SA restaurant tops in food Oscars

La Colombe restaurant’s innovative chef
Luke Dale-Roberts “effortlessly combines
Asian influences with a modern French
style of cooking,” say organisers of the
World’s Best 50 Restaurants list.

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South Africa’s La Colombe has been named the 12th best restaurant in the world, and the best restaurant in the Middle East and Africa, in the 2010 edition of the prestigious S Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, produced by the British Restaurant magazine.

The awards organisers said the restaurant “effortlessly combines Asian influences with a modern French style of cooking”. Based at the Constantia Uitsig wine estate south of Cape Town, La Colombe has been headed by chef Luke Dale-Roberts since 2006, who has “developed ideas such as a creamy miso dressing or cepe and sage brioche to retain a loyal clientele”.

La Colombe was also the winner of the Chef of the Year 2009 and Restaurant of the Year for both 2008 and 2009 in the Prudential Eat Out Awards, and was given a three-star rating, the highest, in the 2009 and 2010 issues of the Rossouw’s Restaurants guide.

The restaurant named the very best in the world was Copenhagen’s Noma, run by 32-year-old head chef Rene Redzepi. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled from the votes of 806 international critics, journalists and food experts, who rate innovation in cooking over haute cuisine.

Another South African restaurant to make the list was Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek in the Western Cape, which at 31 was up six places on the 2009 list. The restaurant is headed by chef Margot Janse, who organisers described as “a true champion of South African cuisine,” using “local meats such as warthog loin or springbok to great effect”.

In 2009 La Quartier Francais was named the 2009 Best Restaurant in the Middle East and Africa, and was one of the top 10 restaurants in the Prudential Eat Out Awards.

“This year’s list is an exciting one that highlights in particular the wealth of young, dynamic chefs bringing new ideas to the world of gastronomy,” said Paul Wootton, editor of Restaurant . The magazine is the UK’s leading publication for restauranteurs and chefs, and has been running the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, regarded as the Oscars of the food world, since 2002.

In second place on the top list, after four consecutive years at number one, was Spain’s El Bulli restaurant, headed by Ferran Adrià. Adrià was also honoured with Restaurant’s inaugural Chef of the Decade Award.

The UK’s Fat Duck, run by famous television chef and culinary chemist Heston Blumenthal was in third place, with Blumenthal also receiving the Chef’s Choice Award.

The full list of the S Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010:

Rank

Change

Restaurant

Region

Awards

1

Up 2

Noma

Denmark

The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in the World, The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Europe

2

Down 1

El Bulli

Spain

Restaurant Magazine Chef of the Decade

3

Down 1

The Fat Duck

UK

The Chef’s Choice sponsored by Electrolux

4

Up 1

El Celler de Can Roca

Spain

 

5

Down 1

Mugaritz

Spain

 

6

Up 7

Osteria Francescana

Italy

 

7

Up 3

Alinea

USA

The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In N.America

8

Up 33

Daniel

USA

The Highest Climber sponsored by Cocoa Barry

9

Down 1

Arzak

Spain

 

10

Down 4

Per Se

USA

 

11

Up 29

Le Chateaubriand

France

 

12

Up 26

La Colombe

South Africa

The Acqua Panna Best Restautant in South Africa

13

Down 4

Pierre Gagnaire

France

 

14

Up 2

L’Hotel de Ville – Philippe Rochat

Switzerland

 

15

Le Bernardin

USA

 

16

Down 5

L’Astrance

France

 

17

up 9

Hof Van Cleve

Belgium

 

18

Up 6

D.O.M.

Brazil

The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America

19

Up 10

Oud Sluis

Holland

 

20

Up 29

Le Calendre

Italy

 

21

Up 9

Steirereck

Austria

 

22

Up 3

Vendome

Germany

 

23

Down 2

Chef Dominique

Finland

 

24

Down 4

Les Creations de Narisawa

Japan

The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Asia

25

Up 25

Mathias Dahlgren

Sweden

 

26

Up 5

Momofuku Ssam Bar

USA

 

27

Up 19

Quay

Australia

The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Australasia

28

Up 17

Iggy’s

Singapore

 

29

Down 11

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

France

 

30

New Entry

Schloss Schauenstein

Switzerland

 

31

Up 6

Le Quartier Francais

South Africa

 

32

Down 20

The French Laundry

USA

 

33

Down 4

Martin Berasategui

Spain

 

34

New Entry

Aqua

UK

 

35

Up 7

Combal Zero

Italy

 

36

Up 12

Dal Pescatore

Italy

 

37

New Entry

De Librije

Netherlands

 

38

21

Tetsuya’s

Australia

 

39

New Entry

Jaan Par Andre

Singapore

 

40

New Entry

Il Canto

Italy

 

41

Re-Entry

Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee

France

 

42

Down 10

Oaxen Krog

Sweden

 

43

Down 29

St John

UK

 

44

Re-Entry

La Maison Troisgros

France

 

45

New Entry

wd~50

USA

 

46

New Entry

Biko

Mexico

 

47

Down 24

Die Schwarzwaldstube<

Germany

 

48

New Entry

Nihonryori RyuGin

Japan

 

49

New Entry

Hibiscus

UK

 

50

New Entry

Eleven Madison Park

USA