Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

>The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2009 list is out with #1 El Bulli and #2 The Fat Duck keeping their spots from last year.  There are also nine new entries from Italy, Japan, Austria, France, U.S., Singapore, Australia and Sweden  From the top 50, I’ve been to four.  The list also extends to 51-100 of which I’ve been to (only) five which just means lots more eating out to be done this year.

(The list below was copied from the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants website.)

= El Bulli Spain The World’s Best Restaurant 
Best Restaurant in Europe
= The Fat Duck UK
37 Noma Denmark Chef’s Choice
= Mugaritz Spain
521 El Celler de Can Roca Spain Highest Climber
= Per Se USA Best Restaurant in the Americas
= Bras France
= Arzak Spain
96 Pierre Gagnaire France
1011 Alinea USA
11 = L’Astrance France
127 The French Laundry USA
13New Entry Osteria Francescana Italy Highest New Entry
142 St John UK
155 Le Bernardin USA
1611 L’Hôtel de Ville – Philippe Rochat Switzerland
178 Tetsuya’s Australia Best Restaurant in Australasia
184 L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon France
192 Jean Georges USA
20New Entry Les Créations de Narisawa Japan Best Restaurant in Asia
2118 Chez Dominique Finland
2221 Ristorante Cracco Italy
2312 Die Schwarzwaldstube Germany
2416 D.O.M. Brazil
259 Vendôme Germany
262 Hof van Cleve Belgium
27 Re Entry Masa USA
2816 Gambero Rosso Italy
2913 Oud Sluis Netherlands
30New Entry Steirereck Austria
31New Entry Momofuku Ssäm Bar USA
3216 Oaxen Skärgårdskrog Sweden
334 Martin Berasategui Spain
344 Nobu London UK
35New Entry Mirazur France
3617 Hakkasan UK
3713 Le Quartier Français South Africa Best Restaurant in the Middle East and Africa
38 Re-Entry La Colombe South Africa
395 Asador Etxebarri Spain
40New Entry Le Chateaubriand France
41 = Daniel USA
42Re-Entry Combal.Zero Italy
4328 Le Louis XV Monaco
443 Tantris Germany
45New Entry Iggy’s Singapore
46New Entry Quay Australia
472 Les Ambassadeurs France
4825 Dal Pescatore Italy
4913 La Calandre Italy
50New Entry Mathias Dahlgren Sweden

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