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World's 30 Best Restaurants for Sunset

World's 30 Best Restaurants for Sunset

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In addition to excellent food, these restaurants provide breathtaking views

Go for the casual sunset seafood at Venice, Fla.’s popular beachfront restaurant Sharky's on the Pier.

Dining by candlelight gets the star treatment in Hollywood flicks, but some of us — early eaters, arsonphobics, and iPhone-ready photographers — prefer to set our gastronomical groove to the beat of a gorgeous sunset. There is nothing like the five-sense experience of soaking in the early evening’s rosy glow, indulging in seasonal mojitos and the sea’s catch of the day while watching the swelling sun dip into the breathtaking surrounding landscape on a hot summer’s night.

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From the pristine nature of the Scottish Highlands and New Zealand to the thrilling rooftops of Manhattan and Monarch Beach, Calif., to the clubby hot spots of Mykonos, St. Barths, and Goa to the quiet mountains of Asheville, N.C., and Yosemite National Park to the private corners of the Earth, Bora Bora, Cap Ferret, and Bali, you’ll find that some of the greatest views are accompanied by stellar food. From fried alligator sushi rolls in Louisiana to stone crab claws in the Bahamas to quail Külbastı in Istanbul to roasted pigeon in Paris, there is something for the adventurer in each of you.

Mark Twain used his wordy wit to give passionate praise to sunsets: "They are soft, sensuous, lovely — they are exquisite, refined, effeminate." Perhaps fittingly, that quote is from the Connecticut native’s travel book, The Innocents Abroad.

The Daily Meal agrees and has your go-to list of the very best restaurants with food and sunsets worth the trip halfway across the globe. The culinary concoctions at these scenic restaurants are executed with local flair and fresh ingredients in a fabulous atmosphere (from live DJs to ultra-romantic privacy), but we all know it’s the photo of the picture-perfect sunset that will last forever. Now that’s bragging rights.

Check out our slideshow to see these stunning views for yourself!

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019: The Full List of Winners

At a ceremony in Singapore today, chefs from around the world (okay mostly Europe and the Americas) gathered to learn whose restaurants were named one of the World’s 50 Best on a list sponsored by San Pellegrino.

The list, which has faced years of criticism for acting as a self-perpetuating collection of expensive, European-leaning tasting menu restaurants run by white men, finally overhauled its rules this year to encourage more diversity among the restaurant picks and gender balance among its voting body.

And yet in 2019 the list didn’t evidence a lot of change. Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur, an expensive French Riviera restaurant with a backyard farm, has been named the World’s Best Restaurant. It is the first time a French restaurant has ascended to the top of the rankings since the listicle debuted in 2002. The Menton establishment, located right by the border with Italy, is known for its salted beetroot with caviar cream, and for its unparalleled views of the Cote D’Azur.

In the list’s 18-year history, the “best” restaurant has only gone to European or North American restaurants. The only mainland Chinese spot is still, as has been the case for half a decade, a $600 tasting menu spot run by a French guy. There are no restaurants from India on the list and the only African restaurant is a European-leaning spot in Cape Town. The only entrant from Turkey fell off the list. Voters, who are often courted by tourist boards, are still not required to pay for their meals.

The organizers removed previous winners from the list this year, a move designed to promote much-needed turnover (and perhaps protect chef egos), but it essentially freed up just three spots, as the French Laundry and the Fat Duck had both long fallen from the top 50 ranks already and elBulli is closed. And because Noma is actually New Noma™ — it opened in its current location in February 2018 with a tasting menu that now rotates a few times a year — the Copenhagen restaurant was permitted back on the list, and it debuted again in the No. 2 slot. Per the Orwellian math of the 50 Best list, the wins from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 do not count, because that was a different restaurant. And ultimately, the top three remained a familiar mix: Mirazur, Noma, and Asador Etxebarri.

The other big institutional change came last September, when 50 Best Director Hélène Pietrini said that the academy would have an equal male/female split going forward, and that voters would be encouraged to “explore a diverse mix of restaurants.”

Overall, the top 50 list included just five restaurants helmed by female chefs, the same as last year. Clare Smyth, who earned the dubious honor of “World’s Best Female Chef,” has yet to make it to the full list, but Dominique Crenn, who became one of just fourteen or so U.S. chefs to earn three Michelin stars, finally won a spot this year, debuting at No. 35. Leonor Espinosa’s Leo in Bogotá also moved into the top 50, at No. 49.

There were some bright spots, however. Mexico made a particularly strong showing Enrique Olvera’s Pujol in Mexico City earned the top ranking of any North American restaurant, at No. 12, and his New York City restaurant Cosme, run with this year’s “best female chef” Daniela Soto-Innes, was the top ranked USA restaurant at No. 23.

The guide also benefited from a few new Latin American restaurants. Leo, the first Colombian spot to make the list, was joined by new entrants A Casa do Porco in Sao Paolo, as well as Don Julio in Buenos Aires.

SoCal-based Jordan Davis, of Herringbone Restaurants, grew up in San Francisco, devouring Dungeness every Christmas Eve. Although you can buy and serve precooked crab, the cooking process isn’t difficult, and the resulting flavor, texture, and freshness can’t be beat. (For how to cook, clean, and crack crab, go to Use leftover meat and shells for bisque.

