In the 18-year history of the list, the winning restaurant has always gone to North American or European restaurants with restaurants from Australia, China and Cape Town rarely making the list.
In 2018, Director of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Helene Pietrini called for gender diversity. They now have an equal share of women to men in their 1,040 voters worldwide and they are encouraging voters to consider a more diverse mix of restaurants.
Without further ado, here are ten of our favourite restaurants in the world.
Location: Menton, France
Price: $180 - 360
Head chef: Mauro Colagreco
Mirazur took out the top spot in 2019 along with three Michelin stars after a long journey to the top after first debuting on the list in 2002. Located at the foot of the mountains on the French Riviera, head chef Mauro Colagreco uses his surrounds and Argentinian heritage to create a whole style of his own.
For bookings: https://www.mirazur.fr/reservations.php#reserver
2. New Noma
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Head chef: René Redzepi
Noma took out the best restaurant title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, it is allowed back in as René Redzepi has reinvented Noma with a new venue, menu and style coined New Noma or Noma 2.0.
For bookings: https://noma.dk/
3. Asador Etxebarri
Location: Axpe, Spain
Head chef: Victor Arguinzoinz
Up from position 10 in 2018, Asador Etxebarri is literally playing with fire, their menu “coaxes out explosive flavours from seemingly simple ingredients.” Situated in the Basque region the restaurant itself has a casual and relaxed atmosphere that welcomes you in with open arms.
For bookings: https://asadoretxebarri.com/
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Head chef: Zaiyu Hasegawa
Head-chef and owner Zaiyu Hasegawa radiates warmth not just through his food but through the ambience of Den. He draws inspiration from his mother, perfecting the art of Japanese home cooking, you won’t find any sushi here. Den has also been awarded one Michelin star.
For bookings: https://www.jimbochoden.com/en/
Location: Larrabetzu, Spain
Head chef: Eneko Atxa
Jumping the largest number of steps this year is Spanish restaurant Azurmendi. Known for its excellence in sustainability, head chef Eneko Atxa’s aim is to "touch the roots to dream, travel, discover, feel the territory and fly to reach the same starting point.”
For bookings: https://azurmendi.restaurant/en/
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Head chef: Gaggan Anand
Gaggan has been voted Asia’s best restaurant for four years in a row. Head chef Gaggan Anand is influenced by famous restaurant El Bulli (now closed) whose menu features 25 bite-sized courses. Anand closed Gaggan’s doors on August 24, 2019, after 10 years of service to start a new restaurant in Japan.
Location: Lima, Peru
Head chefs: Virgilio Martínez and Pía León
Named the best restaurant in South America in 2019, Central is one that excites. This husband-wife duo hero Peru’s diverse landscape with 17+ courses featuring ingredients from under the sea to the tallest mountains.
For bookings: https://www.centralrestaurante.com.pe/en/
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Head chefs: Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch
If you’re looking for something unique and quirky look no further than Difrustar. All three chefs met whilst working at elBulli before opening their own restaurant almost five years ago. Their menu features dishes like liquid salads and gazpacho sandwiches.
For bookings: http://www.disfrutarbarcelona.com/