World’s Best Restaurant

The winner of this year’s S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best restaurants list has been announced and has awarded the 2011 Worlds Best Restaurant title to noma, a restaurant in Copenhagen. noma, who also took home the 2010 award, is best known for its ‘fanatical approach to foraging’. noma rose to number one last year when it overtook a Spanish restaurant that had held the title for four years running.

What noma say about their food:

‘We do our own salting, smoking, pickling, drying and grilling. We also prepare our own vinegars and make our own eaux de vies (fruit brandy). And we use state-of-the-art kitchen appliances and techniques, of course, since we are just as concerned with the textures of our food as any other world-class restaurant.’

The Award

Each year over 800 chefs, critics, journalists and food experts vote on their top 7 restaurants that they had dined in over the past eighteen months. To get on the list is a sought-after honour which can take a restaurant from hidden gem to world class must-visit hot spot. The award has been running for nine years and was first started by the British trade magazine Restaurant; it has become the major awards ceremony for the restaurant industry.

What about the UK?

The UK does have a spot on the list, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck came in at fifth place – down two places on the previous year. Heston Blumenthal, who is known on TV for his unconventional and unusual experiments with food, hosts a Tasting Menu costing £160 per person and lasting for 4 hours. It’s quality not quantity.

Quick Summary of the rest of the list:

  • France has the most number of restaurants in the list, eight in total – are we surprised?
  • The UK has a total of 4 restaurants that have made it on the list. The Fat Duck being the top of these.
  • The highest climber was awarded to Nihonryori Ryugin in Japan. It jumped from 48th place to finish at 20th.
Booking will need to be done well in advance to ensure a seat at these world-class restaurants. If you decide to visit one of the 2011 Worlds Best Restaurants abroad, don’t forget to take out a travel insurance policy to ensure you cover your possessions* whilst you roam the classiest places to eat. 24/7 Travel Insurance will cost only £4.70* to cover you for a 3 day trip to Denmark, where you can indeed dine at the number one, noma.Source – theworlds50best.com, thefatduck.co.uk, noma.dk 05/05/2011
*Premium £4.70 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an adult aged under 55 taking out a ‘Standard’ Single Trip 24/7 Travel Insurance policy including personal possessions cover for 3 days in Europe and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (May 2011) and are subject to change. You must read the policy wording to ensure you are familiar with your cover.