Even though what constitutes an amazing meal is subjective, the restaurant world is satiated with lists. And lots of us who travel for food pay close attention to those lists. But the professional eaters are likely already onto the next thing. They're unfurling their napkins in dining rooms from the Maldives to New Zealand in search of unexpected culinary pleasures.
I asked a few of them which restaurants they find most interesting—and under-sung—right now. Kristian Brask Thomsen is a culinary ambassador, award-winning filmmaker (Michelin Stars), world tour manager and host of dinner parties extraordinaire, including the three-day multi-city blowout DI:JET. Gerhard Huber, one of a very small number of people who has dined at every three-star Michelin restaurant in the world, is a cofounder of foodle.pro, an international online community of food enthusiasts. And Matt Goulding is an Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning journalist, serial cook and travel book author (most recently of Vegetables Unleashed, with chef José Andrés), who has sold more than 10 million copies of his work.
They know restaurants.