Today, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy released their annual list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants! So, get ready to make a reservation at one of these restaurants before they get booked.
These restaurants which can be found all over the world are compiled by more than 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community which is comprised of food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs, and highly regarded gastronomes. The members of this academy list their choice of restaurant in order of preference, based on their restaurant experiences during the previous 18 months. And there is no pre-determined checklist of criteria, but there are strict voting rules. Take a look at the top 10 restaurants that claimed the top spots!
10. Asador Etxebarri
Counting down to number one, we have Asador Etxebarri which is located in Axpe, Spain which is known for its minimalist grill cookery using premiere Basque ingredients. Chef Victor Arguinzoniz is known for bringing out extraordinary flavors from seemingly simple ingredients, most of which are grilled over an open hearth. Arguinzoniz brings out all of the natural flavors of his local products like goat’s milk churned into ethereal butter, green peas, amplified into their own juice, and beef dry aged with umami.
Mugaritz which is located in San Sebastian, Spain placed number nine this year as they are known for being a powerhouse of creativity in the Basque country. Head chef, Andoni Luis Aduriz has been considered by many observers as Spain’s most pioneering chef as he combines elements of the mountains and the sea in his menu. His menu can consist of oysters to young garlic omelet, pigtails and squid, to a loin of lamb smoked over eucalyptus and served with “its cultivated wool.”
Arpège which is located in Paris, France came in at number eight as it has remained at the top of global fine dining for decades. Head chef, Alain Passard has retained his three Michelin stars at Arpège for more than two decades during a time of great personal and culinary change, and in 2016 he was the recipient of the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2001, Passard announced that the restaurant was becoming vegetarian, although meat has since returned to the restaurant in smaller quantities, with vegetables being the main course. Arpège offers vegetables straight from Passard’s own farm and makes an appearance on the dinner plates soon after. Arpège is well known for their signature dishes of dumplings, stuffed with seasonal vegetables, and langoustine carpaccio with caviar.
Maido, which means ‘welcome’ in Japanese, placed number seven in this years list. Maido is the flagship restaurant of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, and this restaurant specializes in serving an inventive tasting menu of Peruvian-Japanese bites alongside an à la carte option and a classic sushi counter. Maido has become a popular setting for business dinners and special occasions, as well as for destination diners looking to sample Lima’s best offerings. Tsumura’s menu has unique dishes like a fish hotdog, nigari, dim sum with squid and sea snail cau-cau, and sea urchin rice.
Central which is located in Lima, Peru has been featured in the list of the Best Restaurants in Latin America these last three years and this year was the same coming in at number six. Central has been a key player in Lima’s transformation as it has become one of the world’s must-visit dining destinations, while chef Virgilio Martinez has led a new generation of Peruvian cooks. Diners can expect a colorful journey through Peruvian cuisine, taking in some better-known dishes like ceviche while presenting many exotic fruits, vegetables, and herbs that most customers haven’t heard of.
Gaggan, which is located in Bangkok, Thailand, came in at number 5, but has consecutively been named number 1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for three consecutive years and it’s all due to their reinvention and creativity. Chef Gaggan Anand has consistently transformed his tasting menu by initially giving his guests a list of 25 emojis so that each dish comes as a surprise. After trying all of the dishes like Indian sushi and sea urchin ice cream, the guests are presented with a written list of all the items that they’ve just consumed.
4. Eleven Madison Park
Ranked at number four, we have Eleven Madison Park which is located right in the heart of New York City. Co-owners Will Guidara and Daniel Humm have put their lives into breaking down the walls between the dining room and kitchen. From classic honey and lavender honey-glazed with turnips and huckleberries. In 2017, Eleven became the first U.S. restaurant to be number one in 14 years and immediately, tables for two became booked for months and with a $642 non-refundable deposit.
Mirazur is located in a beautiful location on the French side of the Riviera. Chef Mauro Colagreco is in charge of serving a mixture of dishes inspired from his Argentine-Italian heritage as well as the French region. With ingredients coming from Colagreco’s own backyard farm and the market of Ventimiglia, diners can expect a feast of just-picked heirloom vegetables to fresh seafood.
2. El Celler de Can Roca
El Celler de Can Roca regularly finds itself among the best restaurants list. El Celler first opened its doors in 1986 by the three Roca brothers who specialize in serving traditional Catalan cuisine with creative twists. Joan Roca, the oldest brother, is the head chef, Josep Roca is the sommelier, and Jordi Roca, is in charge of desserts. This restaurant has several signature dishes including a deconstructed Palamos prawns, truffle bonbons, and Iberian suckling pig.
1. Osteria Francescana
And placing in the number one spot is Chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. This is Osteria’s second time being named the world’s best restaurant as it was chosen in 2016. This restaurant features a 10- and 12- course tasting menu as it serves a contemporary cuisine, which reinvents the Italian culinary tradition while making use of the finest produce from the Emilia-Romagna region.