Each year, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list reveals the stars of the culinary world, honoring the restaurants chosen with one of the most prestigious distinctions any chef could dream of. This year’s ranking offers some new surprises. Discover the top 10 restaurants of 2019 below.
10. Maido in Lima (Peru)
Snagging the 10th best slot, we find Maido. This fabulous restaurant specializes in nikkei (peruvian ingredients prepared with japanese techniques), and finds it’s home in Lima. With Chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, master of nikkei, at the helm, we find an innovative menu offering an abundance of sea-food dishes. On the menu? imaginative sushi, sea-urchin sticky rice, shortribs braised for 50 hours, and a delectable cheesecake with a tofu base.
Restaurant Maido in Lima
9. Disfrutar in Barcelona (Spain)
With Chefs Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch (previously heading up El Bulli which closed in 2011) at the helm, Disfrutar opened its doors in Barcelona in 2014. Offering an avant-garde menu, comprised of up to 30 dishes, diners get a taste of this trio’s expert talents.
Restaurant Disfrutar in Barcelona
8. L’Arpège in Paris (France)
Since its opening in 1986, and its third Michelin star, L’Arpege has stood out as one of the best restaurants in Paris, and now in the world. Led by the charismatic Alain Passard, the menu is purely seasonal (no cucumbers or tomatoes in sight during winter), stocked by the lush Norman Gardens. The expert chefs at L’Arpege are veritable vegetables pioneers.
Restaurant L’Arpege in Paris
7. Mugaritz in San-Sébastian (Spain)
The incredibly innovative restaurant, Mugaritz, is the brainchild of Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz. Located in San Sebastián, the menu is comprised of 20 to 30 dishes, specializing in recipes from the Basque terroir tinged with global influences. Their stand-out dish? Chilled and delicate crab, or a rich raw pig heart, incredibly creative and often never-before-seen.
Restaurant Mugaritz in Saint-Sebastien
6. Central in Lima (Peru)
Among the most famous restaurants in Lima and helmed by passionate duo Virgilio Martinez and Pía León, Central takes its guests on a culinary journey through Peru. The creative pair journey to the far corners of the country, in search of local ingredients that are scarcely seen in fine dining. Some are simple, (corn, potatoes…) and some complex (grilled piranha).
Restaurant Central in Lima
5. Geranium in Copenhagen (Denmark)
Employing a mixture of nature’s bounty with innovative technology, Chef Rasmus Kofoed is at the helm of Geranium in Copenhagen. The restaurant only uses organic and local Scandinavian products, and boasts a delicate cuisine along with an extensive selection of wines.
Restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen
4. Gaggan in Bangkok (Thailand)
For the past four years, Gaggan has been considered the best restaurant in Asia, but now its position has sky-rocketed to the 4th best restaurant in the world. Inspired by El Bulli, Chef Gaggan Anand offers a menu of 25 dishes, which are subject to change each day according to the chef’s desires and discoveries. Blending Indian cuisine with Thai, Mexican, and Japanese influences, diners can enjoy inventive tacos, nigiri with hindi sauce, and above all, a curry delicious enough to lick straight from the plate.
Restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok
3. Asador Etxebarri in Axpe (Spain)
Chef Victor Arguinzoniz finds himself running the 3rd best restaurant in the world, Asador Etxebarri. With an ability to make the most simple of ingredients explode with flavor, the Chef leaves no diner dissatisfied. Petits pois marinated in their own liquid, dried beef emanating umami flavor, charcoal roasted vegetables… Mind-blowing.
Restaurant Asador Etxebarri in Axpe
2. Noma in Copenhagen (Denmark)
Consistently earning a slot in the top 10 category, Noma remains on the list, this time snagging the 2nd place spot. Led by the talented René Redzepi, this culinary paradise requires a reservation made months in advance. The recently redesigned restaurant focuses on a seasonal menu, offering Nordic specialties, always prepared with finesse and precision.
Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen
1. Mirazur in Menton (France)
Between the swaying palms and sweet lemon trees, Chef Mauro Colagreco‘s restaurant has received the culinary holy-grail. In addition to the restaurant’s third Michelin star, it was just named the best restaurant in the world by the “World’s 50 best restaurants“. This comes as no surprise to those familiar with the finesse and innovation that drives Chef Colagreco, who strives to only use the freshest produce from the restaurant’s gardens, or alternatively the local produce from the region, found in the markets of Menton and Ventimiglia. With nine mouth-watering courses, a simple lunch becomes a culinary adventure, combining explosive flavors with the most gourmet recipes.
Restaurant Mirazur in Menton
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