The best restaurants in the world according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has published a ranking of the best restaurants and chefs. Candidates are determined by a jury of more than 1,000 people worldwide. These are top chefs, restaurateurs, critics, food travelers and other industry experts. The whole world is divided into 26 regions depending on the concentration of gastronomic thought: for example, France was assigned a separate region, and our country is included in the block “Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe”. Each has its own election commission of 40 people, its composition changes from year to year. Voting goes like this: an expert chooses the top ten restaurants in the world, with at least 4 to be located outside his region. A prerequisite is to visit each of the establishments at least once in the last 18 months and not have any economic ties with them. The cleanliness of voting is controlled by an independent audit agency Delotte.
A restaurant from Russia first entered the top 50 in 2011, then Anatoly Komm’s “Barbaras” took the 48th line. But as high as in 2018, domestic projects never turned out to be. The Moscow White Rabbit restaurant, led by chef Vladimir Mukhin, is on the 15th line of the list. Over the year, White Rabbit improved its position by eight divisions: in 2017, it ranked 23rd.
Other Russian establishments did not make it to the top 50, but two restaurants are on the extended list: Selfie in 70th place and Twins Garden in 72nd.
We publish the top 5 best restaurants in the world:
No.1 Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
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Massimo Bottura with the team
This is a small restaurant of the legendary chef Massimo Bottura. Francescana has an interesting story: at first the place almost closed, because the conservative locals completely did not understand the innovative cuisine. Massimo’s gastronomic philosophy is based on a love of authentic Italian products and a daring modern approach. The restaurant regularly tops prestigious ratings and has three Michelin stars. The first place of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Osteria Francescana was previously held in 2016, in 2017 the restaurant went down to second place.
No.2 El Celler de Can Roca (Gerona, Spain)
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Brothers of Doom
The restaurant is owned by three brothers: chef Juan Roca, sommelier Josep Roca and pastry chef Hardy Roca. Their cuisine is based on local ingredients and childhood memories. Among the restaurant’s specialties, frozen olives, oyster tartar, interpretations of Basque specialties and a line of desserts according to old recipes are recommended.
No.3 Mirazur (Menton, France)
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Idyllic panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and an hour’s drive from Nice are already an application for success. Here, an Argentine chef who worked with gurus such as Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse, Mauro Colagreco prepares dishes inspired by the Cote d’Azur. Many products enter the restaurant from their own farm, while other chefs buy at the local market. The menu is governed by seasonality, many dishes of vegetables and seafood. Especially noted here are anchovy fillets on an anchovy skeleton with juice from menton lemons, oysters with tapioca, champagne and pear.
No.4 Eleven Madison Park (New York, United States)
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Swiss chef Daniel Hamm began working in the kitchen at the age of 14. He was 24 years old when the restaurant Daniel worked at got the Michelin star. At Eleven Madison Park, he prepares European cuisine with Scandinavian aesthetics and American audacity. One of the boldest dishes here is a smoked sturgeon cheesecake with a slide of caviar.
No.5 Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)
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For four consecutive years, the institution of the Indian chef Gaggan Anand became the best in the ranking of restaurants in Asia. Initially, exclusively modern Indian cuisine was prepared here, but over time, the chef brought back from travels and rethought the recipes of Mexican tacos or, say, Japanese sushi. The chip of his dishes was the fact that many of them are customary to eat with your hands or even lick off the plate. The hit Lick It Up (from the English “Lick”) was presented in the menu of the gala dinner for the fifth anniversary of the St. Petersburg “Kokoko”: Gaggan Anand came on tour on this occasion.