Wine Dine and Play: 2019 World’s Best Restaurants

2019 World’s Best Restaurants















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The World’s Best By San Pellegrino 2019
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Article Written: June 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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    The San Pellegrino World’s 50 best restaurants is an annual list released in June of every year and are produced by the United Kingdom media company William Reed Business Media. The list first began in 2002 and also awards a series of special prizes for individuals as well as restaurants, including the ‘One To Watch award,’ and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ as well as the ‘Chefs' Choice Award.’ A group of 26 panels established to make the ranking composed of 1,000 food experts, chefs, and critics were behind the list. The World's 50 Best Restaurants list has been criticized and described by the French food writer and critic François-Régis Gaudry that the ranking lacks reliability, while the Spanish chef Martín Berasategui spoke of "rigged" ranking, manipulated by an "important international food company" in order to "cause damage" to the Michelin Guide. They have been accused of favoritism toward expensive restaurants, and that the judges are sexist, favoring more male chefs and lacking female representation, as well as being overly Eurocentric.

    Some people prefer to use the Elite Travelers list though it does have some identical restaurants to that of San Pellegrino, while the Michelin Guide caters more to Europe with 27,000 restaurants versus 2,500 restaurants everywhere else in the world and Michelin practically ignores most of Africa and the Middle East, all of Australia, and most of South America. There are many ranking media groups to choose from in individual countries or cities such as Yelp, OpenTable, and TripAdvisor to name a few. These groups will cater more to your local area where reservations to dine will be quicker than a three-month wait, and the restaurants will not hurt your wallet too much.





    San Pellegrino does a list for the 100 best in the world, though they focus on the top 50, and give 51-100 an honorable mention. This year the list has expanded to 120 for the first time to mark its main sponsor’s 120th anniversary. I guess money does talk and bullshit walks. Last year there were 3 restaurants on the top 50 list that I had dined at and were on my Top 100 best restaurant experiences list. This year only two of the three remain on the top 50 with the third dropping down to #84. 

    With this new addition of an extra 20 restaurants to make a 120 best list, a fourth restaurant that I have dined at now joins the list and that is La Colombe in Cape Town, South Africa at #114 which is also on my 100 best experiences list. Spain and Russia saw the biggest increase of restaurants that are new to the list while Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark moved back onto the list for the first time since 2014 when it was at the #1 slot for three years in a row. In 2013 there was an outbreak of the Norovirus from an employee that made 63 people sick costing them not only the number one slot but removing them from the top 50 all-together. In 2016 Noma closed its doors but reopened again in 2018. Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy was ranked in the #1 slot for 2018 but this year they did not make the cut at all and do not appear in any of the 120 slots for 2019. I wonder what happened?

    The Best Pastry Chef award for 2019 went to Jessica Préalpato at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris, while the Best Female Chef this year was awarded to Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme in New York City. Other accolades go to the Icon Award for José Andrés of the ThinkFoodGroup, Washington D.C., the One to Watch award goes to the Lido 84 restaurant in Gardone Riviera, Italy, the BBVA Scholarship Winner went to Canadian Chef Andersen Lee, while the Sustainable Restaurant Award went to Schloss Schauenstein in Fürstenau, Switzerland. The Chefs’ Choice Award went to Alain Passard, while the Highest Climber award went to the Azurmendi restaurant in Larrabetzu, Spain. Finally, the Art of Hospitality Award went to the Den restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.


    Here is the 2019 top 50 list:



    50. 
    Schloss Schauenstein Down 3 spots from last year
    Fürstenau, Switzerland
    Rated with 3 Michelin Stars and 19 Gault and Millau points Swiss chef Andreas Caminada fell in love with fine dining at the age of 20. He took over the then-empty castle in Fürstenau in 2003 when he was only 26 years old and created his restaurant.

    49. 
    Leo        New to the top 50 this year
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Local celebrity chef Leonor Espinosa’s flagship restaurant showcases little-known Colombian ingredients such as corozo fruit, arrechón, and bijao while championing local communities and gastronomic traditions. Since opening Leo, she has had a great influence on Colombian cuisine and in 2017 Espinosa won the title of Latin America’s Best Female Chef.