The ocean flavor of Dungeness meets earthy hominy in this twist on the Mexican soup called posole. “Dungeness crabmeat has a natural orange-red hue from the shell that makes the salad look vibrant,” says chef Aniedra Nichols of Elway's Cherry Creek in Denver. You could also use shrimp, scallops, or fat flakes of Pacific cod.

Thankfully, this is one of the 30a restaurants that doesn’t live up to its name. If you’re in the mood for oysters, you’ll be pleased to discover they offer them 10 different ways. They’re also known for serving crawfish, including, crawfish hot tamales, crawfish hushpuppies, crawfish pie, and creamy crawfish étouffée with fried green tomatoes. The rustic cabin-like atmosphere feels pretty cozy and the floor to ceiling windows provide excellent views of one of Dune Allen’s rare coastal dune lakes.

Location: 5994 West County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
Contact: (850) 267-3053
Taste: Fried Brie with Memaw’s Pepper Jelly

These Are The 10 Best Restaurants in The World

E ach year, fine diners, restaurateurs and food writers&mdashI’m in the last group&mdashtry to read the annual World&rsquos 50 Best Restaurant list like tea leaves, searching for trends, or at the very least, a coherent theme. But as in previous years, the 2014 edition, which was announced in London late last month, defies unifying logic. The restaurants that made the full list of 100 range from David Chang&rsquos decidedly informal and unsedate Momofuku Ssam Bar, to Alain Ducasse&rsquos paragon of plushness, Louis XIV, in Monaco. That said, in the past several years, the highest-ranking positions have tended to go to restaurants that balance at least a degree of luxury (although not always formal, none of them are cheap) with an embrace of innovation.

Such is the influence of the 50 Best that once a restaurant reaches the upper echelons of the list, its already sparse reservations become exceedingly difficult to come by. Several of the top places only allow bookings well in advance (for Noma it&rsquos 3 months for Eleven Madison it’s 28 days), and reservations disappear within minutes, so it helps to be online or on the phone as soon as they&rsquore released. But if a quick hand with reservations website OpenTable or the cellphone doesn&rsquot yield the desired results, there&rsquos another possibility: Email the restaurant, give a range of dates when you&rsquore available (the more flexible you are, the better your chances), and ask politely to be put on the wait list. Even the best restaurants frequently get cancellations.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten on this year’s 50 Best List. In most cases, the descriptions are based on my personal experience, but research and&mdashthe reports of colleagues&mdashhave filled in the details for the restaurants I haven&rsquot visited.

1. Noma, (Copenhagen, Denmark). Cost of a meal for two, without wine: $600.

After losing the top ranking in 2013 (it had held the No. spot for the three previous years), Noma is firing on all cylinders these days. Located in an old whaling warehouse, the restaurant is the birthplace of &ldquonew Nordic&rdquo cuisine, which relies solely on ingredients available in region. But today, the restaurant is pushing far beyond its early days of foraged sea buckthorn and reindeer lichen. Dinner these days might start with a whole kohlrabi, filled with its fermented juice and bored with a straw, so that it looks and tastes like a coconut drink. The meal might then proceed through aebleskivers &ndasha traditional Danish kind of fritter&mdashbrushed with a sauce made from fermented grasshopper, and end with a dessert of potato, almond, and plum purée. It sounds wacky, but somehow Redzepi and his crew manage to make it all delicious. As well as deeply pleasurable: Noma continues to offer what may well be the most engaged&mdashand engaging&mdashservice in the world.

2. Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain. Cost of a meal for two, without wine: $390-480.

Celler de Can Roca is run by three brothers &mdash head chef Joan, sommelier Josep, and pastry chef Jordi &mdash who came by their trade honestly: they learned it from their parents. But it&rsquos hard to imagine anything further from your average mom and pop cooking. In what may very well be the most beautiful dining room in Europe, a Roca meal dazzles with its wizardry (a starter called Eat The World that encapsulates, in five distinct bites, the tastes of the five different cuisines a dessert called Messi&rsquos Goal, that recreates, with a candied pitch, flying white chocolate balls, and a plateside iPod playing the roars of the crowd, what it feels like when Barcelona’s soccer hero Lionel Messi scores), while remaining firmly rooted in the flavors of the Mediterranean. Josep brings lucky guests on a tour of his cellar, where favorite wines have been singled out for multi-sensory treatments.

3. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy. Cost of a meal for two, without wine: $360-525.

Behind a stately exterior, the world&rsquos most emotive chef, Massimo Bottura, cooks flights of fantasy and memory. The first sign that this is not your ordinary upscale Italian restaurant comes from the abstract contemporary paintings on the wall, but the art continues on the plate. The mortadella sandwich of every Italian child&rsquos memory is turned into an impossibly light mousse, a Magnum ice cream bar becomes a sophisticated, foie-gras stuffed bite. And like his spectacular lacquered eel, which Bottura serves with saba and polenta to represent the apples and corn the eel would encounter on its way up the nearby Po river, his dishes are made more evocative by the stories that accompany them.

4. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA. Cost of a meal for two, without wine: $450.

