World's 50 Best Restaurants 2015


World's 50 Best Restaurants 2015

The best restaurants from around the globe

Yes, this list now garners its fair share of negative press attention. Baubles tussled over by the usual suspects: name-brand multimillionaire chefs, each with his own line in supermarket branding and a staple on Sunday-morning or late-night television. Food for an increasingly distant global elite, the only ones capable of flying to eat at Noma in Copenhagen, Central in Lima, or White Rabbit in Moscow at the drop of a hat, let alone meeting the exorbitant price of a set menu. When a foodie institution as anachronistic, fusty and out-of-touch as Michelin is panning you for being, well, anachronistic, fusty, and out-of-touch, you've got a problem.

Such criticisms hold a lot of water. Many industries consolidate power at the top, creating a self-perpetuating status quo - look, for instance, at the unhealthy concentration of power held by Europe's four or five top footballing clubs, or the world's elite list of equally self-aggrandising (and equally out-of-touch) rock-star DJs. Yet is there still a better list than this one for the ardent lover of food, not to mention the coveter of moments to savour long after the money has been spent and the flavour has slipped from the palate? If nothing else, it gives us all something to which to aspire. Anyone who has eaten in Noma never forgets, just as they will bore the behinds off their friends years after their one visit to, say, The Ledbury in London, Schloss Schauenstein in Furstenau, or Gaggan in Bangkok. And is there a better foodie bucket list out there?  We don't think so ...

1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Central, Lima, Peru
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
7. Dinner, London, UK
8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
9. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
11. Mirazur, Menton, France
12. L'Arpége, Paris, France
13. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
14. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
15. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
16. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
17. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
18. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
19. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
20. The Ledbury, London, UK
21. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
25. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
26. Alinea, Chicago, USA
27. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
28. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
29. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
30. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
31. Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
33. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
34. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
35. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
36. L'Astrance, Paris, France
37. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
38. Amber, Hong Kong, China
39. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
40. Per Se, New York, USA
41. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
42. Borago, Santiago, Chile 
42. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain 
44. Maido, Lima, Peru
45. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
46. Restaurant Andre, Singapore,
47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
48. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocanto Hills, USA
50. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA