There was an interesting topic touched on under Nathaniel's post 'Best restaurant in NY' - the best dining experience ever in one's life (thus far!).
Would be great to read about everyone's BEST experiences!
I'll start - mine was at PAUL BOCUSE restaurant in Lyon, France.
Bocuse is the head of the French chef's association, and is one of the most revered chefs in the country. It is also said (by the French) that the best restaurants are not in Paris, but in the Lyonnaise region. So, we flew into Lyon specifically to eat. Bocuse is located outside of the city, on a little dirt road, where you would never expect to find a restaurant, let alone a top chef. But what a chef he is! The seared foie gras was a taste of heaven, the ravioli aux cepes elevated the concept of pasta, and the salmon we had must have been fished out of the waters that afternoon. Bocuse absolutely lives up to his reputation, and after the meal, the smiling chef himself appears and visits each table - if only to take a little bow - as most of us diners were by then speechless!
Both my friend and I still revel when we think of our Bocuse experience, and wonder how it is possible that one man can be so talented as to outshine, by far, all the many other very gifted chefs we enjoy regularly.