5 Restaurants Genuinely Worth Traveling For

ELUSIVE EATS Koks Leynavatn, accessible only by an off-road drive. Inset: the restaurant’s ‘grass granite.’
ELUSIVE EATS Koks Leynavatn, accessible only by an off-road drive. Inset: the restaurant’s ‘grass granite.’ Photo: Beinta á Torkilshey

Freedom, Maine

The Lost Kitchen

Freedom is a tiny town 17 miles down a country road from coastal Belfast, but chef Erin French turned it into a foodie bull’s-eye with her 7-course farmhouse dinners ($105) served in a former mill. Would-be guests must mail reservation requests on a 3” x 5” card during a brief annual window. And cross their fingers. findthelostkitchen.com

Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Three Chimneys

When nothing but Isle of Muck red-legged partridge will do, Three Chimneys is your go-to. Other examples of chef Scott Davies’ take on farm-to-table cuisine: local Rose beef with Isle of Barra snail ravioli and honey-yogurt parfait with a dusting of Douglas fir and almonds. Prix fixe dinner, $90. Rooms available at the adjacent House Over-By. threechimneys.co.uk

Birregurra, Australia


Set on an organic farm in sheep-clogged countryside 80 miles west of Melbourne, Brae gives the farm-to-table concept particular immediacy. Chef Dan Hunter’s tasting menu ($275) nods to aboriginal delicacies with cucumbers pickled with green ants, but the oyster ice cream/powdered sea lettuce combo is all his own. Six guest suites available. braerestaurant.com

Faeroe Islands

Koks Leynavatn

Dinner at Koks begins with a piece of smoked whale meat to nibble before an off-road Jeep ride to its minimalist 24-seat dining room. Chef Poul Andrias Ziska earned a Michelin star with a tasting menu ($215) showcasing raest, traditionally fermented meats and fish air-dried for weeks (cod) or months (lamb, reindeer). koks.fo/en

Jarpen, Sweden

Fäviken Magasinet

Seven hours north of Stockholm, a hunting estate surrounds this two-Michelin-starred restaurant where chef Magnus Nilsson’s 30 meticulously paced courses ($350) are presented to 24 diners on any given evening. A few rooms (and a sauna) are available for overnighters, and Mr. Nilsson recently opened three smaller restaurants in nearby Are. faviken.com

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