10 Best Restaurants in the World

Each year the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants award names its pick of the best restaurants in the world. The judges' choices always invite controversy, and always result in massively spiked bookings for the chosen few. Here are the top 10.

1: Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
Having been three-time number one, Noma was displaced from the top of the poll last year. Its return to form should ensure it remains incredibly popular – securing a reservation here is a frustrating, time-consuming process. My daughter was on the telephone for hours before finally getting a booking. She said it was an amazing restaurant. The Scandinavian menu includes dishes such as burnt leak and cod roe

2: El Cellar de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
Having exploded in popularity after being named the world's best restaurant in 2013, El Cellar de Can Roca continues to impress this year (just not quite as much). Run by the three Roca brothers, it serves modern Spanish cuisine.

3: Osteria Fracescana, Modena, Italy
Massmo Bottura's Italian restaurant serves "brilliant yet eccentric" Italian food.

4: Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
The menu at Eleven Madison Park is "modern French with a New York twist". The best fine-dining restaurant in New York

5: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
Headed by Heston Blumenthal but with Ashley Palmer-Watts as its executive chef, Dinner in London's Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park hotel serves dishes inspired by traditional British recipes dating back to the 14th century

6: Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
Highly experimental, Mugaritz serves a challenging menu that is loved by chefs such as Nuno Mendes, if not quite as broadly appreciated by the general public. A signature dish is egg yolk with sea urchin.

7: D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chef Alex Atala serves a contemporary Brazilian menu rich with unusual Amazonian ingredients such as manioc root and tucupi juice. The restaurant is also a favourite of Heinz Beck.

8: Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
One of a number of critically acclaimed restaurants in San Sebasti√°n, family-run Arzak serves "cutting-edge Basque" cuisine. The family also oversees the Ametsa restaurant in London's Halkin hotel, although that has had less positive reviews.

9: Alinea, Chicago, USA
A favourite restaurant of Daniel Boulud, Alinea serves highly experimental food – diners might expect to eat flavoured gums or dishes that are served directly onto tablecloths rather than on the plates.

10: The Ledbury, London, UK
Last year's number 13, this Notting Hill restaurant serves a modern French menu and is overseen by chef Brett Graham


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