Isnin, 30 Januari 2012

The world’s most exclusive restaurants — and how to get in

Danish chef Rene Redzepi’s Noma receives 20,000 reservation requests a day. — pic
COPENHAGEN, Jan 29 — An international list that spans Japan, Denmark, Spain, and the UK names the most difficult restaurant reservations to score around the world — and also offers tips on how to defy the odds and squeak one in.

Not surprisingly, Danish chef Rene Redzepi’s restaurant Noma topped food blog’s list, as it receives 20,000 reservation requests a day.

The Copenhagen restaurant has quickly filled the vacuum left behind by the closure of legendary Spanish restaurant el Bulli last year, and toppedRestaurant magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards list two years running.

The end of chef Ferran Adrià’s el Bulli run also spawned what became spoofed as the “I Ate at el Bulli” (IAAEB) essay, in which food writers waxed poetic about their increasingly exclusive epicurean experience at the Basque restaurant, which for years had been held aloft as the best restaurant in the world for its molecular gastronomy and food alchemy.

Given the rising demand for a table at Noma, pundits have already presaged that food writers will shift their attentions to birth another trend: “I Ate At Noma” pieces.

And while it may seem a daunting challenge to score a table at the best restaurant in the world, offers a few helpful insights and tips which includes tackling the phone on the sixth day of every month when the phone lines open up for reservations. The earliest reservations can be made are three months out.

The second hardest restaurant to get into? A table at Sukiyabashi Jiro, described as the “world’s most hallowed sushi temple” and helmed by legendary master sushi chef and octogenarian Jiro Ono in Tokyo.

Eater’s tips for getting a table here involve recruiting the hotel concierge and taking a Japanese native to help thaw out foreign relations.

Here’s the complete list.

1. Noma, Copenhagen

2. Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo

3. Next, Chicago

4. Tickets, Barcelona

5. Quintessence, Tokyo

6. The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire, England

7. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, NY

8. Minibar by José Andrés, Washington D.C.

9. Schwa, Chicago

10. The French Laundry, Yountville, California

11. Yam’Tcha, Paris — AFP/Relaxnews

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