The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in an annual list produced by culinary professionals, food writers and other members of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an organization that is very suitably named indeed.
These are not restaurants you are likely to have dined in. For one thing, these are the types of restaurants where you must book a table months in advance, online, at midnight on the first of the month. They’re also super expensive: If you’re going to splurge on a 195 euro tasting menu, you might as well add the wine pairing for another 140 euros. How often will you even have that option, after all?
But perhaps the biggest reason these restaurants remain on your “someday” list is that most of them are really, really far away. Of the 50 restaurants on the 2015 list, 44 are outside the United States. Which isn’t surprising: The list is a portrait of global tastes, and only the very finest examples of American cuisine — Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan comes in at No. 5 — make the list.
In a shakeup atop this year’s list, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, claimed the top spot over the incumbent, Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen — also home to Washington-trained chef de cuisine Daniel Giusti — which drops to No. 3. Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana comes in at No 2, while Central in Lima, Peru, rounds out the top five.