British restaurants dominate "World's Best" shortl

Britain has the most representatives in the shortlist of the world's best restaurants - beating France and the United States -

British Restaurants to Compete for 'World's Best' Title

By Alison Purdy, PA

Fourteen of the UK’s top eateries will today compete with rivals from around the world to be crowned the world’s best restaurant.

They have been named in a 50-strong shortlist for the awards which was started created three years ago. Eleven of the British entrants are based in London and a further two are from nearby Bray in Berkshire.

Among the British contenders are fiery celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant on Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, as well as celebrity haunts The Ivy, on West Street, Covent Garden, and Nobu, at the Metropolitan Hotel, Old Park Lane, all in London.

Outside the capital The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck, both in Berkshire, will be hoping for a win as will Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, Oxon.

Ella Johnston, editor of the British-based Restaurant Magazine which created the awards three years ago, said: “It may appear very London-centric but with the US-based Gourmet magazine recently declaring London ‘the best place to eat on the planet’, I believe it’s a fair reflection of the city’s place in global dining.”

Fifty restaurants from around the world have been competing for the coveted title. There is a belief that that British food is unexciting and tasteless, far from it. Just go and visit the restaurants that have made it on the list. Many provide traditional British dishes.

This year speculation is rife that two times winner Thomas Keller of the Laundry, in California, US, will have to cede defeat to a British restaurant.

The UK has the largest number of restaurants in the shortlist (14) outstripping both France and the US, which only have 10 restaurants each vying for the top spot.

Ms Johnston said the aim was to provide a definitive guide to the best places to eat around the world.

“Nobody had done it before. Sure, we had national and city guides but as global communication and commerce becomes part and parcel of our everyday lives, and international travel is so readily available, it was odd that there was no definitive list of the best places to eat around the globe,” she said.

The winner as voted for by 500 international chefs, critics and restaurateurs, will be announced at The Royal Exchange today.

The UK restaurants in the top 50 are:

Angela Hartnett at The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place, London

The Fat Duck, High Street, Bray, Berkshire

The Gallery at Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London

Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street, London

Gordon Ramsay, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London

Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, London

The Ivy, 1 West Street, London

St John, 26 St John Street, London

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Church Road, Great Milton, Oxon

Nobu, Metropolitan Hotel, 19 Old Park Lane, London

Tom Aikens, 43 Elystan Street, London

The Waterside Inn, Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire

The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London

Yauatcha, 15 Broadwick Street, London

Londons the best place to eat in the world
PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Black pudding and some of the other shit I had to eat there gross :P
A British restuarant won the "Best In The World" title.

British restaurant Fat Duck declared best in world

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 11:50 JST
LONDON — A British restaurant emerged as the best in the world in an annual list that also revealed Britain — a country often laughed at for its poor food — is home to the largest number of top eateries.

The Fat Duck, in a village in Berkshire, west of London, won the coveted title of top dining spot at The World's 50 Best Restaurant's 2005 awards on Monday night, which also featured 13 other restaurants in Britain alone.

Critics, however, argued that the annual list — compiled by the magazine Restaurant and chosen by more than 500 chefs and experts — was more of a guide on good places to eat rather than the best the world has to offer.

Comprising entries from mainly developed countries, France had eight restaurants inside the top 50, while the United States only had six.

Asia was notably lacking in representation at the awards in London, with just one restaurant in Hong Kong, called Felix, coming in at number 49.

The Fat Duck in Bray wowed the judges with original dishes such as sardine on toast sorbet and bacon and egg ice cream.

"It's a complete package of enjoyment I am after," said Chief Chef Blumenthal, whose scientific approach to creating new flavors has seen him dubbed the guru of "molecular gastronomy," according to The Guardian newspaper.

"If I discover something new and get a sense of excitement about it, I want to pass it on to the customer in the dining room," he was quoted as saying by the daily.

