Disfrutar in Barcelona is 2024's best restaurant in the world 2
Chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro, and Eduard Xatruch of Disfrutar.  
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Disfrutar in Barcelona is 2024's best restaurant in the world

Disfrutar, which means 'enjoy,' was opened in 2014 by chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro, and Eduard Xatruch.
JC Cailles Lo | Jun 07 2024

Las Vegas was the host city for a highly anticipated event in the culinary world often referred to as the Oscars of the food and beverage industry. Home to world-class restaurants including that of Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller, and Gordon Ramsay, this sought-after destination for staging magnificent shows seemed to be the optimal choice.

After a series of pre-awarding activities including collaboration dinners and talks, the World’s 50 Best Organization announced on June 5 that Disfrutar in Barcelona is 2024’s Best Restaurant in the World, and by default is also The Best Restaurant in Europe.

Fifteen years after a restaurant run by two brothers called El Bulli earned the No. 1 spot, we witnessed a reincarnation of sorts because the Catalan restaurant of three friends was announced as the eventual winner, who coincidentally all worked at El Bulli too. Disfrutar, which means "enjoy," was opened in 2014 by chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro, and Eduard Xatruch. It offers avant-garde cuisine with a Mediterranean identity and is infamously known to serve long 31-course tasting menus that can run from three to four hours.

We also saw chefs from Asia dominating the list of winners in this year’s edition. Here are some of the highlights:

 Chefs Danny Yip, Ice Supaksorn and Hiroyasu Kawate
Chefs Danny Yip, Ice Supaksorn and Hiroyasu Kawate

Gaggan in Bangkok by Chef Gaggan Anand ranked No. 9 and has been named The Best Restaurant in Asia.

Wing in Hong Kong by Chef Vicky Cheng earned the Highest New Entry Award at No. 20.

The Highest Climber Award went to The Chairman also in Hong Kong, by Chef Danny Yip. It moved 24 spots from the 2023 list and is now ranked No. 26.

Mingles in Seoul by Chef Mingoo Kang enters the list for the first time at No. 44.

Chefs Vicky Cheng, Julien Royer and Mathias and Thomas Suhring
Chefs Vicky Cheng, Julien Royer and Mathias and Thomas Suhring

A total of 11 restaurants in Asia placed on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list. Here are the other winners:

Sühring by Chef Twins Thomas and Mathias Sühring (No. 23), Sorn by Chef Supaksorn Ice Jongsiri (No. 38) and Le Du by Chef Ton Thitid Tassanakajohn (No. 40) from Bangkok.

Sézanne by Chef Daniel Calvert (No. 15), Florilège by Chef Hiroyasu Kawate (No. 21), and Den by Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa (No. 32) from Tokyo.

Odette by Chef Julien Royer (No.24) from Singapore.

 The only Philippine delegation: The author, Taste Hunter Cherly Tiu and Atomix NY sommelier Jhonel Faelnar
The only Philippine delegation: The author, Taste Hunter Cheryl Tiu and Atomix NY sommelier Jhonel Faelnar

Photos by JC Cailles Lo