From bowls of slurp-worthy spaghetti in Italy to tender plates of warm, savory moussaka in Greece, Europe certainly doesn’t have a dearth of dining establishments serving up incredible meals. But for a truly indulgent culinary experience, travelers should consider multi-course dining from a chef’s special menu. Doing so will introduce you to new dishes and cooking techniques — plus, you’ll be forced to slow down and enjoy your meal course by course, so you can truly savor every scrumptious element. For an incredible culturally and culinarily, immersive experience during your next European vacation, make reservations at one of these four best restaurants in Europe with astounding multi-course menus:
Tre Cristi, Sienna, Italy
Ready to be transported back to the Italy of centuries past? Then head to Tre Cristi in the charming Tuscan town of Sienna; the top-notch restaurant has been serving hungry patrons since the 1800s. Plus, the restaurant is housed in a stunning historical building with rooms dating back to the 15th century, and diners indulge in the chef’s culinary creations while seated among intricate, large-scale paintings hanging on the wall. The only thing more intriguing than the décor? The food, of course. The chefs at Tre Cristi serve up Mediterranean-inspired meals heavy on the seafood, every item bursting with fresh flavor. Save your appetite so you’ll have room for the “Taste of the Sea” fixed-price menu. This incredible culinary experience includes an appetizer and apertif, five seafood-forward dishes, and a bit of sorbetto to end your meal on a sweet note. This multi-course menu is certainly not for the foodie faint of heart!
The Chancery, London, England
British food has long been regarded as the bane of a gourmand’s existence; a meal in London used to be relegated to something bland, fried, and forgettable. That’s not the case anymore, and a trip to central London’s The Chancery Restaurant will show you why. Popular among the extremely well heeled London set, this 12-year-old restaurant serves up innovative European cuisine in a moody setting filled with lots of dark leather, wood, and original artwork by well-respected artists. For a British meal you’re sure to never forget, pony up for The Chancery’s seven course tasting menu, which features dishes like bright beetroot salad, gamey herb-crusted lamb, and lick-your-spoon-good chocolate, caramel, and peanut tart. And vegetarians, don’t despair — there’s a special seven-course tasting menu that’s meat free just for you. Many of the dishes are served with a choice wine that complements the flavors, so you can get your sip on, too.
Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
“Creativity, Uniqueness, and Freedom” — those three elements make up the cornerstone of the philosophy driving the innovative cuisine at Restaurant Tim Raue, in Berlin’s edgy, artsy Kreuzberg neighborhood. The Asian-inspired cuisine served up at this sparsely decorated restaurant has attracted a hip clientele hungry for authentic ingredients and meat-heavy dishes with a “wow factor.” For the complete dining experience, opt for the restaurant’s “signature menu,” which consists of your choice of either four or six courses that constitute the restaurant’s “classic” dishes. A vegetarian tasting multi-course menu is also available. And if dinner doesn’t fit into your schedule, that’s okay; the restaurant also offers their “signature menu” as a lunchtime option.
Bistro Jadis, Paris, France
For a classic French bistro experience in the City of Light, go where the Parisians go: Bistro Jadis, in Paris’s quiet 15th arrondissement. This unassuming, retro-inspired restaurant serves up traditional Parisian bistro fare with a slightly updated twist, all while using only the freshest of ingredients. As far as French food goes, Bistro Jadis’s options aren’t too pricey, and the presentation is unfussy (the focus is on the food itself, not what it looks like!). And best of all, you’re more likely to hear French spoken here than English, which makes for a truly culturally immersive experience. Like many Paris restaurants, Bistro Jadis offers a “prix fixe” menu for both lunch and dinner, as well as a special tasting menu that costs a bit more. The different, though, is that here the prix fixe option is absolutely worth it.
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