"It is like when you see an incredible view or drink a great bottle of wine — the experience is heightened if you share it with someone else."

The restaurant, which offers three extensive menus ranging in price from 37.50 pounds ($71, 55 euros) for lunch to 97.50 pounds, snatched the top slot from The French Laundry in California, pushing it into third place.

Second in line was Spain's El Bulli, while fourth and fifth went to Tetsuya's in Sydney and Gordon Ramsay in London.

Ella Johnston, the editor of Restaurant magazine, said the public's growing enthusiasm for food drove Britain's dynamic restaurant scene — which has moved far away from the stereotypical, bland image of meat-and-two-veg in the past.

"British chefs used to just go abroad to the U.S. and France," she was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

"Now, with people becoming more adventurous eaters and with more money in London and the surrounding areas, they know they will have an audience for great food," she said.

"By no stretch of the imagination are 14 of the world's best restaurants in the U.K.," he said in the Observer's sister Guardian newspaper.

While agreeing that The Fat Duck deserved its No. 1 rating and other eateries were tasty, Rayner said: "The list is a collection of 50 good restaurants, some of which deserve to be there, some of which don't.

Johnston agreed that the list has been chosen by an international panel that included prominent figures such as the Chinese chef Ken Hom. (Wire reports)
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Londons the best place to eat in the world
PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Black pudding and some of the other shit I had to eat there gross :P

Black pudding is BEAUTIFUL.
Col Man
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thats a funny name for a webiste...

and hmm i cant bear the thought of black pudding
yuk man
dried pigs blood
my parents love it however...
Col Man
as for the Fat Duck restaurant; i was gonna post a story on it due to its weird foods but as there is a thread already ill stick some of its delights here :

The restaurant offers three extensive menus for guests which include delights such as fig purée with red wine, crab with roast foie gras, snail porridge, sardine on toast sorbet and smoked bacon and egg ice-cream.

the snail porridge gets me the most...

The Horror
Col Man
Here is the list of the top 50 around the world, in order:

1. The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire, UK.
2. El Bulli, Montjoi, Spain.
3. The French Laundry, Yountville, California, US.
4. Tetsuya's, Sydney, Australia.
5. Gordon Ramsay, London, UK.
6. Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France.
7. Per Se - New York, US.
8. Tom Aikens, London.
9. Jean Georges, New York, US.
10. St John, London.
11. Michel Bras, Laguiole, France.
12. Le Louis XV, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
13. Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California, US.
14. Charlie Trotter, Chicago, US.
15. Gramercy Tavern, New York, US.
16. Guy Savoy, Paris, France.
17. Restaurant Alain Ducasse, Paris, France.
18. The Gallery at Sketch, London.
19. The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire, UK.
20. Nobu, London.
21. Restaurante Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain.
22. El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain.
23. Checcino dal 1887, Rome, Italy.
24. Le Meurice, Paris, France.
25. L'Hotel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland.
26. L'Arpege, Paris, France.
27. Angela Hartnett at The Connaught, London.
28. Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Oxon, UK.
29. Le Cinq, Paris, France.
30. Hakkasan, London.
31. Cal Pep, Barcelona, Spain.
32. Masa, New York, US.
33. Flower Drum, Melbourne, Australia.
34. WD50, New York, US.
35. Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, South Africa.36. Spice Market, New York, US.
37. Auberge de l'Ill, Illhaeusern-Alsace, France.
38. Manresa, California, US.
39. Restaurant Dieter Muller, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.
40. La Maison Troisgros, Roanne, France.
41. The Wolseley, London.
42. Rockpool, Sydney, Australia.
43. Yauatcha, London.
44. The Ivy, London.
45. Gambero Rosso, San Vincenzo, Italy.
46. The Cliff, St James, Barbados.
47. Le Gavroche, London.
48. Enoteca Pinchiorri - Editor's Choice, Florence, Italy.
49. Felix - Best in Asia, The Peninsula, Hong Kong.
50. La Tupina, Bordeaux, France.
Col Man
a coupl of links from sky news, if anyones interested :


If it's snails I want then I shall go to the Fat Duck. But The Plough & Stars in Cambridge, MA has the best burger by far!

