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Three German restaurants eke into world's top 50

The Local · 29 Apr 2010, 11:36

Published: 29 Apr 2010 11:36 GMT+02:00

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In the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list announced this week, Joachim Wissler’s Vendome restaurant near Cologne was Germany’s best performer, coming in at number 22, three places higher than last year, when it debuted on the list.

Vendome was lauded for its “hearty German fare such as pig’s ear and calf’s cheek alongside lobster and foie gras.”

Sven Elverfeld’s Aqua, in the Ritz Carlon in Wolfsburg near near Volkswagen’s Autostadt theme park, won 34th place, making the list for the first time.

The listing described Elverfeld’s cooking as an attempt to “evoke the memories of his German guest’s regional roots,” with “reworkings of regional dishes such as boiled fillet of Müritz lamb with Frankfurt green sauce and Breton sole in modern Finkenwerder style.

Harald Wohlfahrt’s three-Michelin-starred Schwarzwaldstube in the Black Forest, long considered Germany’s best restaurant dropped 24 places to 47th.

Tantris restaurant in Munich was knocked out of the top 50, having taken 44th place in 2009.

The results are a dim comparison with other major European countries. Spain has five restaurants in the top 50 – four of them in the top 10, including the famous El Bulli, which dropped from first to second place this year. France has six and Italy five.

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Outside of Europe, the United States has eight restaurants in the top 50.

In an upset, Spain’s El Bulli was knocked out of first place by Danish restaurant Noma, which jumped seven places.

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14:00 April 29, 2010 by peter douglas
kartofel brei,schintzel,sauekraut etc how the hell you except more Germany Restraunts in the top 50.
14:39 April 29, 2010 by mrsams
maybe that's only the foods you can afford to pay in the restaurant?Maybe you have to check back the menükarte (the exact words) because Germans don't like mistakes.
23:34 April 29, 2010 by Eagle1
If everyone in the world had the delight of eating Schweinhaxe, German restaurants would dominate this list.
07:25 April 30, 2010 by wmm208
blah, yuck...pigs knuckels, sheep brain are "acquired' tastes...
18:49 May 1, 2010 by Timmg
The best restaurant? It all depends on the critic. I have won eight chili cookoffs and did not even place at least eight times with my Buffalo, Elk and Deer chili. Making a list does not mean a thing.
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