In this hushed yet theatrical dining room, Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm takes the whole farm-to-table movement, imbues it with a bit of French savoir-faire, and, like an alchemist, comes out with the quintessential New York restaurant. Indeed, the sense of place here comes not just from the locally grown and produced ingredients, but from Humm&rsquos knowing nod to New York&rsquos culinary culture. Pristine carrots, for example, get turned into a lightly whimsical take on steak tartare sturgeon (brought to the table under a smoke-filled cloche) is served with the restaurant&rsquos take on an everything bagel. Excellent service &mdash graceful, attentive, modern &mdash adds to the sense of supreme well-being.

5. Dinner. London, England. Cost of a meal for two, without wine: $230.

Heston Blumenthal took his fascination with English culinary history and turned it into something unexpectedly interesting for the rest of us. At the fashionable Dinner, located at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London and overseen by chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, traditional (if quirkily named) dishes like Salamugundy and meat fruit are transformed into modern-day marvels (the latter into a light but rich chicken liver parfait, made up to look exactly like a mandarin orange) Is it indeed the U.K.&rsquos best restaurant? Probably not. But as history lessons go, this one goes down extremely easily.

6. Mugaritz, Errenteria, Spain. Cost of meal for two, without wine: $470.

Andoni Luis Aduriz is the Aristotle of contemporary cuisine, a philosopher-king tucked away in the rolling hills of the Basque Country, about 20 minutes drive from San Sebastian. Cerebral, technically accomplished dishes like the Bloody Mary tomato (which looks and feels like a fresh tomato, but tastes of the cocktail), or his famous potato stones (whose river rock appearance gives the diner the uncomfortable sensation of being about to break her teeth), he manages to consistently surprise and delight his customers, all while maintaining a deep, almost pantheistic reverence for the nature around him.

7. D.O.M. Saõ Paulo, Brazil. Cost of meal for two, without wine: $400.

Given the media&rsquos predilection for depicting chef Alex Atala standing thigh-deep in his much-loved Amazon, bare-chested and draped with a giant fish like some kind of latter-day Tarzan, it comes as something of a surprise that his restaurant is so refined. But the delicacy of signature dishes, like a pappardelle made from hearts of palm or a ceviche crafted of indigenous flavors, belies the wallop of their unusual flavors &mdash and has helped Brazilians discover the bounty of their native terroir. Even the Amazonian ants he serves, redolent of lemongrass and placed gently atop a cube of pineapple, seem elegant.

8. Arzak. San Sebastian, Spain. Cost of meal for two, without wine: $530.

Juan Mari Arzak is one of the great geniuses of Spanish gastronomy, among the first to bring modern techniques and flavors to bear on regional cuisine &mdash in his case, that of his native Basque Country. The kitchen of his restaurant, which is housed in a quaint-looking building but is surprisingly sleek inside, is now run largely by his daughter Elena. She continues the Basque-inflected innovation, with dishes like &ldquowaves&rdquo (they&rsquore created with molds) of local spider crab and anise or monkfish cooked in a balloon of edible green papier-máche that manage to feel both regionally grounded and whimsical.

9. Alinea, Chicago, Illinois. Cost of a meal for two, without wine: $420.

Grant Achatz did a brief stint at Ferran Adrià&rsquos elBulli, and ever since has been out avant-garding what was once the most avant-garde restaurant in the world. The 18-or-so-course tasting menu carries titles like &ldquoScallop Acting Like Agedashi Tofu&rdquo and the tableware &mdash some of it lovely, some of it looking like it was lifted from the spike-and-pincer collection of the Spanish Inquisition&mdash is tailor-made for each course. Dinner in this Chicago restaurant consists of carefully-scripted experiences more than dishes: one course requires the diner to fold her own ravioli from a sheet of tomato pasta that, moments before, looked to be a decorative flag, while the final dessert, a mix of dark chocolate and about a hundred other things, is painted, drizzled and scattered by a chef directly on the table itself.

10. The Ledbury, London, England. Cost of a meal for two, without wine: $270.

Among the top ten restaurants, the Ledbury is probably the most classical, which is to say that its chef, Australian-born Brett Graham, is more interested in pleasure than wizardry. The dishes served in this London restaurant may not be as visually striking as in other places, but their flavors are deep and layered. Case in point: a buffalo milk curd, spread creamily onto crisp toasts that are topped with Iberico ham and served with a rich onion broth. Or grilled mackerel, its oily brine mellowed with cured avocado and brightened with shiso. And with a chef who hunts his own wild birds, this is the place in London to try game.

The 31 best restaurants in Los Angeles you need to try

Despite the ups and downs of our city&rsquos dining regulations, L.A. is still home to one of the most exciting restaurant scenes in the country: a collection of restaurants and pop-ups and vendors with a reputation built on incredible food trucks and off-the-beaten-path tacos just as much as tasting menus and farmers&rsquo market produce.

At its core, L.A. thrives on its diverse blend of genre-bending formats and cuisines, which creates some of the world&rsquos best omakase restaurants, fine-dining institutions and French-bistro gems tucked into strip malls.

Our experts scour the city for great eats and great insider info. We value fun, flavor, freshness&mdashand value at every price point. We update the EAT List regularly, and if it&rsquos on the list, we think it&rsquos awesome&mdashand we bet you will, too.