    48. 
    Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet Down 24 spots from last year
    Shanghai, China
    Founded in 2012, Chef Paul Pairet’s Ultraviolet is considered by many to be the most avant-garde restaurant experience in the world. It costs $900 a person and there are only 10 seats, making it the most expensive restaurant tasting menu in the world, but it's unlike any other dining experience in the world as well. 

    47. 
    Benu         New to the top 50 this year
    San Francisco, California USA
    Benu by Chef Corey Lee is the definition of friendly fine dining. A nuanced menu riffs on transnational culinary traditions including Korean and Cantonese, using local produce and western technique. The result is a  melting pot of influence intrinsic to modern American cuisine, while the service – convivial and relaxed – is all-out Californian.

    46. 
    De Librije New to the top 50 this year
    Zwolle, Netherlands 
    Chef Jonnie Boer’s exciting menu at this influential Dutch restaurant is tailored to suit individual diners' specific tastes. Guests select four dishes from four sections comprising three seasonal ingredient combinations, before further plates are added to create a bespoke five-, six- or seven-course menu for each diner.

    45. 
    Sühring         New to the top 50 this year
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Chef’s and twin brothers Thomas and Mathias Sühring meld flavors, techniques and experiences accumulated in their native Germany as well as the Netherlands, Italy, and Thailand, under one roof. The result is a sophisticated seasonal haute cuisine menu with a strong German identity.


    44. 
    The Test Kitchen        Up 6 spots from last year
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Chef Luke Dale-Roberts is British born, trained in Switzerland, and worked in many Asian countries before opening in Cape Town. The Test Kitchen features modern eclectic, Latin, and Nouvelle cuisine ranking #2 on my list of Top 100 best restaurant experiences on Wine Dine And Play, while on the Elite Travelers 2019 list it ranks at #45, up to one from 2018. The African food connoisseur for Wine Dine and Play Charl Campher will be experiencing Chef Robert’s cuisine for himself this July and will report back for a follow-up article.

    43. 
    Hof Van Cleve New to the top 50 this year
    Kruishoutem, Belgium
    Hof van Cleve started life as a working farm before Chef Peter Goossens elevated its status to a worldwide gastronomic great. Set in bucolic East Flanders, he has been delighting guests with his refined Belgian cuisine. Local produce is the backbone of the restaurant, which offers five- and seven-course tasting menus (plus à la carte) driven by the seasons.

    42. 
    Belcanto New to the top 50 this year
    Lisbon, Portugal
    A legendary Lisbon establishment that opened its doors as a men’s club in 1958, chef José Avillez took Belcanto’s helm in 2012. Under his culinary navigation, the restaurant earned its first Michelin star that year; a second followed suit just two years later. An intimate and elegant salon for just 28 diners, slide into a brown leather banquette before choosing to dine à la carte or from the two tasting menus; the Classics showcases Avillez’s greatest hits.

    41. 
    The Chairman New to the top 50 this year
    Hong Kong, China
    While The Chairman offers à la carte dining, the best way to experience the restaurant is to let Chef Kwok Keung Tung’s excellent, produce-driven, seasonal Cantonese plates be built by the team as a bespoke menu based on the time of year and guests’ past dining experience.

    40. 
    Restaurant Tim Raue Down 3 spots from last year
    Berlin, Germany
    Chef Tim Raue brings Asian cuisine to Berlin serving up a fusion of flavors inspired by Japan, Thailand, and China that release energy to the body instead of stressing it, so there are no supplements such as bread, pasta or rice. Refined sugar, dairy products, and gluten are also not on his menu.

    39. 
    A Casa do Porco New to the top 50 this year
    Sāo José do Rio Pardo 
    São Paulo, Brazil
    (House of the Pig in Portuguese) celebrates pork in myriad forms. At a farm in his hometown, Chef Jefferson Rueda rears local pigs on a natural diet of whey and vegetables. After the slaughter in his own slaughterhouse, the chef then makes use of every part of the animal in inventive dishes such as pork jowl sushi and homemade blood sausage. The atmosphere is more fun than fine dining, with the main room adorned with miniature pigs, colorful décor and interesting artifacts from the chef’s travels.

    38. 
    Hiša Franko Up 6 spots from last year
    Kobarid, Slovenia
    Pronounced Hi-Sha Franko, the restaurant is located in the stunning surrounds of the Soça Valley, Chef Ana Ros put Slovenia on the gastronomic map after being voted The World’s Best Female Chef and starred in an episode of Chef’s Table.

