The World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2015 That You Can’t Afford or Get A Reservation


Oh, lists. People fawn over them and debate their merits. When I was writing about indie rock, I would criticize long year-end lists like Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums and Songs of the Year. Come on. Is there a difference between 47 and 48? After No. 10, it becomes pointless.

Which brings us to the annual list, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. First off, the list is invalid because the hamburger stand in Borough Market is not on there. I’ve stabbed bitches to get ahead in line for those tasty burgers.

I am making a point. Taste is subjective. Each person brings their own personality. mood and likes into the equation. Plus, French, Spanish and Chinese cuisines are so different in styles. Then ingredients can be wildly inconsistent in taste from day to day.

The judging panel is made up of chefs, restauranteurs and critics. Are we to think every single one of the panelists have traveled to every single restaurant on this list and had every single dish? That’s a lot of fudge brownie sundaes to judge.

In the end, the list is to bring publicity to the restaurants. Even the New York Times highlighted the faults and debatable integrity of the list. If the restaurant has a great reputation, it wouldn’t need lists to get high-class guests.

Here’s the list. I’ve been to none of them, but I tried to get into Noma three years ago. They don’t take Groupon.

1. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
2. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
3. Noma (Copenhagen)
4. Central (Lima)
5. Eleven Madison Park (New York City)
6. Mugartiz (San Sebastian, Spain)
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London)
8. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
9. D.O.M. (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
10. Gaggan (Bangkok)
11. Mirazur (Menton, France)
12. Arpege (Paris)
13. Asador Etxebarri (Biscay, Spain)
14. Astrid y Gaston (Lima)
15. Steirereck (Vienna)
16. Pujol (Mexico City)
17. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)
18. Le Bernardin (New York City)
19. Azurmendi (Near Bilbao, Spain)
20. Ledbury (London)
21. Le Chateaubriand (Paris)
22. Nahm (Bangkok)
23. White Rabbit (Moscow)
24. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)
25. Faviken (Fäviken, Sweden)
26. Alinea (Chicago)
27. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
28. The Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)
29. Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo)
30. Vendome (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany)
31. Restaurant Frantzen (Stockholm)
32. Attica (Melbourne, Australia)
33. Aqua (Wolfsberg, Germany)
34. Le Calendre (San Pietro, Italy)
35. Quintonil (Mexico City)
36. L’Astrance (Paris)
37. Biko (Mexico City)
38. Amber (Hong Kong)
39. Quique Dacosta (Dénia, Spain)
40. Per Se (New York City)
41. Mani (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
42.= Tickets (Barcelona)
42.= Borago (Santiago)
44. Maido (Lima)
45. Relae (Copenhagen)
46. Restaurant Andre (Singapore)
47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee (Paris)
48. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)
49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Tarrytown, New York)
50. French Laundry (Yountville, Calfornia)

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