Michelin and More: 7 of the World’s Newest Elite Eateries
October 22, 2018
For the dedicated gastronome or foodie, there is no shortage of culinary experiences to try around the world. From gourmet dining in five-star hotels to a quick meal at a small hole-in-the-wall café, you can always find new ways to intrigue your taste buds. And if you are looking for something truly unique, you have over 3,000 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, offering bold flavors and dynamic concepts from the world’s best chefs. Below is a small sampling of the 7 newest Michelin-starred restaurants to try out on your culinary world tour.
Ducasse sur Seine, Paris
Featuring menus conceptualized by noted celebrity chef Alain Ducasse, Ducasse sur Seine is no ordinary dining cruise. The boat-restaurant, which officially set sail in September of this year, is capable of accommodating 200 people and winds its way through the heart of Paris. Each cruise lasts 90 minutes and there are both lunch and dinner menus available. Lunch and dinner menus are available on cruises lasting 90 minutes, with a variety of experiences to choose from.
Cored debuted in the Michelin guide this month with a two-star rating, which should give some indication of the quality that can be expected. The restaurant was opened in 2017 by Clare Smyth, awarded the World’s Best Female Chef in 2018 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and official caterer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception. Expect meticulously crafted dishes that make use of the very best in British produce.
Angler, San Francisco, USA
Joshua Skenes, known for the three Michelin-star Saison, launched seafood-focused offshoot Angler in September of this year. The menu is focused on locally caught fish and as a result, you can’t expect the exact same dish twice. Caviar is always a feature on the menu, as is a raw bar that includes options like ice cold oysters and purple sea urchin. The catch of the day varies with the day and the season, with choices like king crab and scorpion fish on the menu.
Don Alfonso 1890, Toronto
Opened this past summer, Don Alfonso has not one but two Michelin starred chefs at its helm – Alfonso Iaccarino and son Ernesto. The restaurant has a uniquely stark aesthetic, decking itself out with sculptures and specially commissioned art pieces in pale hues that serve as an elegant backdrop for the food. The menu takes its inspiration from classic Italian fare but adds a contemporary touch with a dash of molecular gastronomy.
ABaC, Barcelona, Spain
Spain’s newest three Michelin starred restaurant, helmed by chef Jordi Cruz, is known for blurring the boundaries between food and art. Dishes like lime cactus with tequila, and blue oyster with violet potatoes and lyophilized oyster are served on and in everything from plump pillows and cardboard boxes marked ‘fragile’ to Fabergé-style eggs. The décor juxtaposes classically designed interiors with post-modern artwork, complemented by a gorgeous outdoor terrace.
Arcane, Hong Kong
Awarded its first Michelin star this year, Arcane is the brainchild of Shane Osborn, best known for the two-star Pied a Terre in London. For this Hong Kong venture, Osborn has created a menu that puts an Asian twist on modern European cuisine. The menu is seasonal, making use of the finest ingredients sourced from Japan, France and the United Kingdom.
Acclaimed chef Tomos Parry launched Brat in spring 2018 and it didn’t take long for the restaurant to score its first Michelin star. The look of the restaurant is very straightforward with its wood-paneled walls and long wooden tables. The menu is composed of simple dishes as well, many of which have names like ‘plaice’ and ‘mallard’, but each is fully packed with flavour. Without a doubt the signature dish is the turbot, a plain old grilled fish that is bound to be the best seafood dish you’ve ever tasted.
Photos of Ducasse sur Seine, Core, Don Alfonso, ABaC and Arcane courtesy of official restaurant and Facebook pages. Angler photographed by Patricia Chang for San Francisco Eater. Brat photographed by Matthew Writtle for The Evening Standard.