El Bulli Repeats as World's Top Restaurant

Catalonian chemistry lab keeps Britain's Fat Duck in No. 2 slot
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 1:15 PM CDT
Seafood foam, one of the many courses at El Bulli in Spain.   ((c) FotoosVanRobin)
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(Newser) – For the third year in a row El Bulli, the restaurant-cum-chemistry lab outside of Barcelona, has been named the world's best restaurant. Feran Adrià's "gastronomic temple" got the top gong from a group of 700 chefs and critics. For Bloomberg's food writer El Bulli is "highly technically accomplished," but fundamentally "theater."

Here are the top 10 tables in the S. Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants Awards:

  1. El Bulli, Spain
  2. The Fat Duck, Great Britain
  3. Pierre Gagnaire, France
  4. Mugaritz, Spain
  5. The French Laundry, United States
  6. Per Se, United States
  7. Bras, France
  8. Arzak, Spain
  9. Tetsuya's, Australia
  10. Noma, Denmark