We selected some luxury restaurants from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants to inspire you. We chose top restaurants scattered around the world where you can go and fall in love with the best of interior design.
Eleven Madison Park, New York City
Eleven Madison Park is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of New York City. The restaurant overlooks one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan, Madison Square Park, and sits at the base of a historic Art Deco building on the corner of 24th Street and Madison Avenue.
The restaurant has been owned by Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara since 2011 and during that time it has evolved considerably, both in food and in experience. Today, the restaurant offers an eight to ten course menu in the main dining room, but guests can also visit the bar for a more abbreviated tasting menu, some light snacks, or simply for a cocktail or glass of wine.
White Rabbit, Moscow
As the name may suggest, the restaurant whimsically embraces an Alice In Wonderland theme . Located under a glass dome on a 16th floor of Smolenskiy Passage, White Rabbit is the first joint project of restaurateur Boris Zarkov and chef Vladimir Mukhin. Known as much for his use of local, seasonal ingredients as for his charisma, Mukhin is making international waves and recently appeared in the 2017 series of Netflix’s Chef’s Table.
Beautiful, modern and daring in its own way. The restaurant’s glass dome provides diners with a spectacular 360-degree view of the beautiful city of Moscow.
Here for the first time Russian cuisine sounds in unison with the latest culinary trends and Russian products rise to a height of recognized delicacies. Every dish from this romantic restaurant menu is a result of a long work, gastronomical expeditions and a special respect for traditions.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
Inspired by Heston Blumenthal’s fascination with historic gastronomy, Dinner is one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants. Through his research, Heston realised that obsession with food is no modern day phenomena, and together with Chef Director Ashley Palmer-Watts worked with food historians and the team at Hampton Court Palace, as well as reading cookbooks such as those by the royal chefs of King Richard II. The result is Dinner’s thrilling menu, which perfectly fuses the historic with the contemporary in a uniquely exciting manner.
Providing the ideal backdrop to the menu, the contemporary restaurant’s interior is modern and innovative, yet mindful of tradition. Through floor-to-ceiling glass walls, diners enjoy a view of the kitchen and its unique pulley system, which has been modelled after a version used by the Royal court, and rotates the spit over an open fire.
Ivory-painted walls are decorated with custom-made porcelain wall sconces in the shape of antique jelly moulds and, of course, the uninterrupted views of Hyde Park, King Henry VIII’s former hunting grounds, bring the historical connection full circle.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris
“We created a space completely in tune with Alain Ducasse’s naturalness cuisine and his quest for the perfect welcome. First, by highlighting the truth of the materials. Then by organising the space in a manner in which the guests will live simultaneously an extraordinary and very intimate experience.” – Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, interior designers
Alain Ducasse often repeats that in cuisine, to go far one must never forget his roots. In the dining room certain elements are a reminder of the former décor of the restaurant. Thus, placed in the staff of the hull, the bas-relief inspired by the mushrooms embroidered on the old screens. This game of quotations and memory even leads to recycled materials.
Solid oak tables beckon the hand to caress them. If the hand does continue its path and slips under the table top, it will come into contact with leather… as what cannot be seen must be as beautiful as what is visible. Chairs glide in silence, the leather seats cover soft cushions. Everything has been engineered for the guests’ delight.
Beauty & Essex In New York
Beauty & Essex has an modern design that starts in the restaurant’s entrance, a wellcurated modern day pawn shop. Continuing past the pawn shop, guests encounter a grand, circular staircase wrapped around a twostory custom chandelier, but only the adventurous will discover all that Beauty & Essex has to offer.
With four distinct dining rooms, two bars, a lounge and a women’s bathroom complete with a salon including a luxurious sofa, and antique perfume bottles. The fine cuisine, much like the design, is intended to set a new course. Chef Chris Santos was one of the pioneers of the small, share plate dining trend that has swept the nation.
Perla, San Juan
Lindell Smith’s passion for food and hospitality started at a young age due to his father being a renowned chef and restauranteur. He graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park in 2008. He also worked at Palma restaurant in New York City for several years during his studies at the Culinary Institute of America.
After his time stateside Lindell moved back to Puerto Rico to work at Perla. He is commited to providing his guests with an incredible dining experience in both service and through his food. With its unique shell shape, Perla is the “signature dining room of the Concha Hotel.”
This luxury restaurant serves American seafood cuisine and houses over 1000 different types of wine, making it a wine lover’s dream.
Housed in a monolithic glass cube in Vienna’s Stadtpark, Steirereck’s design may be super-modern but the interior speaks a recognisable language of international fine dining. It’s a bright, tranquil vision of wood, concrete and starched white table linen.
Reitbauer’s signature says everything you need to know about his outlook, being equal parts culinary theatre, precise technique and obvious reverence of local ingredients. The freshwater mountain fish, char, is cooked at the table in hot beeswax before being returned on a plate with yellow carrot, pollen and sour cream.
While the tasting menu is, undoubtedly, the best way to engage with Reitbauer’s vision, it says everything about his relaxed style that you’ll find a Wiener Schnitzel on the menu – one of the things that makes Steirereck so enduringly popular with the lunch crowds.
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