The five year journey has come to an end. Here are my final thoughts.
July 13, 2023
It’s been an incredible journey around the world to visit 50 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants before I turn 50. I managed to get it done just before my 49th birthday, as it would turn out.
I decided to sort all of the restaurants into my own personal ranked list.
DiverXO was absolutely phenomenal. The food and service was amazing from the moment I sat down at my table to the very end. The dishes were inventive and delicious. I liked the information cards used throughout. It was definitely the best meal I’ve ever had.
Alchemist is an experience and probably the best restaurant experience I’ve had in my life. The food wasn’t as consistently amazing as DiverXO, with some dishes making more of a statement than being take-me-to-another-plane style of dish. It’s like theatre but with incredible food.
I enjoyed the casual venue and amazing service. Even more than that, I enjoyed the flavours, including more spicy heat than I’ve seen from most restaurants. It was also the first time I’ve seen cards used to describe each of the courses. They were originally introduced to minimize how much the staff was talking to the customers. Now, I wish all restaurants did this (and delighted that DiverXO does) because it gives me a chance to refer back to what’s in the dish without having to remember what the server said.
Considering Eleven was one of the first few restaurants on the list that I went to, it’s impressive that it held top spot for so long along this adventure. I found the food was just so consistently amazing and the service that came with it was fantastic.
I had some reservations keeping Eleven so high on my list as I revisited after its switch to a plant-based menu. The food and service hadn’t lived up to my original experience.
They really did a spectacular job of turning a meal into an event, taking 7 hours to get through everything. It was educational and tasty. Their dedication to creating a custom food experience is impressive and well worth a visit.
The Rest of the List
- El Celler de Can Roca
- Restaurant Tim Raue
- The Clove Club
- The Ledbury
- De Librije
- Hof Van Cleve
- Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
- Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen
- Atelier Crenn
- Astrid y Gastón
- Le Bernardin
- Nobelhart & Schmutzig
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
- Don Julio
Now that I've completed this adventure, who knows what is next. No doubt plenty of more amazing restaurants to enjoy. Thanks for following along.