. . . Tuesday May 10, 2005

Ordering In

I’m not sure if one can really come up with a complete list of something like the world’s top fifty restaurants. So much of eating is about taste (and yes, you can quote me on that). For example, when I make my breakfast sandwiches (details not forthcoming – I’m all about open source except when it comes to my peanut-butter related personality quirks), my wife considers our kitchen to be one of the top eateries worldwide.

That said, it does sound pretty meaningful that 14 of the top 50 restaurants ranked by a magazine called, well, Restaurant are located in England. Yes, that England. The country formerly known for having some of the worst grub in Europe.

OK, so Restaurant Magazine is headquartered in the UK, but still…

What changed? Well, let’s put it this way: Next time you hear English politicians complaining about immigration, ask them what they had for dinner the last time they dined out. Diversity tastes a whole lot better than Bubble and Squeak.

Here is a look at the top ten:

The Fat Duck Bray, Berkshire, England
El Bulli, Montjoi, Spain
The French Laundry, Yountville, California
Tetsuya’s, Sydney
Gordon Ramsay, London
Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
Per Se, New York
Tom Aikens, London
Jean Georges, New York
St. John, London

Notice that Napa’s Thomas Keller landed two of the top ten spots. If he had the breakfast sandwich recipe, there’d be no stopping him.

Concentration is important!