London, United Kingdom
The eponymous Quique Dacosta restaurant in Spain had the rare distinction of being on the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world and also having been awarded three Michelin stars. In London, his Mediterranean restaurant is a celebration of rice. The Valencian paella (with rabbit, chicken or beans) is cooked in iron pans on wood-burning stoves. The huge pans are delivered to the table, so guests can share and scrape off the pieces of toast at the bottom. Also on the menu, smoked eel rice and black garlic aioli. And, as it should be for a fancy restaurant, black rice with truffles.
Kam Roast Goose
Hennessy Road, Hong Kong
Kam’s, run by a third-generation restaurateur of the same name, has only 30 seats, but in Hong Kong everyone is lining up for a good meal. Kam was awarded a Michelin star four months after its launch. Kam’s roast goose, served on a bed of rice, is sweet, with a crisp top layer.
No table available until April 2021, despite the pandemic. The three-Michelin-starred Massimo Bottura’s 12-table restaurant is widely regarded as the best in the world. There is always rice or risotto in multi-course meals. Green Over Brown Over Black offers risotto cooked in three ways: with herbs, chicken and squid. No butter or cheese, but reviewers described it as creamy and buttery, while still retaining three distinct flavors.
Liao Fan Hawker Chan
Chan Hon Meng earned a Michelin star in 2016 for his rice and noodle stall, and ended up becoming the man who served the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal – from rice to chicken for the equivalent of around 200 Rs. It has partnered with Hersing Culinary a few. years ago to open Liao Fan Hawker Chan, a little more comfortable place to dine, but with the same food. The rice comes with a signature soy sauce blend, and the restaurant now has outposts and pop-ups around the world.
London, United Kingdom
Modern British cuisine in some of the most awe-inspiring environments imaginable – they emphasize a jacket and tie. The one Michelin star restaurant serves several classics (Bœuf Wellington and Gateaux St Honoré), but for breakfast they serve a dish of rice with Indian khichdi roots. The original dish is a mixture of curried rice, smoked haddock and eggs. At the Ritz, it’s deconstructed, and worthy of a photo shoot.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Pass the rice fields and sit down for a meal made with local rice in Meena. There are traditional and modern Thai classics, and most of the preparations are garnished with edible flowers and fruits, which is why they are so popular on social media. Their signature offering: five-colored rice balls made with different types of rice and dyed with local flowers and herbs. No Michelin stars but a special mention in the guide.