Mirazur is now the world’s best restaurant after years of moving about in the top 10 positions. The fine-dining restaurant from France has always been a regular fixture on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants  

But this would also be the last time the restaurant would be featured on the list. Instead, it would be immortalised in a separate elite group called The The Best of the Best — a hall-of-fame for previous ‘number 1’ restaurants listed on the World’s 50 Best.

The impact of this change would truly be felt in next year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list when another restaurant finally heads the list. 

In the meantime, the list presented many surprising movers and shakers. While the results from separate 50 Best lists for Asia and Latin America have been revealed months before, a more varied panel determines the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. A group of over 1000 influential gourmands, such as chefs, journalists and restaurateurs, are selected for their expertise in the international and regional dining scenes. 

The best climbers

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Odette’s Julien Royer and team (Image credit: Odette)

Singapore’s Odette, which was named Asia’s best restaurant of 2019, is now 18th on the list. This is a jump of 10 spots from last year.

Despite Asia’s own restaurant rankings, Gaggan has once again reclaimed the title as the region’s best restaurants on a global stage. The Bangkok-based restaurant is now fourth on the list.

The highest new entry goes to Copenhagen’s Noma while a slew of new eateries made an appearance. Atelier Crenn for instance has finally made its way into the list, debuting at 35. The restaurant, by 2016’s best female chef Dominique Crenn, previously peaked at 84 on the list in 2017 but fell off it entirely in 2018 to much controversy. 

Leo, which came in 18 on the Latin America’s list, made a debut at 49. Bangkok’s Suhring also came up on the list at 45. The debut of Elkano at 30 makes deserved representation for the cuisine of Basque Country on the global stage. 

Restaurants that have slipped off the list before are now making their way back. Restaurant Frantzen reappeared at 21, after a long absence since 2013 while Belgium’s Hof Van Cleve makes a comeback to the 43rd position.

Dropped off the list

Meanwhile, the 2019 rankings also saw several restaurants that have dropped several positions. 

Shanghai’s Ultraviolet slipped from 24 to 49 this year. Grant Achatz’s Alinea has also slipped further from 34 to 37. 

Alex Atala’s D.O.M from Brazil, a regular name on the list, has dropped from 30 to 54. Bangkok’s Nahm has fallen off the list as well from 49 to 69. The biggest shockers were from Attica in Melbourne, which plummeted down from 20 to 84, and London’s Dinner by Heston Blumenthal which is now 83 on the list.

The most surprising and controversial list, yet

In a bid to introduce ‘fresh blood’, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants announced that it would induct all dining establishments that topped its list in a separate curation called ‘The Best of the Best’.

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So far, this elite group includes last year’s best restaurant Osteria Francescana, El Celler de Can Roca, Eleven Madison Park, The French Laundry and The Fat Duck. The relocation of Noma, which had been the world’s best restaurant four times, gives it a second chance on the list.

While this would mean that those that have dominated the list before no longer continue to do so, it also protects previous ‘number 1s’ from feeling the repercussions of falling off the list.

It would certainly be much harder to predict favourites for the esteemed title of the world’s best restaurant in the future to come. But what can be told for sure, after this year’s results, is that list will never be stagnant as before.

Here are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2019:

50.  Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau (Switzerland) (The Sustainable Restaurant Award)

49.  Leo, Bogota, (Colombia) (New entry)

48. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai (China)

47. Benu, San Francisco, (USA) (New entry)

46. De Librije, Zwolle (The Netherlands)

45. Suhring, Bangkok (Thailand) (New entry)

44. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, (South Africa) (The Best Restaurant In Africa)

43. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem (Belgium)

42. Belcanto, Lisbon (Portugal) (New entry)

41. The Chairman, Hong Kong (China) (New entry)

40. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (Germany)

39. A Casa Do Porco, Sao Paolo (Brazil)

38. Hisa Franko, Kobarid (Slovenia)

37. Alinea, Chicago (USA)

36. Le Bernardin, New York (USA)

35. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, (USA) (New entry)

34. Don Julio, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

33. Lyle’s, London, (UK)

32. Nerua, Bilbao (Spain) (New entry)

31. Le Calandre, Rubano (Italy)

30. Elkano, Getaria (Spain) (New entry)

29. Piazza Duomo, Alba (Italy)

28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York (USA)

27. The Clove Club, London (UK)

26. Borago, Santiago (Chile)

25. Alleno Paris Au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (France)

24. Quintonil, Mexico City (Mexico)

23. Cosme, New York (USA)

22. Narisawa, Tokyo (Japan)

21. Frantzen, Stockholm (Sweden)

20. Tickets, Barcelona (Spain)

19. Twins Garden, Moscow (Russia) (New entry)

18. Odette, Singapore (Singapore)

17. Steirereck, Vienna, (Austria)

16. Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee, Paris (France)

15. Septime, Paris (France)

14. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu (Spain) (Highest Climber)

13. White Rabbit, Moscow (Russia)

12. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico (The Best Restaurant in North America)

11. Den, Tokyo (Japan) (Art of Hospitality Award)

10. Maido, Lima (Peru)

9. Disfrutar, Barcelona (Spain)

8. Arpege, Paris (France)

7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian (Spain)

6. Central, Lima (Peru) (The Best Restaurant in South America)

5. Geranium, Copenhagen (Denmar)

4. Gaggan, Bangkok (Thailand) (The Best Restaurant in Asia)

3. Asador Extebarri, Atxondo (Spain)

2. Noma 2.0, Copenhagen (Denmark) (Highest new entry)

1. Mirazur, Menton (France)

 

Jasmine Tay
Senior Writer
Jasmine Tay is the dining, culture and jewellery writer. She makes fine silver jewellery and causes mini-explosions in the kitchen when she can't afford fancy dinners. Sometimes she tells people what she thinks about art, and binges on the music of Danzig when they don’t agree.