Top 10 Best Restaurants Featured By CovetED Magazine In 2017 – Besides being the ultimate collector’s luxury and design magazine, CovetED has expanded over the years. Travel has become one of its focus, with the creation of collectable travel guides and the visit to incredible hotels and restaurants. In 2017, we have travelled the world, from France to New Zealand, from the United States to South Africa, visiting hundreds of hotels and restaurant. This week, Best Design Projects revisited the incredible hotels CovetED had discovered in 2017. Now it is time to remember the restaurants that dazzled us last year. Welcome to the top-10 restaurants CovetED has discovered in 2017.
– Le Cinq –
Spacious and bright, decorated in shades of gold and grey, Le Cinq gives its guests the sentiment of dining in a private chateau. Boasting traditional French and English furniture, guests can admire two beautiful Louis XIV wardrobes as well as two Louis XVI gold gilt chairs. Large Regency Style wood-sculpted mirrors with gold leafing give a depth to this space by reflecting the view of the Marble Courtyard on the opposite side. With 12 consecutive years heralded by three Michelin stars, Christian Le Squer has given proof of exemplary regularity. He is a determined and serene Chef who defines himself as a creator of flavours and composer of tastes. Like a couturier or a perfumer, he shapes and assembles products in order to enhance them and obtain the most exacting flavours with perfect coherence. Winner of the 2017 Traveller’s Choice Tripadvisor award, the French and European cuisine can be savoured by an average 125 to 417€.
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– Pierre Gagnaire Restaurant at La Grande Maison Bordeaux de Bernard Magrez –
Chef Pierre Gagnaire runs the kitchens of the restaurant of the hotel La Grande Maison by Bernard Magrez, proposing a genuine and sincere cuisine that he reveals thanks to his chef Jean-Denis Le Bras, his faithful lieutenant for more than 11 years. Together, they propose an elaborated menu from the best products of the region and install gently in the Bordeaux landscape this gourmet restaurant without equal. “Each place is unique, and the table must reflect a city, a regional culture and, in the case of La Grande Maison, a vineyard”, confides Pierre Gagnaire. “Here, there are inspiring words. Everywhere one says of very beautiful things about Bordeaux. For me, as much as for Jean-Denis Le Bras, who will drive the restaurant daily, this region will be a great playground”. At La Grande Maison, chefs pay the greatest attention to the food ingredients they use, which are all fresh, local and in season. Many of the products are eco-labelled, including the home-produced extra virgin olive oil. With two Michelin stars, the average price per meal ranges from 55 to 390€.
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– Restaurant Guy Savoy –
When, one day in November 2009, a dear friend brought Guy Savoy to visit Monnaie de Paris, the last thing he expected was to have his breath taken away by the beauty of the place. Inside, the remarkable quality of the architecture, materials and space; outside, the exceptional view from the wide windows running the length of the six dining rooms which hug the Seine. A meal at Restaurant Guy Savoy is a union of the skills of the chef, the kitchen brigade and the front of house team, combining to show, in the best possible light, the array of products offered up by our planet. The fruits of the labours of the very best farmers, producers and winemakers, all of whom recognise their shared heritage. With an average meal costing between 250 and 415€ (including drinks), the restaurant has 3 Michelin Stars, 5 toques in Gault Millau and the Best Restaurant in the World 2018 award by La Liste, amongst other distinctions.
– Baraka Restaurant –
Since 2001, Baraka Restaurant has been a fine dining foodie destination for French-Asian cuisine lovers. In April 2015, the restaurant relocated to the heritage Dorottya Palace, in the heart of historic Budapest, a short walk from the five-star hotels and the banks of the Danube. The dining room has a classy, relaxed, chic atmosphere with an open kitchen offering the best gastronomic show in town. The restaurant’s design is the culmination of the founders’ vision and of many years of getting to know their guests and desires. The textures, flavours and beauty of the dishes leave guests with unforgettable gastronomical memories. Baraka takes its drinks as serious as its food. The well-balanced wine list and artisan cocktails make Baraka one of the most well rounded exciting restaurants in Hungary. Winner of the 2017 Traveller’s Choice TripAdvisor award, the Fusion and Contemporary cuisine can be experienced by an average 50 to 150€.
