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Around the World with 10 Foie Gras

Foie gras is one of the world’s most coveted foods. For those who love it, nothing compares to the rich, meaty taste of foie gras. From lollipops to the classic torchon, here are the world’s ten best foie gras dishes.

By Sarah Spigelman

Rendang and Apple Foie Gras at Frangipani, Kuala Lumpur

Frangipani’s rending and apple foie gras exemplifies Kuala Lumpur’s fusion of Asian and Westernized cuisines. Aromatic curry in the rending combines with caramelized apples and a phyllo dough sphere to complement the seared foie gras. This fusion dish seems destined to become a modern classic.

Foie Gras Lollipops at Amber, Hong Kong

Though one might not expect dessert before the main course, that’s what is on the menu at Amber. Here, a foie gras nugget is concealed within a candied shellac of raspberry and beet, topped with gingerbread and beetroot.

Le Burger at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Tokyo

Eating Joel Robuchon’s famous French food in Tokyo is not only delicious, it is totally whimsical. His “Le Burger” tops a juicy beef patty with pat of seared foie gras and sweetly caramelized bell peppers that take the American comfort food classic to a wholly new level.

Foie Gras Nigiri at Maido

Japanese expatriates in Peru have invented Nikkei food, which is the blending of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines. Nowhere is it done more exquisitely than at Maido. Try the foie gras nigiri, which consists of sushi rice placed under a tiny lobe of seared foie gras. Seasoned only with sea salt, this collision of tastes, textures, and cultures comes together seamlessly.

Cromesquis de Foie Gras at Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

Martin Picard’s casual restaurant is an ode to all things foie gras, but the standout dish is the cromesquis de foie gras. Two golden brown cubes arrive at the table, with instructions to let them cool for a few minutes because the interior is piping hot. A thick, crispy breading surrounds a molten interior that is rich, buttery, and the essence of foie gras.

Foie Gras Crème Brulee at Sage, Las Vegas

This gamble that Chef Shawn McClain makes in Sin City pays off in spades. The foie gras is whipped into a light, creamy mousse that is then given a sugary, crackly top. It’s sweet, savory, and utterly addictive.  

Foie Gras Soup Dumplings at Annisa, New York City

Chef Anita Lo has made her mark on the culinary world by fusing Chinese and French techniques, and her seared soup dumplings with foie gras have been on her flagship restaurant menu since day one. Thin skin dumplings are filled with a meaty broth then topped with seared foie for the ultimate umami experience.

Foie Gras Crunch at Osteria Francescana, Modena

The foie gras at this modernist restaurant is cooked into a smooth torchon and then filled with aged balsamic vinegar and rolled in toasted nuts before being served in “ice cream bar” form.

Foie Gras Confit at Benoit, Paris

This classic bistro’s foie gras, cooked gently in its own fat, is rich beyond compare. Served with warm brioche, the foie is positively buttery and perfectly executed. 

Foie Gras En Croute at Le Relais de la Poste, La Wantzenau

Set in the city of Strasbourg, this small hotel-cum-restaurant serves traditional French cuisine in a serene setting. Get the baked foie gras and you will receive a golden, flaky pastry that cuts open to revel an entire velvety foie gras. Just book a room ahead of time, because after indulging in the the specialty of the house, you won’t be in the mood to go anywhere.

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