The world’s 50 best restaurants 2015

© The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and onEdition Photography, the official photographers for 2015

El Celler de Can Roca celebrates a return to the top of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. 

Showcasing extraordinary culinary talent, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants celebrates unique global gastronomy. Featuring restaurants from across six continents, the list provides an annual barometer of the most spectacular gastronomic experiences across the globe.

At the event on Monday night, Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca regained its title as The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant. Since winning the title previously in 2013, the Roca brothers’ restaurant has continued to gain global recognition for its gastronomic prowess. The results were announced at the annual celebration of global gastronomy in London: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

50. The French Laundry
Yountville, USA

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Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry, continues to attract food lovers to the heart of California’s Napa Valley with its modern French-American cuisine. Sourcing the best-quality produce from around the US, its cult dishes remain salmon tartare cornet, oysters and pearls, as well as coffee and doughnuts.

49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Pocantico Hills, USA
Located at a working farm near New York City, Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns sources produce locally from the Hudson Valley as well as its own experimental cultivars. With a multi-taste menu instead of a printed one, ingredients are fresh and dishes are served informally yet ceremoniously – creating a direct link between the kitchen and the diner.

48. Schloss Schauenstein
Fürstenau, Switzerland
Led by Andrea Caminada, one of the most talented chefs in Europe, Schloss Schaunstein is located in a castle in the Swiss Alps and creates a very romantic setting. Taking diners on a journey of the senses, it still uses simple and familiar ingredients – its standout dish is goose liver with fresh goat’s cheese and maize.

47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
Paris, France
With a new luxurious dining room and a radically revised menu, Alain Ducasse’s flagship Paris restaurant has recently reinvented itself, refocusing on healthier eating and basing its produce around the trilogy of fish, vegetables and cereal. The idea is to combine a still formal service with sustainable and organic food.

46. Restaurant André
Led by chef-owner André Chiang, this young yet leading fine-dining establishment in Singapore’s China Town can boast of essential French techniques and dishes combined with often unexpected forms and textures. Set in a narrow white 19th-century terraced former shophouse, its intimate dining areas also house unusual contemporary art pieces, including Chiang’s own hand-crafted clay figurines.

45. Relae
Copenhagen, Denmark
Located in Copenhagen’s foodie Nørrebro district, this certified organic restaurant lets diners help themselves and pour their own wine while sitting at its simple wooden tables, creating a unique style which keeps the focus on the food. Dishes are in the New Nordic Tradition, but also acknowledge head chef Christian Puglisi’s Italian and Spanish background.

44. Maido
Lima, Peru
Led by Lima-born chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, the Miraflores restaurant Maido is the place to find the finest execution of the Peruvian-Japanese cuisine. Located on the first floor of a modern building, its clean Asian lines and wood-and-paper screens match a relatively simple Japanese menu combined with Peruvian indigenous ingredients to spectacular effect.

Barcelona, Spain
This eccentric, high volume and cinema-themed operation in Barcelona is led by Albert Adrià, who recently received The World’s Best Pastry Chef award, and his cohort Fran Agudo. Being able to serve up to 230 people a day, the restaurant’s various kitchens masterfully blend Catalonia’s distinctive and modern cuisine with culinary ideas from all over the world.

Santiago, Chile
Putting the emphasis on sustainability and seasonal dining, Rodolfo Guzmàn’s Boragó sources ingredients from the ample length and narrow breadth of its chef’s wild homeland. Sophisticated European culinary techniques are consequently combined with Chile’s native ingredients, while the contemporary dining room backs on to a vegetable garden.

41. Maní
São Paulo, Brazil

This immediately welcoming restaurant, led by husband-and-wife team Daniel Redondo and Helena Rizzo, is set in a former house in São Paulo’s leafy Jardim Paulistano suburb. With a cosy dining room and wooden benches, its homely eating experience makes great use of local ingredients in a Brazilian-European fusion style.

40. Per Se
New York, USA
Headed by chef de cuisine Eli Kaimeh, Per Se has been on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list without fail since it opened in 2004. Perched on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center, its elegant dining room sporting dark wood furniture matches a contemporary cooking style, which combines seasonal American ingredients with classical French cuisine.