April 2021: With the return of indoor dining and an increase in restaurant capacity, you&rsquoll find more of our favorite spots returning to dine-in. We&rsquove also been able to add back Providence as the fish palace is once again open. Hayato is still on our list but taking a break for the first week of the month. And then there are two former EAT List fixtures that we wanted to call out: Nightshade is still temporarily shuttered in the Arts District, but chef Mei Lin has opened Szechuan hot chicken spot Daybird in Silver Lake and Broken Spanish, which closed in DTLA last year, has extended its pop-up in Hollywood.

Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList. Plus, find out more about how we decide what makes the list.

9 restaurants across America that you have to try in your lifetime

There are great restaurants all across America but few offer history so compelling and food so legendary that you have to try them at least once in your lifetime. These nine famous eateries fit that bill.

1. Mama's Fish House, Maui, Hawaii

Fishermen catch fish mere hours before it's served at Mama's Fish House, so meals are island fresh. But it's not just the food that makes this restaurant famous, with reservations going two weeks deep. Mama's is situated on a secluded beach (rare for a Hawaii restaurant) under tall palms, which makes for amazing sunset views and a romantic and elegant atmosphere.

The restaurant, opened in 1973, has old-school Hawaii vibes. The open-air dining rooms (with vaulted ceilings and made with local woods) have retro decor, including old Hawaiian paintings on the walls, colorful floral-print table cloth and real wooden canoes hanging from the ceilings. Tiki torches blaze at night for a feeling of "aloha."

TripAdvisor ranked Mama's Fish House one of the 10 best restaurants in the world.

2. Katz's Deli, Manhattan, New York

Around 6 p.m. every day, you'll notice the long line outside Katz's Delicatessen, one of N.Y.C.'s most famous institutions. The Lower East Side deli, which dates back to 1888, is famous for serving up "mile-high" corn beef, pastrami and rueben sandwiches with fresh, house-made pickles.

The corned beef and pastrami is cured using a slow, 30-day method (as opposed to places that do it fast in 36 hours). This makes the meats fresh, more flavorful and juicier.

Inside, it's a blast to the past. The restaurant is one big open space, reminiscent of a cafeteria, with memorabilia and photos of famous guests on the walls, and a counter with up to six lines to order your meals.

You can even sit at the actual table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal filmed the famous "I'll have what she's having" scene from 1989's "When Harry Met Sally."

3. Snow's BBQ, Lexington, Texas

Located in Lexington, Texas, about 75 miles from Austin, Snow's BBQ is consistently voted the No. 1 barbecue joint in the state. People drive out as early as 8 a.m. to get in line for the fresh pork ribs and brisket every Saturday (the only day of the week it's open). With a wait that can take up to three hours, so some even bring lawn chairs to get comfy. The barbecue is served until it runs out.

Snow's is in the middle of ranch land, where visitors stand around an "al fresco" shed where pit masters fire up the brisket on three barbecue pits, the old fashioned way. Texas Monthly calls one of the pit masters, 83-year-old Tootsie Tomanetz, "legendary."

A meal costs about $14 a plate.

4. The French Laundry, Napa Valley, California

The French Laundry has been awarded three Michelin stars annually since 2006 (one of few restaurants in America with three stars). It's also ranked high among the best restaurants in the world by World's 50 Best Restaurants, ranking No. 1 twice (2003 and 2004, and the first U.S. restaurant to top the list). Chef and owner Thomas Keller is iconic in the culinary industry, winning dozens of highly coveted awards, like the Lifetime Achievement Award by Restaurant magazine.

Housed in a rustic, historic building, in the 1920s, the location was a French steam laundry, which inspired the restaurant's name. It's a big spot for celebrations, like anniversaries, proposals and birthdays.

The dinner lasts two to three hours with a tasting menu based on what's fresh that day (you only find out the menu when you arrive). The oysters and pearls amuse bouche (pearl tapioca with beau soleil oysters and white sturgeon caviar) is famous and frequently on the menu. Most produce is pulled from the on-site garden or nearby purveyors.

Dinner is at a minimum $300 per person (depending on the menu), and it can get more expensive with supplements to dishes, like Japanese wagyu ($100) or Kaluga caviar ($60), as well as wine, which can go up to $40 per glass.

5. Polo Lounge, Los Angeles, California

This iconic restaurant at Beverly Hills Hotel is casual yet highbrow (it boasts top notch service from staff in white suits), and it's a regular spot for A-listers meeting with their agents, publicists and Hollywood executives. Stars often sign deals and contracts right on the spot, which is why Polo Lounge is often credited as the original "power breakfast" spot.

For almost a century, famous celebrities have dined here. In fact, if you're looking for a celebrity sighting, most locals will point you in this direction. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich were fans and Booth No. 1 was Charlie Chaplin's preferred table, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which named Polo Lounge one of the top 25 power lunch spots. In the 1940s, stars like Will Rogers and Tommy Hitchcock, would come here after polo matches, which is how the spot got its name.

Recent celebrity diners have included Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Natalie Portman.

Polo Lounge serves California cuisine both indoors and on the outdoor patio. Breakfast entrees average $25 to $30 lunch entrees average $45 dinner entrees average $52.

