. To enjoy the company of this beauty, more than $320.
1. Sublimotion: Ibiza
Some restaurants focus on selling not just food but experiences. Sublimotion that’s located in Ibiza is one such restaurant. Enter its premise and prepare to broaden your perception with regards to how food can be enjoyed. A two-Michelin starred restaurant that’s run by Paco Roncero, it focuses on combining theatrics, gastronomy and staging to give the food eating experience a truly different dramatic dimension. It opened recently in 2012 and in that very year itself it got recognised on a worldwide scale, as a truly innovating concept to present food in a different and overall, a more interactive experience. Eating food at the Sublimotion will never be predictable nor boring, it’s like the Game of Thrones of restaurants. But unlike the Game of Thrones, not everybody can enjoy this. In fact, very people can after they look at the price which comes up to more than $2000.
Visiting even one of these restaurants is every foodies dream. If you need motivation to kick-start your life, picture yourself drinking wine and eating caviar at one of these places with the woman/man you love, sitting right next to you. Motivated or what?