The anticipated list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was revealed on Monday 18th July at a live awards ceremony in London.
Marking the twentieth anniversary of the annual ranking, this year’s edition features restaurants across 24 territories in five continents and 12 brand-new entries. Explore the list in 50 photos and find out who has been crowned No.1, The World’s Best Restaurant 2022, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
No.50 SingleThread, Healdsburg
Led by husband-and-wife team Kyle and Katina Connaughton – a chef and farmer respectively – SingleThread is a destination restaurant in Northern Californian wine country. The tasting menu begins with myriad small snacks and then moves through 10 further courses of kaiseki-style dining.
No.49 Ikoyi, London – NEW ENTRY
Chef Jeremy Chan and restaurateur Iré Hassan-Odukale launched Ikoyi in 2017, a restaurant in London inspired by herbs, spices and techniques scoured from across the world. The signature dish is smoked jollof rice, which appears alongside plates such as ike jime trout and Gola peppercorn.
No.48 Leo, Bogotá
The World’s Best Female Chef 2022, Leonor Espinosa, and her daughter, Laura Hernández Espinosa, form the duo at Leo’s helm. Located in Bogotá’s Chapinero neighbourhood, the restaurant showcases little-known Colombian ingredients while championing local communities and gastronomic traditions.
No.47 Oteque, Rio de Janeiro – NEW ENTRY
Oteque is the temple of chef Alberto Landgraf’s unique modern, seafood-based cuisine. Drawing on his Japanese lineage, the Brazilian-born chef serves an eight-course menu featuring dishes such as raw bluefin tuna with seaweed vinaigrette, pine nuts and caviar.
No.46 Belcanto, Lisbon
Under the navigation of chef José Avillez, who took the helm in 2012, Belcanto has become a legendary Lisbon establishment. In an intimate space, diners are presented with plates like shore prawn with pine nut cream, veal loin with artichoke millefeuille and truffle sauce.
No.45 Narisawa, Tokyo
Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa has honed a distinctive style at his eponymous restaurant in Tokyo. Channelling the traditional satoyama farming system (flatland cultivation and husbandry of local forests), Narisawa has created dishes such as Soup of the Soil, Bread of the Forest, and his signature starter, Satoyama Scenery.
No.44 Le Bernardin, New York
Now a culinary institution at the core of the Big Apple, Le Bernardin has had an exciting 50-year history. Decorated chef Eric Ripert has helmed the kitchen for decades, honing the menu into a class four-course dinner selection. Think tuna tartare with sea urchin toast and peached lobster with chanterelle mushrooms.
No.43 Boragó, Santiago
Inspired by the indigenous hunter-gatherers of Southern Chile, chef Rodolfo Guzmán’s fare is deeply rooted in Mapuche culture. His menu, named ‘Endémica’, showcases the nation’s diverse regions, with dishes such as pink Maule tomato steak with wild grapes and fruits, and Patagonian lamb with figs.
No.42 Quique Dacosta, Denia – RE-ENTRY
Ever-dapper chef Quique Dacosta pays homage to the fish, seafood and rice dishes of the levant to create tasting menus that combine the traditional and the modern. Highlights on the menu of his flagship restaurant in Spain are the tender prawn bread stuffed with chilli crab, and duck and smoked eel that are fragrant with rosemary.
No.41 La Cime, Osaka – NEW ENTRY
Chef Yusuke Takada sources his produce mostly from the local farms and fishing ports to create his fine, modern French fare with artisanal Japanese expression. His signature appetiser, the mysterious boudin dog, remains a fixture on the elaborate tasting menus.
No.40 Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau – RE-ENTRY
Housed in a remote castle perching atop a Swiss mountain, Schloss Schauenstein could have been plucked from the pages of a storybook. Chef Andreas Caminada’s menu is a treat for all senses, including trout with kohlrabi and dill, and tortellini pasta with veal and brown butter.
No.39 Sorn, Bangkok – NEW ENTRY
The brainchild of chef Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri, Sorn presents a culinary journey through the ingredients, flavours and stories of Southern Thailand. A series of delicious starters appear before the show-stopping main course: several curries served family style that take over the entire table.
