Noma restaurant has been named the best in the world for a third year running in an international survey. The Copenhagen restaurant, serving Nordic specialities in a quayside warehouse, topped the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list compiled for a 10th year by more than 800 international experts for Britain’s Restaurant magazine.
The magazine called Noma’s chef Rene Redzepi “the standard bearer for the New Nordic movement,” citing his attention to detail and innovative approach. He also won respect for his use of local and seasonal ingredients foraged from the seashore or the forest.
Noma seized the top spot in 2010 from Spain’s El Bulli, which has since closed.
Top 10 of Restaurant magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012 (last year’s rank in brackets):
1. Noma — Copenhagen, Denmark (1st)
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain (2nd)
3. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain (3rd)
4. D.O.M., Sao Paolo, Brazil (7th)
5. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (4th)
6. Per Se, New York (10th)
7. Alinea, Chicago (6th)
8. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain (8th)
9. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (n/a)
10. Eleven Madison Park, New York (24th)
For the majority of people who will never get to partake in a Noma meal, here’s a glimpse of what it takes to win the S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant Award.