Dana Cowin’s Favorite Restaurant Meals of the Year
I got to go to Grant Achatz’s genius new restaurant, which changes every few months, and experience Thailand—including pad Thai and green papaya salad. nextrestaurant.com.
I made a pilgrimage to Denmark just to eat at chef René Redzepi’s visionary Noma. The experience was pure pleasure—from the service to the 13 courses—and it made me rethink what I know about food, restaurants and the natural world. noma.dk.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
Blumenthal’s restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental has few of the hallmarks of his molecular gastronomy. Instead, the menu focuses on historical dishes, like a saffron risotto circa 1390. dinnerbyheston.com