Geranium serves a meat-free, seasonal Scandi menu in the unusual setting of the eighth floor of the Danish national football stadium. It’s only open four days a week, a choice made by chef Rasmus Kofoed and co-owner Søren Ledet to maintain work-life balance.
Restaurants are only allowed to receive the top prize from the awards once, after which they participate in a separate “Best of the Best” program. Members of that elite group include Geranium’s neighbor Noma in Copenhagen, as well as New York’s Eleven Madison Park, The Fat Duck near London, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and Mirazur in Menton, France.
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South American restaurants also performed well. In Lima, chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s Central climbed two spots to second, while Maido, which serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion, dropped to number 11.
Brazil’s A Caso do Porco — a celebration of all things pigs — climbed 10 places to seventh.
This year’s Spanish show was also solid. Barcelona’s Disfrutar was at number 3, Madrid’s Diverxo shot up to fourth, while Larrabetzu’s Asador Etxebarri – where all dishes, even dessert, are grilled on the fire – slipped to number 6.
Mexico City was represented by fifth-place winner Pujol — this year’s best restaurant in North America — and Quintonil, which climbed all the way from last year’s number 27 to reach number 9.
The Italian Lido 84 and Le Calandre have also risen in the rankings this year. Uliassi, in the Italian region of Senigallia, was — at number 12 — this year’s highest newcomer.
It’s not until number 20 that an Asian-based restaurant appears, with Den in Tokyo earning the top spot on this year’s list.
In the 20 years of the awards, no restaurant outside of Europe or North America has ever won the World’s 50 Best award. All winners to date have come from Spain, the United States, the UK, Denmark, Italy and France.
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