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World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2007

January 22, 2008 | By More

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  1. El Bulli Spain
  2. For the second year in a row, El Bulli has topped the poll. There’s not a lot that hasn’t been written about El Bulli and Fernando Adrià Acosta. “No other restaurant in the world concentrates more on what’s in front of you on the plate.”

    El Bulli is a Michelin starred restaurant in Roses on the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain. The small restaurant overlooks the Cala Monjoi bay, and has been described as “the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet” with a great deal of work done on molecular gastronomy.

    The restaurant has a limited season from April to September; bookings are taken on a single day in the previous October. It accommodates only 8,000 diners a season, with 800,000 people calling to try and book places — around 400 requests for every table. The average cost of a meal is €250; the restaurant itself has operated at a loss since 2000, with operating profit coming from El Bulli-related books, and lectures from Adrià.

    Interesting Fact: New cooking techniques are developed in the six months the restaurant is closed each year at the el Bulli Taller (lab/workshop) in Barcelona.

  3. The Fat Duck UK
  4. Pierre Gagnaire France
  5. The French Laundry USA
  6. Tetsuya’s Australia
  7. Bras France
  8. Mugaritz Spain
  9. Le Louis XV Monaco
  10. Per Se USA
  11. Arzak Spain

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Category: Food

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