People travel far and wide to experience Michelin star food and service. Our team at Azzopardi Fisheries – providers of fresh fish in Malta – looks at a few renowned restaurants offering a fine-dining seafood experience around the world!
1. The Fat Duck: Berkshire, U.K
At The Fat Duck, culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal and his team have advanced the craft of pushing boundaries and making the unthinkable real. Dining here is not solely about tickling one’s taste buds, it’s a complete experience that sparks playful memories, filled with curiosity, discovery and adventure. Located inside a renovated 16th-century cottage, the restaurant attained three Michelin stars in less than ten years from its opening.
Through its inventive cooking techniques, The Fat Duck has earned a reputation for being on the cutting edge of culinary trends. In a famed dish Blumenthal calls “Sounds of the Sea,” the food is topped with a seafood foam and served on a “beach” made from tapioca, breadcrumbs and eel. If that weren’t impressive enough, diners can listen to the sound of ocean waves on an iPod while eating it. Talk about an immersive sensory experience!
Famed for its eclectic tasting menu and multi-sensory cooking techniques, Blumenthal also adds a dose of psychology to his dishes, using the power of perception to trick diners into experiencing certain taste sensations. He claims, for instance, that “Using a spikey font on the menu for an acidic dish heightens the taste,” and eating ‘sardine on toast sorbet’ confuses the brain into expecting a dessert, so the food will therefore taste sweeter than it actually is.
2. Robuchon au Dôme: Macau
This gastronomic restaurant offers a truly exquisite fine-dining experience as well as magnificent views of Macau from atop the 48-storey Grand Lisboa hotel. Featuring the culinary creations of executive chef Julien Tongourian, the eatery has gained a name by serving beautifully-presented French cuisine. Its “Prestige Menu” features imperial caviar and king crab refreshed with crustacean jelly, and a crispy waffle scampi, while its “Crustaces Menu” boasts dishes in the likes of scampi ravioli, and Main lobster with girolle mushroom and green asparagus.
3. Le Bernardin: NYC
Founded in Paris in 1972, Le Bernardin initially only served fish. The restaurant later moved to New York, where it quickly became regarded as one of the city’s finest. Chef Eric Ripert, who took over when one of the restaurant’s founders passed away, continues to be guided by the philosophy that “the fish is the star of the plate.” Indeed, the elite French restaurant offers Ripert’s refined seafood, which among many other mouth-watering dishes, include Caviar tartare, ultra-rare smoked sea trout, Kampachi sashimi, Yellowfin tuna carpaccio, and crab-filled calamari.
4. Angler: London
This Michelin-starred seafood restaurant boasts the freshest and best seasonal produce, from sustainable sources. The modern British restaurant is located at the South Place hotel and enjoys mirrored ceilings and 7th- floor city views. With menu items that include Yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado and wasabi, and Dorset crab and scallop, wrapped inside a courgette flower and served with crab cream and chive oil, it is no wonder the London eatery is regarded as the epitome of fine dining.
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Being the leading provider of seafood in Malta, Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay encourages you to get creative with your fish and seafood dishes and let the amazing menus from these internationally-renowned restaurants inspire you!
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