Noma back on top of World's 50 Best Restaurant list

Jaan, a fine-dining restaurant at Swissotel The Stamford. -- FILE PHOTO: JAAN
Jaan, a fine-dining restaurant at Swissotel The Stamford. -- FILE PHOTO: JAAN
LES AMIS. -- FILE PHOTO: LES AMIS GROUP
LES AMIS. -- FILE PHOTO: LES AMIS GROUP
Interior of Iggy's restaurant at The Hilton. -- FILE PHOTO: IGGY'S
Interior of Iggy's restaurant at The Hilton. -- FILE PHOTO: IGGY'S
Waku Ghin restaurant at Marina Bay Sands serves just 25 people in a huge 10,000 sq ft space that, when the main doors of the restaurant are closed, effectively cuts diners off from the rest of the world for the duration of their meal. -- FILE PHOTO:
Waku Ghin restaurant at Marina Bay Sands serves just 25 people in a huge 10,000 sq ft space that, when the main doors of the restaurant are closed, effectively cuts diners off from the rest of the world for the duration of their meal. -- FILE PHOTO: WAKU GHIN RESTAUTANT
Chef Andre Chiang, owner and chef of Restaurant Andre at 41 Bukit Pasoh Road. -- FILE PHOTO: RESTAURANT ANDRE
Chef Andre Chiang, owner and chef of Restaurant Andre at 41 Bukit Pasoh Road. -- FILE PHOTO: RESTAURANT ANDRE
Staff from Danish restaurant Noma, including head chef Rene Redzepi (third from left) pose for pictures after winning first place at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, at the Guildhall in central London, on April 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Staff from Danish restaurant Noma, including head chef Rene Redzepi (third from left) pose for pictures after winning first place at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, at the Guildhall in central London, on April 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Head chefs from the world's top 50 restaurants pose for a picture at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, at the Guildhall in central London, on April 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Head chefs from the world's top 50 restaurants pose for a picture at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, at the Guildhall in central London, on April 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rene Redzepi’s architects spent a year and “a lot” of money studying the coastline and recreating it at Noma’s doorstep with vegetation from the coast of Scandinavia and rocks from Iceland. -- FILE PHOTO: NOMA
Rene Redzepi’s architects spent a year and “a lot” of money studying the coastline and recreating it at Noma’s doorstep with vegetation from the coast of Scandinavia and rocks from Iceland. -- FILE PHOTO: NOMA
Rene Redzepi, head chef of Danish restaurant 'Noma', addresses the media after his restaurant won first place at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, at the Guildhall in central London on April 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rene Redzepi, head chef of Danish restaurant 'Noma', addresses the media after his restaurant won first place at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, at the Guildhall in central London on April 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Noma is the No. 1 restaurant in the 2014 World's 50 Best Restaurants. -- ST FILE PHOTO: TAN HSUEH YUN
Noma is the No. 1 restaurant in the 2014 World's 50 Best Restaurants. -- ST FILE PHOTO: TAN HSUEH YUN

New Nordic restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, has moved back up to the top, ousting last year's winner El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, to regain its position as the world's No. 1 restaurant on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list this year.

It had previously topped the list in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The Spanish restaurant dropped one spot to No. 2, while Italy's Osteria Francescana held steady at No. 3.

The annual ranking, compiled by British trade publication Restaurant Magazine, was announced at an awards ceremony at the Guildhall in London last night. It was attended by the world's leading chefs and restaurateurs.

Singapore's highest ranked restaurant this year is once again Restaurant Andre in Bukit Pasoh Road, which moved up one spot to No. 37 this year.

Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands moved up 18 places to 50th spot.

Other Singapore restaurants on the list, which also ranks restaurants 51 to 100, are Iggy's at the Hilton Singapore hotel (No. 84), and French restaurants Les Amis at Shaw Centre (No. 86), and Jaan at Swissotel The Stamford (No. 100).

Fergus Henderson, chef and co-owner of London restaurant St. John, known for its nose-to-tail dining, also received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here are the top 50 restaurants.

1) NomaCopenhagen, Denmark

2) El Celler De Can RocaGirona, Spain

3) Osteria FrancescanaModena, Italy

4) Eleven Madison ParkNew York, USA

5) Dinner By Heston BlumenthalLondon, UK

6) MugaritzSan sebastián, Spain

7) D.O.MSáo Paulo, Brazil

8) ArzakSan Sebastián, Spain

9) AlineaChicago, USA

10) The LedburyLondon, UK

11) MirazurMenton, France

12) VendômeBergisch Gladbach, Germany

13) NahmBangkok, Thailand

14) NarisawaTokyo, Japan

15) CentralLima, Peru

16) SteirereckVienna, Austria

17) GagganBangkok, Thailand

18) Astrid y GastónLima, Peru

19) FävikenJärpen, Sweden

20) PujolMexico City, Mexico

21) Le BernardinNew York, USA

22) Vila JoyaAlbufeira, Portugal

23) Restaurant FrantzénStockholm, Sweden

24) AmberHong Kong, China

25) L'arpégeParis, France

26) AzurmendiLarrabetzu, Spain

27) Le ChateaubriandParis, France

28) AquaWolfsburg, Germany

29)De LibrijeZwolle, Netherlands

30) Per SeNew York, USA

31) L’atelier Saint-Germain De Joël RobuchonParis, France

32) AtticaMelbourne, Australia

33) Nihonryori RyuginTokyo, Japan

34) Asador EtxebarriAtxondo, Spain

35) Martín BerasateguiSan Sebastián, Spain

36) ManiSão Paulo, Brazil

37) Restaurant AndreSingapore

38) L’astranceParis, France

39) Piazza DuomoAlba, Italy

40) DanielNew York, USA

41) Quique DacostaDénia, Spain

42) GeraniumCopenhagen, Denmark

43) Schloss SchauensteinFürstenau, Switzerland

44) The French LaundryYountville, USA

45) Hof Van CleveKruishoutem, Belgium

46) Le CalandreRubano, Italy

47) The Fat DuckBray, UK

48) The Test KitchenCape Town, South Africa

49) CoiSan Francisco, USA

50) Waku GhinSingapore

For the full list, go to to http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners

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