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San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2011

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Riverman500 Apr 18, 2011 01:03 PM

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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    ElizabethS Apr 21, 2011 08:04 AM

    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.

    1. klyeoh Apr 20, 2011 07:04 PM

      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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        Charles Yu Apr 20, 2011 07:15 PM

        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!!

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        mramage Apr 20, 2011 11:15 AM

        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).

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          peter j Apr 20, 2011 08:30 AM

          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. re: peter j
            buttertart Apr 21, 2011 09:14 AM

            They're classier guys. ;-)

          2. estufarian Apr 18, 2011 01:42 PM

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

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              Riverman500 Apr 18, 2011 01:46 PM

              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

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                Harters Apr 19, 2011 03:22 PM

                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?

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                  huiray Apr 19, 2011 07:23 PM

                  Here's some chit-chat from the Chicago board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/779493

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