Noma is named No. 1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021; Singapore gets two entries for the first time with Odette at No.8, and debutant Burnt Ends at No.34.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 was released earlier this week, with the latest edition garnering few surprises. Denmark’s Noma took the top spot yet again – René Redzepi’s Noma was voted The World’s Best Restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 – returning to its winning ways after closing in 2016 and moving to a new location in 2018 (in other news, Noma 2.0 recently finally landed its first three Michelin-star rating earlier this year after being stuck with just two stars for years).

And for the first time, Singapore lands two coveted spots on the list. Julien Royer’s fine dining modern French restaurant Odette landed the lucky No.8 spot, while The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 listed Dave Pynt’s modern Australian restaurant Burnt Ends at No.34.

For Odette it has been an inexorable climb – it was No.18 in 2019, and No.28 in 2018 – and this award comes right after it was named No. 1 at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants earlier this year. This is the Burnt Ends’ debut on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2021 - Burnt Ends Dave Pynt

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 (top 50) full award list:

    1. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    2. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    3. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)
    4. Central (Lima, Peru)
    5. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)
    6. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)
    7. Maido (Lima, Peru)
    8. Odette (Singapore, Singapore)
    9. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)
    10. The Chairman (Hong Kong, China)
    11. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
    12. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
    13. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
    14. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
    15. Lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy)
    16. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)
    17. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)
    18. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
    19. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
    20. Diverxo (Madrid, Spain)
    21. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)
    22. Cosme (New York, USA)
    23. Arpège (Paris, France)
    24. Septime (Paris, France)
    25. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
    26. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
    27. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
    28. Benu (San Francisco, USA)
    29. Reale (Castel di Sangro, Italy)
    30. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia)
    31. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)
    32. The Clove Club (London, UK)
    33. Lyle’s (London, UK)
    34. Burnt Ends (Singapore, Singapore)
    35. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)
    36. Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)
    37. SingleThread (Healdsburg, USA)
    38. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
    39. Florilège (Tokyo, Japan)
    40. Sühring (Bangkok, Thailand)
    41. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
    42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)
    43. Atomix (New York, USA)
    44. Le Bernardin (New York, USA)
    45. Nobelhart & Schmutzig (Berlin, Germany)
    46. Leo (Bogotá, Columbia)
    47. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)
    48. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, USA)
    49. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
    50. Wolfgat (Paternoster, South Africa)

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 also offered up a slew of other awards. The Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award went to Vienna’s Steirereck, while Boragó in Santiago, Chile picked up the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award for its approach to food sustainability.

“Noma has arguably been the most influential restaurants of its generation, setting new standards in terms of research and ingredient sourcing, dish development and presentation. It has become one of the most sought-after dining destinations by consumers from all over the world and we are delighted to announce it as this year’s No.1,” said William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

“It is also wonderful to see eight new restaurants making their debut as well as two re-entries after one of the most challenging periods the sector has seen. It has been an honour to witness the resilience and community spirit of so many restaurants on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and beyond,” he added.

Last month The World’s 50 Best Restaurants named its 51-100 winners. No Singapore restaurant was named to that secondary list.

You can find out more about The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 here.

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