7 of the World's Best Restaurants Are in This One Country

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Which European country is this year's top producer of best restaurants in the world -- beating out the home countries of culinary meccas like Paris, New York and Tokyo -- to have the most eateries listed in 2015's The World's 50 Best Restaurants?

Spain wins the prize as the world's gastronomic leader, including having the No. 1 restaurant. With terms like "techno-emotional Spanish" and "cutting-edge Basque" describing the cuisines of several restaurants on the list, it's no wonder, Spain was identified as the "it" cuisine for 2015 back in December.

"The food is shareable and Spain is a hot destination. There is a lot of escapism associated with dining out -- you travel to that country when you eat there," Andrew Freeman, president of restaurant consulting firm AF&Co to CNNMoney in a December 2014 article.

Check out the list to see which Spanish restaurants are living up to the reputation by making the original ranking. TheStreet culled the World's 50 Best annual list that as its namesake indicates ranks the best restaurants in the world from votes by nearly 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. The awards and the list are organized and compiled by William Reed Media. The awards were presented earlier this week at an event in London.

And when you're done be sure to check out which U.S. restaurants made the list.

7. Tickets
Barcelona, Spain
Cuisine: Modern Spanish

Tickets, tied for No. 42 with Chile's Borago on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

"Tickets may have been open a few years now, but it still feels like the future of top-end gastronomic dining," the report said. "A sense of fun pervades every facet of this cinema-themed operation, from the door staff's eccentric uniforms to the ice-cream cart's bell that signals the end of the savoury phase of the meal."

Chef Albert Adrià also won this year's The World's Best Pastry Chef award.

6. Quique Dacosta
Dénia, Spain
Cuisine: Techno-emotional Spanish

Quique Dacosta ranked No. 39 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

The establishment, named for its executive chef and owner, is "is far removed from the all-day breakfasts found along the coast," the report said. "Instead, Dacosta paints an all-together different portrait of the region, employing a botanist's eye for local flora that he incorporates into a selection of tasting menus, stretching to some 30 dishes and beyond."

5. Azurmendi
Larrabetzu, Spain
Cuisine: Cutting-edge Basque

Azurmendi ranked No. 19 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

"It's impossible to discuss Azurmendi without mentioning the ultrasound," the report said. "Employed to alter the texture of food, this is just one of the cutting-edge techniques that chef Eneko Atxa has pioneered since his first restaurant opened in 2005. And it's far more than a mere headline grabber."

4. Arzak
San Sebastian, Spain
Cuisine: Modern Basque

Arzak ranked No. 17 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

"The contrast between the old-school façade of the restaurant and the uncompromising commitment to innovation inside sets the scene for a surprise-filled night," the report said. "This being Basque country, the influence of the sea is ever close, but it's cumin crisps that complement the lobster and spinach, and while local is prized here, the Arzaks' outlook is broad, so it's Korean chilli sauce ssämjang that makes a lentil 'cookie' pop and sing. Foie gras may have long been a specialty of the house, but it is eggs that have made the restaurant's name (eggs poached in a bag, after all, are now known in kitchens throughout the world as 'Arzak eggs')."

3. Asador Etxebarri
Atxondo, Spain
Cuisine: Rustic wood-fired Spanish

Asador Etxebarri ranked No. 13 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

"Victor Arguinzoniz is now regarded as a founding father of creative European barbecue, such is the impact Asador Etxebarri has had on the global food scene over the past decade," the report said. "Today, chefs from across the globe flock to his humble restaurant nestling in the Atxondo hills, 30 minutes from Bilbao, to see him and his bespoke wood grill at work, before taking inspiration back to their homelands."

2. Mugartiz
San Sebastian, Spain
Cuisine: Techno-emotional Spanish

Mugartiz ranked No. 6 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

"At Mugaritz, there is no menu -- at least, not in advance of a meal. Diners are instead treated to 24 individually tailored courses to suit their dietary requirements, wants and desires," the report said. "The lack of menu is just one example of how Mugaritz dispenses with traditional dining norms in its quest to deliver a complete sensory and creative experience. Edible cutlery and centrepieces are other routes to delivering the stories, flavours, smells and textures that make up chef-owner Andoni Luis Aduriz's idea of the perfect journey through food."

1. El Celler de Can Roca
Girona, Spain
Cuisine: Modern Spanish

El Celler de Can Roca has been in a battle for the No. 1 spot with Copenhagen's Noma for the past four years. While Noma beat out El Celler de Can Roca in the 2011, 2012 and 2014 for the top spot, the ranks were reversed in 2013's list and this year's list.

It's worth reading the World's 50 Best Restaurants full write up of why El Celler de Can Roca is back on top of the list. You can check it out here.

 

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