dimly lit restaurant with fusion cuisine on the table
Bang Bang is for those who like the unconventional. Not only will you find tasty sushi and Asian fusion delights, but plenty of surprises, such as raw fish and ice cream… together.
Photo Credit: Bang Bang San Diego

It's Time for a Culinary Excursion: 5 Best Restaurants in the World

Bang Bang, San Diego, CA

Heading to San Diego to soak up the year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches and outstanding golf courses? You can make your trip even more unforgettable with a visit to Bang Bang.

Step inside and you may think you’ve just walked into some kind of futuristic “Beam me up, Scotty” kind of travel machine that plopped you down into a Tokyo subway tunnel. No, your brain isn’t playing tricks on you, there are actual recorded subway sounds playing — just the first clue that this restaurant is going to be something very different.

Bang Bang is for those who like the unconventional. You’ll find not only tasty sushi and Asian fusion delights, but plenty of surprises, such as raw fish and ice cream… together. It may sound rather bizarre, but the chef definitely found a way to make it work.

The Bang Mi is a favorite menu item too, though it can be a little embarrassing to order it. It’s not something rude you ask your server to do, it’s a sandwich filled with homemade chicken liver pate, Vietnamese banana leaf-steamed ham, grilled jidori chicken, jalapeno and peppers.

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bustling chefs prepare food in crowded kitchenAmong the top five on Restaurant's list of the top 50 restaurants in the world is Central.Photo Credit: Central Rest

Central, Lima, Peru

Among the top five on Restaurant’s list of the top 50 restaurants in the world is Central, which has been called a “gastronomic exploration of altitude and Peru’s ecosystem.”

Guests enjoy a “culinary expedition” through the country’s ecosystem, from the Amazon to the Pacific, with Chef Virgilio Martinez and crew even foraging in the “jungle, desert, mountains and sea to discover diverse local ingredients at every altitude.”

The tasting menu features items that highlight Peruvian ingredients grown at various elevations, such as wild oca and Andean yams. Other examples include the kushuru, or cushuro, an edible cyanobacteria harvested in the high-altitude wetlands, and arapaima, a freshwater fish found in the Amazon River.

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