The 25 best restaurants on the planet

This year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards were presented last night in London, and Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca is back on top after slipping to second place in 2013

Organised by Restaurant magazine and co-sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the World’s 50 Best list is based on the votes of more than 900 international journalists and restaurant industry leaders.

We rounded up the top 25 honorees, but you can view the full list here (or click here for a copy of the guide).

25. Fäviken

Järpen, Sweden

Last year's ranking: 19

Years on list: 4

Chef Magnus Nilsson's Fäviken, located in the far northern reaches of Sweden, is one of the most isolated restaurants on the planet.

Nilsson can be found foraging and hunting on the 20,000-acre estate where the restaurant is located, and is adept at preserving vegetables and meat to use in his dining room year-round.

23. White Rabbit

Moscow, Russia

Last year's ranking: n/a

Years on list: 1

Located in Moscow's historical district, on the top floor of the Smolensky Passage building, White Rabbit is a glass-walled tunnel in the sky -- with an 'Alice in Wonderland' theme.

Here, chef Vladimir Mukhin spins whimsy, local produce, and modern technique into dishes like rabbit and mini cabbage rolls with foie gras sauce. His borscht is also legendary.

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22. Nahm

Bangkok, Thailand

Last year's ranking: 13

Years on list: 4

Australian-born chef David Thompson serves an historic twist on the cuisine of Thailand at Nahm.

The restaurant, located in the high-end Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok, features bare wooden tables and brick pillars, a throwback to the ancient cities of Siam.

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20. The Ledbury

London, England

Last year's ranking: 10

Years on list: 5

Aussie native chef Brett Graham has catapulted The Ledbury into Michelin-star status.

The modern French food is high-quality, while the ambiance is relaxed and casual. One of his best dishes is the loin and neck of lamb with rosemary curd, artichokes, sunflower seeds, and garlic.

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16. Pujol

Mexico City, Mexico

Last year's ranking: 20

Years on list: 5

Known for its reinvention of Mexican favourites, head chef Enrique Olvera is not afraid of dried insects in his food at Pujol.

His sea bass ceviche with hoja santa tortilla and black bean purée is an amazing take on traditional Mexican flavours. And with 27 expert cooks in the kitchen, every dish is exquisite.

Source: World's 50 Best

15. Steirereck

Vienna, Austria

Last year's ranking: 16

Years on list: 7

Heinz Reitbauer is known for sensational food at Steirereck.

Described as neo-Austrian with a vintage slant, the dishes play with Austria's culinary history, and use rare ingredients such as wild boar's head and nasturtium root.

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12. L'Arpège

Paris, France

Last year's ranking: 25

Years on list: 12

Diners around the world make a special trip to Paris just for Alain Passard's food at L'Arpège, especially his Oeuf à la Coque -- a lightly cooked egg yolk with crème fraîche, maple syrup, vinegar, and spices.

The meal centres mainly around vegetables from his garden, and is worthy of its three-Michelin-star rating.

Source: World's 50 Best

11. Mirazur

Menton, France

Last year's ranking: 11

Years on list: 7

Located on the French-Italian border on the Côte d'Azur, Mirazur's focus is on seafood.

Executive chef Mauro Colagreco changes the menu nearly daily, based on the availability of fresh seafood and what's growing in his restaurant's organic garden.

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10. Gaggan

Bangkok, Thailand

Last year's ranking: 17

Years on list: 2

Kolkata-born chef Gaggan Anand, who trained at elBulli under Ferran Adrià, serves reimagined Indian cuisine in his Bangkok dining room.

Gaggan has become a hot destination restaurant in Asia, and no wonder, with dishes like Chowpati Year 2050 -- a whimsical take on the street-food snack papdi chaat, comprising a spherical yogurt 'egg' on a fried dough chip with herbal foam and tamarind chutney' -- on the menu.

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9. D.O.M.

São Paolo, Brazil

Last year's ranking: 7

Years on list: 10

Alex Atala and head chef Geovane Carneiro take contemporary Brazilian cuisine to new heights at D.O.M.

They use ingredients from the Amazon rain forest to create dishes such as fresh heart of palm with scallops and coral sauce.

The World's 50 Best describes Alex Atala as 'part chef, part historian, part botanist.'

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4. Central

Lima, Peru

Last year's ranking: 15

Years on list: 3

Despite its location in central Lima, Central is home to a garden where chef Virgilio Martinez experiments with new varieties of fruits, herbs, and produce.

Martinez serves Peruvian with international influences: A standout on the menu is 'Extreme Altitude,' consisting of frozen potato, cushuro, mullaca root, and paico.

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2. Osteria Francescana

Modena, Italy

Last year's ranking: 3

Years on list: 7

Massimo Bottura is the genius behind this modern Italian establishment. And at Osteria Francescana, you never quite know what show-stopping cuisine you're going to be served.

One of Bottura's most eye-popping creations is the 'comuflage -- a hare in the woods' dish, which includes a thin layer of foie gras decorated with powders of hare blood, chestnut, various herbs, and then arranged to look like army woodland camo.

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1. El Celler de Can Roca

Girona, Spain

Last year's ranking: 2

Years on list: 10

This year's top honour goes to the three Roca brothers and their restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. Joan is the maestro chef, Joseph the head sommelier, and Jordi the rule-breaking pastry chef.

The modern Spanish cuisine is also pure perfection and highly innovative. The charcoal-grilled king prawn with king-prawn 'sand,' ink rocks, fried legs, head juice, and king prawn essence is unforgettable.

Source: World's 50 Best

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