Now here’s a subject led by personal taste, to say the least! The list of the world’s 50 best restaurants sponsored by San Pellegrino and Aqua Panna is out today (the list actually includes the top 100). It does raise the question: how do you pick the top-100 restaurants in the world? This is as fair a way as any. Organised by Restaurant magazine, it’s an annual look at the opinions and experiences of over 900 individuals in the restaurant industry. So you are trusting the judgement of people who are without doubt trusted and well-travelled gourmets. It’s not a mission I’d like to take on…imagine the pressure – I suspect it would take some of the pleasure out of eating out away from me.
This year’s winner is El Celler de can Roca in Girona, Spain (www.cellercannoca.com). It’s run by the Roca brothers – and it’s in Spain (and I love Spain). I started making plans in my head to take a trip until I discovered from a friend of mine who’d contacted them immediately she read the news that the first available table is in September 2014! Really!
More exciting on a personal note is that the fabulous Osteria Francescana in Modena that we visited on our trip to Bologna last year has moved up two places from fifth to third best in the world! This is one of the amazing dishes I had there.
Oh and I’ve been to three of them…yes, I know, three out of a hundred is pretty dismal, the list is extremely geographically diverse, in my defence. One in Modena, Italy; one in the UK – The Fat Duck in Bray when it was number one in the world (it’s now number 33) and The Test Kitchen in Cape Town, South Africa which comes in this year for the first time at number 61.
I really need to pull my socks up and get into double figures at least. I think I’ll get onto that now.
How many have you been to? Which one was your favourite? Or would you like to simply ignore this list and choose your own? What’s your favourite restaurant in the world? I’d love to hear, please let me know.
Find out all about it at http://www.theworlds50best.com/