Best Restaurants in the World 2013

1 – El Celler de Can Roca @GIRONA, SPAIN

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The logo that represents El Celler de Can Roca is an ‘R’ with a difference. The quirk is that the letter that evokes the family name has three ‘legs’ – each representing one of the three Roca brothers, who have combined their diverse skills to such extraordinary effect. This is a Catalan family restaurant through and through, and yet it is also now the best restaurant in the world.

On the pass
Joan Roca (head chef)
Jordi Roca (pastry chef)
Style of food
Modern Spanish
Standout dish
Charcoal-grilled king prawn, king-prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence

2 – Noma @COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

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Three-time number one Noma continues to take an innovative and inventive approach to both its cooking and its strictly local sourcing and foraging. Chef-patron René Redzepi’s food can at times be shocking – visceral even – but it strives to reflect the Danish landscape and culture. Through its menu of numerous small appetisers and courses to its stunning array of ‘treats’ that round off the meal, there’s always at least one dish that makes you feel glad to be alive.

On the pass
René Redzepi
Style of food
Seasonal, terroir-led Scandinavian
Standout dish
Brown crab, egg yolk and herbs

3 – Osteria Francescana @MODENA, ITALY

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Tradition and modernity collide in spectacular fashion at Osteria Francescana with chef-patron Massimo Bottura’s sense of fun and headline-grabbing cooking. A new dish for this year is ‘camouflage’ – a thin layer of foie gras decorated with powders (hare blood, chestnut, various herbs), arranged to look like army woodland camo – but this is tempered by more traditional fare. Brilliant yet eccentric, Bottura’s artistic, show-stopping food has secured him a fervent following.

On the pass
Massimo Bottura
Style of food
Modern Italian
Standout dish
Camouflage – a hare in the woods

4 – Mugaritz @SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN

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At Mugaritz diners are treated to a multiple-course tasting menu of intricate yet small dishes developed through a creative process and an attention to detail that borders on the obsessive. Chef-patron Andoni Luis Aduriz aims to play with guests and reflect on the different ways a restaurant can have an impact, rather than just filling people up and sending them on their way. From that point of view there is no other place like Mugaritz in the world.

On the pass
Andoni Luis Aduriz
Style of food
Techno-emotional Spanish
Standout dish
Chocolate cake, cold almond cream and cocoa bubbles

5 – Eleven Madison Park @NEW YORK, USA

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Chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara’s sleek Art Deco restaurant offers a masterclass in surprise. From the mysterious string-tied box that kicks off proceedings to the waiter affixing a meat grinder to the table midway through the meal, little can be anticipated. What diners can rely on, however, is a dining experience that is as delightful as it is engaging, with the use of peerless ingredients and top-class cooking, such as a clam dish that comes in two stages.

On the pass
Daniel Humm
James Kent (Chef de cuisine)
Style of food
Modern French with a New York twist
Standout dish
Surf clam with morcilla sausage and celery root clam bake with whelk, Parker House roll and chowder

6 – D.O.M. @SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

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Part chef, part historian, part botanist, Alex Atala champions Brazil’s traditional ingredients and dishes. Familiar European fine dining fare gets a look-in at D.O.M. but often in supporting roles to the likes of cambuca fruit, manioc root and tucupi juice. Atala explores and exploits the country’s rich source of ingredients – particularly the Amazon rainforest – and D.O.M. has been named The Best Restaurant in South America for four years in a row

On the pass
Alex Atala
Geovane Carneiro (Head chef)
Style of food
Contemporary Brazilian/Amazonian
Standout dish
Fresh heart of palm with scallops and coral sauce

7 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal @LONDON, UK

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Conceived by the legendary British chef and his increasingly influential right-hand men Ashley Palmer-Watts and James ‘Jocky’ Petrie, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal mines historical British recipes from as far back as the 14th century and reworks them using contemporary cooking techniques. What really makes a lasting impact, however, are the big flavour hits. Dinner is not about delicate combinations or table theatrics, but gutsy dishes that will remain at the forefront of your memory bank for years to come.

On the pass
Ashley Palmer-Watts
Style of food
Historical British food revived and reworked
Standout dish
Black Foot pork chop, pointy cabbage, Robert sauce

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
+44 207 201 3833

8 – Arzak @SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN

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This family-run San Sebastián restaurant has living legend of Basque cuisine Juan Mari Arzak at the helm, alongside daughter Elena Arzak Espina, the World’s Best Female Chef in 2012. The pair tease out the best from local ingredients and food culture by reworking ideas using modern techniques. While rooted in its location and loyal to local bounty, team Arzak isn’t afraid to look further afield for flavours, as its spectacular herb, spice and ingredients room attests.

On the pass
Juan Mari Arzak
Elena Arzak Espina
Style of food
Cutting-edge Basque
Standout dish
Lobster in a crisp potato shell with a cobaiba sauce and red pepper sphere

9 – Steirereck @VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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Breaking into the top 10 for the first time this year, Steirereck chef-owner Heinz Reitbauer’s cooking is finally getting the attention it merits. Reitbauer’s dishes pillage his family’s Styrian roots for inspiration and unearth rare ingredients from the land and via Steirereck’s collection of cookbooks. The menu is shaped around a commitment to its produce, with much sourced from Reitbauer’s own farm and from a co-operative he has formed with farmers

On the pass
Heinz Reitbauer
Style of food
Neo-Austrian with historical bent
Standout dish
Sensational dishes that play with Austria’s rich culinary history

10 – Vendôme @BERGISCH GLADBACH, GERMANY

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Despite borrowing its name from the town in central France, Vendôme doesn’t serve French food. Far from it, in fact. Joachim Wissler’s restaurant is a proponent of neue Deutsche küche, a doctrine that sees German restaurants break away from Gallic influence. Germanic ingredients and traditions come to the fore, often in a highly technical, avant-garde way. Meals here tend to be epic, with the largest menu containing around 25 courses, so come hungry.

On the pass
Joachim Wissler
Style of food
Modern German
Standout dish
Venison with pine-needle jelly and celery cream

Via The Worlds 50 Best

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