There are two oracles of bestness in cuisine: Michelin (yes, a tire company) and Pellegrino (sells water). Michelin does not rank their restaurants, except for awarding 3, 2 and 1 stars. Thus, the source I tend to follow is San Pellegrino from Italy. In comparison, there are around 115 Michelin 3-Star restaurants (the latest are San Francisco's first: Benu and Saison) and the Best 50 of Pellegrino actually goes up to a Best 100. The World's 50 Best Restaurants is a list provided by Restaurant, a British magazine, where the more modern molecular gastronomy is favored. It is here that Chef Rene obtained fame.
In addition to Noma, I've been to #8 Narisawa (2014 Best Asian Restaurant--above I am with Professor and Mrs. Tadashi Matsunaga, who is now President of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology), #9 D.O.M. (long the best restaurant in South America, but this year Central of Lima jumped from #15 to #4, with Chef Atala to the right), and #10 Gaggan (2015 Best Asian Restaurant, with Gaggan and his staff to the left).
Jung-sik with Professor Kiryun Choi. Jung-sik Yim himself, the chef, came by at the beginning to apologize that he had to rush to catch a flight to New York, where he was opening his new Manhattan restaurant. We had a marvelous meal, for he personally cooked all the entres for us and at the end waved goodbye. He actually cancelled his flight to stay back. No wonder from nowhere, Jung-sik is now the #10 Best Restaurant in Asia, and, therefore, the best restaurant in Korea.
Akito Akagi lacquer fork and spoon pair costs $330, and everything comes used. Before returning home, they all vacationed in Kyoto.
Super Typhoon Soudelar weakened to 115 MPH, and will further drop to Category 2 status, but will then strengthen back to Category 3, then to Category 4, before making landfall at the mid portion Taiwan on Saturday. This is not the popular center of the country, but the there will be considerable devastation.
Tropical Storm Guillermo at 60 MPH and is expected to only become a tropical depression (less than 39 MPH) on Thursday.
However, there should be very high waves, a lot of rain and some wind as Guillermo brushes by the Hawaii Islands, beginning today.