    37.
    Alinea Down 3 spots from last year
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Highly creative New American molecular gastronomy tasting menus on the cutting edge of modern food led by Chef-owner Grant Achatz and Executive Chef Mike Bagale. With three Michelin stars, they rate at the #2 slot on the Elite Travelers 2019 list and the #1 slot on my list of Top 100 best restaurant experiences for Wine Dine And Play.

    36. 
    Le Bernardin Down 10 spots from last year
    New York City, New York, USA
    Established in Paris nearly 50 years ago by brother and sister Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze, Le Bernardin expanded to New York in 1986. New York chef Eric Ripert has run the kitchen for more than 20 years, following the passing of Gilbert offering French and seafood-centric tasting menus.

    35. 
    Atelier Crenn New to the top 50 this year
    San Francisco, California, USA
    Based on the concept of Poetic Culinaria, Chef Dominique Crenn’s tasting menu takes diners through a poetic sequence of stunning dishes inspired by her childhood and her artist father. Everything is balanced so that guests leave satisfied but never uncomfortably full.

    34. 
    Don Julio New to the top 50 this year
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    All the beef at Don Julio is from grass-fed Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle, raised in the countryside outside Buenos Aires. It is stored in a climate-controlled refrigerator for at least 21 days to reach optimum maturity. Then Chef’s Pablo Jesus Rivero and Guido Tassi along with grillmaster Bienvenido ‘Pepe’ Sotelo cooks all the beef on a traditional “V” iron grill.

    33. 
    Lyle's Up 5 spots from last year
    London, England
    Chef James Lowe who formally worked under Heston Blumenthal opened this space to focus on modern British cuisine with micro-seasonal à la carte lunches and set dinner menus


    32. 
    Nerua New to the top 50 this year
    Bilbao, Spain
    Housed within Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, Nerua’s chef Josean Alija draws from Spanish and Mediterranean ingredients to create culinary masterpieces worthy of the location. His professional path hasn’t been easy: after recovering from a motorcycle accident that left him in a coma for 21 days in the year 2000, Alija had to relearn how to recognize flavors.

    31. 
    Le Calandre Down 8 spots from last year
    Rubano, Italy
    Brothers Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo inherited the Paduan restaurant from their parents and have spent the last decade and a half perfecting it to create contemporary modern Italian restaurant destination.

    30. 
    Elkano New to the top 50 this year
    Getaria, Spain
    Chef Aitor Arregui takes you to the top of a neighboring mountain, from where you can see the entire landscape surrounding Getaria, to discover the secrets of the Cantabrian fishermen and the culture that gives meaning to Elkano. Then, enter the house and enjoy the kokotxas (cod throats) in three textures, red mullet and the best turbot you will ever taste, served with a simple dressing at the table, while Arregui explains to you how to savor each part to obtain the best flavors. 

    29. 
    Piazza Duomo Down 13 spots from last year
    Alba, Italy
    Chef Enrico Crippa offers a taste of Piemonte establishing him among Italy’s most creative chefs. Diners can select from the à la carte options, or choose from three tasting menus, one of which focuses specifically on the local Langhe region, while the others are more wide-ranging but still distinctively Italian.

    28. 
    Blue Hill at Stone Barns Down 16 spots from last year
    Pocantaco Hills, New York, USA
    30 miles north of Manhattan, Chef Dan Barber’s farmstead restaurant is set within an enchanting barn on an 80-acre estate shared with non-profit educational space Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, where the chef builds a 30-course tasting menu centered on produce that is often pulled from the earth mere hours before hitting your plate. 

    27. 
    The Clove Club New to the top 50 this year
    London, United Kingdom
    Scottish chef Isaac McHale is at the helm and his interpretation of ‘modern British’ is refreshing and full of surprises, with fresh produce from all over the UK reinvented in creations that put forward natural flavors and playfully mingle with tradition.

    26. 
    Boragó Up 1 spot from last year
    Santiago, Chile
    Boragó deals in territory rather than technique, according to Chef Rodolfo Guzmán. They source native Chilean products used by the Mapuche indigenous people, from around the Andes, and the Pacific coast.

    25. 
    Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen Up 4 spots from last year
    Paris, France
    This is one of Paris's oldest and most prestigious restaurants, and when Chef Yannick Alléno took the helm in 2014 he introduced boundary-pushing modern French cuisine that got everyone in the restaurant worlds attention.

