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Brae jumps 22 spots on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list

As the countdown to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list begins, the back end of the list has been released.

By Maggie Scardifield
Dan Hunter at Brae

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. 

  1. Maní, São Paulo, Brasil
    1. Per Se, New York, USA
    2. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
    3. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
    4. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain
    5. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
    6. L'Astrance, Paris, France
    7. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
    8. Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
    9. Hedone, London, UK
    10. Maeemo, Oslo, Norway
    11. La Grenouillere, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil, France
    12. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
    13. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      65 (equal). Brae, Birregurra, Australia
      65 (equal). Lyle's, London, UK
    14. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St.Helena, USA
    15. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    16. Epicure, Paris, France
      70. Burnt Ends, Singapore
    17. Daniel, New York, USA
    18. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
    19. Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium
    20. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
    21. Twins, Moscow, Russia
    22. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa
    23. Den, Tokyo, Japan
    24. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
    25. DiverXO, Madrid, Spain
    26. L'atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France
    27. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA
    28. Hajime, Osaka, Japan
    29. Manresa, Los Gatos, USA
    30. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
    31. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
      86. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
    32. Indian Accent, Delhi, India
    33. Die Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, Germany
      89 (equal). Benu, San Francisco, USA
      89 (equal). Zuma, Dubai, UAE
    34. St John, London, UK
      92. Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan
    35. Daniel Berlin, Skåne Tranås, Sweden
    36. Bras, Laguiole, France
    37. L'Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
    38. Cosme, New York, USA
    39. Momofuku Ko, New York, USA
      98. Quay, Sydney, Australia
      99. La Petite Maison, Dubai, UAE
    40. 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.