Monday, May 6, 2013

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013

The results are in and El Celler de Can Roca took the top spot as the World's Best Restaurant in the World. Luckily for us, we dined there back in 2011. I know the results are subjective but a list is a list. To me, it means I don't have to dine there as it will be hard to get a reservation for the unforeseeable future. I tend to look at the new entries or restaurants at the bottom of the list because a select few with time will eventually make it up the list. For example, Restaurant Andre in Singapore was ranked at the bottom of the list a few years ago and now ranks at #38. I wished I dined there during our trip in 2011.
Steak tartare from El Celler de Can Roca
An interesting ranking on the list was Eleven Madison Park (ranked #5) as it surpassed Alinea who dropped to #15. What goes up, must come down. I wasn't too surprised as I witnessed some things that were unacceptable (e.g. bad attitudes of young chefs to visible wear of the table tops). I still think Alinea is a great restaurant but it makes you wonder if too much attention is being spent on Achatz's other restaurant Next. Whatever it is, I hope it invokes game changing ideas at Alinea.
Narisawa, Asia's Best Restaurant in 2013
What's next? As for travel, I'm hoping Hubs travels to Australia as it's a country I would like to explore. I originally wanted to go to Hong Kong but the bird flu outbreak continues to be a threat. Out of convenience, we'll likely travel to Napa during the summer. New York is an option for the Fall and perhaps Europe next spring. Right now Hubs has a impending trip to India and I'm trying not to drown in research projects.


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