39. Quique Dacosta
Dénia, Spain
Fans of Spanish techno-emotional cuisine cannot miss this gem in the quiet seaside town of Dénia. Led by an Extremaduran chef, Quique Dacosta is changing perceptions of the Costa Blanca, painting a different portrait of the region. The often ordered, tobacco leaf and toro dish, is an example of the minimalist yet multi-sensory experience, which involves a botanist’s eye for local flora.

38. Amber
Hong Kong
Located on the seventh floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Amber lets diners escape the clamour of Hong Kong’s Central district to relax in its elegantly low-lit bar and cathedral-like restaurant space. Led by Dutch-born chef Richard Ekkebus, its dishes marry classical French technique with Pacific seafood and the finest meats from around the world.

37. Biko
Mexico City, Mexico
Chefs Mikel Alonso and Bruno Oteiza fuse native Basque flavours with Mexico’s ingredients in this minimalist dining room. Nestled above Mexico City’s Presidente Marasyk Avenue in upmarket Polanco, Biko also lets fellow Spaniard Gerard Bellver mix in his culinary techniques honed at El Bulli, making two worlds collide in a Spanish and Mexican fusion style. (Word-count: 54)

36. L’Astrance
Paris, France
Without a real menu, L’Astrance combines French haute-cuisine with exotic ingredients from the Far East; diners can choose the number of courses they want and leave the rest to chef Pascal Barbot and his team. Barbot’s modern cooking style matches the chic two-level dining room with lemon yellow leather seats. (Word-count: 50)

35. Quintonil
Mexico City, Mexico
Located in the rich and leafy district of Polanco, Quintonil focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients, forgotten herbs and grains, and indigenous produce thanks to Mexican chef Jorge Vallejo. Meat, fruit and vegetables are the stars of the menu, while the restaurant reduces its ecological footprint by sourcing much of its food from its own urban orchard.

34. Le Calandre
Rubano, Italy
Led by chef Massimiliano Alajmo, Le Calandre lets guests choose between three different menus, of which even the more modern one is still grounded in Italian culinary tradition. With a long family history in cuisine the restaurant remains a family affair, its standout dish is extra virgin olive oil risotto with capers, coffee and rose.

33. Aqua
Wolfsburg, Germany
Located in the Berlin-like modern city of Wolfsburg, this strikingly contemporary dining room comes as a motoring theme park adjoining Volkswagen’s car factory. Here, chef Sven Elverfeld reinvents German peasant food in a confident and open-minded kitchen, with a reputation for thecod, veal brawn, cauliflower, brown butter and silverskin onions dish.

32. Attica
Melbourne, Australia

Located deep in the suburbs of southern Melbourne, Attica is led by New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, who combines Australian native ingredients with a unique experience in an unlikely suburban setting. Shewry’s plates include his  highly recommended red kangaroo served as a tartare with bunya nuts from the gardens of the nearby Ripponlea Estate.

31. Restaurant Frantzén
Stockholm, Sweden
Focussing on seasonal Scandinavian produce, much of it grown in the restaurant’s own gardens, the reputation of Björn Frantzén’s modern cooking style has spread since opening in 2009. With references to Asian cuisine, but a more playful presentation style, dishes are served in an intimate, bright dining room.

30. Vendôme
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Housed in a former nobleman’s house which is part of the historic Schloss Bensberg hotel, diners can enjoy views over the bay and Cologne cathedral from a bright, airy dining room. Here, French, Asian and New Nordic influences can all be detected in Joachim Wessler’s avant-garde dishes, as the chef breathes new life into traditional German cuisine.

29. Nihonryori RyuGin
Tokyo, Japan
Grounded in Japanese culinary traditions with a modern edge, Nihonryori RyuGin is an intimate 18-seater restaurant in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. Here, chef Seiji Yamamoto conveys the richness of Japan’s natural environment and its fluctuating seasons through a traditional yet unique kaiseki menu, shaping his small dishes by what is available from the city’s premier markets each morning.

28. The Test Kitchen
Cape Town, South Africa
Rooted in fusion cuisine thanks to his many travels in Europe and Asia, British-born Luke Dale-Roberts’ menus comprise of an eclectic mix of international flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques. Marrying artistic presentations, his dishes reflect the restaurant’s location at Cape Town’s Old Biscuit Mill, in the city’s up-and-coming arts districts of Woodstock.