    24. 
    Quintonil Down 13 spots from last year
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Quintonil is the name of a green Mexican herb and Chef Jorge Vallejo’s menu is based on local produce and showcases the best of Mexico. There’s an à la carte option, as well as the tasting menu for the true Quintonil experience.

    23. 
    Cosme Up 2 spots from last year
    New York City, New York, USA
    Founded by Mexican chef Enrique Olvera and his business partners Santiago Perez and Santiago Gomez, Cosme has been run by young cook Daniela Soto-Innes since it opened in 2014. The menu takes some inspiration from Olvera’s flagship Pujol in Mexico City, but many of the dishes were created by Soto-Innes, including her signature duck carnitas.

    22. 
    Narisawa Same spot as last year
    Tokyo, Japan
    Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa defines his food as “innovative Satoyama,” the word “Satoyama” representing a border zone between mountain foothills and flat land where people live sustainably with nature

    21. 
    Frantzén New to the top 50 this year
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Chef Björn Frantzén food is a unique hybrid of Nordic cuisine that marries classic and modern techniques inspired by local and international tradition with Asian notes. It’s a genuine journey. Each sitting sees 23 guests traverse the rooms and floors of the building as they make their way through an experiential 10-course menu.

    20. 
    Tickets Up 12 spots from last year
    Barcelona, Spain
    Chef Albert Adrià of El Bulli takes tapas to the cutting edge. Within a circus-themed space, five small plate bars and open kitchens surround the perimeter of the restaurant, each highlighting a different preparation method. Tickets carry on El Bulli’s trailblazing, science cooking in a theatrical setting.

    19. 
    Twins Garden New to the top 50 this year
    Moscow, Russia
    After the success of their original restaurant Twins, identical brothers Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy had a bigger dream: to be able to supply their own produce. Their farm outside Moscow now turns out 70% of the ingredients used at Twins Garden, and leftovers are sent back to feed the animals, making this an almost zero-waste operation.

    18. 
    Odette Up 8 spots from last year
    Singapore
    Offering modern French cuisine, Chef and co-owner Julien Royer established himself as the region’s rising star, before opening Odette in late 2015 at the grand National Gallery Singapore making his restaurant a choice destination and worth a detour. 

    17. 
    Steirereck Down 3 spots from last year
    Vienna, Austria
    Family-owned for generations, with a bias towards Austria’s rural Styrian region, the restaurant which is housed in a monolithic cube is now under the guidance of Chef Heinz Reitbauer, and has become a byword for cutting-edge cooking.

    16. 
    Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée Up 5 spots from last year
    Paris, France
    A legendary leader in classic French haute cuisine, Chef Alain Ducasse overhauled his landmark fine-dining destination in the luxe Parisian hotel of the same name in 2014 prioritizing sustainability, health and wellness-hinged plates focused on vegetables, fish and cereals.

    15. 
    Septime Up 25 spots from last year
    Paris, France
    Chef Bertrand Grebaut has been recognized by the L’Astrance’s Pascal Barbot as the future of French cooking, breaking the traditions of kitchens operated by the chefs under Alain Passard or Joël Robuchon

    14. 
    Azurmendi Up 29 spots from last year
    Larrabetzu, Spain
    Basque Chef Eneko Atxa leads the charge as a sustainable greenhouse and rooftop garden coursed restaurant featuring New Basque cuisine. 

    13. 
    White Rabbit Up 2 spots from last year
    Moscow, Russia
    Chef Vladimir Mukhin is in the vanguard of a new wave of young Russian culinary talents, appearing in the 2017 series of Chef’s Table, offering modern Russian cuisine

    12. 
    Pujol Up 1 spot from last year
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Celebrity Chef Enrique Olvera proves that rustic Mexican flavors deserve as much attention as any other haute cuisine in the world. And Pujol has been his pedestal to make that point via a tasting menu of refined and elegant plates built from indigenous ingredients that pay tribute to Mexico’s rich culinary history, defining Mexican haute cuisine.

    11. 
    Den Up 6 spots from last year
    Tokyo, Japan
    Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa breaks from impersonal traditions of high-end kaiseki cuisine and offers an elevated, deeply personal take on Japanese home cooking. He draws on diverse influences, both home-grown and gleaned on overseas trips, but always based around prime ingredients from the ocean, pasture, and forest.

