A prestige award given to hotel kitchens and restaurants, the Michelin Guide announced the world’s most luxurious restaurants. The list includes 13 restaurants, from Yannick Alléno’s three-star restaurant Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen in the gardens of the Champs-Élysées to the two-star Jungsik in Manhattan.
Here are the most luxurious restaurants in the world:
Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen — Paris
This Parisian institution, one of the oldest restaurant in the city, is in a quiet, elegant pavilion in the Champs-Élysées gardens. The view through the walls of windows changes with the season—green in spring and summer, fiery oranges, reds, and golds in autumn. Shaded outdoor tables look onto the gently burbling Fontaine de Diane.
Within the Four Seasons George V is this Grand Trianon-inspired dining room with chandeliers hanging from its coffered ceiling and plush carpet underfoot. Specialties include Dublin Bay prawns with warm mayonnaise and crunch buckwheat pancakes.
Vendôme — Bergisch Gladbac, near Cologne
Though it’s set in a magnificent Baroque castle hotel more than 300 years old, this restaurant marries traditional and modern, with a stone floor, upholstered armchairs in soft grey, and metal room dividers of black and gold circles and semi-circles. For dessert, don’t miss banana with caramelized peanut ice cream and Valrhona Jivara spiced milk chocolate ganache.
Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris
The dining room here is luxurious enough for Louis XV himself, with ornate plaster and scrollwork, an enormous vaulted, painted ceiling, and everything brushed in gold. It’s a slice of Versailles 950km to the south. It is here that Alain Ducasse forged his style, imposing his new exacting and masterful culinary classicism, always guided by the true character of the ingredients.
Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville — Crissier, just outside Lausanne
In Crissier’s former town hall, Chef Franck Giovannini oversees an impressive team of 25 chefs who conjure up masterful dishes such as a delicate inverted Gala apple tart with roasted hazelnut ice cream.
Taian Table — Shanghai
The eight-course menu at this 20-seat chef’s counter changes every 6-8 weeks and comes with the option of adding two or four courses from the classics or specials menu. The food is elaborately prepared, well-balanced, varied and original.
Alain Ducasse at Morpheus — Cotai
Every detail celebrates the finesse of French craftsmen, with a touch of Asian sensibility. The welcome drink comes in the form of Ducasse’s private label champagne. The chef’s menu comprises four specially selected dishes accompanied by cheese.
Zen — Outram
You’ll feel transported to Sweden at this tasting menu restaurant. The exterior—a 1926 shophouse, a type of heritage building found across South Asia—belies the interior, done up in Scandi modern furniture. An eight-course dinner is downstairs, coffee and petit fours are in the living room upstairs, and this chicest of dinners still costs less than a ticket to Stockholm.
Gaon — Seoul
The quiet, restful and elegant dining space, as well as refined service make for ideal companions to Gaon’s culinary offerings. Authentic Korean cuisine is very modernized but with traditional DNA, and the ceramics are quite beautiful.
A Cut — Taipei
The atmospherically-lit bar here is enclosed in walls of wine cabinets that form the basis of its superb wine list. The chic dining room and good service add to the experience. A-grade cuts of beef from the U. S. and Australia are grilled to perfection in the open kitchen.
Le Normandie — Bangkok
This destination in The Mandarin Oriental has earned a reputation as a premier destination for those looking for sophisticated French cuisine. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Chao Phraya River while local flora are arranged elaborately. Superb ingredients, refined techniques, and well executed combinations of flavors and textures ensure its reputation is deserved.
Jungsik — New York
The cuisine describes itself as “New Korean,” which means it does lean westwards quite considerably; indeed, some of the wonderful sauces turned out of this versatile kitchen wouldn’t be out of place at a grand French table. This is cooking that is original, impeccably executed and enormously satisfying. The space is cool, crisp and elegant; the service team sharp, keen and organized. Jungsik is an immeasurably good looking restaurant, run with the professionalism that its cooking demands.
The Inn at Little Washington – DC
The Inn at Little Washington is a destination in every sense of the word. Embellished to the last inch, the dining room resembles a jewelry box lined with patterned carpets, lush wallpaper, heavy drapes and bejeweled upholstery. Servers are knowledgeable and warm; the room is conducive to conversations.