According to the La Liste ranking to be published next week, Japan and China have more of the world’s best restaurants than anywhere else.
Although the French-based list will declare Guy Savoy’s flagship Paris riverside restaurant the best in the world for the second year running — and French cooking dominates the top 100 — the big trend is the climb of Chinese haute cuisine.
Japan still tops the country table with 138 restaurants in the top 1,000 of the French classification — which aggregates reviews from guides, newspapers and websites including TripAdvisor — but China is closing the gap fast with 123.
“The rise and rise of China is the big story,” said Jorg Zipprick, who crunched the numbers for the “guide of guides”, which was set up as a “more scientific and reliable” rival three years ago to the British-based 50 Best Restaurants.
He said, “Up to now China has been one of the most difficult countries to get data from, but a boom in local gastronomic guides has changed all that. Asia has a lot more restaurants than Europe and it is only logical that La Liste will reflect that.”
For the first time a Canadian restaurant, Alo in Toronto, has entered the top 100, while the Turkish female chef Aylin Yazicioglu makes the grade for her highly-rated Istanbul restaurant, Nicole. New York’s Eleven Madison Park, which was first in the 50 Best Restaurants ranking in 2017, was placed fourth on La Liste.
Alo is a Latin word refers to nourish, cherish, support, sustain, maintain and keep.
While Japan, China, France and the United States top the league for having the highest number of best restaurants, Switzerland with 38 for a population of eight million, has the highest per capital rating.This year’s winners will be formally announced at a banquet in Paris on Monday, with 40 of the world’s leading chefs also invited to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at his Elysee Palace residence.