    10. 
    Maido Down 3 spots from last year
    Lima, Peru
    Peru meets Japan offering Nikkei style cuisine with an emphasis on seafood and in 2017 was rated the best Latin American Restaurant.

    9. 
    Disfrutar Up 9 spots from last year
    Barcelona, Spain
    Former culinary team members at the legendary El Bulli, Chef’s Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch offer Avant-garde Spanish cuisine in this new restaurant concept. 

    8. 
    Arpège Same spot as last year
    Paris, France
    Alain Passard needs little introduction. He has retained his three Michelin stars at Arpège offering contemporary French cuisine for more than two decades during times of great personal and culinary change, staying on top of the ‘culinary club,’

    7. 
    Mugaritz Up 2 spots from last year
    San Sebastián, Spain
    Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz offers over 20 courses, several of them, if the weather is calm, served in the gardens around the restaurant. They are listed as Techno-emotional Spanish cuisine which is the proffered name to molecular gastronomy by some culinary masters in the Catalonia region. 

    6. 
    Central Same spot as last year
    Lima, Peru
    Peruvian Cuisine shines through once again with Chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s flagship restaurant is a shrine to everything that is Peruvian, including many ingredients that are seldom served elsewhere.

    5. 
    Geranium Up 14 spot from last year
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    The seemingly unlikely duo of nature and technology are at the heart of chef Rasmus Kofoed’s progressive tasting menu: 17-plus inspired, artistic courses composed of organic and wild Scandinavian ingredients. While a presentation of fragile, near-translucent leaves is made from a Jerusalem artichoke purée, what looks to be razor clams are actually dough painted with squid ink.

    4.
    Gaggan Up 1 spot from last year
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Chef-owner Gaggan Anand offers progressive Indian cuisine with a twist of Thai rated the best restaurant in Asia four years in a row as of 2018. The chef offers an El Bulli-influenced style to his food with a menu of 25 or more courses of rapid-fire small bites, many of which are eaten with the hands.
    3. 
    Asador Etxebarri Up 7 spots from last year
    Axpe, Spain
    Chef Victor Arguinzoniz offers Spanish wood-fired barbecue with the intrinsic natural flavors of the premiere local products and delicately urges each ingredient to show its true potential. 
    2. 
    Noma 
    Copenhagen, Denmark New to the top 50 this year
    The original Noma was, undoubtedly, one of the most important restaurants of its generation. With his food, Chef René Redzepi developed a new genre of cuisine. New Nordic cookery looks back to look ahead; digging deeper than seasonality to explore unsung foraged products, while seamlessly weaving in a study of fermentation. Redzepi’s visionary approach to celebrating terroir via ingredient-focused, minimalist plates earned the first incarnation of Noma the title of The World’s Best Restaurant in four years: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. Redzepi closed the original Noma in February 2017. He moved the restaurant from Copenhagen’s Christianshavn neighborhood to a more spacious plot on artsy Refshalevej Island.

    1.
    Mirazur Up 2 spots from last year
    Menton, France
    Chef patron Mauro Colagreco three Michelin star restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with a dining room offering a panoramic view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on the border with Italy. Mauro Colagreco’s unique cuisine is inspired by the sea, the mountains and the restaurant’s own gardens, including Menton’s emblematic citrus fruits. Aside from his ever-popular Grand Coeur restaurant in Paris and branches of meat-focused Carne in Argentina, Colagreco has recently opened Grill 58 in Macao and Florie’s in Palm Beach, USA, with more restaurants set for Bangkok and Beijing.



    51-120 restaurant list for 2019:


    51.
    Reale Down 15 spots from last year
    Castel Di Sangro, Italy

    52. 
    Mikla Down 8 spots from last year
    Istanbul, Turkey

    53. 
    Arzak Down 22 spots from last year
    San Sebastian, Spain

    54. 
    D.O.M. Down 24 spots from last year
    São Paulo, Brazil

    55. 
    Oslo, Norway

    56. 
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    57. 
    Berlin, Germany