No.38 Jordnær, Copenhagen – NEW ENTRY
If you are a fan of the finest ingredients plucked from the sea, Jordnær is your perfect destination. Chef Eric Vildgaard presents huge langoustines, turbot and king crab, not to mention the outlandishly generous volume of caviar that plays an important role throughout the meal.
No.37 Fyn, Cape Town – NEW ENTRY
Breaking into The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the first time, Fyn also picks up The Best Restaurant in Africa award. With produce from the best farms and fisheries in South Africa, the restaurant is Japanese at its core. Try the guineafowl tsukune and the cabbage and daikon maki with ponzu gel.
No.36 Odette, Singapore
A restaurant that needs little introduction, Odette is home to chef Julien Royer’s and Steven Mason’s inimitable hospitality. Showcasing French-Asian influences, signature dishes include Normandy brown crab with wasabi oil and Nashi pear, and Kampot pepper-crusted pigeon.
No.35 The Clove Club, London
Set within the historic Shoreditch Town Hall and helmed by chef Isaac McHale, The Clove Club is characterised as ‘modern British’, with a transient menu featuring the likes of hot smoked Wiltshire trout with almond milk and watercress, and duck breast with citrus and endives.
No.34 Hiša Franko, Kobarid
From her restaurant in the stunning hills of the Soča Valley, chef Ana Roš put Slovenia on the gastronomic map. Hiša Franko’s season-led tasting menu, named ‘Reincarnation’ may feature white asparagus with truffle and milk skin, or beef tongue pastrami, oyster and seaweed crystals.
No.33 Atomix, New York
Located in Manhattan’s Koreatown, Atomix is a 14-seat tasting menu restaurant set around a U-shaped counter, run by chef Junghyun ‘JP’ Park and his wife Ellia. Don’t miss the Spanish mackerel with turnip and lentil, or king crab with buckwheat waffle and blood orange. The intimate eatery is the deserving recipient of the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award 2022.
No.32 Mayta, Lima – NEW ENTRY
With its 12-course Yachay tasting menu focusing on Peruvian ingredients, Mayta serves dishes such as goat with Andean herbs, and scallops with fava beans. Each of chef Jaime Pesaque’s dishes is a work of art, with colourful produce front and centre.
No.31 Arpège, Paris
Vegetables take the main stage at chef Alain Passard’s Parisian restaurant. On the latest menu, ‘Terre & Mer’, meaning ‘earth and sea’, white asparagus features alongside turnip carpaccio with Kalamata bottarga and a lemon grape fondue.
No.30 Florilège, Tokyo
Plush counter seating runs three sides of chef Hiroyasu Kawate’s open kitchen. Focussing on hyper-seasonality and local produce, Florilège has a distinctive Japanese accent. The signature ‘sustainability beef’ carpaccio is taken from the meat of mature, 13-year-old breeding cows.
No.29 St. Hubertus, San Cassiano – NEW ENTRY
Chef Norbert Niederkofler’s brand of mountain-focussed cuisine based in northern Italy is direct, clear and at the same time seductive. Trout tartare, mashed potatoes with lemon and larch smoke show the simplicity, confidence and concreteness of his approach.
No.28 Le Clarence, Paris - NEW ENTRY
Prepare for a cavalcade of elegant French plates at Le Clarence. Chef Christophe Pelé celebrates tradition, while weaving in modern and global flavours. Standout dishes include veal sweetbread and morel gyoza with caviar and squid ink, and fried mochi topped with sea bream.
No.27 Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem
From his home in bucolic East Flanders, chef Peter Goossens has delighted guests with his refined Belgian cuisine for over 30 years. Local produce is the backbone of the seven-course tasting menu, ‘Freshness of Nature’, including the unmissable caviar with young leek, shrimp and dashi.
No.26 Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin
Charismatic German chef Tim Raue serves up a fusion of flavours inspired by Japan, Thailand and China at his eponymous restaurant. Classic dishes include the chef’s interpretation of Peking Duck as well as wasabi langoustine, while the current menu sports a show-stopping pikeperch sangohachi.
