World's richest travellers vote SA eatery among 100 best on the planet

06 June 2019 - 00:00 By Staff reporter
Luke Dale-Roberts outside his restaurant, The Test Kitchen, in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Luke Dale-Roberts outside his restaurant, The Test Kitchen, in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Image: Ruvan Boshoff

Elite Traveler, an in-flight magazine reserved exclusively for the backseats of private jets, has released its 2019 ranking of the world's top 100 restaurants.

While North American eateries dominate this year's global list, only one African restaurant made the grade: chef Luke Dale-Robert's The Test Kitchen.

The Cape Town restaurant, which also featured in the magazine's 2018 poll, came in at number 45, a step up from last year. 

"With a menu that includes dishes such as BBQ broccoli and Mozambique langoustine cooked (at your table) over burning star anise, The Test Kitchen offers a truly unique dining experience unlikely to be replicated anywhere else," the magazine gushed about the local eatery. 

WHICH RESTAURANT TOPPED THE LIST?

Triple Michelin-starred Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Lausanne, Switzerland, took pole position.

It knocked the longtime US champion, Alinea, into second place. The Chicago restaurant had held the number one spot for the past six years.

Another American restaurant, New York's Eleven Madison Park, rounded out the top three.

Restaurant de L'Hôtel de Ville in Switzerland was named the best restaurant in the world by Elite Traveler magazine.
Restaurant de L'Hôtel de Ville in Switzerland was named the best restaurant in the world by Elite Traveler magazine.
Image: B.Violier / Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville

According to the poll, which is compiled by votes from the magazine's affluent readers, New York is the fine-dining capital of the world. It has a dozen restaurants on the list, three of which cracked the top 10.

The Big Apple edged out Paris, which has 10 restaurants on the list. 

Similarly, the US leads the country count with 26 eateries, followed by France (18), Spain (8), Italy (7) and the UK (7). 

The world's top 10 restaurants for 2019, according to Elite Traveler, are:

  1. Restaurant de L'Hôtel de Ville in Lausanne, Switzerland
  2. Alinea in Chicago, US
  3. Eleven Madison Park in New York, US
  4. Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy 
  5. Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, Spain
  6. Per Se in New York , US
  7. The Restaurant at Meadowood in St Helena, US
  8. Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris, France
  9. Le Bernardin in New York, US
  10. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain

For the full list, visit elitetraveler.com

Additional reporting by AFP Relaxnews.


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