One of the most memorable experiences is to be seated at the Chef’s Table in an exquisite restaurant. Our Top Five suggestions give you an idea of what to expect from this unique experience. Remember to book early in advance, up to several months, to ensure that you join the ranks of the elite.
Vila Joya is located in the small village of Gale, just outside Albufeira on the Algarve in Portugal. With two Michelin stars, the restaurant is renowned for its Chef’s Table with a level of sophistication that is almost unequalled. Chef Dieter Koschina delivers elegant dishes such as langoustines served with a papaya-chilli vinaigrette, tuna sashimi marinated and served with ginger and lemongrass, and a plethora of other individual creations to tempt your taste buds. Your Chef’s Table can be located outside overlooking Gale Beach, or inside watching the brigade of chefs expertly preparing your meal.
Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is known to stir emotions with his passion for food and slight eccentricity in the titles of his dishes. Considered to be number 1 in the world by The 50 World’s Best Restaurant List and boasting three Michelin stars, this experience is not to be missed. Try one of the tasting menus to realise the full spectrum of Massimo’s cooking, which he defines as ‘art’. The restaurant is currently offering its ‘Festina Lente’ and Tutto menus, celebrations of gastronomy that will leave you more than impressed. Massimo loves to talk, so expect him to be omnipresent at your table.
At Noma, Copenhagen, more than 40 chefs are dedicated to providing your meal. The Chef’s Table is located upstairs in a beautiful room with one long table. The delightful waiting staff explain every course in detail, and if there is anything you don’t like, they will substitute it. White asparagus, lobster and king crab feature, along with the strangely named ‘radish pie’.
The Claridge’s hotel in London plays host to the cooperation of its renowned chef in their Restaurant Fera as well as in their six-seater Aulis development table, Simon Rogan. The Chef’s Table is situated close to the open-doored kitchen area, where you can see the chefs at work. Unlike other Chef’s Tables, you are treated here to the latest menu additions, or ‘work in progress’, as they like to call it. Seated at the heart of the action, this is a once in a lifetime experience to be savoured. You are able to interact fully with the chefs and enjoy their explanations of the newly created dishes.
No list of top Chef’s Tables would be complete without one from Alain Ducasse, Restaurant Le Meurice , located in the heart of Paris. Here you truly see artistry at work with a clear view of the chefs in the kitchen. A private room accommodates up to eight guests, with a unique and intimate atmosphere. The ever-changing menus look simple on reading, but there is a complex elegance to every plate that you are served.