Australians make their mark in World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Australia has made its mark with four restaurants in the top 100, one in the top 50 and two individual awards.

Australia has made a substantial mark on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, announced overnight in London. Melbourne’s crowning glory, Attica – already recognised with multiple three-hat accolades from The Age Good Food Guide and the Restaurant of the Year gong from Gourmet Traveller – has again been named the Best Restaurant in Australasia, and placed at #32 on the list. The position puts Attica ahead of world renowned venues such as Relae (Copenhagen, #45), Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, #47) and Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns (New York, #49). While this is a dip from Attica’s position last year (#21), it’s still a meteoric rise from their 2010 entry to the list at #73. The Salt Cured Red Kangaroo with Bunya Bunya was selected as the choice dish. The judges notes praise the “sublime and captivating experience” of Ben Shewry’s modern Australian jewel. attica-salt-cured-red-kangaroo-bunya-bunya Attica: Salt Cured Red Kangaroo with Bunya Bunya While Attica has no more Australian peers in the top 50, the 51-100 list showcases some friends. Sydney’s Quay placed at #58 and Melbourne’s Brae at #87. Fellow Sydney establishment, Sepia, joined the ranks at #84, also won the individual award for One To Watch. The 2013 One To Watch was Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen, which this year placed at #28 in the list. The 2014 One To Watch, Saison, placed just ahead of Quay at #56 this year. Beyond the Australian achievements are the top-placers this year. With no small amount of controversy, Copenhagen’s Noma has been bumped from the top spot (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014) down to third in the world. At #2 is Modena, Italy’s Osteria Francescana. Reclaiming the crown as #1 in the world is the Catalan cuisine of El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain). They also placed #1 in 2013.

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