Many diners are willing to wait months and pay large sums of money for a table at one of these oppulent restaurants
Our friends at Luxury Escapes share with us the most indulgent restaurants from around the world, ranging from 6-course meals to jaw-dropping prices.
1. Ithaa, Maldives
Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl, is the world’s first underwater restaurant, allowing you to sample your dishes five metres below sea-level, with swarms of fish watching you as you eat (presumably your seafood!). The tasting menu, featuring Western cuisine with a Maldivian twist, is 6-courses long, with bite-sized samples allowing you to experience the full showcase of fresh
seafood on offer.
2. Aragawa, Tokyo, Japan
Most people love a good steak, but how much do you really love beef? Aragawa is the place to go for the most tender beef, with its menu being entirely beef-based, and served in traditional Japanese style. Serving only approved Kobe beef, the beef is ensured to be coming from the finest breed of Kobe cattle. While Tokyo may be more renowned for its sushi, Kobe beef has become a highly prized item in the last decade, due to its tender nature and rarity. But if you really love steak, what’s AUD600 for a plate of beef?
3. Sushi Yoshitake, Hong Kong
The first restaurant of revered chef Masahiro Yoshitake to open outside his native Japan brought many accolades to Hong Kong’s finest sushi joint. The only menus on offer at this intimate dining venue (eight seats) open for dinner are omakase meals, ranging in size and price from eight piece sushi platters (with sushi flown directly from Japan) starting at approximately AUD300 per person, to thirteen piece sushi platters at approximately AUD550. And that doesn’t even include the compulsory 10% service charge!
4. French Laundry, Napa Valley, USA
The renowned French Laundry has consistently ranked in “top 10” restaurant lists worldwide, thanks largely to the efforts of Chef Thomas Keller. While the restaurant predates Keller’s arrival, with the building itself being traced back to the early 1900s, the two prix fixe menus and tasting menus combine the finest flavours of French food with contemporary American influences. Keller shows off his style and ability to wield several ingredients with the two different nine-course tasting menus, none of which use the same main ingredient more than once.
5. The Krug Room, Hong Kong
The Krug Room is one of the only officially Krug endorsed dining venues worldwide where each course is guaranteed to be served with a helping of the exquisite Krug champagne. Previously billed as a private kitchen, but since opened to the public, the venue in the heart of the kitchen of the Mandarin Oriental allows you to watch your food being prepared in front of you, where Chef Uwe Opocensky, with experience including having worked with Ferran Adrià at the world-famous El Bulli, serves progressively gastronomic fare while taking into account your likes and dislikes.
6. Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Alain Ducasse’s flagship restaurant is housed inside the beautiful Beaux-Arts Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, and has often been rated as the world’s finest French restaurant. Extravagantly opulent, the restaurant elicits feelings of a bygone era, inspiring you to dine as the kings and princes once did, with soft lighting, elaborate chandeliers, soft white silk linen and an ambiance to match. The cellar, containing 400,000 bottles of wine, certainly lay a claim to having one of the finest collections of wine in the world.
7. Solo per Due, Italy
Private fireworks, private meals. Solo per Due (meaning ‘Just for Two’), dubbed the smallest restaurant in the world sits in picturquese central Italy. Seating only two, the meal is as intimate as can be, and perhaps the perfect place to propose to your significant other. Marketing itself as the only restaurant with no queues, no waiting (other than the months-long wait for a reservation!), the restaurant offers classic hearty countryside Italian fare in a fine dining presentation, accompanied by wines from the best cellars.
8. At.moshpere, Dubai, UAE
In a list of extravagance and indulgence, you’d be hard-placed to find Dubai missing from the list. At.moshpere, located on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, is one of the world’s finest luxury dining experiences, with a view that goes hand-in-hand. With contemporary architecture and open spaces allowing you to soak in the view, meals by Chef Dwayne Cheer can cost upwards of AUD400 per person.
9. Masa, New York City, USA
While a shopping mall seems like an unlikely place to experience fine dining, Masa aims to bring the art of Japanese cuisine to the West in NYC’s Time Warner Center. “Tiny Masa”, as it has been dubbed, seats only 24 guests at a time, and charges up to AUD500 for its meals, making it the Big Apple’s most expensive dinner outing.
10. Gordon Ramsay, London, UK
The ‘chef from hell’ might appear crude on television, but his celebrity has risen so high that it’s nearly impossible to get a reservation at one of the 13 tables at Gordon Ramsay, with some reservations reportedly being made a year in advance. While many unwarrantedly poke fun at the concept of ‘gourmet British food’, Gordon Ramsay cleverly weaves European influences into seasonal ingredients to create subtle morsels that melt in the mouth.
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