Thursday, July 21, 2016

The World's 50 Best Restaurants (2016) - San Pellegrino

Picture: Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana (Photo: Facebook)

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

Picture: The World's 50 Best Restaurants

Massimo Bottura's comparatively low-key Osteria Francescana in Modena, Northern Italy,  took the #1 spot this year. Osteria Francescana — whose quirky dishes like "five stages of Parmigiano Reggiano," "eel swimming up the Po river," and "tribute to Thelonius Monk" have made chef Massimo Bottura's tiny venue in Modena one of Italy's toughest tables — has for the first time earned the top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Last year’s top restaurant, the modernist El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona, Catalonia, long been hailed for its combination of Catalan dishes and cutting edge techniques, fell back to #2 after it had reclaimed the #1 spot last year. 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.

New York's swanky Eleven Madison Park took the third spot, up two places from 2015. This is the best finish for a U.S. restaurant in years.

Lima's Central, with its high-low-altitude tastings,was unchanged at #4.

Chef Rene Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen, which will serve its last meal later this year before relocating to a new site, fell to No. 5. The 45-seat restaurant features Nordic cuisine based on ingredients foraged from the nearby forests and shores in Denmark.

Mirazur, Menton, France came in at #6, Followed by Mugaritz, Errenteria, Spain at #7, down one place.

Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan, remained at #8. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria, was #9 and Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain #10.

Picture: Birgit and Chef Heinz Reitbauer of Steirereck (Photo: Facebook)

Among the restaurants that fell out of the top 10 were Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which plummeted from No. 7 to No. 45, and Gaggan, an Indian restaurant in Bangkok that fell from No. 10 to No. 23.

The Best Restaurant Award has been dominated by El Celler de Can Roca, El Bulli, Noma and Osteria Francescana 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.

Here now is the current list:

#1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
Chef: Massimo Bottura
Last year’s rank: 2
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona,Spain
Chef: Joan Roca
3. Eleven Madison Park, New York City
Chef: Daniel Humm
Last year’s rank: 5
4. Central, Lima
Chef: Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon
Last year’s rank: 4
5. Noma, Copenhagen
Chef: René Redzepi
Last year’s rank: 2
6. Mirazur, Menton, France
Chef: Mauro Colagreco
Last year’s rank: 11
7. Mugaritz, Errenteria, Spain
Chef: Andoni Luis Aduriz
Last year’s rank: 6
8. Narisawa, Tokyo
Chef: Yoshihiro Narisawa
Last year’s rank: 8
9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
Last year’s rank: 15
10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
Last year’s rank: 13
11. D.O.M., Sao Paolo.
12. Quintonil, Mexico City.
13. Maido, Lima, Peru.
14. The Ledbury, London.
15. Alinea, Chicago.
16. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain.
17. Piazza Duomo, Alba Italy.
18. White Rabbit, Moscow.
19. L’arpege, Paris.
20. Amber, Hong Kong.
21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain.
22. Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa.
23. Gaggan, Bankgok, Thailand.
24. Le Bernardin, New York City.
25. Pujol, Mexico City. 
26. The Clove Club, London.
27. Saison, San Francisco.
28. Geranium, Copenhagen.
29. Tickets, Barcelona.
30. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru.
31. RyuGin, Tokyo.
32. Restaurant Andre, Singapore.
33. Attica, Melbourne, Australia.
34. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin.
35. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.
36. Borago, Santiago, Chile.
37. Nahm, Bangkok.
38. De Librije, Zwolle, the Netherlands.
39. Le Calandre, Italy.
40. Relae, Copenhagen.
41. Faviken, Sweden.
42. Ultraviolet, Shanghai.
43. Biko, Mexico City.
44. Estela, New York.
46. Combal.Zero, Rivoli, Italy.
47. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
48. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocatino Hills, New York.
49. QuiQue Dacosta, Denia, Spain.
50. Septime, Paris.

Six American eateries made it to the list: Up two spots from 2015 is New York City’s Eleven Madison Park at #3. Chicago’s Alinea moved up from last year’s #26 spot to #15. Seafood powerhouse Le Bernardin in New York dropped six points from last year’s ranking of #18 to #24. The sole West Coast representative is Joshua Skenes’ San Francisco restaurant, Saison, at #27, up a whopping 29 spots from last year’s ranking of #56. New York City’s Estela came in at #44 in a massive 46-spot jump from last year. Upstate New York also got a shout-out in the form of Pocantico Hills townhouse Blue Hills at Stone Barns, which came in at #48, moving up one spot from last year.

Picture: Tim and Marie Ann Raue in New York (Photo: Facebook). Restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin Came in at #34

The list was drawn from the votes of more than 1000 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 award ceremony was held in New York for the first time.

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