Geranium serves a meat-free, seasonal Scandi menu in the unusual setting of the eighth floor of Denmark’s national soccer stadium. It is open only four days a week, a choice made by head chef Rasmus Kofod and co-owner Søren Ledet to maintain a work-life balance.
Restaurants are only allowed to receive the awards’ top prize once, after which they are entered into a separate “Best of the Best” program. Members of that 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.
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South American restaurants also did well. In Lima, chefs Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leone’s Central climbed two spots to second place, while Maido, which serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion, slipped to 11th.
Brazil’s A Caso do Porco — a celebration of all things — climbs 10 places to No. 7.
Spain’s performance this year was also solid. Barcelona’s Disfrutar was at No. 3, Madrid’s Diverxo jumped to fourth, while Larabetzu’s Asador Etxebarri — where all dishes, even desserts, are flame-grilled — slipped to 6th.
Mexico City was represented by fifth-place winner Pujol — this year’s best restaurant in North America — and Quintonil, which climbed all the way from last year’s No.27 to the No.9 spot.
Italy’s Lido 84 and Le Calendre have also moved up the rankings this year. Uliassi, in Italy’s Senigallia region, had the highest new entry this year – at number 12.
Asia-based restaurants don’t make an appearance until No.20, with Den in Tokyo earning the top spot on this year’s list.
In the 20 years the awards have been running, no restaurant outside of Europe or North America has ever won a World’s 50 Best award. All winners so far have come from Spain, United States, UK, Denmark, Italy and France.