    58. 
    Mexico City, Mexico

    59. 
    Singapore 

    60. 
    New Delhi, India

    61.
    Senigallia, Italy

    62. 
    Nihonryori Ryugin Down 24 spots from last year
    Tokyo, Japan

    63. 
    Tokyo, Japan

    64. 
    The Ledbury Down 22 spots from last year
    London, England

    65. 
    Moscow, Russia

    66. 
    London, England

    67. 
    Astrid & Gastón Down 28 spots from last year
    Lima, Peru

    68. 
    Jämtland, Sweden

    69. 
    Nahm Down 28 spots from last year
    Bangkok, Thailand

    70. 
    Saison Down 24 spots from last year
    San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

    71. 
    Healdsburg, California, USA

    72. 
    Wolfsburg, Germany

    73. 
    São Paulo, Brazil

    74. 
    Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

    75. 
    Madrid, Spain

    76. 
    New York, New York, USA

    77. 
    New York, New York, USA
    78. 
    Gardone Riviera, Italy

    79. 
    Seoul, South Korea

    80. 
    New York, New York, USA

    81. 
    Denia, Spain

    82. 
    Barcelona, Spain

    83. 
    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Down 38 spots from last year
    London, England 
    With a second location in Melbourne, Australia

    84. 
    Attica         Down 64 spots from last year
    Melbourne / Ripponlea, Australia
    Chef Ben Shewry’s menu focus is on organic and natural elements of Earth. It is rated #13 on my list of Top 100 best restaurant experiences on Wine Dine And Play.

    85. 
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    86. 
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    87. 
    Lasarte-Oria, Spain

    88. 
    Hong Kong, China

    89.
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    90. 
    Toronto, Canada

    91. 
    Tokyo, Japan

    92. 
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    93. 
    Osaka, Japan

    94. 
    El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

    95. 
    Bangkok, Thailand

    96. 
    Hong Kong, China

    97. 
    Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

    98. 
    Valence, France

    99. 
    Antwerp, Belgium

    100. 
    Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

    101. 
    Birregurra, Australia

    102. 
    Hong Kong, China

    103. 
    Macao, China

    104. 
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    105. 
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    106. 
    Paris, France

    107. 
    Tokyo, Japan

    108. 
    Paris, France

    109. 
    Guadalajara, Mexico

    110. 
    Istanbul, Turkey

    111. 
    Ghent, Belgium

    112. 
    London, England

    113. 
    Hong Kong, China

    No.114 
    Cape Town, South Africa
    This is a contemporary cuisine fusing local Cape Malay ingredients with French flair in upmarket vineyard restaurant on the Silvermist Estate on the Constantia Wine Route. During my visit in 2013, the Executive chef was Scot Kirton and today is James Gaag. It is rated #17 on my list of Top 100 best restaurant experiences on Wine Dine And Play.


    115. 
    New York, New York, USA

    116. 
    San Cassiano, Italy

    117. 
    Paris, France

    118. 
    Berlin, Germany

    119. 
    New York, New York, USA

    120. 
    Tokyo, Japan





    Compare the two top list rankings:


    San Pellegrino 2019 list

    Elite Traveler 2019 list

    Wine Dine and Play Top 100
    Mirazur

    Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville

    Noma


    Asador Etxebarri

    Eleven Madison Park

    Gaggan

    Osteria Francescana

    Geranium

    Azurmendi

    Central

    Per Se

    Mugaritz

    The Restaurant at Meadowood

    Arpège

    Restaurant Guy Savoy

    Disfrutar

    Le Bernardin

    Maido

    El Celler de Can Roca

    Den

    The Fat Duck

    Pujol

     Robuchon au Dôme

    The White Rabbit

    D.O.M.