No.25 Frantzén, Stockholm
Set across three storeys of a spruced-up 19th-century building in the Norrmalm district, Swedish chef Björn Frantzén marries the classic and modern. His Nordic dishes sing Asian notes, with the likes of king crab with vin jaune, razor clams with caviar, and lamb with spring onion sabayonne.
No.24 The Chairman, Hong Kong
Owner Danny Yip and chef Kwok Keung Tung are Hong Kong’s dream team, developing a fresh range of seasonal dishes inspired by forgotten luxury ingredients from southern China. The perennial favourite is chef Kwok Keung Tung’s steamed flowery crab served with flat rice noodles.
No.23 The Jane, Antwerp – NEW ENTRY
Housed in a former military hospital, The Jane is no doubt among the most architecturally beautiful restaurants in Belgium – and in the world. Chef Nick Bril’s imaginative menu is just as beautiful, drawing on French classics and Asian street food. Try the signature lobster with dashi butter and a dessert featuring hemp seed custard.
No.22 Septime, Paris
Graphic-designer-turned-chef Bertrand Grébaut’s seasonal, modern French dishes are dictated by seasons and served without pretention. Expect the likes of honey and hay-infused squash consommé, and marinated sardines with sour cream and cubes of mezcal jelly.
No.21 Mugaritz, San Sebastian
Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz has been pushing the envelope on fine dining experiences for nearly 25 years from his little corner of Spain. The conventional rules of gastronomy are cast aside to make way for boundaryless eating. Cuttlefish appear with black shallot, and enzymatic molasses of sea urchin.
No.20 Den, Tokyo
Amiable chef Zaiyu Hasegawa’s ever-creative take on the elevated cuisine of his homeland is innovative, at times humorous, and always satisfying. At The Best Restaurant in Asia 2022, you’ll find an ant or two in the classic 20-ingredient Den salad, and all kinds of surprises in his now-signature Dentucky Fried Chicken wings.
No.19 Piazza Duomo, Alba
Chef Enrico Crippa’s cuisine is a voyage through space and time, led by taste, colour, texture and aroma. His dishes, such as snails and polenta and wild garlic risotto, highlight the relationship with Italian ingredients and their local territory, and his exploration of new frontiers.
No.18 Alchemist, Copenhagen - NEW ENTRY
Alchemist is not just a restaurant but a mystical world unto itself. Be prepared for a gastronomic journey with chef Rasmus Munk, featuring several different types of caviar, the best seafood and pigeon aged in beeswax. Guests dine under a domed roof that changes sceneries throughout the meal.
No.17 Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin
Owner-sommelier Billy Wagner and chef Micha Schäfer serve up a 10-course dinner with exquisite wine pairing at Nobelhart & Schmutzig. Shooting 28 places up the list, the restaurant, which is known for its uncompromising quality and no-phone policy, is named the Villa Massa Highest Climber 2022.
No.16 Elkano, Getaria
Three generations of grilling wisdom have been combined in Elkano’s kitchen. Basque chef Aitor Arregui currently holds the reins, providing his guests with esoteric secrets about the local Cantabrian fishermen and seafood-inspired dishes like marinated lobster and the best sea bass you will ever try.
No.15 Reale, Castel di Sangro
Reale places huge emphasis on the world of plants, with a cuisine style that looks to leave guests in shock and awe. Chef Niko Romito’s profound technical research results in dishes that hero individual ingredients like carrot, courgette and cauliflower.
No.14 Don Julio, Buenos Aires
While Don Julio serves pretty much every part of the cow – all grass-fed Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle – stewarded by chef Guido Tassi, owner Pablo Rivero recommends ordering house cuts like bife de cuadril (rump steak) and entraña (skirt steak) at this classic Argentinian parrilla.
No.13 Steirereck, Vienna
Chef Heinz Reitbauer present a fundamentally Austrian fare at Steirereck, placing unsung ingredients to the fore including rare breeds of meat and fish and near-extinct fruit and vegetables. A standout feature is the bread trolley, offering 25 varieties of creative baked goods.
