SubliMotion, Ibiza, Spain: This newly opened 12-restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero uses the concept of molecular gastronomy. Be prepared to pay a whopping $2,078 (about Rs. 1,35,444) for its 20-course dinner. The restaurant offers a theatrical dining experience – a marriage of food and technology. You are ushered into windowless oblong room with a single neon-lit communal table. This futuristic feast is known to stimulate all five senses with carefully-staged illusion comprised of audio-visual footage. It is more like a gastronomic show that lasts for three hours during which you are transported to new and surprising scenes.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives: This restaurant is located 16.5 feet below sea level and offers a 180-degree view of beautiful coral gardens. The restaurant is enclosed in glass and took about $5 million USD to construct it. The cuisine is mostly European. The six-course menu six-course menu will cost around $320 (approximately Rs. 20,858)per person while the four-course lunch tasting menu is cheaper, about $125 (approximately Rs. 8148) per person.
Masa in New York: Featuring more than a dozen of exotic seafood that is flown directly from Japan, Masa is one of the most expensive sushi restaurants in New York. Diners pay a minimum of $450 (approximately Rs. 30,000) and up to $600 (approximately Rs. 40,000) for a multi-course menu which consists of five appetizers, a sushi entree that includes 15-20 types of exotic seafood, and dessert course – all created by renowned Chef Masa Takayam.
Restaurant Le Meurice, Paris: This Versailles-inspired, three Michelin-starred dining room oozes luxury with antique mirrors, crystal chandeliers, bronze, marble and a five-course Collection menu. The restaurant is owned and run by award winning chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse. For $524 (approximately Rs. 35,000), you can taste three specialties plus a selection of cheeses and desserts. Some specialties include Guinea fowl pie, lobster with potatoes, veal sweetbreads, farm hen with cepe mushrooms, a selection of fruits and chocolates from their factory.
Kitcho, Kyoto, Japan: Chef Kunio Tokuoka believes that every dish served to his customer should be a work of art. This makes Kitcho one of the most expensive 3 star Michelin restaurants in the world. A meal at this high-end Japanese restaurant can run up to $600 (approximately Rs. 40,000) per person. Every dish represents the Japanese culture. You can get yourself a spacious private room and enjoy Japanese food served in a modern avatar with fresh ingredients. With colourful layouts, seasonal ingredients and beautiful serving dishes every dish is a treat for your eyes.
Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland: This restaurant is also listed under the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ by S.Pellegrino. Located inside an 18th century castle in the Swiss Alps, it is one of the most romantic places for a dinner for two. It is known for its modern French cuisne and the stand out dish on the menu is goose liver with fresh goat’s cheese and maize. Swiss chef Andreas Caminada bagged bagging three Michelin stars at the tender age of 33, and is now considered to be one of the most talented chefs in Europe. He skillfully plays with aromas, textures and flavours using familiar ingredients. A meal here could cost $259 to $355 (approximately Rs. 24,000) per person.
D.O.M. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Started by DJ-turned-chef Alex Atala, this restaurant offers Brazilian food using the country’s rich natural resources and Amazonian ingredients. Fresh produce and rare ingredients like cassava (a woody Amazonian shrub), bacuri (a fruit from the Northwest of the country), priprioca (a root previously used only in cosmetics) and the flowering herb jambu are transported from the most remote areas of Brazil. Their standout dish is the palm heart fettuccine with mushrooms.
The French Laundry, Yountville, California: In 2006, the James Beard Foundation gave The French Laundry the highly coveted ‘Outstanding Restaurant Award’ and awarded Chef Thomas Keller ‘Outstanding Restaurateur’ in 2007. The restaurant is nestled in in a quaint and homey two-story stone cottage. The menu changes daily and it is known for its quality ingredients and impeccable service. The nine-course tasting menu at nine-course tasting menu at The French Laundry’s costs $270 (Rs. 18,000) per head.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris: The restaurant is situated in one of the most historic hotels of Paris near near Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower. Expect to be served by white-gloved servers under a ceiling lined with over 10,000 crystals. The restaurant is known to have one of the most beautiful designs. Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse ditched the meat on the menu and focuses on the trilogy of fish, vegetables and cereals – all organic ingredients. This luxurious restaurant offers a table for two people at $1,150 (approximately Rs. 75,000).
Alinea, Chicago: It is pegged at number 26 on the ‘World’s Best Restaurants 2015′ by S.Pellegrino and is also one of the most decorated restaurants. Known for his brave and unconventional approach to food, Chef Grant Achatz serves the most creative dishes all in small plates. Whether it’s the edible balloon, made from dehydrated apple and filled with helium or desserts being plated right at your table, there’s a lot to delight and surprise you on the chef’s tasting menu. What’s the catch? Good things come with a price. The 22-course tasting menu can cost $210 to $265 (approximately Rs. 17,272) per person.