Tuesday 16 January 2018

Yum! Caramelised olives on Bonsai tree anyone?

The avant-garde eatery in Girona, north east Spain, now heads a top-10 lineup dominated by Spanish cuisine.
The avant-garde eatery in Girona, north east Spain, now heads a top-10 lineup dominated by Spanish cuisine.
20) Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan. Creative nature-inspired food using seasonal ingredients.
19) Le Bernardin, New York, USA. This French seafood restaurant Le Bernardin originally opened in Paris in the 1970s and moved to New York in 1986.
18) Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France. Self-taught chef Inaki Aizpitarte (pictured) runs this stylish and creative bistro.
17) Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican cuisine using local ingredients and both ancient and modern culinary techniques.
16) L'Arpege Paris, France. Alain Passard's award winning restaurant is noted for its excellent vegetarian food.
15) Alinea, Chicago, USA. This inventive restaurant likes to combine food with science and art.
14) Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru. Originally serving largely Peruvian cuisine, it now takes inspiration from all over the globe.
13) The Ledbury, London, UK Australian chef Brett Graham opened his Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury in 2005. Despite being hit by violence during the 2011 London riots, it has continued to go from strength to strength, and has gained one place this year.
12) Frantzén/Lindeberg, Stockholm, Sweden East meets West at Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg's restaurant, where the menu fuses Nordic and Asian cuisine.
11) Per Se, New York, USA Thomas Keller's Per Se is a New York institution, offering fine dining with inspiring views over Central Park.
10) Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany The name may be French, but this restaurant focuses on traditional German ingredients presented in showstopping and unusual ways.
9) Steirereck, Vienna, Austria One of Vienna's most famous restaurants, Steirereck enjoys a beautiful location in the city's central Stadtpark. The menu concentrates on historic Austrian dishes, often using forgotten ingredients, and with an emphasis on sustainability.
8) Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain Hallowed dining institution Arzak was one of the founders of New Basque cuisine, and has retained eighth place on the list this year. It is run by Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena.
7) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK Heston Blumenthal's Dinner opened to great fanfare in 2011, and entered the World's 50 Best Restaurants List the following year. The menu is inspired by historic British dishes. Here is Heston with chef Ashley Palmer-Watts.
6) D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil Chef Alex Atala sources ingredients from all over Brazil, from the everyday to the truly bizarre, for his restaurant in the centre of Sao Paulo.
5) Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA New York dining doesn't come much grander than Eleven Madison Park, which has leapt five places up the list. Executive chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara serve seasonal cuisine in elegant surroundings.
4) Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain Mugaritz was the victim of a terrible fire in 2010, after which it was rebuilt from scratch. But the experimental restaurant, run by Andoni Aduriz, has retained a loyal following - even if it has dropped one place this year.
3) Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy Italian tradition and cutting-edge cooking meet at Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana, a low-key restaurant serving high-end food in a back street in the medieval city of Modena.
2) Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark The restaurant which brought Nordic cuisine to the world's attention, Noma is found in a former warehouse on the dockside in Copenhagen.
1) El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain Celebrated as one of Spain's most exciting restaurants, El Celler de Can Roca is run by the three Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi. The menu features creative twists on traditional Catalonian food, with a strong emphasis on "emotional cuisine" - food chosen to trigger certain feelings or memories.

Katie Hodge

A Spanish restaurant with an avant garde menu has been named the best in the world.

El Celler de Can Roca toppled Denmark's Noma from its position to claim the title after spending two years as runner-up on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list - billed as the Oscars of the restaurant world.

The Roca brothers' avant-garde eatery in Girona, north east Spain, now heads a top-10 lineup dominated by Spanish cuisine.

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal - the chef behind The Fat Duck  - was named Britain's top offering.

Positions two and three on this year's list were taken by chef Rene Redzepi's Noma, in Copenhagen, which has famously served moss, lichen and bone marrow, and Massimo Bottura's comparatively low-key Osteria Francescana in Modena, northern Italy.


El Celler de Can Roca, run by the three Roca siblings, is well-known for its free-style cooking and has long been hailed for its combination of Catalan dishes and cutting edge techniques.


With Joan Roca heading up the kitchen and his brothers Jordi and Josep as head pastry chef and head sommelier respectively, it has built up a reputation as one of Spain's most exciting places to eat.


Other Spanish restaurants to make it onto the list this year include San Sebastian's Mugaritz at number four, and Arzak, which remained at number eight.


The Alicante restaurant Quique Dacosta, famed for its eco-cuisine, came in at number 26 while Asador Etxebarri, in the tiny leafy village of Axpe, set between San Sebastian and Bilbao, took 44th position.


El Bulli, the restaurant in Catalonia which achieved the top ranking five times, does not appear after chef Ferran Adria announced a two-year closure.


France and America were the two countries with the most restaurants on the list, both notching up six in the top 50.


Culinary maestro Alain Ducasse, who became the first chef to earn three Michelin stars for three different restaurants, was honoured with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.


The list was drawn from the votes of more than 900 leading figures in the industry - including food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded "gastronomes".


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