The restaurant industry is overflowing with menu options. Because what defines an outstanding dinner is subjective, it’s amusing that we collectively obsess over the one dining room (or 50) that has been designated the finest in the world for whichever year it happens to fall under.
When it comes to restaurants on such lists, I’ve had few disappointments and more than a few meals that were worth arranging a vacation around. I believe that many of us who travel for food share this sentiment. However, it is probable that the professional eaters have already moved on to the next item. Their napkins are being unfurled all over the world, from Bogatá to Moscow, as they hunt for unexpected gastronomic delights.
I asked a handful of them which restaurants they thought were the most interesting—and underappreciated—at the moment. None of them are particularly well-known, though one or two may become so in the future. It doesn’t matter. Until then, they provide a modest amount of bragging rights and a great deal of pleasure. These are the ten destinations that these professionals would recommend to their friends in 2018.
Cuisine Type: Japanese
Address: 5 Shimogamo-morimotocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-0805, Japan
Phone: +81 75-711-6121
Website: Kyokaiseki Kichisen Official Site
Michelin Stars: 2