6. Arnaud's, New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is known for its dynamic dining scene, famous for Creole, Cajun and southern cooking. There are a number of fine dining institutions that have been in business for more than 100 years, including Commander's Palace, Galatoire's, Antoine's and Arnaud's. All the restaurants are recommended but if you need to pick one on which to splurge, Arnaud's, opened since 1918, takes up almost an entire block in the French Quarter with multiple dining spaces as well as a second-floor balcony overlooking Bienville Street.

Arnaud's interiors are a time warp with Italian mosaic tile floors, vintage light fixtures and original beveled glass windows, fluted columns and doors. Classic and modern French Creole dishes are served, like shrimp creole ($26.95), frog legs provencale ($27.95) and Pontchartrain sauteed filet ($36.95).

Dinner for two with wine averages $150.

7. Husk, Charleston SC

Since opening in Charleston, South Carolina, in November 2010, Husk was named Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit (2011), 101 Best Restaurants in America by The Daily Meal, The Best Restaurants in America by Eater and The Diners Club World's 50 Best Restaurants.

It's been so successful, owner and chef Sean Brock has since opened a Husk in Nashvillee, Tennesse Greenville, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

The original location in downtown Charleston, in a restored, pre-Civil War mansion, serves farm-to-table, low-country Southern food, with modern riffs on classic dishes like house-made Pimento cheese with grilled crostini, pickle relish, crispy ham and chives the famous Husk fried chicken with chilled farro and field pea salad and a deli ham melt with Tennessee cheddar, carrot and cabbage slaw.

The menu changes daily based on seasonality and freshness, and all ingredients are regionally sourced.

A meal for two averages $80.

8. Prince Street Pizza, Manhattan, New York

New York City is home to bucket list-worthy pizza joints, but there's one that is often cited as the best: family-run Prince Street Pizza is both a fan favorite and N.Y.C. institution. It serves Sicilian pizza, which is rectangular and has a thick crust.

Located in the NoLita neighborhood of Manhattan, Prince Street Pizza is known for the "Spicy Spring Pie," covered in thick-cut pepperoni, for which fans line up day and night.

Prince Street Pizza has the best Sicilian pizza in the city, according to Nino Coniglio, the 10-time World Champion Pizza Maker at The International Pizza Expo and owner and pizza maker at Williamsburg Pizza. The pizza is also considered among the best pizzas in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, and Prince Street Pizza is one of N.Y.C.'s most iconic pizzerias by Eater New York.

The original slice with marinara and mozzarella is $2.95 the Spicy Spring Pie is $3.50.

9. In-N-Out Burger, multiple locations

There is no other chain in America that has a cult following like In-N-Out Burger. Celebrating its 70th birthday this year, the fast food joint is known for its delicious burgers that are never frozen and cooked to order, including the famous "Double Double." It also serves hand-cut French fries and there's a "secret menu" with burgers that don't appear on the regular bill of fare.

"People fetishize In-N-Out, and it's cool to know the brand and doubly cool to know its secret menu," Culinary Institute of America associate professor and food anthropoligist Willa Zhen told QSR magazine.

At the end of the day, the high-quality burgers for cheap are a must when visiting California (it's based out of Irvine) or locations in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas and Oregon.

A Double Double Burger is $3.45 a cheeseburger is $2.40.

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5 Plant-Based Recipes From Some Of The World's Greatest Restaurants

Plant-based cuisine has gone mainstream. It’s also gone upscale—leading to a surge in creativity.

Elegant vegan dishes now have pride of place at top tables across the globe.

These remarkable recipes come from some of the world’s finest restaurants. They’re presented with the original measurements—some metric, some imperial. The goal is to stay as close to each chef’s vision as possible.

Serve one of these plant-based dishes next time you want to thrill your guests.

Joia’s Vegan Panzanella

Europe’s only Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant, Joia brings a vibrant, vegetable-forward touch to high-end Italian dining.

Led by owner Pietro Leeman, Joia has long been a pioneer.

Start any meal with this gorgeous variation on a classic panzanella salad. It’s a perennial presence on Joia’s exuberant menu.


  • 300g stale bread, cut into 1/8-inch cubes
  • 300g tomatoes, cut into 1/8-inch cubes
  • 50g carrots, cut into 1/8-inch cubes
  • 50g celery, cut into 1/8-inch cubes
  • 50g radishes, cut into 1/8-inch cubes
  • 50g white wine vinegar
  • 30g extra virgin olive oil
  • 20g sugar
  • Salt as needed

For the chickpea pâté flavored with wasabi:

  • 200g dried chickpeas
  • 300g cauliflower florets
  • 20g extra virgin olive oil
  • 10g wasabi paste
  • Salt as needed

For the almond mayonnaise with saffron:

  • 200g plain almond milk
  • 8g salt
  • 23g lemon or yuzu juice
  • 1 pinch powdered saffron
  • 350g cold-pressed sunflower oil


Begin by soaking the chickpeas in water the night before.

