Have you ever craved Alaskan King Crab legs? Or perhaps some Tagliatelle with delicious Bolognese ragù? Some of the best meals can be found in restaurants all around the world. However, there are only a few of these restaurants that are considered to be the best. Five of these di prima qualità food-paradises are worthy of the Bucket List.
King Crab at Tracy’s King Crab Shack:
If you are visiting Alaska, and happen to be in the Juneau area between early summer and mid-fall, a great place to try good Alaskan King Crab is Tracy’s King Crab Shack. Located by a cruise ship disembarking area, Tracy’s King Crab Shack appears to be just a set of trailers and a large outdoor tent. The food more than makes up for this modest setting. The crab legs break open with ease, and the succulent crab meat is sweet and ripe with a wonderful brininess.
Lemon Tarts at Osteria Francescana:
Featured on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Osteria Francescana is a Modern Italian Restaurant. Open since 1995, it is headed by Massimo Bottura and located in Modena, Italy. The Restaurant has received 3 Michelin Stars and has held number 3 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for two years now. It has a well represented the Italian culinary tradition, with more than a few modern twists. It is most reputable for its dessert dish: Oops! I dropped the Lemon Tart. The dessert features a specially designed plate and a carefully arranged lemon tart that appears to have been dropped on the plate, ‘shattering it’. Evidently, as you can tell from its name, this was intentional, and brings a unique change to normal dessert.
French cooked Japanese Cuisine at Narisawa:
Also featured in The World’s 50 best Restaurants is Narisawa. This Japanese Restaurant is located in Tokyo, Japan, and is owned by Yoshihiro Narisawa. Although it only placed in number 14 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, it makes up for its unique style, great cooking, and two Michelin stars. Narisawa’s style is born from the simple amalgamation of delicious Japanese ingredients and French cooking techniques.
Brazilian Cuisine at Maní:
Hitting Number 4 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants is Maní, a contemporary Brazilian Restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil. Owned by partner chefs Daniel Redondo and Helena Rizzo, the restaurant displays a classic Brazilian culinary flair. A great place to try Brazilian cuisine.
Scandinavian Cuisine at Noma:
Last, but certainly not least, is Noma. Noma has been ranked Number 1 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, not just once, but twice. It has also received rewards for the best restaurant in Europe and best Restaurant in the World by several other restaurants. The fact that they were distraught about getting bumped down to second place in 2013 is a sure sign that this Restaurant is built to be number one, and can accept no less. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, Noma is owned by Chef René Redzepi. Noma’s fare is a unique, experimental form of seasonal Nordic foods. The Restaurant is always looking to innovate; a special lounge sits above the main dining area, available for chefs to devise and research new meals to serve.
If eating at the world’s best restaurant, or trying world class food is something you definitely want to do before you die; then you may want to add these restaurants to your bucket list. Tracy’s King Crab Shack offers some of the best king crab in Alaska. Massimo Bottura leads the best of Italian cuisine in his restaurant, Osteria Francescana. Noma’s world class flavor and attitude leads itself to the top of world cuisine.
The writer, Daniel Vicenti, is himself a food lover who travels the world sampling the best of local flavors. When trying to find good restaurants, he turns to online resources like FoodPub..