Ahead of the unveiling of The World's 50 Best Restaurants in New York next week, numbers 51 to 100 have been revealed, and the results are bound to have Australian chefs in a stir. Sepia and Brae, two Australian restaurants that débuted on the list last year, will be the main cause for chatter.
Brae in Birregurra, which launched a new accommodation offering on-site earlier this year, has jumped a solid 22 spots, now ranked at 65 equal with Lyle's in London, while last year it débuted in the 87th spot. Brae chef and co-owner, Dan Hunter, is "very happy, obviously".
"As a business it means a lot to us. Being listed is basically a worldwide ad for what we do. We are certainly ambitious, and we just try to present the best hospitality possible."
Quay in Sydney has dropped 40 spots to number 98 this year; it was ranked at 58 last year. Burnt Ends, Dave Pynt's modern Australian barbecue restaurant, which opened in 2013 in Singapore, comes in at number 70.
Absent from the back 50 is Martin Benn's Sepia in Sydney. Last year Sepia was placed at 84 and took out the award for Restaurant to Watch, but it is noticeably absent from the ranking that was revealed overnight. One to watch out for next week, perhaps.
No doubt there'll be some controversy over chef Thomas Keller's Per Se and The French Laundry, which have both fallen into the back 50 for the first time this year. Laundry, now at number 85 (it was previously 50 in 2015), occupied the number-one spot in 2003 and 2004, while Per Se, now 52 (it ranked 40 in 2015), was number six in 2013.
Other major international restaurants to have fallen off the top 50 include Inaki Aizpitarte's Le Chateaubriand, now number 74, and Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris, now number 58.
The full list will be revealed next week in New York. Until then, here are numbers 51 to 100.
51. Maní, São Paulo, Brasil
52. Per Se, New York, USA
53. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
54. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
55. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain
56. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
57. L'Astrance, Paris, France
58. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
59. Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
60. Hedone, London, UK
61. Maeemo, Oslo, Norway
62. La Grenouillere, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil, France
63. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
64. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
65 (equal). Brae, Birregurra, Australia
65 (equal). Lyle's, London, UK
67. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St.Helena, USA
68. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
69. Epicure, Paris, France
70. Burnt Ends, Singapore
71. Daniel, New York, USA
72. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
73. Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium
74. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
75. Twins, Moscow, Russia
76. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa
77. Den, Tokyo, Japan
78. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
79. DiverXO, Madrid, Spain
80. L'atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France
81. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA
82. Hajime, Osaka, Japan
83. Manresa, Los Gatos, USA
84. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
85. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
86. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
87. Indian Accent, Delhi, India
88. Die Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, Germany
89 (equal). Benu, San Francisco, USA
89 (equal). Zuma, Dubai, UAE
91. St John, London, UK
92. Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan
93. Daniel Berlin, Skåne Tranås, Sweden
94. Bras, Laguiole, France
95. L'Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
96. Cosme, New York, USA
97. Momofuku Ko, New York, USA
98. Quay, Sydney, Australia
99. La Petite Maison, Dubai, UAE
100. Chestnaya Kuhnya, Moscow, Russia
Pat Nourse, GT's deputy editor and chief restaurant critic, is the chair of The World's 50 Best Restaurants' Oceania, Australia and New Zealand voting panel.
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