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 F.
  2. Spread the bread on a baking tray and dry it out in the oven for 1 hour, or until crispy.
  3. Place the bread, tomatoes and vegetables in a bowl and add the vinegar, oil and sugar. Mix well and season to taste. Leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  1. Rinse and wash the chickpeas, then boil them in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Leave to drain in a colander.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to a boil, add the cauliflower and boil for 8 minutes. Tip into a colander and leave to drain.
  3. In a food processor, blend the chickpeas and cauliflower until you obtain a thick paste, then add the extra virgin olive oil, salt and wasabi.

For the almond mayonnaise:

  1. Place the almond milk, salt, lemon or yuzu juice, and saffron in a bowl.
  2. Emulsify the ingredients with a hand blender, slowly adding the oil until you have a thick and creamy mayonnaise.
  3. Season with more salt if needed and check the acidity.
  1. Boil the sugar in a saucepan with a splash of water until it reaches 250 F on a sugar thermometer.
  2. Add the vinegar and simmer until it reduces to half its volume.
  3. Add the raspberries and cook for 5 minutes on low heat until you have a brightly colored sauce.
  4. Blitz until smooth with a hand blender, pass the liquid through a sieve and allow to cool.
  1. Pass the cucumbers through a juicer, pour the juice into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Mix the cornstarch with a little water and whisk into the boiling cucumber juice until it thickens.
  3. Season with salt, remove from the heat and cool over a bowl of ice water.
  1. Take a spoonful of the chickpea pâté and roll it to create a small ball. Shape the bread salad around the outside of the pâté to make nice, neat spheres.
  2. Repeat until you’ve used up the pâté and set aside.
  3. Place a teaspoon of mayonnaise in the center of each plate, followed by a teaspoon of raspberry sauce and a teaspoon of cucumber sauce on top.
  4. With the bottom of a glass, vigorously bang on the three sauces making a colored “splash” design.
  5. Remove the glass and place the ball of panzanella in the center of the splash. Each plate will be slightly different.

Tokyo, Japan: Daigo’s Onion Steak

Daigo holds two Michelin stars. It amazes diners with its vegan kaiseki, a traditional multi-course meal.

This serene establishment treats guests to enchanting garden views, impeccable service and exquisite nourishment.

This umami-laced dish from its repertoire will be a treat even far from Daigo’s dining room at the base of majestic Mount Atago.


  • 1 onion
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sake
  • Mirin
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Watercress


  1. Peel and trim the onion and cut it into two horizontal pieces. Steam it for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a sauté pan, add vegetable oil and cook the onion “steaks” on one side until brown.
  3. Turn each piece and add sake, mirin, soy sauce and sugar. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Right before all the liquid has evaporated, add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
  5. Serve with watercress on top.

Berlin, Germany: Lucky Leek’s Spinach and Potato Dumplings

Lucky Leek is a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, meaning that it offers fine dining at a relatively lower price point.

With its renowned vegan tasting menu and friendly atmosphere, it’s become a vegan travel destination.

Its signature dish may well be its dairy- and egg-free savory dumplings with a piquant no-cook tomato sauce, developed by chef-owner Josita Hartanto.


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 russet potatoes (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 7 ounces fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 8 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, cored and quartered
  • 2 sprigs thyme, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 1/2 ounces firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons durum wheat semolina flour
  • 2 tablespoons plain bread crumbs
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 small zucchini, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped, toasted hazelnuts


  1. Add the potatoes to a large saucepan of boiling, salted water and cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and let stand until cool enough to handle.
  3. Peel the potatoes. Use a potato ricer or masher to rice the potatoes on a baking sheet. Then let them stand to air-dry and cool them completely.
  1. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the shallot and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until it wilts down, all its moisture evaporates, and the spinach begins sticking to the pan, about 8 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and let the spinach cool completely.
  1. Combine tomatoes, thyme leaves and sugar in a blender and purée until smooth.
  2. Scrape the sauce into a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and refrigerate until ready to use, at least 1 hour.

1. Place the tofu in a fine sieve set over a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula, press it

2. Add the cooled potatoes and spinach to the tofu along with the flour, semolina and

bread crumbs. Stir until evenly combined.

3. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir to combine.

  1. Heat the broiler.
  2. In a 12-inch oven-proof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Arrange the dumplings in the skillet and then sprinkle the zucchini in and around the dumplings.
  4. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil evenly over the dumplings and then broil until the dumplings are browned on top and warmed through.
  5. Remove the dumplings from the broiler and sprinkle with the hazelnuts.
  6. Serve the dumplings hot from the skillet with the cold tomato sauce on the side.

Shanghai, China: Fu He Hui’s Chanterelle Mushrooms

Fu He Hui has a Michelin star and a consistent presence among on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. It serves haute plant-based cuisine in a refined, ultra-modern atmosphere.

The restaurant is known for its stunning preparations of unique local produce, as well as for its tea pairings.


  • 120g fresh chanterelle mushrooms
  • 120g green asparagus
  • 20g fresh corn kernels
  • 100g high-fiber flour
  • 4g sea salt
  • 8g white sugar
  • 48g water
  • 8g olive oil, plus more for steeping and cooking dough sticks
  • 20g vegetable stock, preferably made with dried shitake mushrooms, carrots and cabbage


  1. Mix the flour, water and 2 grams of sea salt into a dough. Roll it into long thin sticks.
  2. Steep in oil for 10 hours.
  3. Fry the dough sticks in a pan of hot oil at 270 F.
  4. Remove them when they turn golden yellow and set aside.