– Restaurant Le Gabriel at La Réserve –
Awarded two Michelin stars after just one year in operation, Restaurant Le Gabriel has made a majestic entrance onto the Parisian gastronomy scene and found its place at the peak of the capital’s demanding gourmet culture. Within the prestigious Napoleon III style interior design created by Jacques Garcia, Jérôme Banctel offers virtuoso interpretations of a magnificent culinary score. In tribute to his native region, the coriander-flavoured Brittany artichoke heart and the Vendée pigeon with cacao and crunchy buckwheat have already become signature dishes at Le Gabriel. Grand classics of French cuisine are revisited with considerable talent and infused with subtle Japanese influences, inspired by Jérôme Banctel’s many visits to the country. An average meal ranges from 95 to 450€.
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– Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester –
The Dorchester hotel, Dorchester’s Collection iconic London property, is situated at the heart of London’s Mayfair on Park Lane. Some of London’s top dining is available to guests at The Dorchester, including three Michelin star Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, serving contemporary French cuisine. Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet interprets Alain Ducasse’s cuisine with a modern and refined approach, consistently championing and enhancing current seasonal produce, much of which is sourced from British and French suppliers. A new collection of fine dining menus is introduced every season and the set lunch menu ‘The Lunch Hour’ changes every Wednesday. An average meal ranges from 78 to 283€.
– Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée –
Chef Alain Ducasse makes it twice on this list. And Hotel Plaza Athénée returns, after being featured this week on the list of the top-25 hotels CovetED has discovered in 2017. Alain Ducasse has developed his cuisine at the Plaza Athénée around a trilogy of fish, vegetables and cereal, which constitutes the bulk of the menu. This trilogy has a specific meaning: to eat more healthily while respecting the planet. As the Chef says, “there is an absolute necessity to go towards a better way of eating, in harmony with nature, healthier and more environmentally friendly”. With a TripAdvisor Excellence Certificate, the average price per meal ranges from 210 to 390€.
– Spisestedet Feed –
The atmosphere in Spisestedet Feed is hearty, open and energetic. “Our goal is to create an interesting dining experience. We have chosen classic dishes from South Europe and given them a twist of our own personality – cause that is how we think they are best. We have lots of smaller dishes, so the customer can order and taste more than just one dish. We also have a 3-course menu that changes every week, where we can experiment with different dishes that we don’t have on our regular menu”, says Jacob Balslev Jørgsholm, Founder. With a Scandinavian and Danish cuisine, besides the abovementioned South European inspiration, the Feed is the most affordable of the restaurants on this list, with prices of an average meal ranging from 25 to 220€.
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– L’Abeille at Shangri-La Hotel Paris –
Named in homage to Napoleon’s favourite emblem, the bee, the French gastronomic restaurant L’Abeille offers sophisticated cuisine in an enchanting atmosphere. Located next to the garden, on the lobby level of the hotel Shangri-La Paris, it promises to reveal new emotions in aesthetics and flavours through hallmarks of culinary excellence including exceptional products and techniques. Executive Chef Christophe Moret previously worked at the Saint Jean-de-Luz Grand Hotel and then at Château Eza, before teaming up with Chef Jacques Maximin at the Nice Théâtre in 1989. Starting in 1990, he also held posts alongside the renowned Chef Alain Ducasse at the three-star restaurant Louis XV in Monaco. With two stars on the Michelin Guide and three toques on the Gault & Millau Guide, guests can enjoy a meal with a medium range of 230€ at L’Abeille.
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– Le Grand Restaurant Jean François Piège –
In the heart of the golden triangle, Jean-François Piège installed his gourmet restaurant Le Grand Restaurant Jean-François Piège. This address, the chef’s flagship opened on September 10, 2015, became his laboratory of thoughts and gastronomic creations. Le Grand Restaurant Jean-François Piège is an author’s table, a modern, family and innovative cook’s house through which the chef expresses all his creativity and know-how. A gourmet restaurant seating 25 people where time and freedom are the keywords and in which the experience of the guest is placed at the heart of the proposal. Discover the Signature creations by Jean-François Piège, the Mijotés Modernes, and the whole score of the chef’s haute cuisine in a marble and wood setting, dominated by the majestic glass roof. An average meal ranges from 93 to 131€.
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