Geranium offers a seasonal Scandinavian meat-free menu in the quirky setting of the eighth floor of Denmark’s national football stadium. It is only open four days a week. Chef Rasmus Kofoed and co-owner Søren Ledet made the choice to maintain a work-life balance.
Restaurants are allowed to receive the main prize only once, after which they are included in a separate “Best of the Best” program. Members of this elite group include Geranium’s Copenhagen neighbor Noma, as well as Eleven Madison Park in New York, The Fat Duck near London, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and Mirazur in Menton, France.
Rest of the list
South American restaurants have also done well. In Lima, chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s Central moved up two spots to second, while Maido, which cooks a Japanese-Peruvian fusion, fell to 11th.
Brazil’s A Caso do Porco – a celebration of pork – climbed 10 positions to 7th.
Spain’s performance this year has also been solid. Barcelona’s Disfrutar came in 3rd, Madrid’s Diverxo moved up to fourth, and Larrabetzu’s Asador Etxebarri, where everything, even dessert, is cooked on fire, dropped to 6th.
Mexico City was represented by fifth-placed Pujol, this year’s top restaurant in North America, and Quintonil, which moved up from last year’s 27th place to 9th.
Italy’s Lido 84 and Le Calandre also moved up the rankings this year. Ulassi, from the Italian region of Senigallia, was ranked 12th among this year’s new entrants.
Only at number 20 does an Asian restaurant appear, with Den in Tokyo topping this year’s list.
In the 20 years of the award, no restaurant outside of Europe or North America has received the World’s 50 Best award. All winners so far have come from Spain, USA, UK, Denmark, Italy and France.