A restaurant in Strasbourg, France that you’ve likely never heard of tops TripAdvisor’s world’s best restaurants list for 2018.
Restaurant guides have their favourites. Diners have their own, it seems. Because according to TripAdvisor reviewers, the world’s best restaurant is not a household name with the cachet of a celebrity chef or constellation of Michelin stars.
This year, the top honour goes to Au Crocodile in the northeast of France, a local institution which has had its ups and downs.
With a history that can be traced back to 1801, the restaurant takes its name after the stuffed crocodile the original owner brought back to Strasbourg from Egypt.
Over the last 50 years, the restaurant earned and lost, all three Michelin stars, only to find favour with the red guide once again in 2016, earning back a star under the cuisine of chef Franck Pelux.
The menu at Au Crocodile is old-school, classic French: frog legs, served with brioche and smoked pike caviar; sweetbreads with seasonal mushrooms and raspberry vinegar; and roasted venison with beets and pepper sauce.
Its TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 out of five bubbles is based on about 1,300 reviews.