Six Restaurants For A Standout Experience

World class establishments for an extra special dining experience

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Whether it's a remote, intimate location, a special tour with the chefs or an innovative menu, take a look at our list of some of the best restaurants for a standout experience.

La Pergola, Rome

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Heinz Beck, the German chef who has conquered Italy's most demanding culinary scene has lauded over La Pergola in the Eternal City for more than 20 years, offering diners a refined take on Italian and European flavours in what is Rome's only three Michelin starred restaurant.

But beyond the delicate fusions, the famed wine list and smooth artistry of the dining service, La Pergola is also its best located, perched high above the city's Waldorf Astoria hotel, with panoramic views of the centro storico and Vatican below, as well as the rolling hills on the capital's horizon.

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El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

El Celler de Can Roca, located on the outskirts of sleepy Girona in Catalunya, is a gallery of good eating and two time winner of best restaurant in the world, dreamt up by the unendingly meticulous Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi.

The Cellar in question, which is Josep's domain, houses more than 60,000 bottles of wine, while the airy, modern and stripped back interior reflects the restaurant's menu of boundary-pushing cuisine that focuses on diner enjoyment above all else.

With a capacity of just 45 and at least 70 staff on duty at any given time - including one of the brother's for every service – El Celler de Can Roca's attention to detail is its greatest strength. That and the food is pretty good too (see the awards).

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Aulis at Fera by Simon Rogan, London

The man who brought the hyper-local craze of foraged ingredients to the British fine dining scene, Simon Rogan is now the man behind Fera (the Latin word for wild, strangely enough), the ambitious new flagship at Claridge's.

And while the main restaurant is full of great touches like subtle polished wood and vaunted ceilings, where Fera really comes into its own is at Aulis, a sort of restaurant within a restaurant if you will, containing a 'development table' that can be booked for up to six people and which is accessed through the kitchen. When there, the chefs will demonstrate new dishes and cooking techniques just for you, creating a private, interactive and unique experience.

Restaurant Disfrutar, Barcelona

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The young Catalan restaurant making a lot of noise in one of the world's great food cities, Disfrutar is a mix of exquisite, daring cooking and laid-back Barcelona charm.

Meaning 'Enjoy' in English, Disfrutar comes with haute cuisine pedigree in the form of its three-pronged chef/owner team of Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch (graduates of the iconic yet now closed elBulli) but has carved out its own niche for making it all a bit mellow and fun.

As well as possessing a Michelin star and with a renowned 25 course tasting menu, the restaurant interior of nautical tile, white ceramic and wrought iron - all inspired by the local area - won the 2015 award for best Bar and Restaurant design; helping Disfrutar create an atmosphere that's perfect for those who aren't looking for the white tablecloth and hushed silence environment of old.

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Noma, Copenhagen

The originator of elaborate, foraged cuisine, Rene Redzepi's Noma might be a modern institute, with a host of cook books and an outpost in Tokyo, but that doesn't diminish from the clout of the Copenhagen mothership.

Housed in a creaking old whaling station in the once derelict docksides of the capital, Noma's features include 300-year-old wooden beams, bare floors and dark table tops that all help add a distinctly moody Nordic charm to the place where Scandinavian cuisine erupted onto the world stage.

Of course, this being Noma, each party is welcomed into the hallowed kitchen for a guided tour by the chefs and staff; an eccentric but always welcomed touch from the team.

Sketch, London

With creative input from Turner Prize winning artists Martin Cree and David Shrigley, Sketch is an off-the-wall Mayfair art, drinking and dining space.

The venue's three restaurants include The Lecture Room, an ornate Michelin starred dining area; The Gallery, a brilliant and bizarre all pink brasserie where outlandish pop art scatters the walls and season shakers are marked 'Dirt' (pepper), 'Dust' (salt) or 'Nothing' (it contains quite literally nothing) and The Parlour, an obscure mix of brunch spot/cocktail bar/member's club, lavishly turned out in red velvet.

While there is plenty of style, Sketch is far from a gimmick, with substance delivered by seasoned restaurateur Mourad Mazouz along with renowned Parisian chef Pierre Gagnaire.

Added Flavour

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