No.12 Uliassi, Senigallia – NEW ENTRY
Sitting like a pearl between the marina and the beach, Uliassi is set in a stunning white wooden structure overlooking the Italian shore of the Adriatic Sea. Chef Mauro Uliassi’s dishes move seamlessly between the classical and innovative. As a newcomer to the list, the restaurant is awarded the Highest New Entry Award 2022, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles.
No.11 Maido, Lima
Combining Peruvian and Japanese cuisines, chef Mitsuharu Tsumura’s 12-course degustation menu epitomises the Nikkei dining experience. The marathon meal is mainly fish-focussed, with Paracas scallops, green butter beans and miso alongside crab dishi and tapiocas.
No.10 Le Calandre, Rubano
Cuisine here is celebrated across the ages and tantalises all the senses. The baton has been passed through Italy’s Alajmo family to sons Massimiliano and Raffaele, who man both front of house and kitchen. The two available tasting menus change and adapt with the passing of the seasons.
No.9 Quintonil, Mexico City
Named after a green herb that features across the food and drinks menus, Quintonil is the setting for Jorge Vallejo’s boundary-pushing Mexican cuisine. The spirited chef, who is awarded the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award 2022, and his wife Alejandra Flores bring a winning combination of warmth, energy and exceptional food.
No.8 Lido 84, Gardone Riviera
Brothers Riccardo and Giancarlo Camanini are at the head of this picturesque restaurant overlooking Lake Garda. Showcasing classic Italian cuisine as seen through chef Riccardo’s creative lens, highlights on the menu include the Torta di Rose, a light-as-air cake featuring Garda lemons, and the 400-degree aubergine parmigiana.
No.7 A Casa do Porco, São Paulo
Brazilian powerhouse pair Jefferson and Janaina Rueda run A Casa do Porco in downtown São Paulo. As both tasting and à la carte menus use every part of the pig, it’s a veritable porcine feast. Among the bite-sized courses, signatures include pork jowl sushi, pancetta crackling and beetroot with sausage.
No.6 Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo
With sprawling views of Spain’s Basque Country mountains and grazing cattle from its terrace, Asador Etxebarri can claim to be at one with history and nature. Chef Victor Arguinzoniz is hailed for being a master griller, coaxing smoky flavours into the dishes, from house-made chorizo, salted anchovies and buffalo cheese to the freshest prawns from Palamos.
No.5 Pujol, Mexico City
In a leafy, suburban neighbourhood of Mexico City, you’ll find chef Enrique Olvera and chef de cuisine Jesús Durón in Pujol’s kitchen. The Best Restaurant in North America 2022 boasts the best of Mexican gastronomy, with diners flocking to try the signature Mole Madre, Mole Nuevo – plated as concentric rings and aged for a staggering 2,500 days.
No.4 Diverxo, Madrid
Chef Dabiz Muñoz’s restaurant is known as a wacky wonderland with eccentric flavours. His 12-course tasting menu takes diners through innovative, Asian-inspired dishes such as Cantonese sea noodles with eel stew, and hare katsusando with toasted butter brioche.
No.3 Disfrutar, Barcelona
Chefs Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch, all of El Bulli fame, opened Disfrutar in 2014 in the Eixample district of Barcelona. In a light-filled dining room, guests are treated to daring flavour combinations, such as multi-spherical pesto with tender pistachios and eel or panchino (a fluffy bun) with caviar and sour cream.
No.2 Central, Lima
Chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s flagship restaurant, Central, is an ode to Peru in all forms. Crowned as The Best Restaurant in South America 2022, Central presents the finest food that land and sea have to offer: scallops, squid and clams come fresh from the coast and the Amazon, while the Sacred Valley offers up pork belly and goat’s neck.
No.1 Geranium, Copenhagen
Chef Rasmus Kofoed and restaurateur Søren Ledet make every one of their guests feel at home at Geranium, located on the eighth floor overlooking the beautiful Fælledparken gardens in Copenhagen. Pairing a meat-free menu – currently entitled ‘Spring Universe’ and featuring the likes of smoked lumpfish roe, forest mushrooms, pickled hops, kale and apple – with infallible hospitality, the Geranium team never rest on their laurels.
Voted No.1 in this year’s list, the first-class Geranium is crowned The Best Restaurant in Europe and The World’s Best Restaurant 2022, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
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