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Top 5 Best Restaurants
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:10:25 AM »
Top Five Best Restaurants in no particular order:

Osteria Francescana | Modena, Italy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJWL8W7bw8

El Celler de Can Roca | Girona, Spain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bojuTHXHYWw

Eleven Madison Park | New York
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRoet4XwmUY

Central | Lima, Peru
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axZKurtxfs8

Noma | Copenhagen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuFF5s-CFsk


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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 09:27:51 AM »
I'm not a gourmand. I was in Maido in Peru http://www.maido.pe/ , which is No.8 according to this list: https://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners
It was OK, nice, but nothing special really. There's quite a few non-listed restaurants that I would prefer both food-wise and price-wise (see my New Orleans recommendations for example). Though clearly Peru prices are way better than most of the others on this list.

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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2018, 10:18:58 AM »
Been to 11 madison and osteria francescana...these lists are always delayed. I wouldn't put either on my top 5. But these things are also super-subjective.
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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2018, 10:31:20 AM »
Dude - you forgot about Taco Bell!

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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 11:56:13 PM »
Top Five Best Restaurants in no particular order:

Osteria Francescana | Modena, Italy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJWL8W7bw8

El Celler de Can Roca | Girona, Spain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bojuTHXHYWw

Eleven Madison Park | New York
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRoet4XwmUY

Central | Lima, Peru
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axZKurtxfs8

Noma | Copenhagen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuFF5s-CFsk

Depends on what you perceive as "best"?  Best at creating artistic dishes that entice the palate...then perhaps.  I've been to plenty of high-end restaurants, and plenty of "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants...and I have to say that many of the quality "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants have more robust flavours that the "high-end" restaurants can only aspire to create.

Then there are those people who simply want what they like and want it cooked the same each time.  If you've ever been to Gorat's, you aren't going to walk away thinking "wow, that was the best restaurant I've ever been too, where the food was terrific and the service wonderful!"  But that's how Warren Buffett feels every time he walks out.

And then if you are like me, and walk out of a high-end restaurant still hungry after spending $300-$400 on dinner for two people...well you know that "best" doesn't necessarily mean "best!"  Five Guys anyone?  Cheers!
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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 07:30:15 AM »
Depends on what you perceive as "best"?  Best at creating artistic dishes that entice the palate...then perhaps.  I've been to plenty of high-end restaurants, and plenty of "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants...and I have to say that many of the quality "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants have more robust flavours that the "high-end" restaurants can only aspire to create.

It's perhaps true that a "hole-in-the-wall" can have better food than a run-of-the-mill high-end restaurant. But these elite restaurants get there because they meet exceptionally high standards of service, artistry, flavour, and experience.

Obviously, some people have different tastes. You need to have a palate for French-style small-plate cooking to really appreciate most of these restaurants. If you are someone who just wants a big steak or bowl of pasta, you are wasting everyone's time by going to one of these restaurants.

Disclosure: I haven't been to any of these top 5. The highest I've been to is Alinea in Chicago. But objectively, it is the "best" restaurant I have ever been to. And my experience there was certainly worth more than 100 trips to Five Guys. BTW, I find Five Guys burgers essentially flavorless (the fries are good).

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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2018, 08:19:03 AM »
I think I agree with KCLarkin on:
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You need to have a palate for French-style small-plate cooking to really appreciate most of these restaurants.

Which I don't. So I think I mostly gave up on trying the top-X restaurants. I might want to try https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiro_Dreams_of_Sushi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukiyabashi_Jiro though likely I won't ever make an effort to book it half-year in advance and then book a trip to Tokyo for same date.  ::)
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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2018, 10:54:26 AM »
Tons of great Sushi in the US...I would hit up Akiko, Kashiba, and Nakazawa before venturing to Japan.
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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2018, 12:39:47 PM »
You guys are a-holes for having this thread.  I'm going to waste so much time on this. 

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Re: Top 5 Best Restaurants
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2018, 01:04:04 PM »
You guys are a-holes for having this thread.  I'm going to waste so much time on this.

This might be better use of time than some of the investment (??) threads you know.  8)
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