If eating out is one of your greatest pleasures in life then prepare to have your mind blown, because a definitive list of the top 50 restaurants in the world has been released, and it’s guaranteed to get your pulse racing. From New York to New Delhi, South Africa to South Korea, this lineup of gourmet food stars is going to make you want to eat your way across the planet, pronto. (Don’t worry, some London establishments made the cut too, naturally.) Behold the pinnacle of gastronomic wizardry…
1. El Celler de Can Roca (GIRONA, SPAIN)
The Roca brothers take their respective crafts (head chef, pastry chef and sommelier) very seriously; travelling the globe to experience myriad cuisines, conducting ‘gastro-botanical’ research and in 2013, premiering El Somni – a theatrical multi-sensory production that explored the interaction between food, music and art. All of this is evident in their imagination-defying Catalan menu, served with a side of familial warmth.
2. Osteria Francescana (MODENA, ITALY)
Internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura sticks with what he knows best – the cuisine of his native Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. Taking regional ingredients and traditional dishes as a jumping off point, the chef adds gloriously unexpected twists, like rabbit macaroons and eel ravioli.
3. Noma (COPENHAGEN, DENMARK)
René Redzepi and the team from Noma (who held the number one spot in last year’s list) recently returned from a five-week, sold-out pop-up in Japan. Now back on home soil, their focus has returned to the Danish fare they execute so well. Here the menu is intricately tied to the season, with offerings like milk curd with the first garlic of 2015, and the first green shoots of spring with a scallop marinade.
4. Central, LIMA, PERU
Chef Virgilio Martinez aims to elevate Peruvian cuisine to new heights with his menu, which incorporates ingredients sourced from all over the country and a variety of creations. This is seriously rare stuff you won’t try anywhere else on the planet: cushuro, the caviar-like bacteria found in the mountains after a rainstorm; tunta, a white freeze-dried tuber dating back to Inca times; and airampo, a bright magenta member of the cactus-family grown in the Andes.