"Life is a journey, not a destination," proclaimed Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Food then, too, is about the great quest and the hunger for the experience. (Credit: Flickr/Bruno Favoreto)
So, the hunt is on for the world's best food found in the most remote corners of the Earth. Are you willing to work for your food? Are you ready to wear hiking boots to get to dinner? Are you OK with going to the bathroom outside in order to indulge in the perfect meal?
If you're still thinking about it, then keep reading, because we've compiled a list of restaurants that churn out such spectacular food that it is really worth the trip. The good news is that once you arrive, you'll be happy to discover that many of these far-out spots are actually reasonably priced, intimate, and romantic, with views you'll never again see. Plus, they put you in the same room as like-minded diners, who are also prepared to test their limits.
By boat, enjoy the unique sensation of eating at the world's only undersea restaurant at Ithaa in the Maldives, where you can feast on lobster carpaccio and apple and goose liver tortellini. By foot, follow the zigzag path through Saltfjellet to Turistua at the top of a hill overlooking Hammerfest, Norway, where you might try seagull eggs or reindeer stew. By cable car, you'll stop at the top of Brazil's Urca Hill en route to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a codfish fritter and caiprinhas with cachaça, or sugarcane rum, made in-house at Abençoado Bar. Catch a flight to the Republic of Yemen's Socotra Island and eat grilled kingfish with rice seasoned with cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and fried onions on the beach overlooking the Indian Ocean at the laid-back and cheap Adeeb's Eco-Lodge.
If grape-infused brandy in Brazil, fresh bear meat in Sweden, and banana cream pie off the coast of Spain entice the adventurer in you, check out The Daily Meal's countdown of the world's most remote restaurants.
-Zoe Zellers, The Daily Meal
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Christian’s Café is said to be the only real restaurant on the Pitcairn Islands; it’s only open on Fridays and visitors must bring an alcohol permit with them in order to drink. Talk about remote. If you do make it to the South Pacific island, which is a famous site of shipwrecks and once was a stopping point for mutineer pirates, you’ll experience a history-rich walk past caves, lagoons filled with sharks and poisonous fish, whirlpools, burial sites, spectacular coastline views, and the Bounty Bay site where a ship was burned by mutineers in 1790. Eventually you’ll hit Christian’s, and hopefully it’s Friday, you have a liquor permit, and can enjoy beer, wine, freshly baked goods, and local fish. Photo Credit: Freewebs Click Here to see more of the Best Hard-to-Get-to Restaurants Worth the Trip
Visit the restaurant at the Hotel Gagarin in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, which is located on the Kuril Islands. These remote islands are clustered in the Russian Far East, north of Japan, in between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean. This area features a totally unique blend of food, cultures, and nature, with flowing rivers, captivating mountains, and volcanoes (the beaches are mostly volcanic). Travel by boat around the most desolate islands like Kunashir, where there is only one paved road and wonderful bird watching. At Hotel Gagarin, order the local salmon and sushi featuring the catch of the day. It’s located in a denser city center with other local restaurants nearby, too. Photo Credit: wiki/btibbets
Marfa, Texas, is on the radar as a cultural hub for artists, filmmakers, and musicians (the late minimalist Donald Judd started creating art exhibit spaces here in the ‘70s). It is not impossible to get to — you can take a flight or a long drive, but once you’re there, you’re really in the middle of the desert in far west Texas. Make sure you trek to Maiya’s Restaurant, where the chef, a former painting student from the Rhode Island School of Design, serves gourmet Italian-influenced treats that are a far cry from the standards of BBQ and Tex-Mex. Start with the fennel tartlet, a flaky, buttery tart shell filled with fennel, caramelized onions and Gruyère; and Maiya's Puntarelle, which is chopped celery, anchovy, lemon juice, olive oil, avocado, grilled bread, and parsley. Try the spinach lasagna with Gruyère and mascarpone cheese, or the grilled rib-eye steak from Creekstone Farms with gorgonzola butter, red-skinned mashed potatoes, and roasted asparagus. For dessert, chef Maiya Keck does a buttery, free-form crostata pastry with blueberry and crème anglaise. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Creativity+ hellomarkers!
Take a long drive through the rural villages of Mexico en route to tour the historic pyramids of Chichen Itza. After hours of trying to delicately fit your large Converse sneakers on the petite stairs of the Mayans, who were a much smaller-footed population, you need a break. Head over to Mr. Chaak, a very simple, cheap little joint where you can cool down with a fresh mango smoothie or cold beer, homemade guacamole, and spicy queso fundido with Valladolid sausage before taking on the rest of the road trip through the Yucatán. They also have free Wi-Fi, you know, just in case you need to double-check those directions again. Photo Credit: tripadvisor/spincerlo
Visit Grutas Restaurant on the Portuguese Madeira Island. This restaurant isn't just on an island; it’s inside a volcanically formed cave. It’s tough to get to, but the unique view and the fresh fish are worth the trek, as is the Poncha cocktail, prepared with honey, lime, rum, and lemon. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Creativity+Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts
The Old Forge is a beloved establishment that draws locals and visitors from across the world who are intrigued by the pub’s Guinness World Records listing as "The Remotest Pub" on mainland Britain. There are no roads in, so expect an 18-mile hike or a 7-mile boat ride to the village of Inverie. Indulge in homemade beer-battered haddock and chips or, for lighter fare, try the Loch Nevis mussels steamed in white wine and fresh bulb garlic served with crusty bloomer bread. Try local brews, Guinness of course, "obscure" malts, gins, ciders, and many more spirits. Photo Credit: flickr/GarlochT
Take the zigzag path through Saltfjellet to the top of a hill overlooking Hammerfest, Norway, where you’ll try Turistua Restaurant’s traditional dishes — like seal — with a glorious view of the city and port on a summer day. Experience Sami culture, songs, and food and learn about local history from knowledgeable staff. The bold diners will order seagull eggs garnished with fish roe, or the bidos, a reindeer and vegetable stew. Photo Credit: virtualtourist.com
Farm-fresh is the lure at this remote Swedish restaurant, located on the expansive farms at the foot of the stunning Jämtland mountains, so the menu’s seasonal changes focus on enhancing the flavors of vegetation in its peak. You can also expect fresh game and a cupboard full of condiments that are jellied, pickled, and salted in-house according to traditional methods. The Fäviken Game Fair, which takes place at the end of July, is a three-day wilderness fair that attracts more than 30,000 people. Photo Credit: Faviken
Experience Swedish design at its most creative — by staying in a sleek hotel room high in a tree, deep in the woods, an hour outside of Lulea. Just 40 miles from the Arctic Circle, these extraordinary tree houses rely on retractable staircases and clever use of materials. Some, like the Mirrorcube, are made with mirrored glass, so the structures literally blend into their natural surroundings. After enjoying a dinner at the wild game buffet of reindeer, bear, salmon, caviar of Kalix, and Arctic char, go watch the Northern Lights. Click Here to see more of the Best Hard-to-Get-to Restaurants Worth the Trip Photo Credit: facebook/treehotel
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