A list of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants just came out and I’m so excited! Food is at the centre of the world, and when a list like this comes out, it’s a pretty big deal! Countries like Denmark, Peru, Spain and France are topping the charts and everything from their menu items, images and reviews truly speak for themselves! I hope you’re ready to vicariously live through this article and imagine yourself there! Although I won’t be going into depth on all 50, here are 50’s best top 10 restaurants in the world!
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10. Maido – Lima, Peru
Maido serves Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood! Head chef Mitsuharu Tsumura knows how to marry together each flavour and utilize the bright colours of Peru’s fresh produce. They were voted best restaurant in Latin America in both 2017 and 2018! The restaurant also has their own sushi bar!
- Succulent cod marinated in miso with crispy nuts
- Nigiri sushi
- Sea urchin rice
- 50-hour-cooked beef short rib (Staple!)
- Tofu cheesecake ice cream
399 San Martin Street, Miraflores, Lima
9. Disfrutar – Barcelona, Spain
Chefs Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch came together in 2014 to open Disfrutar! This unique Barcelona restaurant serves paradoxical dishes which they’ve acknowledged don’t always peak the public’s interest. This rollercoaster ride of a dining experience will have you never forgetting Disfrutar!
- GRAN FESTIVAL
- GRAN CLASSIC
- DISFRUTAR FESTIVAL
- DISFRUTAR CLASSIC
Carrer de Villarroel, 163, 08036 Barcelona
8. Arpège – Paris, France
Chef Alan Passard has won 3 Michelin stars at Arpège for more than two decades! He was the winner of the 2019 Chef’s Choice Award by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Alan needs little introduction and neither does his world renowned food! In 2001, Arpège announced that it would turned its meat menu into an all vegetarian selection! Diners book their reservations months ahead to ensure they get the chance to taste the rotating seasonal menu!
- White asparagus (Spring)
- Black truffles (Autumn)
- Dumplings stuffed with seasonal vegetables
- Langoustine carpaccio with caviar
84 Rue de Varenne, 75007, Paris
7. Mugaritz – San Sebastián, Spain
Andoni Luis Aduriz is head chef of Mugaritz, a playful, avant garde and highly innovative European dining experience! The 20-30 course menu selections change every 8 months and chef Andoni admits his food isn’t for all diners. Mugaritz is located in a traditional Basque country house, a 20 minute drive from San Sebastián to Errenteria. Andoni’s published recipe book is titled Mugaritz Puntos de Fuga.
- Crab on a frozen tongue
- Raw pork heart
- Bellota ham
Aldura Aldea, 20, 20100 Errenteria, Gipuzkoa
6. Central – Lima, Peru
Another Peruvian restaurant makes it to the top 10 best restaurants in the world. Chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s, husband and wife team established Central! They play with the many varieties of corn, potato and much more obscure products offered by Peru’s vastly biodiverse landscape! Peru is all about colour and diversity and that’s what you’ll get at Central!
- NEW: Piranha fish served in an entire, sharp-tooth-filled piranha head
- Low Andes Mountain
Jr. Dos de Mayo 253, Barranco, Lima
5. Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
At Geranium, chef Rasmus Kofoed’s menu has 17-plus inspired, artistic courses composed of organic and wild Scandinavian ingredients. He is the first chef in Denmark to have earned 3 Michelin stars!
- Near-translucent leaves is made from a Jerusalem artichoke purée
- Razor clams are actually dough painted with squid ink.
Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8. DK-2100 Copenhagen
4. Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
From 2014-2018, Gaggan was voted No.1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants! Chef Gaggan Anand serves up a menu of more than 25 rapid-fire small bites that are all eaten with your hands. Now, Gaggan as evolved its traditional Indian cuisine to include more fusions from all over the world!
- Mexican-inspired taco bites
- Japanese-Indian nigiri sushi
- Ubergine Oreo biscuits
- Yoghurt Explosion
- Lick It Up
68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
3. Asador Etxebarri – Axpe, Spain
At Asador Etxebarri, chef Victor Arguinzoniz is known for the ability to coax out explosive flavour from seemingly simple ingredients, most of which are grilled over an open hearth! Victor cooks everything over a range of charcoal made with a variety of woods. The effortless and relaxed, but flawlessly charming makes this a minimalist place filled with Basque flavours!
- Goat’s milk churned into ethereal butter
- Green peas amplified in their own juice
- Beef dry aged for so many days it bites with umami
Plaza de San Juan 1, 48291 Atxondo, Bizkaia
2. Noma – Copenhagen, Denmark
Chef René Redzepi at Noma reinvented the restaurant back in 2018! They offer three menus per year, each roughly 20-courses, based on the top ingredients available during a given season. The Seafood Season runs 9th January through 1st June; Vegetable Season runs 25th June through 21st September; and Game and Forest Season runs 15th October through 21st December. René is a New York Times Best Seller for his book titled The Noma Guide to Fermentation.
- Lacto tomato leather
- Coffee-kombucha tiramisu
- Squid garum
- Norwegian scallop with raw shrimp, seasoned with blue mussel juice and horseradish
Refshalevej 96, 1432 Copenhagen
1. Mirazur – Menton, France
Enjoy Argentina’s prime culinary experience in the French Riviera at Mirazur. Chef Mauro Colagreco’s unique cuisine is inspired by the sea, the mountains and the restaurant’s own gardens, including Menton’s emblematic citrus fruits. He’s worked alongside Alain Passard from Arpège and had been on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2009, this year he’s made it to #1! Mauro has other restaurants in Paris, Argentina, America!
The new ‘Lunar Menu’, inspired by the cycle of nature, is divided into four offerings (root, leaf, flower and fruit) based on seasonal adjustments. They include creations such as a delicate rose built with San Remo prawns, or a striking combination of cucumber and nasturtium.
30 Avenue Aristide Briand, 06500 Menton