Melbourne restaurant Attica has been named in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants for the second consecutive year, and is the only Australian eatery to earn a place in the awards.
The eatery, manned by New Zealand chef Ben Shewry, came in at 32 for two years running, adding to its long list of food industry awards.
It was also named Best Restaurant in Australasia.
Attica is almost hidden among a strip of shops, deep in Melbourne’s southern suburbs, in Ripponlea.
But its no secret to foodies, who are drawn to the restaurant for its tantalising modern Australian menu.
Attica’s Kiwi chef said he was proud of the restaurants continuing success.
“It feels really awesome,” Mr Shewry told Good Food at the awards.
“I’m so honoured to be included and it’s a beautiful recognition of the hard work of my team both at Attica and at home.
“They are the ones who make this recognition possible and they deserve all the glory.”
Other Australian restaurants to make the top 100 list were Sydney’s Quay (58) and, “fastest rising” Sepia (84) with its chef Martin Benn given the ‘One To Watch’ award.
Birregurra’s Brae, located at the foothills of Victoria’s Otway Ranges, impressed judges again, ranked 87 for the second year running.
The list, sponsored by S. Pellegrino, was now in its 14th year and announced in London Tuesday morning (AEST).
For the second time Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca was crowned the world’s best restaurant, winning praise for the “collective genius” of the three brothers who ran it.
The restaurant is a stunning, purpose built gastrodome owned by the Roca brothers – Joan, Josep and Jordi – and boasts local Spanish cuisine.
The world’s best restaurants were chosen by a voting system comprised of almost 1000 jurors from 27 separate international zones.
Restaurants with Australian connections that dropped rank this year were Nahm, led by Sydney’s Bangkok-based chef and Thai guru David Thompson, which went from 12 in 2014 to 22,” The Australian reported.
High profile Australian expat chef Brett Graham, at his two Michelin-starred The Ledbury in Notting Hill, dropped from number 10 to 20.
The top 10 was rounded off by Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain, London’s Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Narisawa in Tokyo, D.O.M in Sao Paulo and Gaggan in Bangkok.
European restaurants dominated the top 50, taking 18 of the remaining 25 places for popular locations in Spain and France, along with White Rabbit, a new entry from Russia.
Top Australian entries
32. Attica (Melbourne)
58. Quay (Sydney)
84. Sepia (Sydney)
87. Brae (Birregurra, Victoria)
Top 10 restaurants
1. El Celler de Can Roca (Spain)
2. Osteria Francescana (Italy)
3. Noma (Denmark)
4. Central (Peru)
5. Eleven Madison Park (US)
6. Mugaritz (Spain)
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (UK)
8. Narisawa (Japan)
9. D.O.M (Brazil)
10. Gaggan (Thailand)