Black pudding is BEAUTIFUL

maybe in a garbage can along with most of the crap they call food in England :P
Snail porridge....oh, I'm hungry now!... >gag<

Just goes to show that some people will choke anything down to appear sophisticated and high-class... especially in the U.K.

By the way, the key phrase in all of this is;

"Ella Johnston, editor of the British-based Restaurant Magazine which created the awards three years ago..."

...and so forth. So the British are now, suddenly, the gourmet titans of the world!!!

Can I have a small order of beans on toast to go,please?
How is the chile?
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How is the chile?

Still hugging the west coast of South America, last I heard...

Hard-Luck Henry
Of course Canada is renowned for it's cuisine. I mean you have ... well, erm ... oh yeah, Bran Buds!
Vanni Fucci
...and poutine...
Well Britain may win all the hoity toity food awards but some of the best food I have had was in Turkey. Ohhhhh it makes we want to go back there just thinking about it.
Lovely, lovely food. Canada wasn't bad, didn't eat out that much but we did have a lovely meal in Sidney on Vancouver was yummy...and cheap compared to here.
Hard-Luck Henry
Ummm ... lovely ...
185 pounds per person to eat at that restaurant? that is amazing. but then again, i suppose in toronto or vancouver you might drop that much if it included booze. still crazy. cannot justify at all.
That's not so unusual, actually. Any number of supposedly high-end restaurants get nailed with Health Code violations every year. In other words, they're palaces up front, "Black Hole of Calcutta" in back.
You must have been in the restaurant business at one time snoproblem, I did, you are right one the money. One reason I don't eat out.
Actually, I have done kitchen duty for a restaurant, but that wasn't my main job. That place, however, was dilligent in keeping the place clean. I oughta know, I helped out once in a while!

The owners had stories about other places that, uh, weren't so dilligent. They didn't name names, but they did point out that some high-end places were prime culprits. I also knew some cooks and wait staff... same kind of stories.

Ever watch "Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares" on the Food Network? Those kitchens can be pretty gross, sometimes.
I had to do the Roach kill at a local eatery while working in the basement of a certain department store, and after those experiences,I,too,almost never eat out. This could have something to do with the fact that I was ordered to spray all the food with poisonous chemicals every night!As I doubt any trace of that company still exists,I'll say it was United Stores of Montreal. On an average night,I would sweep up at least 3 dustpans full of dead roaches.
hahahahhaha thats funny snoproblem. Have you read "kitchen confidential" by anthony bourdain?? Adventures in the culinary underbelly More gripping than a steven king novel Its so funny!!!!!

"After twenty five years of "sex, drugs and bad behaviour and haute cuisine" chef and novelist anthony bourdain has decided to tell all. From his first oyster in the gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in provincetown; from the kitchen of the rainbow room atop the rockerfeller centre to the drug dealers on the east village, from tokyo to paris and back to new york again, bourdains tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable, as shocking as they are funny."

You will laugh your head off snoproblem if you read it.
Anthony Bourdain is a pretty cool guy. He should cut back on the smokes, though.

I regularly watched his show, "A Cook's Tour". He goes everywhere, he tries everything. Fearless, that one.

Yeah, I watch the Food Network a lot!
The book is both very funny and also very scary . The food channel is good, I use to love watching those two fat ladies from england, I found the food they made mezmorizing and so gross :P Like there mode of transportation tho.
Now don't get upset bigh, I love roast beef and yorkshire puddin.
Hard-Luck Henry
I'm with you on that P - they're a couple of old school crazies, those two. Traditional British food, maybe, but if you ate that stuff often you'd end up with that other British tradition; chronic heart disease.