27. Piazza Duomo
Alba, Italy
Located in the foodie capital of Piedmont, the gastronomic heartland of Italy, Piazza Duomo is a chic, modern Italian restaurant. Chef Enrico Crippa makes full use of the region’s fabulous produce, creating dishes that respect Italy’s culinary traditions, while exploring new frontiers. The restaurant has a stellar cellar containing wines from many of Italy’s greatest vineyards.

26. Alinea
Chicago, USA

Well-known for its unconventional approach to food, Grant Achatz’s small Chicago restaurant combines culinary pyrotechnics with special lighting that allows for the colours of the walls to change and create different moods in various areas of the dining room. The expertly trained service team is able to read the tables and dispatch the most suitable staff to ensure a truly personal experience.

25. Fäviken
Järpen, Sweden
Housed in an 18th century barn on a 24,000-acre hunting estate, Fäviken can only accommodate 12 diners each night and is billed as the world’s most isolated restaurant. Magnus Nilsson’s multi-course set menu abounds with ingredients that are farmed, foraged or hunted on the estate, and modern cooking techniques are rejected in favour of traditional farmhouse practises.

24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Shanghai, China
Be ready to be driven by minibus to a secret location: Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet is located inside a white room with chairs for just 10 guests. And you won’t forget Pairet’s cutting edge experiential cuisine – each dish is eaten to a different soundtrack, while the walls are transformed with films for a surreal experience.

23. White Rabbit
Moscow, Russia
Vladimir Mukhin’s Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant is located on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passage building, offering a stunning 360-degree view of the historic centre of Moscow. Mukhin’s philosophy is that of re-imagining Russian cuisine using contemporary techniques and international ingredients; blending traditional and luxury produce.

22. Nahm
Bangkok, Thailand

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The food at Nahm draws influence from the spectrum of authentic Thai cooking; from the opulent gastronomy of the palaces right through to the dishes of the street. And while the cooking is rustic, gutsy and free of pomp, David Thompson hails from Australia and is widely accepted as the world’s foremost practitioner of Thais’ beguilingly multi-faceted cuisine.

21. Le Chateaubriand
Paris, France

Leading figure in Paris’s ‘bistronomie’ movement, which saw a new generation of bistros marry a more relaxed approach, with affordable prices to match, Le Chateaubriand is one of the hottest restaurants in the city. Inaki Aizpitarte is portrayed as a radical and rock ’n’ roll chef, who blends French, Asian and even Latin American cuisine.

20. The Ledbury
London, UK
Brett Graham’s airy restaurant is redolent with discreet luxury, as is the menu, which features truffles and foie gras alongside humbler ingredients. Championing the best of British produce, Graham’s refined yet powerful food is matched by smooth and charming service – while Asian flavours make an appearance too.

19. Azurmendi
Larrabetzu, Spain
At Azurmendi ultrasound is employed to alter the texture of the food – but this is just one of the cutting-edge Basque techniques that chef Eneko Atxa has pioneered since opening. Perched on a hillside 9km from Bilbao, the restaurant’s steel-and-glass structure is a model in forward-thinking sustainability, with the eco-friendly function to recycle its own waste and heat and cool itself.

18. Le Bernardin
New York, USA
Éric Ripert’s renowned fish cooking combines the technical brilliance of Japanese handling and butchery with classical French flair on the stoves. The discretely polished service in the restaurant’s sleek dining room is equally exemplary; the star dish is warm kingfish ‘sashimi’ and caviar in a light marinière broth.

17. Arzak
San Sebastián, Spain
The contrast between the old-school façade of the restaurant and the uncompromising commitment to innovation inside sets the scene for a night full of surprises at Arzak. Moreover, this being Basque country, the influence of the sea is ever close – but Chef Elena Arzak Espina’s modern Basque cooking style is mostly due to her “hard-working, thorough and restless” persona.

16. Pujol
Mexico City, Mexico
Located in Mexico City’s Polanco district, Pujol houses just 13 tables in an elegantly minimalist and moody monochrome setting. Chef Enrique Olvera’s cooking is rooted in his homeland and pays homage to the indigenous cookery of Mexico, employing modern techniques and native ingredients to recreate ancient dishes and invent new ones – all with an incredible attention to details.

