Noma tops restaurant list again
DENMARK'S Noma restaurant on Monday reclaimed the title of world's best restaurant, becoming a four-time winner, having lost the title last year to Spain's El Celler de Can Roca.
The two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen, which serves Nordic specialities in a quayside warehouse, topped the World's 50 Best Restaurants list compiled by 900 international experts for Britain's Restaurant magazine.
The restaurant's head chef, Rene Redzepi, paid tribute to his staff, calling them his "inspiration", as he collected the coveted prize.
"I know I'm not always the easiest person to be around," he told guests at London's Guildhall.
There were murmurs in the audience when El Celler de Can Roca was named only at No. 2, losing the crown it seized from Noma for the first time last year.
The restaurant in Girona, run by three brothers and known for its dishes based on perfumes, had previously spent two years as runner-up.
Foraging restaurant Noma suffered last year after it was forced to apologise for a bout of food poisoning that left 63 customers suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea over a five-day period.
The restaurant, which gets its name from two Danish words "nordisk" (Nordic) and "mad" (food), serves up local fare such as moss, sea urchins and oysters, and is celebrated for its The Hen And The Egg dish - quail eggs which are pickled and smoked.
Last month, Noma announced plans to relocate to Japan for two months next year.
Two Singapore restaurants made it to the top 50 list: Restaurant Andre at No. 37, and Waku Ghin at No. 50.
Seven of the top 50 restaurants were found in Asia, five in Latin America and one in Africa.