Thursday, August 6, 2015

The World's 50 Best Restaurants (2015) - San Pellegrino

Picture: Spanish chefs Joan Roca (L) of El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, Carme Ruscalleda (bottom L) of Sant Pau restaurant and Ferran Adria (R) of El Bulli restaurant, Alberto Chicote (2nd R), Christian Escriba (C) and television presenter Josep Cuni (C) take a 'selfie' during the "La Fabrica del Menjar Solidari" (The Factory of the Food Charity) charity show at Liceu theatre in Barcelona June 29, 2014. The proceeds of the show, which is hosted by Adria and includes cooking performances, go to charity.

Picture: The S.Pellegrion World's 50 Best Restaurants

The new World's 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, was released a few weeks ago.

For previous years, see:
The World's 50 Best Restaurants (2015) - San Pellegrino
The World's 50 Best Restaurants (2014) - San Pellegrino
The World's 50 Best Restaurants (2013) and the World's 10 Best Cities to Eat Well (2009)
The 2010 World's Best Restaurants

The Top 10

There were several familiar names in the top 10 -- but also a few newcomers.

The modernist El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona, Catalonia, long been hailed for its combination of Catalan dishes and cutting edge techniques, reclaimed the #1 spot. The restaurant is helmed by three brothers: the oldest on, Joan Roca, mans the kitchen; Josep is sommelier; and the youngest one, Jordi is the pastry chef.

Massimo Bottura's comparatively low-key Osteria Francescana in Modena, Northern Italy, moved up from #3 to the #2 spot.

Chef Rene Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen lost again the top spot, after losing it to El Celler De Can Roca in 2013, following 3 consecutive years at the top. The 45-seat restaurant features Nordic cuisine based on ingredients foraged from the nearby forests and shores in Denmark.

It was a good year for South America, occupying two spots in the top ten. At #4 was Lima's Central, with its high-low-altitude tastings. The wildly varying elevations the ingredients are harvested from are listed next to each course.

New York's swanky Eleven Madison Park took the fifth spot, down one place from 2014.

Murgaritz, in San Sebastian, Spain, held on to #6.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the TV chef's venture at London's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, fell two spots to #7, while Tokyo's Narisawa made a top 10 debut at #8.

Alex Atala's DOM in Sao Paulo, which focuses on the indigenous bounty of Brazil and the Amazon, came in at #9.

Tenth place was given to Gaggan, the Bangkok venue recently named Asia's best restaurant.


The year's biggest surprise was Moscow's White Rabbit at #23. The venue, whose dining room is located under a glass dome, serves a tasting menu featuring products from Southern Russia and Crimea, which Vladimir Putin reclaimed from Ukraine in 2014.

Another unexpected entry was Shanghai's Ultraviolet, signaling the return of mainland China to the top 50.

Six American restaurants made the list. Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's neo-classical American spot, Eleven Madison Park, fell one place to #5. Le Bernardin in NYC came in at #18 (Chef Eric Ripert specializes in fish). Grant Achatz's Alinea, America's most celebrated bastion of avant-garde gastronomy, with its helium filled taffy balloons, fell to #26, down from #9. Per Se in NYC fell 10 places to now #40. The Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown is new on the list at #49. The French Laundry in Yountville is at #50, down by 6 places. The Coi in San Francisco and Daniel in NYC (the flagship restaurant of French Chef Daniel Boulud) dropped from the list.

The Best Restaurant Award has been dominated by El Celler de Can Roca, El Bulli and Noma in the past years. In 2002 and 2006–2009, El Bulli was the world's best restaurant, winning more times than any other restaurant. In 2013 and again in 2015 El Celler de Can Roca won. In 2010 to 2012 and Noma was #1 and again in 2014

The list was drawn from the votes of more than 900 leading figures in the industry - including food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded "gastronomes". The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards is sponsored by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The Top 50

1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Central, Lima, Peru
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
7. Dinner, London, UK
8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
9. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
11. Mirazur, Menton, France
12. L'Arpége, Paris, France
13. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
14. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
15. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
16. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
17. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
18. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
19. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
20. The Ledbury, London, UK
21. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
25. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
26. Alinea, Chicago, USA
27. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
28. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
29. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
30. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
31. Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
33. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
34. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
35. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
36. L'Astrance, Paris, France
37. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
38. Amber, Hong Kong, China
39. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
40. Per Se, New York, USA
41. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
42. Borago, Santiago, Chile (a tie)
42. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain (a tie)
44. Maido, Lima, Peru
45. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
46. Restaurant Andre, Singapore,
47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
48. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocanto Hills, USA
50. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA

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