High-tech culinary wizardry has its place in today’s kitchens, but it’s no longer front and centre – for proof, just consult our editors’ choice of their favourite local restaurants for 2014, from Mexico City to Chicago. There are big, bold flavours here, and perfect technical execution, but the fireworks are generally in letting the ingredients speak out, rather than manipulating them to look like something else. Silky smooth pasta, snails en croute or bone marrow spread on toast – there’s a punchy, earthy undertone to this fine dining selection. If want a drink to go with, check out our selection here.
Our editors’ favourite local restaurants