Australian restaurants recognised among world’s top 50

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 22nd April 2008

Tetsuya’s and Rockpool have once again been recognised among the top 50 restaurants worldwide in the highly coveted Restaurant Magazine list. The awards, held overnight, were started in 2002 and are chosen by prominent food writers, critics, publishers and commentators from 23 different world regions.

Sydney restaurants Tetsuya’s and Rockpool have been on the list since the beginning with Rockpool regarded as the world’s fourth best in 2002 with Tetsuya’s at ten. Rockpool has steadily dropped down the rankings and, this year, lost another 16 spots to fall to 49th. Tetsuya’s fell four spots from last year but still maintained their position in the top ten at nine. International restaurant chain Nobu, which recently opened at Crown in Melbourne, was also among the list chosen by experts from around the world.

The only other Australian restaurant to have featured in the list is Melbourne’s Flower Drum which fell out of favour in 2006 having featured for four years. Vue De Monde, the highly regarded Melbourne restaurant, was included in the extended 100 list in 76th place.

World-renowned Spanish restaurant El Bulli topped the list for the third straight year with critics citing El Bulli’s creative food creations and the experience of a night at the restaurant as the primary reasons for its’ top billing.