Opened in 1925 by chefs who used to work in the Imperial household, this legendary restaurant doesn't do things by halves. Its Man Han Banquet features 134 hot dishes and 48 cold ones, plus a vast array of desserts, for $180 a head. You'll have to allow several days to work through it all, of course.
Washington: Laboratorio del Galileo
Given that it has only eight tables, guests book weeks in advance for the sprawling 10- to 12-course Italian banquet at this intimate offshoot of chef Roberto Donna's celebrated Galileo Restaurant. The menu constantly changes, depending on the produce available, but the evening always begins with a glass of prosecco and ends with bomboloni (a simple, donutlike pastry, hot from the oven). Prices start from $110 per person. Five or six wines, carefully paired with the evening's menu, cost an additional $70.
Whatever you're eating, costs in India are unlikely to be high outside the five-star hotels. Whole roasted lamb—a Mogul specialty—costs just $83 at this popular venue. It will feed a large and hungry crowd, and must be ordered a day in advance. For $7, smaller parties can content themselves with a mere lamb leg.
Cologne: The Haxenhaus
Authenticty is prized at Cologne's Haxenhaus. Dishes served at its regular luoderei (or lavish feasts) are based on extensively researched medieval menus and recipes. Diners can expect hearty fare, such as blood sausage, dumplings and pork leg, all eaten (naturally) with the fingers. Including wine, beer or soft drinks, the meal will set you back $81 per person.