I'm going to every Michelin 3-Star restaurant in the world. Currently, there are 109 of them:
64 in Europe 12 done, 4 scheduled
26 in Japan 5 done, 21 scheduled
12 in the US 10 done, 2 scheduled
7 in Hong Kong/Macau 7 scheduled
Extraordinarily formal even by 3-star standards, Martín Berasategui's Barcelona outpost does not achieve the same levels of culinary or service prowess as his flagship restaurant (located in Lasarte, Spain, interestingly) but it comes close.
A charming, modern restaurant that is trying really, really, really hard. It is lovable for its effort and execution, but be ready for an intense experience that doesn't translate perfectly.
The pinnacle of heartwarming, family-centric, gorgeous fine dining. If you're looking for a truly authentic experience from a restaurant that has honed the concept of fine dining service over generations, this is it.
A puffy, confused, self-indulgent experience overall with distant service and uncreative dishes, a vast but criminally overpriced wine list, and staid dining room. Can't recommend.
Led by Franck Giovaninni, Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville is a tribute to the perfection and hard work achieved by its former master. One of the most satisfying meals in Europe.
Also known as Paul Bocuse's place, this restaurant lives up to its legendary reputation as the capital of French cuisine.
If you're looking for the Frenchest French restaurant in the world, this is it. That's probably the nicest thing I can say.
Alain Passard explores the heights of vegetable-driven haute cuisine, and more or less nails it. Desserts got off to a rough start.
Covered in deep French Alpine snow, this place sets a new record for most remote and most romantic restaurant experience one could hope for, and the food and service matched that perfection. Highly recommend.
Though set in a dreamlike, gorgeous interior décor style that mirrors Ducasse's incredible Monaco restaurant, several dishes were serious misses, and like other Parisian 3-stars this place is among the worst-priced experiences out there. Seemingly lost in its own opulence, the restaurant presents a boring and rudely short menu for a comical price. I cannot recommend.
I plan to accomplish the whole challenge using miles, points, and discounts. This is my repository for food reviews, the financial piece I discuss here. Thanks for reading!