The beloved atmosphere of restaurants was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, putting even the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards to a halt. But it has officially made a comeback as people too get to return to clink their glasses together and dine over delicious meals. The awards for 2021 feature two eateries in Copenhagen taking up the first and second place of what is deemed to be the Oscars of the fine dining experience. The top spot? Well that goes to Noma.
Danish chef René Redzepi’s three Michelin star restaurant opened in Copenhagen back in 2003 and took the first slot of the top 50 ranking back in 2010. Noma now joins Eleven Madison park, the Fat Duck, Osteria Francescana and Mirazur in a separate ‘Best of the Best’ program.
Second place is currently reserved for Noma’s neighbour ‘Geranium’, also in Copenhagen. Head chef Rasmus Kofoed serves adventurous seasonal menu items which reflect his passion for sea-foraging. With melted smoked lard and squid filling up the menu, guests are treated to a wide array of delicacies.
In third place comes Spain’s Asador Etxebarri, where all dishes are flame grilled. Chef Victor Arguinzoniz was voted by his peers as the winner of the Chef’s Choice Award. The top 5 list is rounded up by Central in Lima, Peru, which is also the best restaurant in South America. Last but not least, another Spanish restaurant, this time from Barcelona, Disfrutar, takes 5th place.