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05.05.2004

The Best Restaurants in the World

Restaurant Magazine, the premiere journal of gastronomy in the UK, has released their annual list of the 50 best restaurants in the world, with Yountville's The French Laundry topping the list for the second year in a row. Sadly, I've only been to a couple of them (Nobu, Spago, Balthazar, and Felix). Everyone needs a good set of long term goals, though, and this looks like a great list to work from (UK restaurants in CAPS):

  1. French Laundry, Yountville, CA
  2. THE FAT DUCK, Bray, UK
  3. El Bulli, Spain
  4. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Paris
  5. Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
  6. Guy Savoy, Paris
  7. NOBU, London
  8. RESTAURANT GORDON RAMSAY, London
  9. Michel Bras, Laguiole, France
  10. Louis XV, Monaco
  11. Gramercy Tavern, New York
  12. Daniel, New York
  13. Tetsuya's, Sydney
  14. HAKKASAN, London
  15. THE WATERSIDE INN, Bray, UK
  16. ST JOHN, London
  17. L'Ami Louis, Paris
  18. Jean Georges, New York
  19. LE GAVROCHE, London
  20. Flower Drum, Melbourne
  21. THE MERCHANT HOUSE, Ludlow, UK
  22. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  23. Dal Pescatore, Canneto sull'Oglio, Italy
  24. THE IVY, London
  25. Arpege, Paris
  26. El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain
  27. Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, Germany
  28. The Cliff, Barbados
  29. Rockpool, Sydney
  30. LE MANOIR AUX QUAT' SAISONS, Oxford
  31. Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  32. Charlie Trotter, Chicago
  33. Le Jardin des Sens, Montpellier
  34. THE SQUARE, London
  35. Spago, Los Angeles
  36. Bukhara, Dehli, India
  37. Chez Panisse, California
  38. Le Meurice, Paris
  39. Trois Gros, Roanne, France
  40. Balthazar, New York
  41. RIVER CAFÉ, London
  42. La Tupina, Bordeaux
  43. Auberge d'Ill, Illhauseern-Alsace
  44. Craft, New York
  45. Le Tour d'Argent, Paris
  46. La Maison de Marc Veyrat, Annecy, France
  47. Felix, Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
  48. De Karmeliet, Bruges, Belgium
  49. THE WOLSELEY, London
  50. Gambero Rosso, San Vincenzo

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Comments (4)

chuck wrote:
01.15.05 at 9:36 PM

french laundry is good but not *that* good.

from the list above, i've eaten at (1) French Laundry, (18)Jean Georges, & (35) Chez Panisse.

if i had to rank those three, it would be...

1. Jean Georges
.... (a few spots for other restaurants)
18. Chez Panisse
22. French Laundry

i guess my point is that i found Jean Georges to be far more inventive than French Laundry and an experience that could only be described as sublime.

I also find Chez Pannisee continually under-rated these days - every meal there is a tremendous experience.

Terry Hughes wrote:
04.05.05 at 4:50 PM

What is it with Balthazar? So flippin' ordinary! Nice but, come on...

Barbara wrote:
04.19.05 at 10:07 PM

Thanks for the list - it's great. I have a booking at Tetsuya's for a trip I have planned to Sydney in June. I booked it a month ago as I wanted to be sure I'd get a table. He has a book out called Tetsuya if you want to see his style.

Lee Patterson wrote:
11.28.05 at 5:54 PM

Hi, im in berlin over christmas, can anybody tell me any great restaurants to go to whilst im there, would be a great help! thanks.

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