Let’s admit that the Prince Harry-Meghan Markle wedding has given us some major #royalgoals. Keeping up with the frenzy, check out our list of super-lavish restaurants fit for royals to dine in. By Shikha Pushpan
The best seats at Chef Christopher Kostow’s The Restaurant at Meadowood are inside the kitchen at the chef’s counter, where the Michelin three-star tasting menu is upgraded to a 20-course feast that kicks off at US$500. The reward for that extraordinary expenditure? A front-row seat to a kind of culinary sorcery where your dinner might include cheese candles, house-smoked eel, and a photo souvenir with Kostow.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are American pop-culture royalty, and when they hit town, they often dine at this low-key Venice hotspot—known for its Cal-Italian small plates, charred-edge pizzas, and A-list clientele. Popular for its celebrity spottings, Gjelina has played host to Prince Harry Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Lady Gaga.
This storied enclave of lush gardens and swan ponds has hosted royalty for decades—of both the official and the Hollywood variety. Princess Grace of Monaco spent so much time at the five-star hotel that it named a suite for her, and Marilyn Monroe famously posed for her final photo shoot at the resort’s grounds. Stop by for a British afternoon tea, when the on-site Wolfgang Puck serves an array of loose-leaf options and Champagne alongside an opulent spread of savory nibbles, fresh-baked scones, and decadent sweets.
The world’s first all-glass restaurant, it is located 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean. The place dines only 14 guests at a time, while offering 180 degree views of vibrant coral gardens, sharks and manta rays among other colourful marine life. The US$320 menu serves contemporary European cuisine, the top performers being the signature caviar preparations. Surprise your partner by booking the entire place to yourself. conradhotels3.hilton.com
Open only during Ibiza’s summer season (June 1-September 30), this exclusive restaurant charges a whopping US$1,757 per head for a 20-course dinner. Owned by Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero, some of the sensory experiences include personalized (edible) entrance tickets and a DIY salad that guests pluck from a farm table-scape.
Chef Masa Takayama’s eponymous restaurant is one of the most expensive dining places in the world. With tasting menus (excluding beverages) starting at US$595, the restaurant tries to live up t the idea that “each dish is still in a living, being state.” The interiors is intentionally sparse for the food to shine.
Owned by 18-Michelin star Chef Alain Ducasse, the restaurant is currently led by executive chef Jean Philippe Blondet. With three Michelin stars, the signature dishes include Sauté gourmand” of lobster, truffled chicken quenelles and homemade pasta; Dorset crab, celeriac and caviar; Halibut, oyster and seaweed and Dry aged beef, artichoke and bone marrow; and the Baba like in Monte Carlo. Go there to admire the exemplary craftsmanship of the dishes.