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Costly: these are the most expensive restaurants in the world

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For connoisseurs, every fine morsel is worth the cost. Whether it’s spectacular locations or world-class chefs, the most expensive restaurants are usually booked months in advance.

Nevertheless, opinions differ when it comes to high-priced food. Critics talk about fetishizing food consumption in light of menus costing in the upper three- and sometimes even four-digit euro range. However, connoisseurs value more than just fine cuisine on a plate. In other words, they aren’t just paying for the food, they’re also paying for impeccable service and an exquisite ambience at the best restaurants in the world. While some star chefs concentrate exclusively on staging the dishes, others take their guests into an unprecedented world. KTCHNrebel took a look at this world and shows you seven of the most expensive restaurants in the world.

1. Sublimotion by Paco Roncero on Ibiza – Spain

Limited to just 12 guests per night. Since 2014, Paco Roncero has been welcoming his guests in a unique and revolutionary room at the Hard Rock Hotel. Here at Sublimotion, culinary arts and technological innovation combine to create a complete, breathtaking and unprecedentedly emotional experience.


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With a current menu price of around 1,900 euros per person, the star chef offers more than just the finest haute cuisine. The star chef with two Michelin stars has created a superlative gastronomic experience. Besides various chefs, he has also engaged a director, a composer, a DJ, a fashion designer and an illusionist. During the twenty courses, guests are offered unparalleled entertainment, which includes virtual reality glasses, molecular-based dishes, a complete music menu and perfectly studied choreography. This is experiential gastronomy to the highest degree. The steep price for dinner at this island restaurant includes wine and champagne.

2. Guy Savoy de Paris in Paris – France

In the Guy Savoy de Paris placed in the extraordinary surroundings of Hôtel de la Monnaie, Guy Savoy writes a new chapter every day in a story that began a few decades ago. As a young boy, he peered into the pans in the kitchen of his family’s restaurant, La Buvette de l’Esplanade, in Bourgoin-Jallieu. In Paris today, he dazzles with six dining rooms adorned with contemporary paintings and sculptures (many on loan from François Pinault) and windows with old-fashioned frames overlooking the Seine.  The magnificent surroundings in no way distract the chef from his mission to turn fine food into a celebration – a continuous homage to French cuisine.


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Discovering his emblematic artichoke and truffle soup on the menu, savored with brioche generously spread with truffle butter, is a true delight. Among other things, the French chef trained star chefs such as Gordon Ramsey. For a 13-course menu, you can expect to pay just under 600 euros per person. But this price means you can enjoy classic French dishes such as pigeon or duck, served at one of the finest addresses in Paris.

But there are costly restaurants not only in Europe, but worldwide:

3. Per Se, New York – USA

Thomas Keller opened Per Se in February 2004. According to Keller’s website, he is “the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple Michelin three-star ratings.” He focuses on the details, not only in the kitchen, but also in the overall presentation, ambiance and setting. In his chic restaurant, overlooking Central Park, Chef Corey Chow has given newer American recipes a slight French touch. His signature dishes are “Oysters and Pearls”, a zabaione of pearl tapioca with poached oysters and caviar, and calotte of grilled beef.

The culinary delights at Per Se show that perfection really does exist. Per Se offers a tasting menu for 355 dollars, of which one is vegetarian. But there is plenty of room to move upwards: upgrades can raise the menu price to as much as 800 dollars.


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4. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai – China

Enjoying with all the senses is the motto of Paul Pairet’s Ultraviolet. An exclusive ten guests are all seated next to and across from each other at a single table. Between 10 and 20 courses are prepared for the spectacle and each one is underscored with music and visual elements. These blend perfectly with the individual dishes and create a wonderfully unique atmosphere. Truly an experience that is second to none and whose overarching goal is to create the only real luxury: EMOTION.


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Of course, a visit to the Ultraviolet is not exactly cheap. Depending on which of the two menus you select, you’ll pay the equivalent of around 550 or 850 euros. In return, however, you experience something that remains unparalleled in the world to this day: the flawless orchestration of a dinner. From the trip to the restaurant, to the countdown at the beginning of the dinner, to the credits flickering across the screen after the final course.

5. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York – US

César Ramirez, a chef who is obsessively focused on quality and has unlimited resources, practices “kodawari” (Japanese term meaning to optimize something to perfection) at his legendary restaurant in New York, Chef’s Table. After all, he procures ingredients that most chefs in the world don’t have access to, either because they’re too expensive and too rare, or because they wouldn’t think of asking for something even better than the best they already have.

At Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, which has long since moved to Manhattan but is still charmingly hidden at the back of a supermarket, Ramirez combines Japanese and French cuisine with a truly unmistakable passion and perfection. The three-Michelin-starred Chef’s Table tasting menu costs around USD 400 per person, without wine or sake. While some might be discouraged by the hefty price of the menu, Chef’s Table is actually one of hardest restaurants to book a reservation in America.

6. Masa, New York – USA

Focus on the dining experience: Masa in New York has no music, special color concepts or windows. Japanese sushi master Masayoshi Takayama does not serve a fixed menu, but rather a selection of fresh dishes. Every dish is composed in such a way that the basic, innate character of the ingredients is preserved. After all, his ambition is to “… convey 100 percent the essence of a single thing: Umami”. Ingredients are flown in daily from Japan and the guests are personally greeted by the head chef. Masa has room for only 26 people. The freshest and most exclusive ingredients come at a price. It costs nearly 500 euros per person for this experience, and drinks and taxes are still added to the bill at the end.


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7. Kitcho, Kyoto –Japan

Artwork is served at Kitcho. The menus are special: the guest cannot choose what they want to eat. The team led by three-star chef Kunio Tokuoka, grandson of founder Teiichi Yuki, is putting together a traditional Japanese menu where guests will have to get into the spirit of things.

The food is often touted as “out of this world”. The culinary voyage of treats introduces gourmets to the tradition of Japanese kaiseki. This is light food served at the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Kitcho inō places a lot of importance on culinary tradition. This is why Tokuoka works with many details such as color contrasts between food and plates or an elaborate presentation. And it comes at a price. The multi-course tea ceremony costs around 600 dollars.

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