Best Restaurants in the World Right Now

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20. Den
> Location: Tokyo
> Chef: Zaiyu Hasegawa

With a light-hearted take on Japanese home cooking, Den serves dishes that are satisfying, often times whimsical, and always innovative, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The signature 20-ingredient salad includes a live ant, the “Dentucky” fried chicken wings may be the best wings in the world, and the donabe gohan (clay pot rice) with wagyu beef is comfort food at its finest.

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19. Piazza Duomo
> Location: Alba, Italy
> Chef: Enrico Crippa

With herbs, vegetables, and flowers grown on the restaurant’s own biodynamic farm, the plant-forward cuisine of Piazza Duomo celebrates the flavors of the Piedmont region with a distinctly Japanese aesthetic. Choose between two tasting menus – one that exalts the traditions of the surrounding land, and one that explores the frontiers of creativity with international influences.

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18. Alchemist
> Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
> Chef: Rasmus Munk

An otherworldly dining experience in an industrial building that includes a planetarium-like dome, dinner at Alchemist is an edible exhibit of 50 micro courses divided into five acts. Exemplary ingredients and technique provide the foundation for the delicacies served here, but dig deeper into the imagery and you’ll find social commentary and a call to action.

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17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig
> Location: Berlin
> Chef: Micha Schäfer

The commitment to economic sustainability at this local-food restaurant prohibits any ingredients that aren’t produced in the surrounding region, including citrus, chocolate, and tuna. Instead the 10-course dinner features such pairings as lamb and sorrel, kohlrabi in buttermilk, and apple with spruce buds. The wine and cider lists are well worth exploring.

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16. Elkano
> Location: Getaria, Spain
> Chef: Aitor Arregui

Family-run for generations, this Basque restaurant specializes in traditional methods of grilling fish, caught fresh in the nearby Bay of Biscayne. The whole grilled turbot is Elkano’s claim to fame, while the cod throats in three textures, marinated lobster, and sea bass are some of the best you may ever have.

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