April 22, 2009

San Pellegrino/Restaurant Magazine's Top 100 2009

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It's that time of the year again, and Restaurant Magazine and San Pellegrino have come out with another list of the "World's Best Restaurants." Last year I pooh-pooh'ed it as something concocted by Europeans who knew nothing about food in Asia. Has it gotten any better this year?

Yes...a little. We finally have some entries from Japan and there are a few more entries across Asia. But some of last year's questionable entries are still around. Zuma Hong Kong has actually gained from #99 to #51 (huh?), just outside of the Top 50. Hakkasan is still in the Top 50, although dropping from #19 to #36.

Here's the list of the ones I've been to from this year' Top 100:

1. El Bulli, Roses 
6. Per Se, New York
8. Arzak, San Sebastien
9. Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
12. French Laundry, Yountville
15. Le Bernardin, New York
16. Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville, Crissier 
18. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Paris 
36. Hakkasan, London
41. Daniel, New York
45. Iggy's, Singapore
51. Zuma, Hong Kong
54. L'Arpege, Paris
55. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong
60. Les Amis, Singapore
65. Bukhara, New Dehli
73. Le Cinq, Paris 
78. Caprice, Hong Kong
84. Mozaic, Bali 
87. L'Ambroisie, Paris
97. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong

Because I've cancelled my trip to Australia, I still haven't made it to Tetsuya, which has now fallen out of the top 10...


The_Circuiteers said...

I am really curious of your experience at 87. L'Ambroisie, Paris.

Peech said...

Honestly I went to L'Amboisie more than 10 years ago, so my memory is a little vague. I was honestly not wowed by the cuisine, although the service was incredibly good. My meals at La Tour d'Argent and Jules Verne pn the same trip were much more memorable.


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