A Spanish eatery has topped the list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. El celler de Can Roca, which won the title in 2013, regained it at an awards ceremony in London.
El Celler de Can Roc, in the city of Girona in Spain’s Catalonia region, features many local dishes on its menu.
The ’50 Best’ list features six other Spanish restaurants including, for the first time, Tickets, a Barcelona eatery.
Neighbouring France didn’t make the top ten, but it has five restaurants on the 2015 list, including Menton’s Mirazur in 11th place.
Some of the winners have won other prestigious awards, notably the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award and the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef Award.
The USA is well represented with six restaurants on the list. New York’s Eleven Madison Square remains in the top five.
Asia features twice in the top ten for the first time: Gaggan in Bangkok ranks tenth on the 50 Best list and Tokyo’s Narisawa comes eighth.
A quick look at the restaurants in the top ten suggests you’ll pay around 200 euros for a meal. If the price is not an issue, perhaps getting a seat will be. Celler de Can Roca is fully booked for one year!
Other restaurants, such as Osteria Francescana seem to have tables available, so you won’t go hungry!
Top 10 restautant websites
1. El celler de Can Roca
2. Osteria Francescana
5. Eleven Madison Park
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
How the list is compiled
The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of international leaders in the restaurant community.
The Academy comprises 27 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member casts seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of the academy member’s own region.
The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded so-called gastronomes. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months.