Aussie restaurants Attica and Brae on world's best list
FOR the fifth year running Attica in Melbourne has been named Australasia's best restaurant in the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Attica, in Ripponlea, was named number 32 in the world at a gala ceremony held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.
Making its debut on the list, Dan Hunter's Brae in Birregurra, was named number 44.
It's the first time two Victorian restaurants have made the prestigious list.
Top spot was taken out by Eleven Madison Park in New York.
Second place was last year's number one, Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana while El Cellar de can Roca in Girona, Spain, was named number three.
Number four went to Mirazur, Menton, France, and the chefs' choice award winner was Virgilio Martinez from Central in Lima, Peru, which was South America's Best Restaurant ranked 5.
Another Spanish addition, Asador Etxebarri, of Axpe, took out sixth place on the list.
Led by chef-owner Ben Shewry, the menu at Attica draws heavily on native ingredients, many of which are grown at the nearby Ripponlea Estate. Attica was up one spot from last year.
Attica made its debut on the list in 2013 when it ranked 21.
Nahm in Bangkok, the flagship restaurant for Aussie expat David Thompson who has recently opened Long Chim in Melbourne, was ranked 28 while Australian chef Brett Graham's London restaurant The Ledbury was 27, down from 14 last year.
The Ashley Palmer-Watts helmed original Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London was up nine places from last year, ranked 36.
Heston Blumenthal was given the Lifetime Achievement award.
The award for the highest climber went to Dan Barber's Blue Hill in upstate New York, at 11.
Gagan in Bangkok was named Best Restaurant in Asia and came in at number 7.
TOP 20 RESTAURANTS
50 Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium RE-ENTRY
49 Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina NEW ENTRY
48 Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
47 Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
46 L'Astrance, Paris, France RE-ENTRY
45 Den, Tokyo, Japan NEW ENTRY
44 Brae, Birregurra, Australia NEW ENTRY
43 Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy NEW ENTRY
42 Boragó, Santiago, Chile
41 Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
40 Cosme, New York, USA NEW ENTRY
39 Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
38 Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
37 Saison, San Francisco, USA
36 Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
35 Septime, Paris, France
34 De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
33 Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
32 Attica, Melbourne, Australia
31 Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France NEW ENTRY
30 Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
29 Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
28 Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
27 The Ledbury, London, UK
26 The Clove Club, London, UK
25 Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
24 Amber, Hong Kong, China
23 White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
22 Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
21 Alinea, Chicago, USA
20 Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
19 Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
18 Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
17 Le Bernardin, New York, USA
16 D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
15 Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
14 Restaurant André, Singapore
13 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France RE-ENTRY
12 Arpège, Paris, France
11 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, USA
10 Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
9 Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
8 Maido, Lima, Peru
7 Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
6 Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
5 Central, Lima, Peru
4 Mirazur, Menton, France
3 El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
2 Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
1 Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA