Is This the World’s Best Hotel Restaurant?
For the third year in a row, The Daily Meal sought to recognize hotel restaurants that have proven themselves as truly remarkable culinary destinations with our ranked list of 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World.
Our list was carefully curated; we considered the winners and nominees from the 2013 list of best hotel restaurants; consulted the Michelin Guide and other trusted sources for further recommendations; and drew hotel restaurants from our annual lists of The 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, The 101 Best Restaurants in Europe, and The 101 Best Restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Coming in at the top of our list was Epicure at Le Bristol in Paris. At the three-Michelin-starred Epicure, chef Éric Fréchon lives up to his reputation as one of the best chefs in town with dishes like large langoustines and caviar, served cold, with fresh celeriac and Japanese lemon; blue lobster roasted in its shell with grilled chestnuts, sautéed celeriac, and juice of pressed heads; and milk-fed saddle of lamb cooked from head to trotter flavored with harissa and zucchini semolina perfumed with argan oil. A formidable French classic, seldom encountered in the twenty-first century, is poulet de Bresse en vessie, a succulent Bresse chicken with black truffles stuffed under its skin, poached wrapped in a pig's bladder; Fréchon does the dish like the master he is. In wintertime, the restaurant occupies a remodeled interior dining room lit by decadent gold chandeliers; in warmer weather, the action shifts to a salon lined with windows looking out onto the hotel's French garden.