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The 51-100 ranking for 2021 includes restaurants in 22 countries across six continents and 13 new entries in nine countries

In the lead up to the 2021 celebration of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, which will take place in Belgium next month, the organisation has released the extended list of those voted 51-100 in the ranking.

The list includes 21 entries from Europe, 13 from Asia and nine from South America. Two new entries in Tokyo take Japan to a total of five restaurants on the list, the highest of any country.

“With restaurants in 22 countries across six continents, the 51-100 list this year recognises a broader range of destinations than ever. We’re thrilled to see 13 new entries join the list for the first time, as the gastronomic world continues to overcome the huge challenges wrought by the pandemic,” says William Drew, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “We look forward to sharing the celebration at the awards ceremony in Antwerp, Flanders on 5th October.”

A global spread

This year’s 51-100 ranking includes more Asian establishments than ever before, with five countries represented in the lis, including Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, No.51), Sazenka (Tokyo, No.75), Mingles (No. 62) in Seoul, South Korea; Gaa (No.93) in Bangkok, Thailand; Vea (No.71), Belon (No.88) and Amber (No. 100) in Hong Kong; and Indian Accent (No. 82) in New Delhi, India.

An additional six countries have entries to this list this year, including Denmark (Alchemist, Copenhagen, No.58 – the highest new entry); Belgium (Willem Hiele, Koksijde, No.77); two for the UK (Brat, No.78, and American Express One To Watch Award winner Ikoyi, No.87, both in London); and Colombia (El Chato, Bogotá, No.80).

Peruvian chef Pia León who was recently announced as this year’s Best Female Chef represents two new entries in the extended list. Her Lima restaurant Kjolle enters at No.95 and Mil, the Cusco restaurant and research centre Léon runs with husband Virgilio Martínez, makes its debut at No.90.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants returns with a live celebration in Belgium on 5 October after taking a break in 2020 due to the pandemic. The event will also be live-streamed on the 50 Best YouTube and Facebook channels. For more information visit theworlds50best.com

Tina Nielsen