Japan and China dominate world’s best restaurants list

Vastavam web: Japan and China have more of the world’s best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week.Although the French-based list will declare Guy Savoy’s flagship Paris riverside restaurant the best in the world for the second year running and French cooking dominates the top 100 the big trend is the climb of Chinese haute cuisine.Japan still tops the country table with 138 restaurants in the top 1,000 of the French classification which aggregates reviews from guides, newspapers and websites including TripAdvisor but China is closing the gap fast with 123.
“Up to now China has been one of the most difficult countries to get data from,” Zipprick told AFP, but a boom in local gastronomic guides has changed all that.Two other restaurants in the Japanese capital made the top 20, the minuscule Kyo Aji and French chef Joel Robuchon’s plush dining room in a reconstructed French chateau.They were followed by the highest-placed Chinese restaurant, the Huai Yang Fu at Andingmen in Beijing — whose speciality is a roast pork dish adored by Chairman Mao.
While there is no dramatic change at the summit of the list, there were three newcomers to the top 10, including The French Laundry, a former saloon in California’s Napa Valley which “Kitchen Confidential” author Anthony Bourdain has called “the best restaurant in the world, period”.The Andalusian fish specialist in El Puerto de Santa Maria jumped 200 places on the back of getting a third Michelin star.
For the first time a Canadian restaurant, Alo in Toronto, has entered the top 100, while the Turkish female chef Aylin Yazicioglu makes the grade for her highly-rated Istanbul restaurant, Nicole.New York’s Eleven Madison Park, which was first in the 50 Best Restaurants ranking in 2017, was placed fourth on La Liste.La Liste’s aggregator of the 1,000 top-rated restaurants in the world is modelled on the world tennis rankings and the Shanghai Ranking for universities.
While Japan, China, France and the United States top the league for having the highest number of best restaurants, Switzerland with 38 for a population of eight million, has the highest per capital rating.Zipprick said its database which is available as a smartphone app — now includes 16,000 eateries across the world which it classifies from haute cuisine to lower-priced “Food Gems”.