The World’s Best Restaurants Selected by Foodie’s Editors and Top Food Critics, Including Patricia Wells, Gael Greene, Masuhiro Yamamoto and Ruth Reichl

Invite-only Awards Presentations and Events To Be Held Worldwide: NYC on April 3, London on April 4, Paris on April 5, Tokyo on April 11, San Francisco on April 24 and Los Angeles on April 25

NEW YORK, NY—April 1, 2013—Mode Media Corporation. (corp.mode.com), the leading vertical social media company and #1 in online global reach in lifestyle and the creator of Foodie.com, revealed the inaugural Foodie Top 100 Restaurants of the World list showcasing the most exceptional restaurants from around the globe, and announced its first print guidebook will be available this fall, distributed by Chronicle Books, with in-depth restaurant profiles, stunning photography, must-order dishes and critics’ insider tips.

Foodie Top 100 Restaurants guide winners are the most exceptional restaurants from around the world, including: L’Ambroisie, Epicure, Pierre Gagnaire, Kitcho Arashiyama, Kyo Aji, Le Bernardin, The French Laundry and Iggy’s. The full list of global winners is included below and also available to explore at www.foodie.com/foodie100. There will be invite-only awards presentations and events in: NYC on April 3, London on April 4, Paris on April 5, Tokyo on April 11, San Francisco on April 24 and Los Angeles on April 25.

The Foodie Top 100 Restaurants were carefully selected by food critics: Patricia Wells (France), Gael Greene (USA), Masuhiro Yamamoto (Japan), Ruth Reichl (USA), Jonathan Gold (USA), Bruno Verjus (France), Alexander Lobrano (France), Charles Campion (United Kingdom), Vir Sanghvi (India), Aun Koh (Singapore/China) Susumu Ohta (Japan), Kundo Koyama (Japan), Mode Media’s Samir Arora (Publisher & Editor), Yuki Yamamura (Japan), with Erika Lenkert (Managing Executive Editor). Foodie’s goal was to select only the most knowledgeable and respected food critics, and create a small, transparent panel of judges. Each critic nominated restaurants from their region, as well as their favorites from other corners of the world. Critics and editors were required to have visited their nominations recently, pay for their meals, and no one could nominate a restaurant they are professionally tied to in any way.

“I am delighted to be a food critic for the Foodie Top 100 Restaurants lists,” said Patricia Wells. “I was impressed to learn my peers voted modern French cuisine to be the dominant style the world over, reflecting a global palate that appreciates a classic, visually rich experience combined with a clean, modern sensibility.”

“I’ve made no secret of my long time disappointment with the whimsies of restaurant guides,” said Gael Greene. “How do you lose a star one year and gain another the next? So what if there’s a limited wine list if the food is exceptional and demands sake or beer? I’m reviewing restaurants not wine bars, after all. Foodie Top 100 Restaurants is a well-reasoned, no-holds-barred critique for impassioned food lovers and adventurers the world over.”

The Foodie Top 100 Restaurants spotlights restaurants that provide an exemplary dining experience as determined by Foodie’s editors and food critics. Restaurants are nominated based on whether their food is exceptional first, and whether the décor, service, and drinks program complement the dining experience within the context of the food. This format paves the way for recognition of superb restaurants that may not fit into the narrower, more traditional definition of “world class” or star ratings. 

“We are thrilled to release The Foodie Top 100 Restaurants list and our first print guidebook as the ultimate references for all foodies, carefully selected by the world’s most knowledgeable food critics along with our Foodie editors,” said Samir Arora, Mode Media Chairman and CEO. “Our nomination criteria is ‘food first,’ with the goal to make the Foodie Top 100 Restaurantsthe definitive standard for recognizing the best dining experiences in the world.”

Today, Mode Media is also launching Top Restaurants France, Top Restaurants Japan, Top Restaurants US, and Top Restaurants Europe, UK and Asia lists (see links below). Unique to these lists is recognition of the world’s top ten general managers and maître d’s, as well as the list of the world’s top ten sommeliers. Foodie Top 100 Restaurants provides the ultimate answers to questions such as “where is a great sushi restaurant in Tokyo or New York?” by offering recommendations from the experts who actually know about sushi. 

The print edition of the Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide will be available this summer. Food lovers can visit www.foodie.com/foodie100 to explore all of the award-winning restaurants and join the conversation with foodies worldwide on all things food.

Mode Media launched its Foodie vertical in February 2012, and in the short time since then has become #2 among food publishers online, reaching 19.7 million unique users a month (as measured by comScore, Feb. 2013). With the Top 100 Guides, Mode Media is bringing social discovery of the best- curated content on recipes and restaurants online with Foodie.com, and on the Foodie iPad app.

Foodie Top Restaurants Links:

Worldwide: http://www.foodie.com/foodie100

France: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-france

Japan: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-japan

USA: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-usa

Europe, UK and Asia: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-europe-uk-asia

 

Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide List:

FRANCE

PARIS

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

L’Ambroisie

L’Arpège

L’Astrance

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint Germain

Carré des Feuillants

Le Coq Rico

La Dame de Pic

Epicure

Laurent

Pierre Gagnaire

Le Pré Catelan

Restaurant Guy Savoy

Restaurant Jean-François Piège

Rino

Saturne

Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel

Le Table d’Aki

Taillevent

yam’Tcha

Ze Kitchen Galerie 

NORTH

La Grenouillère, La Madelaine-Sous-Montreuil

Flocons de Sel, Megève

SOUTH

Maison Troisgros, Roanne

Régis et Jacques Marcon, Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid

Auberge du Vieux Puits, Fontjoncouse

Bras, Laguiole

PROVENCE-ALPES-COTE-D’AZUR

Mirazur, Menton

MONACO

Le Louis XV, Monaco

 

JAPAN 

TOKYO

Akasaka Kikunoi

Apicius

Banraien

Baron Okura

Chugoku Hanten Fureika

Ebisu Kuroiwa

Edo-Soba Hosokawa

L’Effervescence

Esquisse

Fukurinmon

Gentoushi Nakada

Halekai’s

Horikane

Ishikawa

Iyuki

Kadowaki

Kanda

Kanesada

Kawamura

Kitcho Tokyo

Kohaku

Kozasa

Kun

Kurogi

Kyo Aji

Lauburu

Makino

Mikawa Zezankyo

Musashi

Nodaiwa

Ogino

Okina

Ozaki

Raisan

Rakutei

Restaurant Quintessence

Ristorante ASO

RyuGin

Ryutenmon

Sawada

Shigeyoshi

Sukiyabashi Jiro

Sushi Nakamura

Sushi Saito

Sushi Shin

Sushi Sho

Sushi Tsubaki

Sushiso Masa

Takazawa

Tarantella da Luigi

Il Teatrino Da Salone

Tomura

Wakiya Ichiemicharou

Yamashita

Yukimura

KYOTO

Chihana

Gion Maruyama

Gion Sasaki

Hamasaku

Hayashi

Ichihan

Kappo Masuda

Kichisen

Kikunoi Honten

Kinmata

Kitcho Arashiyama

Kodaiji Wakuden

Mishimatei

Misoguigawa

Miyamasou

Mizai

Nishimura Kyoto (Kyo-Ryori Nishimura)

Sakurada

Shingo

Shuhaku

Sojiki Nakahigashi

Tawaraya Ryokan

Uozuya

HOKKAIDO/SAPPORO

Sushi Tanabe

NAGANO

Fogliolina della Porta Fortuna

Yukawatan

KANAGAWA/HAKONE

Gôra Kadan

SHIZUOKA

Asaba

ISHIKAWA/KANAZAWA

Ryokan Asadaya

FUKUI

Etizen Mikuni Kawaki

GIFU

Kaikatei

OSAKA

Hajime

Kahala

Kakoiyama

Kigawa Asai

HYOGO/KOBE

Kobe Aragawa

NARA

Akordu

SHIGA

Shofukurou

MIE

Wadakin

TOTTORI

Kaniyoshi

TOKUSHIMA

Kokin Aoyagi

FUKUOKA

Ebisudo

Sushi Asou Hirao Sansou

OITA

Yufuin Tamanoyu

MIYAZAKI

Issin Sushi Koyo

 

UNITED STATES

 NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA

Le Bernardin

Blanca, Brooklyn

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills

Brushstroke

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn

Daniel

Degustation

Jean-Georges

Kurumazushi

Marea

Masa

Momofuko Ko

Per Se

Soto

CENTRAL

Alinea, Chicago

L20, Chicago

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Benu, San Francisco

Chez Panisse, Berkeley

The French Laundry, Yountville

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena

 

EUROPE/UK

 UNITED KINGDOM

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London

The Fat Duck, Bray

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford

The Waterside Inn, Bray

DENMARK

Noma, Copenhagen

GERMANY

Aqua, Wolfsburg

AUSTRIA

Steirereck, Vienna

ITALY

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, Milan

Le Calandre, Rubano

Osteria Alle Testiere, Venice

Osteria Francescana, Modena

SPAIN

Mugaritz, Errenteria

Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

 

ASIA PACIFIC

CHINA

Family Li Imperial Cuisine, Beijing

Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong

Sun Tung Lok, Hong Kong

INDIA

Bukhara, New Delhi

Indian Accent, New Delhi

Karavalli, Bangalore

SINGAPORE

Iggy’s, Singapore

AUSTRALIA

Tetsuya’s, Sydney

 

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About Mode Media

Mode Media was founded in Silicon Valley in 2004 with a simple, yet powerful idea—that people are the most influential filters for discovering and sharing each other’s most passionate interests. We had a pioneering vision that professional digital content could be both as engaging for consumers and as important to brand advertisers as traditional media—and with the right platform, we could create a next generation media company that could bring the emotion of print magazines and the vivid engagement of television to digital consumers. Our mission is to help people create, discover and share content that they love. At our core, we are an innovative technology company that develops products to enrich the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. 

Today, Mode Media is #1 in Lifestyle globally and a Top 10 Media Property—reaching more than 297 million global monthly unique users, as measured by comScore (Dec’12). Mode Media is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tokyo, Munich, London, Paris, Toronto, Mumbai, Pune and Seoul.

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