Air Partner - 07 Nov 2018
Frozen olives from a bonsai olive tree. An eel swimming up the River Po. Some dishes are worth hiring a private jet and flying for. Visit these exceptional restaurants and experience the world’s finest gastronomy.
Wander down a quiet cobbled lane in the heart of Modena and you’ll discover one of the world’s best restaurants. With only 12 tables, Osteria Francescana is an intimate dining experience with impressive accolades. It was awarded the number one spot of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 (having received it previously in 2016) and holds three Michelin stars.
Chef, local born Massimo Bottura, takes his inspiration from contemporary art, music and fast cars. The results are innovative dishes rooted in Italian culinary traditions. Explore the acclaimed ‘An eel swimming up the River Po’ or ‘Five ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures’. And expect the unexpected.
Fly by private jet to Modena in northern Italy and explore the country’s greatest gastronomical city and the warmth of Italian hospitality.
Hire a private jet to Girona in Spain and discover the gastronomic excellence of El Celler de Can Roca. Situated on the outskirts of the medieval city, the restaurant was founded by the three Roca brothers. It’s a self-proclaimed ‘freestyle restaurant committed to the avant garde’ and is lauded by critics. Twice ranked the No.1 restaurant in the world it also holds three Michelin stars.
The brothers – Joan is Head Chef, Jordi Head Pastry Chef and Josep the Sommelier – are formidably talented. They grew up in the kitchen of their parents’ restaurant and their desire for authentic family warmth remains integral to their cutting-edge creativity.
The restaurant itself is an airy and elegant building. In it, you can enjoy complex and unique creations that are inspired by the brothers’ childhood memories and use local ingredients. Pick frozen olives from a bonsai olive tree, savour the essence of an antique book and enjoy exceptional wine pairing.
The brothers continuously push boundaries for their art and consult with a biochemist, agricultural engineer and a botanical biologist to do so. They are Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme and are planning to open a chocolate factory and boutique hotel in Girona next year – even more reason to fly over to Spain.
Sea, garden and mountain are the inspirations for Mauro Colagreco’s delightful cuisine. Visit his restaurant, Mirazur, and you will be nestled between all three. The restaurant, near the Italian border of the French Rivera, is an idyllic setting to enjoy his exquisite food. Its elegant, sunny dining room has a panoramic view of the sea and town, and is surrounded by the green vegetation of Mirazur’s own gardens.
Argentine chef, Mauro Colagreco, draws on his Italian-Argentinian heritage to create light, ultra-fresh dishes that shift with the seasons. He showcases the fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in his own gardens as well as those of superb local suppliers. The freshest lemons, wild mushrooms and locally caught fish create powerfully flavoursome dishes.
The town of Menton itself is now a flourishing food destination and the perfect place to while away a leisurely lunch in the sunshine.
For the finest of fine dining, visit iconic Eleven Madison Square. In the heart of New York City, overlooking Madison Square in Manhattan, the restaurant perfectly matches innovative food with superb hospitality.
The high ceilinged Art Deco space makes an elegant and uber stylish location to savour some of the finest food in the world. Co-owners Will Guidara (Restaurateur) and Daniel Humm (Chef) constantly recreate their offering, and today the restaurant offers an 8-10 course menu. Humm’s cooking is innovate and smart, the tasting menu rotates seasonally and every dish bursts with flavour and finesse. His ‘celery root braised in pig’s bladder’ is a classic.
As for hospitality, the restaurant’s ‘Dreamweavers’ will go out of their way to make your trip memorable. (Mention that you’ve never had an American Hot Dog, and a beautifully presented one might appear).
Three Michelin stars and first in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 are proof that a trip to Eleven Madison Square is a must.
A meal at Gaggan is said to be a journey. Sit down at the table and you’ll have 10 bite-sized dishes in the first half hour – a rapid flavour explosion. Then the pace slows down and you can savour a collection of vibrant dishes rooted in the diversity of India’s regional cuisines and street food.
His dishes are playful. Try ‘Viagra’, ‘Who killed the goat?’ or the renowned ‘Yoghurt explosion’ and see how his work is totally revolutionary.
It has been named No.1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for three consecutive years. And with good reason. Chef, Gaggan Anand, has completely transformed what is thought of as a traditional Indian food and taken it in a different direction. Reinvention and creativity are at the core of his progressive Indian cuisine.
Catch a private jet to Bangkok and make your way to the stunning whitewashed colonial-style wooden house, in the heart of downtown.