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Top 10 European Restaurants

February 10th, 2010

european-restaurant.jpgCulinary experiences are a vital part of any holiday. For fine dining at its very best, these ten restaurants will treat your taste buds. They have all consistently earned featured placements in lists of the top restaurants in Europe. Though they might challenge the bank balance, for a very special occasion and perhaps the food experience of a lifetime, they are a gourmet’s dream. Note that you may need to book several months (or perhaps years) in advance.

1. El Bulli (now elBulli), Spain

Regularly voted best restaurant in the world, elBulli is located on Spain’s Costa Brava. Named after bulldogs belonging to the original owner, this restaurant has three Michelin stars. The innovative chef of elBulli is Ferran Adrià, who specialises in dramatic ingredients, new techniques, and avant garde dining.

2. The Fat Duck, England

Easily competing with the best of French restaurants, Heston Blumenthal’s famed establishment specialises in using innovative food technology to produce unexpected dishes such as snail porridge and chocolate wine. Located in Bray, Berkshire, the Fat Duck has three Michelin stars.

3. Pierre Gagnaire, Paris

Named after its owner, perhaps France’s most eminent chef, Pierre Gagnaire is located at 6 Rue Balzac in Paris. Gagnaire reinvented French cooking and has profoundly influenced contemporary gastronomy. His modern French food has earned him three Michelin stars.

4. Mugaritz, Spain

Under 34 year old chef Andoni Aduriz, Mugaritz has already earned two Michelin stars and a worldwide reputation for fabulous food, using innovative ingredients and techniques without going overboard into ‘molecular gastronomy’.

5. Bras, France

Named after its chef, Michel Bras, this family-run restaurant is located in the Aubrac Hills in southwestern France. High quality local produce used in dishes that reinvent rustic and peasant food have earned the restaurant three Michelin stars.

6. Arzak, Spain

Yet another restaurant with three coveted Michelin stars is Arzak is in San Sebastian. It has been a restaurant in the family of the chef, Juan Ramon Arzak, for four generations (including his co-chef, daughter Elena) and has had its Michelin stars for its Basque-inspired food for almost twenty years.

7. Noma, Copenhagen

Inspired by Scandinavian cuisine and featuring gathered wild foods, Noma’s food has earned its chef and owner 2 Michelin stars. The name comes from words meaning ‘mad food’.

8. L’Astrance, Paris

A small restaurant near the Eiffel Tower, run by chef Pascal Barbot and partner Christophe Rohat, L’Astrance has two Michelin stars. You don’t order – the entire menu is a surprise – though you will be asked beforehand if there is anything you can’t or won’t eat.

9. Gordon Ramsay, London

Classic French food with a modern twist and a British touch is the hallmark of this Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Chelsea. It has earned 3 of Ramsay’s 14 Michelin stars and is currently under the command of head chef Claire Smyth.

10. Gambero Rosso, Italy

In the coastal town of San Vicenzo (Livorno) is Fulvio Pierangelini’s restaurant, voted the best in Italy and boasting two Michelin stars. With his wife, Pierangelini’s creative cooking includes his signature dish of chickpeas with prawns.

This article on the top 10 restaurants in Europe was supplied to us by “Solo” from Constant Content.

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