Restaurant magazine and S. Pellegrino's annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list was released on Monday at an awards ceremony in London's Guildhall - and it seems the Danes have done it again.
The number one spot goes to Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark for the second year straight.
Last year's top ranking catapulted Noma and chef René Redzepi's Nordic cuisine into the international culinary spotlight. According to Redzepi, the day after the list came out in 2010, Noma received more than 100,000 requests for a table.
The top honor is just another indication it's been a delicious year for the small European country. Denmark also beat out 23 other countries to take home gold in the 2011 Bocuse d'Or cooking competition - often referred to as the "culinary Olympics."
One visible omission from the list is the five-time "World's Best Restaurant," elBulli. Chef Ferran Adrià withdrew himself and the storied molecular gastronomy restaurant from the awards because elBulli will serve its last meal as a restaurant on July 30, 2011. It will reopen as a nonprofit "think-tank for creative cuisine and gastronomy" in 2014.
“The original aim still stands, that is to promote and celebrate brilliant restaurants,” said Restaurant magazine editor, William Drew.
Six of the restaurants crowned this year - Alinea in Chicago, Illinois; Daniel, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Eleven Madison Park (up 26 spots from 2010) in New York - are on American soil. D.O.M. in Brazil jumped from number 18 to number 7, making it the only South American restaurant to grace the top ten. The highest climber, Nihonryori RyuGin, moved up 28 spots.
Here is the full list:
1) Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2) El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
3) Mugaritz (Errenteria, Spain)
4) Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
5) The Fat Duck (Bray, England)
6) Alinea (Chicago, Illinois)
7) D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)
8) Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)
9) Le Chateaubriand (Paris, France)
10) Per Se (New York)
11) Daniel (New York)
12) Les Créations de Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
13) L'Astrance (Paris, France)
14) L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Paris, France)
15) Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)
16) Pierre Gagnaire (Paris, France)
17) Oud Sluis (Sluis, Netherlands)
18) Le Bernardin (New York)
19) L'Arpege (Paris, France)
20) Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)
21) Vendôme (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany)
22) Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
23) Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)
24) Eleven Madison Park (New York)
25) Aqua (Wolfsburg, Germany)
26) Quay Restaurant (Sydney, Australia)
27) Iggy's (Singapore)
28) Combal Zero (Rivoli, Italy)
29) Martín Berasategui (Lasarte-Oria, Spain)
30) Bras (Laguiole, France)
31) Biko (Mexico City, Mexico)
32) Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
33) Il Ristorante Cracco (Milan, Italy)
34) The Ledbury (London, England)
35) Chez Dominique (Helsinki, Finland)
36) Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek, South Africa)
37) Amber (Hong Kong, China)
38) Dal Pescatore (Mantova, Italy)
39) Il Canto (Siena, Italy)
40) Momofuku Ssäm Bar (New York)
41) St. John (London, England)
42) Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Perú)
43) Hibiscus (London, England)
44) La Maison Troisgros (Roanne, France)
45) Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)
46) De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)
47) Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville (Crissier, Switzerland)
48) Varvary (Moscow, Russia)
49) Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)
50) Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo-Bizkaia, Spain)