World's 50 Best Restaurants

Denmark once again on top

Shooting star of Danish cuisine: René Redzepi, creator of Noma
Shooting star of Danish cuisine: René Redzepi, creator of Noma

The rankings for this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants are in and this time René Redzepi's Noma from Copenhagen has positioned itself at the top. Two German restaurants are also represented in the ranking - both from Berlin.

Great jubilation for the Danish kitchen team in Copenhagen: René Redzepi lands with the restaurant Noma in this year's ranking of the World's 50 Best Restaurants at number 1 and thus on the top position. Decorated with three Michelin stars, Noma is known for constantly reinventing itself. Now, the restaurant made it to the top of The World's 50 Best Restaurants list for the fifth time.

Redzepi's cuisine focuses on a creative interpretation of Nordic dishes, with a preference for local produce, especially fish, local vegetables and a variety of local herbs and ingredients, some of which are unusual.

In any case, Noma is delighted with the ranking:

The second-placed restaurant is also based in the Danish capital: Geranium. The chef is Rasmus Kofoed. The top chef has held three Michelin stars for the restaurant since 2016. His meticulous approach to seasonal Danish cuisine has resulted in Geranium moving from 49th place in 2012 to now second in the 2021 list of the world's 50 best restaurants. Kofoed is also the only chef ever to win the gold, silver and bronze medals in the prestigious Bocuse d'Or global cooking competition.

Third place was secured by Asador Etxebarri restaurant from Atxondo, Spain. Basque chef Victor Arguinzoniz is famous for being able to grill practically anything and coax incredible flavors out of seemingly simple ingredients. To get more control over the cooking process, he designed Asador Etxebarri's grills himself - the kitchen has six fully adjustable grills that can be raised and lowered via a pulley system, and he also invented several utensils, such as mesh pans. The restaurant has its own 750-degree oven, where Arguinzoniz and his team prepare fresh coals daily from carefully selected woods such as holm oak for fish and wine logs for meat.

The places 4 to 10 look as follows:
Places 4 to 10
4. Central, Lima (Peru)

5. disfrutar, Barcelona (Spain)

6. frantzén, Stockholm (Sweden)

7. Maido, Lima (Peru)

8. Odette, Singapore

9. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

10. The Chairman, Hong Kong, China

Two German top restaurants from Berlin also have reason to be pleased: this year the restaurant Tim Raue is ranked 31st and Nobelhart & Schmutzig is ranked 45th.

Top chef Tim Raue, decorated with a total of two Michelin stars, focuses in his gourmet restaurant on"Asian-inspired cuisine, which can be characterized as a combination of Japanese product perfection, Thai aromatics and Chinese kitchen philosophy". Raue avoids bread, noodles and rice and white sugar as far as possible. In addition, the top chef also offers a vegan menu. The Kolibri menu, for example, is available for 208 euros.

At Nobelhart & Schmutzig, patron and sommelier Billy Wagner (previously at Berlin's "Rutz") and chef Micha Schäfer (previously at "Villa Merton" in Frankfurt) take care of the guests' well-being. In the Michelin-starred restaurant, the best seasonal ingredients from the region are used. The cooking is well thought out and reduced. There is a menu with 10 courses, and exciting wines, beers and distillates are served to match. In their online shop, the makers also offer all kinds of homemade products for sale, such as cranberry and gooseberry spread (9 euros each) or various baked goods and sausages.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is published annually by London-based William Reed Media. The entire list can be found here.