For the asparagus reduction:

  1. Boil the asparagus over a low flame until tender.
  2. Add the sugar.
  3. Liquidize in a blender.
  4. Pour 4 grams of olive oil into a wok, add the liquidized asparagus and the corn kernels, and stir fry.
  5. Add the vegetable stock. Salt to taste.
  1. Fry the mushrooms in 4 grams olive oil on medium heat for half a minute.
  2. Add 2 grams of sea salt or to taste.
  1. Spread the asparagus mixture on the plate.
  2. Add the chanterelles and garnish with the dough sticks.

New York, New York: NIX’s Carrots En Papillote

This jewel is the only vegetarian restaurant in the U.S. with a Michelin star.

At NIX, diners encounter thought-provoking food that’s also delicious and lovely to look at. And the eatery’s warm vibe makes the experience even better.

Bring the magic home with the complex flavors of this parchment-baked masterpiece.


  • 2 cups cooked bulgur wheat
  • 20 baby rainbow carrots (washed, with tops)
  • 4 tablespoons carrot cure
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter
  • Olive oil
  • 4 parsley sprigs
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, grated


  1. Cut out 4 heart shapes in parchment paper (you’ll want to leave approximately 3" all around each bunch of carrots).
  2. Toss the washed carrots in the cure.
  3. Place 1/2 cup cooked bulgur in the center of each parchment heart.
  4. Top with 5 spiced rainbow carrots.
  5. Dress the carrots with one tablespoon of vegan butter and a splash of water.
  6. Seal the parchment by folding it in half and pinching the edges together.
  7. Bake at 450 F for approximately 15 minutes.
  8. Cut the parchment open and top with herbs and a little olive oil.
  9. Serve with a lemon wedge

All over the world, innovative vegetarian and vegan restaurants are wowing diners. These scrumptious recipes will let you dazzle your dinner guests with plant-based delights in your own home.

A former academic turned freelance writer and editor, Jennifer Brunton lives and works in Vermont.

This article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical or legal advice, or to indicate the availability or suitability of any product or service for your unique circumstances.

Capital One does not provide, endorse, or guarantee any third-party product, service, information or recommendation listed above. The third parties listed are solely responsible for their products and services, and all trademarks listed are the property of their respective owners.

World’s Top 10 Restaurants 2019, Chosen By Travelers, Revealed By TripAdvisor

The world's best restaurants, based on reviews and opinions collected from travelers around the world by the global travel platform TripAdvisor for its 2019 Travelers Choice Awards, have been announced with TRB Hutong in Beijing rated number one.

Decided by an algorithm that analyzes millions of reviews and opinions, the list ranks Restaurant Epicure, inside the Bristol Hotel in Paris, as second best and Ristorante Villa Crespi in Orta San Giulio, Italy, third.

The Epicure in Paris holds three Michelin stars and is ranked second in the world.

The top-ranked restaurant in America is Daniel in New York, which ranks 21st on the global list. Located inside the former Mayfair Hotel, it has two Michelin stars, serves French cuisine and offers a $158 four-course prix-fixe menu or a $250 seven-course menu.

“The Travelers’ Choice Awards for Restaurants honor travelers' favorite dining establishments worldwide,” TripAdvisor explains. “Based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, these restaurants were consistently given high ratings and praise by diners across the globe. Award winners were determined by factoring in the quantity and quality of reviews, gathered over a 12-month period.”

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Top-rated restaurant TRB Huntong is housed in a 600-year-old temple and serves contemporary European cuisine with a focus on French cooking. Diners can expect to see dishes such as lobster and poached scallops on the menu.

Restaurant Daniel in New York is the top-ranked American at 21st on the global list.

The Epicure in Paris is a three-Michelin starred restaurant celebrating the 20th anniversary of head chef Eric Frechon working there, with a special $423 tasting menu that includes caviar, potatoes gnocchi with white truffle and brown butter. macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras, and hen poached in a bladder.

Ristorante Villa Crespi in northern Italy on the shores of Lake Orta and in the luxury 5-star Villa Crespi is owned and directed by chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo. It has two-Michelin stars and a €150 tasting menu that includes sea bass, borlotti beans, tagliatelle and roasted baby pork.

Chef's Antonino Cannavacciuolo's Villa Crespi in Northern Italy appears as # 3 on the World's Best . [+] Restaurants list.

Here is the list of the 10 best restaurants worldwide:

9. Aramburu, Buenos Aires, Argentina

10. Adam’s, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Jane, fourth in the list of Best in the World is set inside a former military hospital in the . [+] Belgian city of Antwerp.

TripAdvisor ‘s Travelers Choice Awards also selected the Best Restaurants in Europe. After Epicure and Villa Crespi, this year’s top 10 include:

6. Adam’s, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Here is the full list of TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers' Choice award-winning restaurants.

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I'm a dual Colombian-Luxembourgish freelance journalist, inveterate traveler and writer based in the world's only Grand Duchy. I write a column on European affairs for the editorial page of El Tiempo, Colombia's main newspaper. I have been a columnist for Newsweek and written for, among others, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Toronto Globe & Mail.

