Thursday, April 28, 2005

The World's 50 Best Restaurants.

Restaurant magazine listed 50 best restaurants in their April 2005 issue. The tragic news is that I have been to none. The semi-good news is that I can claim to be a restaurant voyeur - I am a proud owner of the cookbooks, The French Laundry by Thomas Keller and Tetsuya by Tetsuya Wakuda. In addition to that, other members of my culinary circle have dined in a number of these restaurants and so I shall get them to pen down their thoughts and their experiences in these restaurants and so we can ALL partake in this activity of restaurant voyeurism.

After scrolling down the list, you should also take a look at vinography who does a wonderful and better job with this list and has his own gripes against the list. The comments and the on-going debate they have on the restaurants and how a number are over-rated is also an interesting read if you are a little like me and have some sort of love affair with restaurants.

On a nationalistic note, since Hakkasan made it to the list and is probably one of the most impressive Chinese restaurants in London which serves their dim sum with finesse (as one of my food sources told me), I’m proud to announce that Chef Tong Chee Hwee who heads the kitchen in Hakkasan was talent spotted from Summer Pavilion in Singapore by Mr. Alan Yau who was recently in town for our World Gourmet Summit (which I MUST and WILL participate in next year). Hence perhaps our Chinese restaurants here can give the list a good run for its money.

Top 50 Restaurants in the World
1. Fat Duck, Bray Best in World/Best in Europe
2. El Bulli, Spain Chef's Choice
3. French Laundry, Yountville Best in America
4. Tetsuya's, Sydney Best in Australasia
5. Gordon RamsayRoyal Hospital Road, London
6. Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
7. Per Se, New York Highest New Entrant
8. Tom Aikens, London
9. Jean Georges, New York
10. St John, London
11. Michel Bras, Laguiole, France
12. Louis XV, Monaco
13. Chez Panisse, California Highest Climber
14. Charlie Trotter, Chicago
15. Gramercy Tavern, New York
16. Guy Savoy, Paris
17. Alain Ducasse, Paris
18. Sketch (Gallery) London
19. The Waterside Inn, Bray
20. Nobu, London
21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
22. El Raco de can Fabes, Spain
23. Checcino dal 1887, Rome Italy
24. Le Meurice, Paris
25. L'Hotel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland
26. Arpege, Paris
27. The Connaught, London
28. Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford
29. Le Cinq, Paris
30. Hakkasan, London
31. Cal Pep, Barcelona Outstanding Value
32. Masa, New York
33. Flower Drum, Melbourne
34. WD50, New York
35. Le Quartier Francais, South Africa Best in Africa/Mid East
36. Spice Market, New York 37. Auberge d'Ill, Illhauseern-Alsace
38. Manresa, California, USA
39. Dieter Muller, Germany
40. Trois Gros, Roanne, France
41. The Wolseley, London
42. Rockpool, Sydney
43. Yauatcha, London
44. The Ivy, London
45. Gambero Rosso, Italy
46. The Cliff, Barbados
47. Le Gavroche, London
48. Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence, Italy Editors Choice
49. Felix, Hong Kong Best in Asia
50. La Tupina, Bordeaux


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