The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list for 2011 has been now revealed.
Maintaining their position at the top of the league is Noma restaurant, from Denmark and hot on their heels in second position – up two places from 2010 – is El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and in third position another Spanish restaurant, Mugaritz.
Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck has slipped down two places from its 2010 position, but is still one of the world’s top five restaurants.
An exciting new entry onto the list is The Ledbury in London’s Notting Hill, which is rated as the 34th best restaurant in the world on this 2011 list. Tables at The Ledbury will no doubt become even more coveted, just be quick to beat the inevitable rush.
Other UK restaurants in the top 50 are St John (up two places) and Hibiscus (up six places). A new entry onto the list from China was Amber, the Michelin starred restaurant based in Hong Kong, whilst another new entry placed at 48th on the list was Varvary from Moscow, Russia.
The awards, which have been run by Restaurant Magazine since 2002, mark a highlight in the year for restaurants all around the world.
William Drew, editor of Restaurant magazine, said “This year showcases an exciting list of restaurants that span an even greater geographical spread than previous years and recognises the influence of fledgling culinary nations such as Peru and Russia. We heartily congratulate René Redzepi for the difficult task of maintaining his position as the number one restaurant on our list which underscores his commitment to redefining Nordic cuisine.”