One of the world's most technically accomplished cooks, Berasategui is famous for his smoked eel, foie gras and caramelized apple napoleon (the most copied dish in Spain). Now he cooks at his eponymous Basque restaurant and oversees an empire. Tasting menu for two $444.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Within walking distance of the Tel Aviv Museum and Opera House, Martha serves excellent Middle Eastern dishes (lentil salad with eggplant puree), Western dishes (sirloin meatballs) and a few that fuse the two (halvah parfait on a chocolate brownie).
We loved: Grilled spring chicken.
Insider tip: Try the house-made vodkas, infused with cinnamon, lemongrass or ginger.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.