Michelin stars are the highest honour a restaurant could receive which acknowledges the quality of food presented in that establishment. Having a star means the restaurant ranks among the best in the world with dishes that are unique, innovative, and of course, delicious.
The highest ranking would be having 3-stars with each star having their own representation according to the Michelin Guide. 1-star signifies “a very good restaurant”, 2-stars are “excellent cooking that is worth a detour”, and 3-stars means “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey”.
The list is renewed every year and in 2018, Osteria Francescana from Italy tops the record after losing to Eleven Madison Park last year. Get your backpacks, a map, and an empty stomach and let’s take a look of the full list of the best 3-star Michelin restaurants around the world.
1. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
Osteria Francescana was established in 1995 by award-winning Italian chef Massimo Bottura. This is the second time the restaurant has won the top spot, the other back in 2016, and it is obvious to see why it deserved its place. It combines traditional Italian cuisine with modernism to give it a nice balance to its dish. Don’t let its quirky dish name like “Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart!” and “The Crunchy Part of The Lasagne” fool you though. It is guaranteed to leave an impression on your taste buds.
2. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
Owned by three brothers, Joan, Jordi, and Josep, El Celler de Can Roca specializes in traditional Catalan cuisine but with a twist that is defined as creative by the Michelin Guide. It primarily uses local ingredients from the Catalan area and is presented in the most unusual way like caramelized olives on a bonsai tree which is perfect for an Instagram post.
3. Mirazur (Menton, France)
One thing that got this restaurant going is its exceptional view of the Mediterranean Sea. That alone is a reason to visit this Michelin approved restaurant which is an hour drive from Nice. Head chef, Mauro Colagreco, leads this gastronomy wonder with dishes made mainly from French and Italian ingredients inspired by the mood of the French Riviera.
4. Eleven Madison Park (New York, USA)
After being temporarily closed for renovation in 2017, Eleven Madison Park is back with a cleaner more updated aesthetic look. Despite the face-lift, the 3-star Michelin restaurant maintains the authenticity of its 11-course meal complete with appetizer, main course, and desserts.
5. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)
Although Gaggan doesn’t have a star, the restaurant has been dominating lists after lists of the best restaurant in the world especially in Asia. Owned by Indian chef, Gaggan Anand, the restaurant grew out from Indian cuisines to a more international menu which were inspired from his travels to places like Mexico and Japan. If you’re planning to have lunch and the place, you better hurry since he plans to shutdown the place in 2020.
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