The number of Australian restaurants named in the Restaurant magazine S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants has not only increased from one to two in 2013 but the new Australian listing, Melbourne’s Attica restaurant, was the highest ranking new entry for 2013 at number 21. Attica also received the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Australasia award.
Sydney’s Quay restaurant made a return appearance on the list albeit 19 places lower than 2012 with a ranking of 48. Quay has featured in the top 50 since 2009 and has held the title of The Best Restaurant in Australasia for the last three years but was prevented from achieving a fourth title by the rapid rise of Attica from a ranking of 63 in 2012 to 21 in 2013.
Headed by 35-year-old New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, the World's 50 Best Restaurants website describes Attica as an “innovative but nature-led Melbourne masterpiece.” Judges identified the standout Attica dish as being “potato, cooked in the earth in which it was grown.”
Shewry is well known for his focus on foraging which was recognised as one of the most significant characteristics of his culinary approach. “There are dedicated chefs, and then there’s Ben Shewry,” the Attica listing reads. “His commitment pays off: the cuisine is both uniquely imaginative and outstandingly good.”
Organised by Restaurant magazine, The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts. What constitutes "best" is left to the judgement of these trusted and well-travelled gourmet