Magazine Picks Top 50 Restaurants in the World

The Fat Duck

Restaurant Magazine's top choice: The Fat Duck in the village of Bray in England. Restaurant Magazine hide caption

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French Laundry

The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. Restaurant Magazine hide caption

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Restaurant Magazine publishes its list of the top 50 restaurants worldwide. For 2005, The Fat Duck in Bray, Berks, England took top honors. The magazine chose The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. as the best in the Americas. The magazine surveyed a panel of more than 600 international chefs, critics and restaurateurs.

The Fat Duck Tasting Menu

The 20-course meal costs £100 or close to $200 (not including wine). Here's a sample:

Nitro-green Tea and Lime Mousse

Orange and Beetroot Jelly

Oyster, Passion Fruit Jelly, Horseradish Cream, Lavender

Pommery Grain Mustard Ice Cream, Red Cabbage Gazpacho

Jelly of Quail, Langoustine Cream, Parfait of Foie Gras

Snail Porridge

Jabugo Ham, shaved fennel

Roast Foie Gras

Almond fluid gel, cherry and chamomile

Sardine on Toast Sorbet

Ballotine of mackerel "invertebrate," marinated daikon

Salmon Poached With Liquorice

Asparagus, pink grapefruit, "manni" olive oil

Poached Breast of Anjou Pigeon Pancetta

Pastilla of its leg, pistachio, cocoa and quatre épices

White Chocolate and Caviar

Mrs Marshall's Margaret Cornet

Pine Sherbet Fountain

Mango and Douglas Fir Puree

Bavarois of lychee and mango, blackcurrant sorbet

Carrot and Orange Tuile, Bavarois of Basil

Beetroot Jelly

Smoked Bacon and Egg Ice Cream

Pain perdu, tea jelly

Leather, Oak and Tobacco Chocolates

Praline Rose Tartlet

Read the Full List

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1. The Fat Duck — Best in Europe

Bray, Berks, England

2. El Bulli — Chef's Choice

Montjoi, Spain


3. The French Laundry — Best in Americas

Yountville, Calif.

4. Tetsuya's — Best in Australasia

Sydney, Australia

5. Gordon Ramsay


6. Pierre Gagnaire


7. Per Se — Highest New Entry

New York

8. Tom Aikens


9. Jean Georges

New York

10. St John


11. Michel Bras

Laguiole, France

12. Le Louis XV

Monte Carlo, Monaco

13. Chez Panisse — Highest Climber

Berkeley, Calif.

14. Charlie Trotter


15. Gramercy Tavern

New York

16. Guy Savoy

Paris, France

17. Restaurant Alain Ducasse


18. The Gallery at Sketch


19. The Waterside Inn

Bray, Berks, England

20. Nobu


21. Restaurante Arzak

San Sebastian, Spain

22. El Raco de Can Fabes

San Celoni, Spain

23. Checcino dal 1887


24. Le Meurice


25. L'Hotel de Ville

Crissier, Switzerland

26. L’Arpege


27. Angela Hartnett at The Connaught


28. Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

Oxon, England

29. Le Cinq

Paris, France

30. Hakkasan


31. Cal Pep — Outstanding Value


32. Masa

New York

33. Flower Drum

Melbourne, Australia

34. WD50

New York

35. Le Quartier Francais – Best in Middle East & Africa

Franschhoek, South Africa

36. Spice Market

New York

37. Auberge de Auberge de l'Ill

Illhaeusern-Alsace, France

38. Manresa


39. Restaurant Dieter Muller

Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

40. La Maison Troisgros

Roanne, France

41. The Wolseley


42. Rockpool

Sydney, Australia

43. Yauatcha


44. The Ivy


45. Gambero Rosso

San Vincenzo, Italy

46. The Cliff

St James, Barbados

47. Le Gavroche


48. Enoteca Pinchiorri — Editor's Choice

Florence, Italy

49. Felix — Best in Asia

The Peninsula, Hong Kong

50. La Tupina

Bordeaux, France

Reprinted with permission of Restaurant Magazine.



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