15. Steirereck
Vienna, Austria
Rising from the banks of the River Wien in the form of a giant glass monolith, chef Heinz  Reitbauer’s restaurant has earned a reputation for combining cutting-edge process with classical ingredients from his homeland. His cooking draws from Austria’s Styrian region – many ingredients used in the kitchen come from the farmstead his parents established there in 1996.

14. Astrid y Gastón
Lima, Peru

Gastón Acurio, the king of modern Peruvian cuisine, elevates the food of South America’s westernmost country to five-star status. With an à la carte bar-restaurant, an experimental herb garden and a development kitchen, Astrid y Gastón is housed in the historic hacienda of Casa Moreyra in Lima. Its décor is minimalist but the atmosphere is never chilly.

13. Asador Etxebarri
Atxondo, Spain
Nestled in the Atxondo hills, an hour’s drive from San Sebastián, Victor Arguinzoniz’s restaurant lets diners receive a masterclass in cooking over wood. Everything on the menu has the trademark delicate kiss of smoke, while ingredients are seasonal and fresh. Dishes are simple and often unadorned, but the attention to detail is as precise as the quality of the food is visceral.

12. L’Arpège
Paris, France
Several years back Alain Passard announced that he would turn l’Arpège’s focus to the vegetables he was raising at his biodynamic farm just outside Paris. And after nearly three decades of cooking at the highest level, his influence is more keenly felt than ever – his food tastes sensational with a standout dish of beetroot tartare with horseradish cream.

11. Mirazur
Menton, France
Combining avant-garde techniques with local and fresh produce, Argentine-born Mauro Colagreco’s plates offer tastes of France, Italy and Argentina in a 1930s-style building perched on a hillside adjacent to the Franco-Italian border in Menton. With the ingredients, flavours and colours of the Côte d’Azur, he matches modern French cooking with artfully presented dishes.

10. Gaggan
Bangkok, Thailand

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Chef Gaggan Anand’s colonial-style restaurant in downtown Bangkok takes inspiration from the street food of his home town of Kolkata, whilst reinventing regional Indian cuisine using modernist cooking methods. Anand’s approach is playful and thought-provoking, with classic street dishes reinvented without losing what made them special in the first place.

9. D.O.M.
São Paulo, Brazil

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DJ-turned-chef Alex Atala reshapes Brazilian food using the country’s rich natural resources, while respecting the environment and working with local producers and indigenous communities. D.O.M.’s dining room is formal yet relaxed, and the restaurant’s high prices reflect the cost of transporting ingredients from the most remote parts of Brazil.

8. Narisawa
Tokyo, Japan
Yoshihiro Narisawa’s dishes are restrained and highly thoughtful without being austere, often reflecting the landscape and the moment. More cosmopolitan in its outlook than many of its Tokyo contemporaries, his cooking philosophy is to combine Japanese products with French techniques.

7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
London, UK

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Recreating British culinary history and teleporting age-old recipes into the 21st century, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal brings forgotten plates from as far back as the 1300s back to life, using present-day ingredients and modernist cooking techniques. Its most famous dish remains Meat Fruit – chicken liver parfait dipped in mandarin jelly.

6. Mugaritz
San Sebastián, Spain
Without a real menu, Mugaritz delivers a complete sensory and creative experience. Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz’s restaurant is named after a solitary, 200-year-old oak tree that grows in the hills inland from Sab Sebastián, and is as spectacular in its location as in its food. Without any doubt, Aduriz’s techno-emotional Spanish cooking style is the perfect journey through food.

5. Eleven Madison Park
New York, USA
Despite dazzlingly white tablecloths and a grand, high-ceiling dining room, Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park delivers dishes which are playful and often interactive. His tasting menu focuses on New York’s rich agricultural bounty, but plates are frequently adapted and tailored specifically for guests. The standout dish is honey lavender duck with apple and rutabaga.

4. Central
Lima, Peru
Chef Virgilio Martinez takes diners on a vertical journey across Peru’s landscape, serving native ingredients sourced at various altitudes. His restaurant celebrates avant-garde Peruvian cuisine, using Peru’s biodiversity and ancient Andean heritage to delight guests with inventive creations. Produce from the restaurant’s urban garden and the in-house filtration system are a strong presence.