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It’s week trazillion and fifteen of pandemic cooking, and you’ve hit a rut. Nay, a trench. You’ve done all the things one can do to a bean, and while the digital cook-o-sphere is loaded with ideas, there are just too many of them. You scroll a few blogs, flip through some cookbooks, and give up. Beany Thursday strikes again.

We’ve been there. We are there. But help is here. To sort through the noise of TikTok tortilla wraps and feta pastas, Eater has compiled a handful of the recipes — from blogs, magazines, publications, and cookbooks — that put the pep back in our pans this week and that we hope will do the same for you. These are the dishes that Eater editors from across the country actually made recently, and we’re passing along any firsthand tips, hacks, or dietary substitutions that, hey, worked for us. Here, then, are this week’s must-try recipes from Eater’s very-much-average-but-highly-enthusiastic home cooks.

May 21, 2021

Croque Madame

Cook’s Country

I can tell myself that this is just a fancy ham and cheese, but let’s be real. This is the kind of dish I’m going to be excited to order for brunch but less excited to make at home. (I have to make a sauce and prep several components and pre- and post-toast the bread and get a fried egg timed just right? Sounds like a lot.) While I won’t pretend that this is one of the least labor-intensive recipes I’ve tackled, I actually found it to be reasonably manageable, with the instructions precise enough to ensure things turned out well. Given it was made as part of one of the first Mother’s Day celebrations I’ve had with my mom in years, it was definitely worth the effort. We paired this with sticky buns, fruit, and a frisee salad, and… it was just too much food. Just stick with the sandwich — and a French 75 to go with it. — Missy Frederick, Eater cities director

Gambas al Ajillo

Anya von Bremzen, Food & Wine

I knew last Friday when I bought jumbo shrimp at the farmers market that they were destined to be gambas. Gambas al ajillo — a traditional Spanish dish that can be hastily put together on the chance you have sherry, shrimp, and lots of garlic at home — is one of my favorite no-think dinners for its ease, versatility, and bread-dipping potential. But the next day I realized I also had chorizo in the fridge and good sweet corn from the grocery store, which inspired thoughts of making gambas by way of the bayou (a stretch, but stay with me) for dinner that night. I seared our chorizo link in a cast iron until it was browned and plumped and then added a container ship-size amount of minced garlic to saute in its oil for a few minutes. After, using this Food & Wine recipe as rough guidance, I threw in the corn (already tender from a quick boil), shrimp, sherry, and two semi-seeded slivers of chile de arbol to cook in the chorizo-garlic pool. The result? Something not-quite-seafood-boil, not-quite-gambas, but fully the Saturday night dinner I needed after a long week. — Nicole Adlman, Eater cities manager

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Artichokes and Herbs

Kay Chun, NYT Cooking

I am not generally the kind of person who likes to follow recipes, but I can be drawn in by the simplicity of a one sheet-pan meal. This dish in particular was minimal effort for maximum reward, and it even impressed my date — which was really the point. I substituted chicken breast for thighs because it was what I had in my fridge already, and I turned the broiler on toward the end of the cook time to get a bit more color on everything. You finish it off with lemon juice, olives, and red pepper flakes. I am definitely going to make this again but will need to wait for summer to be over, because I refuse to turn on my oven when it’s more than 80 degrees outside. — Stephen Pelletteri, Eater executive producer

Tehina Shakes

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, the Splendid Table

The weather is heating up here in New England, and I’ve been craving milkshakes nonstop. That, mixed with dreaming of a day when travel is safer, got me thinking about the mint Goldie Falafel tehina shakes I fell in love with on a work trip to Philly a couple of years back. They’re super easy to make, and they yield a fair amount of extra mint syrup that I’ve been putting in my iced tea every day. (Note: A little bit goes a long way.) A couple bonus lessons learned: 1. I’m a dairy fiend and have never really ventured into the world of alternative milks, but I bought the almond milk called for in the recipe (which is vegan), and now I keep my fridge stocked with almond milk at all times. It expires much more slowly than dairy milk, and I’ve been using it in oatmeal, where I don’t miss the dairy at all. I’m looking forward to trying it in other scenarios. 2. Making little shaved chocolate curls with a vegetable peeler is very easy and weirdly soothing — and it makes any dessert look extra fancy and like you sort of know what you’re doing even if you don’t. — Rachel Blumenthal, Eater Boston editor

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Melissa Clark, NYT Cooking

I was crossing through the farmers market last weekend, determined not to blow my grocery budget on ramps and fiddlehead ferns, when I fell prey to a bright red pile of rhubarb. I did a quick search of my bookmarked recipes and unearthed this upside-down rhubarb cake from Melissa Clark, which seemed like a good way to celebrate the transition to full-on summer weather in New York. The recipe stretched my supply of bowls and counter space, but the process was straightforward. A lot of rhubarb juice inevitably leaked from the springform pan during baking (I didn’t have foil to double-wrap the pan), but I collected it and poured it back on top when the cake was finished. The rhubarb turned out perfectly tender and juicy, while the cake remained springy thanks to cake flour. I don’t think I’ll make another rhubarb dessert this season, but I’ll keep this one in mind for next year. — Nick Mancall-Bitel, Eater associate editor


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