Restaurant listings are too often unpalatably pompous affairs where novelty and pretentiousness are entertained as marks of quality or invention. Not ours. Monocle’s second annual Restaurant Awards commends the places that are consistently good for years and the up-and-comers that have the ingredients to be great restaurants for decades to come.
You won’t find foam, fuss, emulsion or mist on our dishes – nor steaks served on slates. Instead our itinerant editors and correspondents from London to Tokyo, Sydney to San Francisco (and beyond) have compiled a rundown of the best meals we’ve sampled this year.
Expect newcomers from Honolulu, Adelaide, Warsaw and Bangkok alongside a few stable stalwarts from last year’s honour roll. The menus at the best haunts veer from comfort food to regional specialities but each restaurant has a simple philosophy: that good service and honest ingredients will win out against the bluff and food fads.
Read on for our more information on our top 10 and pick up a copy of The Escapist for the full 50.