3. Noma
Copenhagen, Denmark

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Noma’s dishes are in step with the seasons, and chef René Redzepi plays with techniques such as fermenting and pickling for creations beyond most people’s eating perceptions. The restaurant’s purpose is to remain fresh and to assimilate culinary cultures other than its own, reflecting its global importance and position among the most influential restaurants of this century.

2. Osteria Francescana
Modena, Italy

Massimo Bottura’s dishes are a joyful celebration of Emilia-Romagna – the chef’s food-producing home province of northern Italy in which his elegant restaurant resides. His cooking style is renowned for its twists on Italian cuisine, experimenting with local and season ingredients, but his menus also include deliciously executed classics.

1. El Celler de Can Roca
Girona, Spain

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This contemporary Catalan restaurant is at the forefront of a ‘gastro-botanical’ research project that is cataloguing rare wild species with the aim of reintroducing them into our food systems. A meal in this glass-walled dining space is at once comforting and yet gastronomically challenging – but Roca brothers’ El Celler has never forgotten its humble roots, serving delicious dishes with a sense of familial warmth.


No. 51 GERANIUM – Copenhagen, Denmark | No. 52 TIM RAUE – Berlin, Germany | No. 53 HERTOG JAN – Bruges, Belgium | No. 54 HOF VAN CLEVE – Kruishoutem, Belgium | No. 55 THE CLOVE CLUB – London, UK | No. 56 SAISON – San Francisco, USA | No. 57 SEPTIME – Paris, France | No. 58 QUAY – Sydney, Australia | No. 59 DIVERXO – Madrid, Spain | No. 60 HEDONE – London, UK | No. 61 MARTIN BERASATEGUI – San Sebastián, Spain | No. 62 8½ OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA – Hong Kong, China | No. 63 L’ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON PARIS – Paris, France | No. 64 MAAEMO – Oslo, Norway | No. 65 COMBAL ZERO – Rivoli, Italy | No. 66 AMASS – Copenhagen, Denmark | No. 67 NOMAD – New York, USA | No. 68 NERUA – Bilbao, Spain | No. 69 MOMOFUKU KO – New York, USA | No. 70 WAKU GHIN – Singapore | No. 71 DE LIBRIJE – Zwolle, Netherlands | No. 72 RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD – St. Helena, USA | No. 73 THE FAT DUCK – Bray, UK | No. 74 JAAN – Singapore | No. 75 COI – San Francisco, USA | No. 76 FU HE HUI – Shanghai, China | No. 77 INDIAN ACCENT – New Delhi, India | No. 78 LA MAISON TROISGROS – Roanne, France | No. 79 RYUNIQUE – Seoul, South Korea | No. 80 DANIEL – New York, USA | No. 81 JOE BEEF – Montreal, Canada | No. 82 ALAIN DUCASSE À L’HÔTEL DE PARIS – Monte Carlo, Monaco | No. 83 TEGUI – Buenos Aires, Argentina | No. 84 SEPIA – Sydney, Australia | No. 85 L’EFFERVESCENCE – Tokyo, Japan | No. 86 HAJIME – Osaka, Japan | No. 87 BRAE – Birregurra, Australia | No. 88= THE TASTING ROOM AT LE QUARTIER FRANÇAIS – Franschhoek, South Africa | No. 88= ZUMA – Dubai, UAE | No. 90 ESTELA – New York, USA | No. 91 BELCANTO – Lisbon, Portugal | No. 92 ST. JOHN – London, UK | No. 93 JUNGSIK – Seoul, South Korea | No. 94 MASA – New York, USA | No. 95 FU1015 – Shanghai, China | No. 96 MIKLA – Istanbul, Turkey | No. 97 ESPERANTO – Stockholm, Sweden | No. 98 VILA JOYA – Albufeira, Portugal | No. 99 LUNG KING HEEN – Hong Kong, China | No. 100 MANRESA – Los Gatos, USA

S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna were the main sponsors of the awards, being the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world and interpreting Italian style as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

Other sponsors were:

Diners Club International
Veuve Clicquot
Cacao Barry
Grana Padano
Estrella Damm
Silestone by Cosentino
Pago Los Balancines
Mondrian London at Sea Containers
Sustainable Restaurant Association
Farm Africa

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