Tuesday, 22 April 2008


The worlds top restaurants have been judged and the winners announced on Monday night. Not one Irish restaurant, which is a pity.

How the hell do you get that gig, judging I mean?

Seriously I would wake up happy, and heavier, everyday.

"Off to work dear?"

"Yes sweetums, lunch at The Fat duck then it's dinner at Le Gavroche. Cant get a break at all!"

One can dream.......

1El Bulli Spain World's Best Restaurant Best in Europe
2 The Fat Duck UK
3 Pierre Gagnaire France
4 Mugaritz Spain Chefs Choice
5 The French Laundry USA Best Restaurant in Americas
6 Per Se USA
7 Bras France
8 Arzak Spain
9 Tetsuya's Austraila Best Restaurant in Australasia
10 Noma Denmark
11 L'Astrance France
12 Gambero Rosso Italy
13 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay UK
14 L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon France
15 Le Louis XV France
16 St John UK Highest Climber
17 Jean Georges USA
18 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée France
19 Hakkasan UK
20 Le Bernardin USA
21 Alinea USA
22 Le Gavroche UK
23 Dal Pescatore Italy
24 Le Cinq France
25 Troisgros France
26 El Celler de Can Roca Spain
27 L'Hotel de Ville - Philippe Rochat Switzerland
28 Hof Van Cleve Belgium
29 Martin Berasategui Spain
30 Nobu London UK
31 Can Fabes Spain
32 Enoteca Pinchiorri Italy
33y Le Meurice France
34 Vendome Germany Highest New Entry
35 Die Schwarzwaldstube Germany
36 Le Calandre Italy
37 Chez Panisse USA
38 Charlie Trotter's USA
39 Chez Dominique Finland
40 D.O.M Brazil
41 Daniel USA
42 Oud Sluis Netherlands
43 Ristorante Cracco Italy
44 Asador Etxebarri Spain
45 Les Ambassadeurs France
46 L'Arpege France
47 Tantris Germany
48 Oaxen Skärgärdskrog Sweden
49 Rockpool Austrailia
50 Le Quartier Francais South Africa Best in Middle East and Africa

The next 50.....

25 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

sheepworrier said...

They missed out Esperantos...

Twenty Major said...

El Bulli again, eh?

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

They all look more interesting than mouth-watering but happily I'm interested and the food part is just one part of the fun of eating out. The atmosphere needs to be great too.

El Bulli looks amazing but The Fat Duck sounds like a place that would be hard to resist for its name alone.

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Egg and bacon ice-cream ought to be tried once in every lifetime though.

Anonymous said...

The formatting of the list is buggered when viewed in Firefox. IE 7 is okay.
Just saying like, it made it more difficult for me to count up how many I'd ever eaten at.

Still came out at none though.

Conan Drumm said...

So, how much for three courses at any of these gaffs? Any chance of a plat du jour?

Manuel said...


Manuel said...


Manuel said...

Sheepo: no justice...

twenty: has to be tried eh..

sam: I wouldn't say no to any of them....Alian Ducasse would have to be my preferred choice...

bbb: sorted now......sorry bout that

conan: if you are eating at one of these then price is not really a question eh.....

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Manuel, have you seen this?

Giles Coren slams the English breakfast and Ross Anderson says Oi, Coren, hands off my sausage!

Great fun. Ross Anderson's reply's brilliant.

Manuel said...

sam: the man is a tool.......a broken one at that......blood boiling.....anyway they cant make a good fry up.......ulster fry is the only way to go......

Anonymous Boxer said...

Funny, none of these are in Seattle.


Manuel said...

boxer: it's all coffee n smokes in seattle no? and grunge? you still do grunge?

savannah said...

i know OF some of these places...and once tried to get a reso at the french laundry, but sadly i wasn't going to be in town 6 MONTHS FROM THE DAY I CALLED! but aside from that, what a great list (does it count that i saw the inside of le cinq, but didn't eat there?) so many places to eat, and so little time and money, sugar! *sigh*

Manuel said...

savannah: oh for the chance to eat in one of them.......and the money

Anonymous Boxer said...

grunge died and they closed the infamous crocodile cafe. Boo.

Manuel said...

boxer: the bastards.......lets have a riot......oh actually no.......you had one before....

Medbh said...

My sister loves The French Laundry and has their cookbook.

Sharon said...

I can get all smug now, I had lunch at no. 13 and it was some of the best money I have ever spent. We were able to get a reservation just 2 days before. It was perfection. If there was a religion that preached heaven included a meal there a year, I'd sign up.
They asked us who was hosting the table, but we didn't know what they meant; that whoever was hosting got a menu with prices, the other diner didn't. How posh is that? Ah such food, such surroundings, such wine.

MJ said...

Not one Canuck restaurant either, I might add.

Manuel said...

sharon: so jealous.......how was the service.....?

mj: moose food eh eh eh

Manuel said...

medbh: I had a look at their website......wow (as the americans might say) looks beautiful......

Sharon said...

The service was perfect. They were like professors of waiting. They were knowledgeable, warm, welcoming and efficient. They really helped put us at ease; no doubt they can tell in an instant when a diner is accustomed to eating in such a place or whether this is a very special treat.

Manuel said...

sharon: nice......jealous......but nice

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