When traveling , it can be tough to find great places to eat. I remember being in Venice and eating awful food at a touristy restaurant along one of the canals. If I’d had the Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide, I might have dined at Osteria Alle Testiere, one of the world’s great restaurants.
Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide is a small, attractive guide to what the authors contend are “the best restaurants in the world.” While some might disagree with the chosen restaurants or wonder why other great restaurants haven’t been included, you can’t deny that Glam Media has put together a group of top food critics, including celebrity Chef Mashuiro Yamamoto (Food Network) and Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet magazine, to make the selections.
The book is divided into regional sections: France, Japan, the U.S., Europe and the United Kingdom, and Asia Pacific. Within each section, there’s a brief review of a restaurant with address, phone and website, and photos on the opposing page of a dish, the restaurant, and the chef(s). Additionally, there are symbols that provide more information such as fixed-price menus, organic focus, outdoor, scenic, etc. One of the most helpful aspects is the critics’ tips; insider information like “come during lunch and order from one of the varied bargain menus,” “if baby pig is on the menu, be sure to order it,” and “saving room for the soufflé is mandatory.”
They also offer a number of helpful short articles such as a glossary of Japanese cuisine, how to secure the most coveted reservations, and the new tastemakers such as forager, cheese steward, and water sommelier (really?) and the restaurants where those staffers are making waves. If the 100 restaurants listed aren’t enough to satisfy, they offer a fairly extensive list of regional top 100 restaurants by country and city and listing the name of the restaurant, type of food, and phone number.
At 4.5 x 7.75 inches, Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide is small enough to tuck into your suitcase. Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide might just keep you from eating bad tourist food and introduce you to some of the world’s great dining options. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor