Denia restaurant in top 50 in the world

A DENIA restaurant is one of the best in the world, and that’s official.

Quique Dacosta Restaurant located in Denia’s El Poblet Urbanization ranked 40 in the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards held in London.

The restaurant – the only one from the Costa Blanca on the list – first opened under the name of elPoblet in 1981.

Quique Dacosta took over the kitchen in 1989, and a decade later he became the owner.

Organised by Britain’s Restaurant magazine, the World’s 50 Best list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 800 international restaurant industry experts.

On Tuesday Dacosta told EWN: “The recognition goes wholly to my family and the team, which are one and the same. I can’t help thinking about the many chefs not present on the list. I know you should all be there. You’re the best.”

Meanwhile, two out of the top three restaurants are here in Spain.

These are El Celler de Can Roca in Girona (second) and Mugaritz (third) in San Sebastian, Northern Spain. There are five Spanish restaurants on the list including Arzak (eighth) whose Head Chef Elena Arzak was named the World’s Best Female Chef.

The top spot went to Denmark’s Noma.

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