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As gastronomy’s official guide, Michelin only hands out its stars of excellence to the best of the best. Founded over a century ago, today Michelin are the taste-makers of the restaurant industry — its anonymous inspectors can make or break a restaurant’s reputation. From Japan to Lima, here are the most exclusive Michelin-starred restaurants in the world to book a table at now.
Brothers Josep, Jordi and Joan Roca make up the team behind El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Described as a ‘free-style restaurant’, El Celler de Can Roca has come a long way from its opening in 1986, to its current number one position on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Over the years, triumphs on the menu have included pigs trotter carpaccio with penny bun, lobster parmentier with black trumpets (one of the longest standing dishes on the menu), clam with grapefruit sorbet and Campari, and caviar omelet. El Celler de Can Roca was awarded their third Michelin star on November 25, 2009.
Hailed as the world’s greatest sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro is hidden in the least likely of places for a three-Michelin star restaurant – a metro station. With only ten seats available, it’s safe to say that this is as exclusive as it gets. Owned and run by master sushi chef Jiro Ono, still active on site aged 90, Sukiyabashi Jiro was propelled into the limelight through Antony Bourdain’s No Reservations TV series and David Gelb’s documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The artful chefs work in front of diners, carefully brushing each piece of sushi with nikiri soy sauce before it is ready to eat. The only menu available is the Omakase Tasting Menu, put together every morning depending on the fish available, and served as 20 individual pieces of sushi. Ono’s unique preparation of sushi is deemed an art, and set him apart from the rest as the world’s best sushi chef.
Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tsukamoto Sogyo Building, Basement Floor 1, 2-15, Ginza 4-chome, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan (+81) 03-3535-3600
Central ‘celebrates the biodiversity of Peru‘ with chef Virgilio Martinez taking contemporary Peruvian cuisine far and beyond ceviche. Dedicated exploration and research of the surrounding countryside, an in-house filtration system for only the purest water, and an urban garden result in a diverse and sensory menu. From the coast to the Andes and the Amazon rainforest, Martinez has managed to bring ingredients to the table that are unknown even to Peruvians themselves. Central turns nature’s rarest produce into dishes that are both beautiful and ground-breaking.
Central, Calle Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima, Peru (+51) 1 242 8515
Earning his first Michelin star at the age of 24, chef Daniel Humm knows a thing or two about fine dining. Co-founding Eleven Madison Park with restaurateur Will Guidara in 2006, the three-Michelin star establishment excels in the both the kitchen and front of house service. An experience that is both whimsical and classic, the menu features interactive dishes such as ‘Name That Milk’ dessert; four specially-crafted chocolate bars presented in a box with pencils and animal drawings, where diners can guess which chocolate derives from which animal. Eleven Madison Park offers a seasonal tasting of 12-15 courses.
Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, USA (+1) 212-889-0905
Arriving in Bangkok from Kolkata in India, Gaggan Anand had a mission to shake up Thailand‘s restaurant industry. The first chef of Indian origin to intern at Ferran Adrià’s world-famous El Bulli research team, Anand was compelled to open his own restaurant, Gaggan, to infuse the culture with progressive Indian cuisine. With only the best seasonal ingredients, Gaggan takes you on a food journey, exploring India’s rich culinary culture and rituals.