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.