crowded universe of restaurant rankings, one foodie website believes its
inaugural “Best Restaurants” list is among the world’s most comprehensive.
The Daily Meal unveiled its list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Europe on Wednesday, a grouping of
what they call the “most exemplary epicurean endeavours on the European
continent.” And talk about far-reaching: the list includes restaurants in 70
cities and 26 countries (a total of 31 were surveyed), going beyond the
expected culinary capitals of Paris and London to include eateries in such
far-flung locales as Baiersbronn, Germany, and Jarpen, Sweden.
list is Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy; Arzak in San
Sebastian, Spain; and Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, in that order. And
while the top 10 includes familiar picks like Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in London and Guy
Savoy in Paris, it
also includes surprises like Aqua in Wolfsburg, Germany and JB in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
sets the Daily Meal’s ranking apart from other similar lists, like the famous Michelin and S Pellegrino
other Best of Europe lists like Zagat have covered similar territory, no one
else has covered [a total of] 31 countries and enlisted the assistance of
European food and dining experts to whittle down the continent’s thousands of
restaurants (we started with 1,450) into a more manageable 101… no island,
hamlet, principality, or city was overlooked,” said Tim McGeever, a press
representative for the food website.
the Daily Meal’s rankings focus exclusively on one world region each
time, which differs from other lists, such as S Pellegrino’s, which have a
global focus. Daily Meal’s European
list, for example, comes on the heels of two prior Daily Meal rankings, 101 Best
Restaurants in America and 101
Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World.
This in depth regional focus also allowed the site to orchestrate
a weekly unveiling of the top restaurants on a region-by-region basis.
“Since our 101 list covers such a wide area, we felt breaking it down into
regional lists first would not only build excitement for the December debut but
it would also be helpful to travelers who are headed to one or two spots and
want to know the best restaurants in a more focused area say the UK or
Spain/Portugal,” said the list’s editorial directors Colman Andrews and Lauren Mack.
to the Daily Meal, the rankings were carefully curated over the course of a
seven-month-long nomination process in which a team consulted with the Michelin
Guide and Daily Meal editors to compile a preliminary list of 1,450
restaurants. More than 200 judges, including restaurant critics and food
bloggers, voted by region, before a panel of 33 experts whittled the list down
to 101. While there is no indication as to whether the experts visited all the
restaurants in the running, the site said the judges who voted for their
favourites had “wide restaurant-going experience”.
voted based on two criteria: cuisine and style/decor/service (as a single
category). The result is a surprisingly wide-ranging list that covers all price
points and cuisines, from traditional tapas and fine French dining to fusion
and molecular gastronomy. (For the record, France is home to the most top
restaurants, followed by Spain then Italy.)
whether this list truly includes Europe’s tastiest offerings? Well, that’s for
hungry travellers to judge.