always makes for a good trip – but is it ever worth travelling halfway across
the world for a single meal? Some gastronomically minded Quora.com users think so, having journeyed
more than 1,000 miles just to taste the perfect dish.
to the question “How far have you ever travelled for
a meal?” the
restaurants worth packing a suitcase for were surprisingly diverse. As
expected, a few world-famous eateries popped up in the answers, but just as
many travellers mentioned hole-in-the wall spots for comfort food that is impossible
to find anywhere else in the world.
Here are a
few of our favourite spots mentioned and the sometimes staggering distances distances
that were traversed to get there.
Three Ways House Hotel, Gloucestershire,
Distance travelled: 1,172km
Makiko Itoh drove all the way from Zurich to this
old-fashioned hotel in southwestern England for its famous Pudding Club.
As the name suggests, the meal involves trying seven different types of British-style
pudding over the course of the evening.
Fight Club, the Pudding Club has rules,” Itoh explained. “Only one pudding
allowed on the plate at a time. You must clean your plate before going up for
seconds. You cannot go up to the Pudding Station out of turn, only when your
table is called.”
three-hour affair, diners vote on their favourite pudding, which includes varieties
such as sticky toffee, apple, mincemeat and syrup sponge. The style with the
most votes at the end of that year is designated “Pudding of the Year”. The hotel holds the club every Friday night,
though reservations need to be made far in advance.
Char Hung Sut, Honolulu, Hawaii
Distance travelled: 2,558 miles
Garrick Saito has family and friends in Hawaii, but when he went back
for the first time in 15 years last year from Los Angeles, his first stop was hole-in-the-wall
Hung Sut. Known for their dim sum-style treats, the restaurant is most
famous for its manapua, which Saito
described as “a unique blend of Chinese style barbeque pork and other spices
stuffed into a steamed bun”.
Distance travelled: 5,726
1946, this three-star Michelin restaurant
proved itself worthy of a journey from Portland, Oregon, to Paris, France. “The
food was wonderful, including a caviar appetizer with the most exquisitely
cooked egg I’ve ever seen,” Stephanie Vardavas
said. “But the service was the real revelation: attentive without being
overbearing, thoughtful and caring without the fake friendliness you get in
American restaurants much of the time.”
Chicken and Ribs, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Distance travelled: 330 miles
Ariel Williams loves the food at this down-home diner so
much, she not only buys a full rack of ribs when she arrives, but also takes
two to go when she returns home to Tucson, Arizona. “The ribs are so tender,
the meat falls off the bone as you pick it up,” she said. “The [fried] chicken
is so juicy, you need goggles. My first time eating there, I cut one open and
one of the chicken breasts squirted me in the eye!”
El Bulli, Catalonia, Spain
Distance travelled: 6,400km
three-star Michelin restaurant is no
longer open, two Quora users made the journey just to eat its molecular haute
cuisine. As Norm Soley from Toronto mentioned, the restaurant received nearly
one million reservation requests for only 8,000 meals served each year – so getting
lucky enough to land a reservation meant dropping everything and going.
best meal I’ve had in my life,” said Chris Carpenter, who travelled 1,500km from
Dublin for the opportunity. “Really amazing food.”
Adria has said that the former restaurant will reopen as a culinary exploration
centre in 2014.