The World's 50 Best Restaurants - 2014

 , NDTV  |  Updated: April 29, 2014 14:48 IST

The World's 50 Best Restaurants - 2014
Here's a cue to update your to-do list - The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is out! After Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, everyone was waiting for the big one. Probably the most common question asked is, "how does a restaurant make it to the list?" To which the Academy replies, "the list is the result of a poll of 936 industry experts, each whom casts 7 votes for what they consider to be the best restaurants at which they have dined in the previous 18 months."

While this list is welcomed by the majority in the culinary world, to others it's nothing more than a list of predictable winners that leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

The Complete List -

50. Waku Ghin - Singapore
Private and personal dining at the landmark Marina Bay Sands

49. Coi - San Francisco, USA
Precise cooking and clean flavours bring the best out of California

48. The Test Kitchen - Cape Town, South Africa
Exceptional flair and gutsy innovation produce eclectic brilliance

The Test Kitchen has also won the Best Restaurant in Africa

47. The Fat Duck - Bray, UK
Whizz-bang cuisine from an acclaimed cooking genius

46. Le Calandre - Rubano, Italy

Unpretentious but sophisticated Italian cooking

45. Hof Van Cleve - Kruishoutem, Belgium
Belgian's food champion continues to inspire

44. The French Laundry - Yountville, USA

Keller's gastronomic Mecca in the heart of Napa Valley
43. Schloss Schauenstein - Fürstenau, Switzerland
Switzerland's star chef holds court in a breathtaking location

42. Geranium - Copenhagen, Denmark
Bocuse d'Or cooking competition winning chef remains at the forefront of new Nordic cuisine

41. Quique Dacosta - Dénia, Spain

Minimalist, high impact plates in Alicante

40. Daniel - New York, USA
Daniel Boulud's flagship New York restaurant continues to shine

39. Piazza Duomo - Alba, Italy

Extraordinary produce meets modern techniques in Piedmont

38. L'Astrance - Paris, France
Tailor-made 'fusion' French cooking a snail's toss from the Eiffel Tower

37. Restaurant André - Singapore
André Chiang brings philosophical food to life

36. Mani - São Paulo, Brazil

Modern, feminine Brazilian cooking in Jardim Paulistano

35. Martín Berasategui - San Sebastián, Spain

Basque elegance mixed with delicate avant-garde cooking

34. Asador Etxebarri - Atxondo, Spain
Olfactory cooking from the wood-grill maestro

33. Nihonryori RyuGin - Tokyo, Japan
Exquisite food pushing Japanese tradition forward

32. Attica - Melbourne, Australia
A deep connection with nature characterises Ben Shewry's unusual food

Attica has also won the Best Restaurant in Australasia

31. L'Atelier SG de Joël Robuchon - Paris, France
Luxury small-plate dining goes from strength to strength

30. Per Se - New York, USA
Understated luxury coupled with outstanding contemporary French cooking in NYC

29. De Librije - Zwolle, Netherlands

Personal terroir cooking with global elements

28. Aqua - Wolfsburg, Germany
Highly technical Germanic cooking in an unlikely setting

27. Le Chateaubriand - Paris, France
Democratic and gutsy Parisian bistro led by inimitable Inaki

26. Azurmendi - Larrabetzu, Spain
Pioneering cookery techniques and restaurant design in rural Basque landscape

25. L'Arpège - Paris, France
A true temple of French cuisine that puts garden produce centre-stage

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24. Amber - Hong Kong, China

East meets west in fundamentally French cuisine

23. Restaurant Frantzén - Stockholm, Sweden
Skilful and surprising Scandi cooking

22. Vila Joya - Albufeira, Portugal
Accomplished Austrian chef puts Portugal on the fine-dining map

21. Le Bernardin - New York, USA
Elegance and refinement result in sublime seafood dishes

20. Pujol - Mexico City, Mexico
Ancient recipes are reinvented to move Mexican gastronomy into the 21st century

19. Fäviken - Järpen, Sweden
True hospitality in an inhospitable environment

18. Astrid y Gastón - Lima, Peru
After 20 years, Acurio's flagship reinvents itself in fresh location

17. Gaggan - Bangkok, Thailand
Indian food reinvented with modernist techniques

16. Steirereck - Vienna, Austria
Cutting-edge cooking rooted in the Austrian landscape

15. Central - Lima, Peru
All about the details

14. Narisawa - Tokyo, Japan
Japan's leading restaurant celebrates nature with an added dash of drama

13. Nahm - Bangkok, Thailand
Stellar Thai cooking drawing on ancient traditional examples

Nahm has also won the Best Restaurant in Asia

12. Vendôme - Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
A modern master recreates the best of German cuisine

11. Mirazur - Menton, France

Delicate produce-led cooking near the Franco-Italian border

10. The Ledbury - London, UK
Brett Graham's understated west London restaurant breaks into the top 10

9. Alinea - Chicago, USA
Modernist techniques and artistry come together to astonishing effect

8. Arzak - San Sebastián, Spain
Bold and difficult-to-pigeonhole cooking from old (and new) Basque masters

7. D.O.M - São Paulo, Brazil

Ambitious, research-led Amazonian cooking

D.O.M has also won the Best Restaurant in South America

6. Mugaritz - San Sebastián, Spain
Where all is not what it seems

5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - London, UK
British culinary history inspires big-flavoured dishes

4. Eleven Madison Park - New York, USA
Chef Daniel Humm's menu is the antidote to humdrum

Eleven Madison Park has also won the Best Restaurant in North America

3. Osteria Francescana - Modena, Italy
The past and the future meld in artful fashion

2. El Celler de Can Roca - Girona, Spain

The complementary skills of the Roca brothers results in hospitality at its finest

1. Noma - Copenhagen, Denmark
Mould-breaking Nordic food that takes nature's bounty to new levels

Noma has also won the Best Restaurant in Europe

Other Awards

The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
Fergus Henderson, St John, London, UK

The Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef 2014
Helena Rizzo - Mani, São Paulo, Brazil

The World's Best Pastry Chef Award 2014
Jordi Roca - El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

Chefs' Choice Award 2014
Alex Atala, D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil

One To Watch Award 2014
Saison - San Francisco, USA

Sustainable Restaurant Award 2014
Azurmendi - Larrabetzu, Bizkaia, Spain

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Highest New Entry Award
Gaggan - Bangkok, Thailand

Highest Climber Award
Central - Lima, Peru

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