There’s a little corner of paradise sandwiched between France and Italy, where luxuriant gardens flourish in a unique micro-climate, and the Mediterranean laps against the (pebbly) beach. Far from the crowds of the most popular spots on the French Riviera, Menton is also home to a fine gourmet restaurant called Mirazur—recognized as the “Best Restaurant in the World 2019” at the 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony held in Singapore on Tuesday. This is the very first time a French restaurant has nabbed this honor since these awards were launched in 2002.
Noma in Copenhagen was awarded second place, while Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain won third. The highest ranking U.S. restaurant was Cosme (New York) at No. 23, followed by Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, NY) at No. 28. Mirazur has moved up from spot No. 35, where it was ranked when it debuted on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2009.
Overseen by Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco, Mirazur is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the Riviera’s abundant natural bounty along with the chef’s South American roots. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants names his stand-out dish as "salt-crusted red beetroot from the garden with caviar cream." Many of Colagreco’s ingredients are grown on his on-site farm, while others are sourced from local markets and producers. Colagreco also runs GrandCoeur, a popular restaurant with a terrific terrace in the Marais district of Paris. In Argentina, he has a burger chain called Carne.