2011 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants announced

The wait is over. The 2011 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants were announced last night during a glitzy award ceremony held in London’s Guildhall.

The Best Restaurants list is organised by British food publication Restaurant Magazine, and distils the dining experiences and judgements of 800 international gourmands.

Indisputably the biggest news of the evening was that Copenhagen’s Noma was again crowned winning restaurant, after being awarded with that same honour last year.  Noma’s understandably elated chef René Redzepi, joined by his Viking-hat-donning kitchen team, marched to the stage and took a swig of champagne from a horned goblet, before saying to his team: “We did it. Together. Again.”

The judging panel hailed the restaurant for its “fanatical approach to foraging” and said that its “ingredient ingenuity and flawless execution” made it a beacon in culinary excellence.

Another surprising turn in the evening’s events was that Feran Adrià’s El Bulli, named number 1 on Restaurant Magazine’s top-50 list a whopping five times, was completely absent from this year’s list. This is apparently due to the fact that Adrià will be closing El Bulli in July to turn it into a culinary academy.

Finally, Eat Out’s warmest and proudest congratulations go to Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, which earned 36th place on the coveted list and was hailed with the Aqua Panna The Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East award.

Without further ado, here follows a list of this year’s San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants:

  1. Noma, Denmark
  2. El Celler De Can Roca, Spain
  3. Mugaritz , Spain
  4. Osteria Francescana, Italy
  5. The Fat Duck, England
  6. Alinea, USA
  7. D.O.M, Brazil
  8. Arzak, Spain
  9. Le Chateaubriand, France
  10. Per Se, USA
  11. Daniel, USA
  12. Les Creations de Narisawa, Japan
  13. L’Astrance, France
  14. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, France
  15. Hof van Cleve, Belgium
  16. Pierre Gagnaire, France
  17. Oud Sluis, Netherlands
  18. Le Bernardin, USA
  19. L’Arpege, France
  20. Nihonryori RyuGin, Japan
  21. Vendome, Germany
  22. Steirereck , Austria
  23. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
  24. Eleven Madison Park, USA
  25. Aqua, Germany
  26. Quay, Australia
  27. Iggy’s, Singapore
  28. Combal Zero, Italy
  29. Martin Berasategui, Spain
  30. Bras, France
  31. Biko, Mexico
  32. Le Calandre, Italy
  33. Cracco, Italy
  34. The Ledbury, UK
  35. Chez Dominique, Finland
  36. Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
  37. Amber, China
  38. Dal Pescatore, Italy
  39. Il Canto, Italy
  40. Momofuku Ssam Bar, USA
  41. St John, UK
  42. Astrid Y Gaston, Peru
  43. Hibiscus, UK
  44. Maison Troisgros, France
  45. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, France
  46. De Librije, Netherlands
  47. Restaurant de l’Hotel De Ville, Switzerland
  48. Varvary, Russia
  49. Pujol, Mexico
  50. Asador Etxebarri, Spain

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