| Mirazur, a three-star Michelin restaurant on the French Riviera has been named the best restaurant in the world for 2019 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It is the first time in the award’s 18-year history that a French restaurant has won, putting France’s culinary excellence on the map and taking the prize from Noma, a four-time winner from Copenhagen.
Mirazur has spent the last 10 years in the top 50 rankings, finally being judged as the best in the world by over 1,000 industry experts this year. The restaurant was founded in 2006, by Argentinean-born Mauro Colagreco who moved to France in his twenties to work under renowned chef Bernard Loiseau in Paris.
The exquisite menu comprises dishes such as salt-crusted beetroot from the garden with caviar cream and smoked eel and hazelnuts and a brioche of potatoes with melting egg and white truffle. The restaurant boasts an unrivaled view of the French Riviera, three levels of cascading vegetable garden, and a dedicated team of chefs working with Colagreco to produce Michelin-standard delicacies.
Located in Menton, near the French-Italian border, the restaurant and a visit to the town, are a showcase of the best that the South of France has to offer, from azure coastline to the pastel-colored buildings and shady parks in the town center. Nice and Monaco are a stone’s throw away.
Four other French restaurants made the list. All located in Paris with Arpège in 8th place and Septime in 15th. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée is at 16 and boasts the World’s Best Pastry Chef for 2019, Jessica Préalpato. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen at 25 rounds out the list.