I'm always looking for credible top restaurant lists. I was told of this list by a Met member who shall remain nameless. Basically a major traveler that loves good food. First, why should we care what the San Pellegrino company thinks are the world's 50 best restaurants? NY Mag: "San Pellegrino's angle is that they rank the top restaurants worldwide, thus awaking nationalist fury in every slighted country. (The list is determined by a global poll of chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers.)" From the S. Pellegrino website: First published by Restaurant magazine in 2002 and now in its seventh year, The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants is recognized around the world as the most credible indicator of the best places to eat on Earth. It stimulates fervent debate and sometimes controversy, but the excitement it generates amongst those who aspire to make the list, and the massive interest it brings to the restaurant industry in general, have seen it grow into an eagerly anticipated, internationally influential event. The list is compiled by The Nespresso World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of 682 prominent food writers, critics, publishers and commentators, who each represent a different global region and chair a carefully selected voting panel for that region. This ensures a truly authoritative list and one that is becoming more and more globally representative each year. The S.Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants 2008 list was unveiled at the at the Freemason’s Hall in London on April 21 and was attended by some of the world’s greatest chefs and restaurateurs. View the list. This year for the first time, The Nespresso World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy was asked to place a second vote. They also voted for their top 5 restaurants in their own region. See the results. The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2009 list will be announced April 20, 2009. The List: 1 El Bulli Spain - World's Best Restaurant and best in Europe (check out this Yelp review. 30 courses served? An olive that feels like it explodes in your mouth? Can I get a what what?) :) 2 The Fat Duck UK 3 Pierre Gagnaire France 4 Mugaritz Spain - Chefs Choice 5 The French Laundry USA - Best Restaurant in Americas 6 Per Se USA 7 Bras France 8 Arzak Spain 9 Tetsuya's Austraila - Best Restaurant in Australasia 10 Noma Denmark 11 L'Astrance France 12 Gambero Rosso Italy 13 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay UK 14 L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon France 15 Le Louis XV France 16 St John UK - Highest Climber 17 Jean Georges USA 18 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée France 19 Hakkasan UK 20 Le Bernardin USA 21 Alinea USA 22 Le Gavroche UK 23 Dal Pescatore Italy 24 Le Cinq France 25 Troisgros France 26 El Celler de Can Roca Spain 27 Re-entry L'Hotel de Ville - Philippe Rochat Switzerland 28 Hof Van Cleve Belgium 29 Martin Berasategui Spain 30 Nobu London UK 31 Can Fabes Spain 32 Enoteca Pinchiorri Italy 33 Re-entry Le Meurice France 34 New entry Vendome Germany - Highest New Entry 35 Re-entry Die Schwarzwaldstube Germany 36 Le Calandre Italy 37 Chez Panisse USA 38 Charlie Trotter's USA 39 Chez Dominique Finland 40 D.O.M Brazil 41 Daniel USA 42 Oud Sluis Netherlands 43 Ristorante Cracco Italy 44 New entry Asador Etxebarri Spain 45 Les Ambassadeurs France 46 L'Arpege France 47 Re-Entry Tantris Germany 48 Oaxen Skärgärdskrog Sweden 49 Rockpool Austrailia 50 Le Quartier Francais South Africa - Best in Middle East and Africa The list.
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  • They aren't saying that the rest of the population eats crap.

    I was surprised there weren't restaurants from Asia on the list... but I don't see it as that huge of a deal. Its one group's opinion.

    I can say that the BEST restaurant in the world is Hooters. That doesn't make what I'm saying wrong. Its my opinion.

    If you don't like it, make your own list.
  • i agree with the both of you, taste is very subjective. but perhaps the people who are judging (chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers) have a more refined palate than all of us. perhaps they can pick up on the subtle nuances in food that others cannot. i don't disagree - i'm sure there is some politics involved here, some backroom scheming to get on this list - but i also like to think that an olive that explodes in someone's mouth might just explode in mine.
  • Yum this list is mouthwatering! I really wanna try Fat Duck and French Laundry!

    Kinda disappointing that, year after year, these lists tend to focus on $$$$ Euro fare + sushi. I agree that French cuisine is simply orgasmic but what about the top Seafood in Hong Kong, Beijing's Imperial cuisine, neuveau Mexican food in Oaxaca, or like the best steak + wine joint in Argentina?

    Apparently the French chefs really take lists like theees and the Michelin star rating system very seriously, one of them committed suicide in fear of getting downgraded.

    I blame this guy:

    Thought you might also find this Food + Wine article on Seiji Yamamoto (Nihonryori Ryugin restaurant; Tokyo, Japan) interesting. This dude is hardcore! He sent an eel in for a CT scan just to better understand its anatomy and silk-screens sauce onto the plate with “paint” made from squid ink and red miso.
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