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Restaurant magazine has anointed the Fat Duck, a former pub in the British countryside, as the finest restaurant in the world, based on a survey of more than 500 industry experts around the world.

The Associated Press reports that The Fat Duck is run by chef Heston Blumenthal, “a self-taught chef who has pioneered ‘molecular gastronomy’ -- advanced techniques to develop unusual taste combinations like ‘smoked bacon and egg ice cream’ and ‘leather, oak and tobacco chocolates’.”

The Fat Duck beat out El Bulli, the renowned Spanish restaurant, and the French Laundry in Northern California, which had garnered the top spot two years in a row.

In a reflection of how far British cuisine has come, English restaurants won four of the top 10 spots and 14 of the top 50, beating out countries like France and the United States.
KC's View:
Make us a reservation…we checked out what is called the “degustation menu,” which offers a little bit of a lot of things…and for the equivalent of about $188 (US), we can have:

    • Snail Porridge with Jabugo Ham, Shaved Fennel
    • Roast Foie Gras with Almond Fluid Gel, Cherry And Chamomile
    • Sardine On Toast Sorbet
    • Salmon Poached With Liquorice, served with Asparagus, Pink Grapefruit, "Manni" Olive Oil
    • Poached Breast Of Anjou Pigeon Pancetta
    • White Chocolate And Caviar
    • Mrs Marshall’s Margaret Cornet
    • Pine Sherbet Fountain
    • Mango And D0uglas Fir Puree (Bavarois Of Lychee And Mango, Blackcurrant Sorbet)
    • Smoked Bacon And Egg Ice Cream
    • Leather, Oak And Tobacco Chocolates
    • Praline Rose Tartlet

And, for an extra $130 (US), we can have a selection of wines by the glass to accompany this menu.

Does it get any better than this?

On the other hand, we have no idea where any of this stuff fits on the new nutrition pyramid.