    Azurmendi

    Pierre Gagnaire

    Septime

    Daniel

    Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

    Steirereck

    Steirereck

    Pujol

    Odette

    Arpège

    Twins Garden

    Jean-Georges

    Tickets

    Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube

    Frantzén

    La Pergola

    Narisawa

    Le Calandre

    Cosme

    L’Ambroisie

    Quintonil

    Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

    Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen


    Boragó 

    Nihonryori RyuGin

    The Clove Club

    Victor’s Fine Dining

    Blue Hill At Stone Barns

    Mizai

    Piazza Duomo

    Restaurant Vendôme

    Elkano

    DiverXO

    Le Calandre

    Hof Van Cleve

    Nerua

    Maison Pic

    Lyle’s

    The Ledbury

    Don Julio

    Da Vittorio

    Atelier Crenn

    Aqua

    Le Bernardin

    Le Louis XV–Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris


    Amber

    Hiša Franko 

    Maaemo

    A Casa Do Porco

    Villa Crespi

    Restaurant Tim Raue

    Astrance

    The Chairman

    Next

    Belcanto

    Geranium

    Hof Van Cleve

    Saison


    La Maison Troisgros

    Sühring


    De Librije

    Martín Berasategui

    Benu

    Quique Dacosta

    Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet

    Blue Hill at Stone Barns

    Leo

    Auberge du Vieux Puits

    Schloss Schauenstein

    Core by Clare Smyth

    Reale 

    Les Prés d'Eugénie 

    Mikla

    Noma

    Arzak

    Epicure

    D.O.M.

    Atelier Crenn

    Maeemo

    Manresa

    Relae

    Mugaritz

    Nobelhart & Schmutzig

    Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

    Sud777

    The NoMad

    Burnt Ends

    Al Sorriso

    Indian Accent

    Alléno Paris at the Pavillon Ledoyen

    Uliassi

    Narisawa

    Nihonryori

    Tantris

    Florilège

    Bras

    The Ledbury

    Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

    Selfie


    Core by Clare Smyth

    Arzak

    Astrid & Gastón

    La Vague d’Or

    Fäviken

     Toqué!

    Nahm

    Mirazur

    Saison


    Singlethread

    Made in China

    Aqua

    Coi

    Maní 

    Momofuku Ko

    Lasai


    DiverXO

    Kitcho

    Momofuku Ko

    Dal Pescatore

    Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare


    Lido 84

    Quintonil

    Mingles

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    Estela

    Taillevent

    Quique Dacosta

    De Librije

    Enigma

    Benu

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    ABaC Restaurant


    The White Rabbit

    Amass

    Le Cinq

    Tegui

    Cosme

    Martin Berasategui

    La Palme d’Or

    Lung King Heen

    Adaa at Falaknuma Palace

    108

    Single Thread Farm

    Alo

    Marea

    Sushi Saito

    Masa

    Harvest

    Sat Bains

    La Cime

    The Modern

    Aponiente

    Atelier

    Gaa

    Quince

    Belon

    La Dame de Pic

    Vendôme

    Brae

    Anne-Sophie Pic

    Smyth + The Loyalist

    The Jane


    Central

    Oteque





    Other noteworthy 100 Best articles and restaurants similar to San Pellegrino’s World 50 Best:
    This is a list of restaurants I have dined at and written a review article about that are also listed on the “best of” lists for the Elite Traveler Magazine, the San Pellegrino 50 or 100 best of the world, and the prestigious Michelin 1-3 star guide rating. Included are articles on country and city lists of their top selected restaurants.
    Some of the restaurants in this section are also on the Wine Dine and Play’s Top 100 page

    LTI Top London Restaurants A luxury travel listing of their best-rated restaurants, London, UK 
    Alinea Highly creative New American molecular gastronomy tasting menus in Chicago, Illinois
    Aubergine Restaurant Innovative East meets West in Cape Town, South Africa
    Attica Innovative and eclectic tasting menu restaurant in Ripponlea, Australia
    La Colombe Country-Style local ingredients w/French flair in Cape Town, South Africa
    La TABLE de Joël Robuchon Haute French restaurant in Paris, France (Now L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon)
    McCrady’s Tavern Acclaimed high-concept inspired farm-to-table tavern in Charleston, South Carolina 
    Quay Restaurant Quintessential modern Australian cuisine in Sydney, Australia
    Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud Impeccably prepared French and Irish fine dining in Dublin, Ireland
    Tetsuya’s Eclectic French-Asian tasting menu restaurant in Sydney, Australia
    The French Laundry French-American fine dining restaurant in Yountville, California 
    The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français African-French tasting menu in Franschhoek, SA
    The Test Kitchen Modern eclectic and Nouvelle Latin cuisine in Cape Town, South Africa
    Vue de Monde Elegant modern Australian with molecular gastronomic dining in Melbourne, Australia
    Wine Dine And Play’s Top 100 Best Restaurants A list focused on travels and best dining experiences around the world.
    Zuma Contemporary Japanese restaurant, sushi, and cocktail mixology in Dubai, UAE

    See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary







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    But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
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