You’re not a fine dining connoisseur unless you’ve had the experience of being there. Italy’s Osteria Francescana has bagged the top spot at the World’s Best Restaurants Awards for 2016.
You may have some trouble finding it though; the Osteria is tucked into the streets of Modena, a small city in the north of Italy – but it has garnered respect because of its owner, renowned chef Massimo Bottura, credited for ‘re-inventing classic Italian cuisine’.
Last year’s winner, the Spanish El Cellar de Can Roca, was the runner-up, with third place being taken by a dining option you could gain access to, Eleven Madison Park in New York’s Manhattan.
Copenhagen’s NOMA, champion in 2014, fell from third to fifth place, with Lima’s Central retaining its fourth ranking.
A noticeable absence from the top ten was Bangkok-based Indian restaurant Gaggan, which slipped from 10th to 23rd ranking.
If you’re wondering about any Pakistani restaurants making the cut in this honor roll, earning a mention even in the top 500, banish the idea, for just as in Pakistani politics, mediocre reigns supreme in the cuisine scene here, with a cycle of rehashed trash passing off as fine dining.