The Barcelona restaurant Disfrutar has been named the fifth-best in the world by the prestigious ranking of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Under the leadership of Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas, the former chefs of the famous elBulli restaurant which closed in 2011, the restaurant was named in the top five in the world at a gala event in Antwerp on Tuesday evening.

Disfrutar, located on Carrer Villarroel in the Eixample district, has been honoured for its “paradoxical dishes” and for offering a “unique” gastronomic experience. The Catalan restaurant  offers various tasting menus starting at €165, and the restaurant believes the element of surprise is “an important feeling in the gastronomic experience” and therefore recommends its diners to not look at the details of the menu but instead “just sit back and let yourself go.”

Noma at the top again

Noma in Copenhagen has again taken the top spot, and equals elBulli’s record as a global leader in five separate editions of the ranking. The podium was completed by Geranium, also in Copenhagen, and the Asador Etxebarri, in the Basque Country.

In 2019, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants changed format and restaurants that previously took the top spot are no longer in consideration for this ranking, but instead, move to a ‘Best of the Best’ category in recognition of their excellence. Therefore, the Girona restaurant El Celler de Can Roca nor any other that topped the list before will appear in the classification again.

Noma, however, has been able to qualify this year and take the top spot for the fifth time after reconverting into a new restaurant. In 2016, it closed down and two years later reopened in a new location with an emphasis then on seasonal dishes.

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