The No. 1 Restaurant in the World Is...

The world's best restaurant is the avant-garde eatery El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, which grabbed back the crown in 2015 after losing it in 2014 to Copenhagen's Noma, which was unceremoniously dropped to the third spot.

Owned by three brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi, El Celler is "famed for cutting-edge, playful dishes that still pay homage to classic Catalan cooking," reports London's Telegraph.

It takes between four to six hours to eat the multi-course meals featured at El Cellar. Dishes, which are often based on perfumes, are served with unusual presentations such as caramelized olives served on a bonsai tree. The wine cellar boasts a collection of some 60,000 bottles of wine.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards are chosen by a 1,000-member panel of the world's most venerated chefs, food critics, restaurateurs and gourmands from 27 regions around the world under the supervision of Restaurant magazine.

The top 10 restaurants in the world in 2015:
1. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
2. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
3. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
4. Central (Lima, Peru)
5. Eleven Madison Park (New York City, USA)
6. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, UK)
8. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
9. D.O.M (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
10. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)

Fun facts to know and tell about the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards:

  • White Rabbit in Moscow was the highest new entry on the list, ranked at 23.

  • The highest-ranked U.S. restaurant is Eleven Madison Park in New York City.

  • In addition to Eleven Madison Park, four other U.S. restaurants in the top 50 are: Le Bernardin in New York City, Alinea in Chicago, Per Se in New York City and The French Laundry, Yountville, California.

  • The award is good for business! The day after Noma won in 2010, about 100,000 people tried to book a table through the website.

--From the Editors at Netscape

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