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San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2011

Here's the ever-so-controversial list, polled from industry insiders. All the top chefs are in London for the ceremony (and tweeting like mad). Congrats to all.

1 Noma – Denmark

2 El Celler de Can Roca – Spain

3 Mugaritz – Spain

4 Osteria Francescana – Italy

5 The Fat Duck – UK

6 Alinea – USA

7 D.O.M – Brazil

8 Arzak – Spain

9 Le Chateaubriand – France

10 Per Se - USA

11 Daniel – USA

12 Les Creations de Narisawa – Japan

13 L'Astrance – France

14 L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon – France

15 Hof van Cleve – Belgium

16 Pierre Gagnaire – France

17 Oud Sluis – Netherlands

18 Le Bernardin – USA

19 L'Arpege – France

20 Nihonryori RyuGin - Japan

21 Vendome – Germany

22 Steirereck – Austria

23 Schloss Schauenstein – Switzerland

24 Eleven Madison Park – USA

25 Aqua – Germany

26 Quay – Australia

27 Iggy's – Singapore

28 Combal Zero – Italy

29 Martin Berasategui – Spain

30 Bras - France

31 Biko - Mexico

32 Le Calandre - Italy

33 Cracco - Italy

34 The Ledbury - UK

35 Chez Dominique - Finland

36 Le Quartier Francais - South Africa

37 Amber - China

38 Dal Pescatore - Italy

39 Il Canto - Italy

40 Momofuku Ssam Bar - USA

41 St John - UK

42 Astrid Y Gaston - Peru

43 Hibiscus - UK

44 Maison Troisgros - France

45 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee - France

46 De Librije - Netherlands

47 Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville - Switzerland

48 Varvary - Russia

49 Pujol - Mexico

50 Asador Etxebarri - Spain

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  1. And no French Laundry.
    I assume El Bulli has been dropped as it's closing.

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    1. re: estufarian

      Yes, it's curious that Per Se is #10 and French Laundry is # 56.

      51 Quique Dacosta - Spain

      52 Mathias Dahlgren - Sweden

      53 Attica - Australia

      54 De Karmeliet - Belgium

      55 Les Amis - Singapore

      56 The French Laundry - USA

      57 Frantzen/Lindeberg The One To Watch - Sweden

      58 Tetsuya's - Australia

      59 Fasano - Brazil

      60 Hakkasan - UK

      61 Rust en Vrede - South Africa

      62 Jean Georges - USA

      63 Oaxen Krog - Sweden

      64 Bo Innovation - Hong Kong

      65 Momofuku Ko - USA

      66 Zuma - UK

      67 Maison Pic- France

      68 Mirazur - France

      69 Manresa - USA

      70 Marque - Australia

      71 Fäviken - Sweden

      72 L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon - Hong Kong

      73 Die Schwarzwaldstube - Germany

      74 Mani - Brazil

      75 Coi - USA

      76 Caprice - Hong Kong

      77 Nahm - UK

      78 La Grenouillère- France

      79 Vila Joya - Portugal

      80 Tantris - Germany

      81 WD~50 - USA

      82 La Colombe - South Africa

      83 Semifreddo - Russia

      84 Le Gavroche - UK

      85 The Bazaar - USA

      86 La Pergola - Italy

      87 Malabar - Peru

      88 Gäste Haus Klaus Erfort - Germany

      89 Bar Boulud - England

      90 Kitcho Arashiyama - Japan

      91 Blue Hill at Stone Barns - USA

      92 Wasabi - India

      93 Sant Pau - Spain

      94 Akelare - Spain

      95 Masa - USA

      96 Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley - UK

      97 Le Meurice - France

      98 L'Arnsbourg - France

      99 Chaika - Moscow

      100 Andre - Singapore

      1. re: Riverman500

        As always, an "interesting" result.

        I look at the restaurants in the UK which have made the top 100 and would doubt that there are more than 4 that would make most folk's top ten in the country. Why would I then trust the listings for other countries?

    2. What's strange is that even though Ripert and Keller were in London to attend the awards, neither of them publicize their high ranks.

      Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, and Mmofuku Ssam Bar on the other hand mention S. Pellegrino on their websites.

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      1. I also feel it's a bit of an old boy's club, especially in regards to the Spanish ones. 5 of the 7 are in and around San Sebastian, 0 in Madrid or Barcelona (unless you count Sant Pau).

        1. I'm from Singapore and am always perplexed to find Iggy's ranking up there all the time - the restaurant does not even have a chef de cuisine: it hires a team of anonymous young chefs whose job is to replicate popular dishes from other well-known restaurants. Granted, Iggy's owner is very well-established amongst the F&B fraternity in Singapore, some of whom probably sit on the S Pellegrino voting panel.

          So, it goes to show, you DON'T need a good chef to make it to SP's Top 50, you only need beautifully presented food, served in a gorgeous setting, and a kick-ass PR team.

          And Les Amis Singapore (#55) rated higher than the French Laundry (#56), Tetsuya's Sydney (#58), JeanGeorge NY (#62), Caprice HK (#76) & Le Gavroche London (#84)? No WAY!

          Wasabi at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai at #92? But that place stayed in my mind as serving the worst Japanese meal I'd ever had in my life! That restaurant didn't even make the multi-layered dashimaki tamago in a pan, they baked it like a large egg custard in an oven, cut those into rectangles before topping them onto sushi rice!!

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          1. re: klyeoh

            Totally agree with you there!
            Also interesting is to find Bo Innovation of Hong Kong who got demoted from a Michelin 2* to a 1* due to repetitive and uninspiring (?) cooking ( it's deconstructed preserved meat glutinous rice had been in their tasting menu for years!! ) at #64, whilst Caprice of Hong Kong, which is one of the best French cuisine Michelin 3* restaurant on earth, ranked only #76!!

          2. We had a really disappointing meal at Troisgros in January - our third visit. Service was desultory, food was polar - some really good, some really questionable taste combinations - and the room was nearly empty at dinner after a very long correspondence trying to make a reservation (?). We were very surprised to find it on this list.