"Up to now China has been one of the most difficult countries to get data from," Zipprick told AFP, but a boom in local gastronomic guides has changed all that. "Asia has a lot more restaurants than Europe and it is only logical that La Liste will reflect that," he added.
Tokyo restaurant Kyubey, whose sushi is renowned for being extraordinary and reasonably priced, took the third spot after Le Bernardin, a New York fish restaurant. Two restaurants in the Japanese capital made to top 20, followed by highest placed Chinese restaurant, the Huai Yang Fu at Andingmen in Beijing.
The Summit of the list did not see a dramatic change, but there were three new-comers to the top 10 that also included The French Laundry. Another big climber was Aponiente at the other end of Spain and the Andalusian fish specialist in El Puerto de Santa Maria jumped 200 places on the back of getting a third Michelin star.
La Liste's aggregator of the 1,000 top-rated restaurants in the world is modelled on the world tennis rankings and the Shanghai Ranking for universities. While Japan, China, France and the United States top the league for having the highest number of best restaurants, Switzerland with 38 for a population of eight million, has the highest per capital rating.
Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay's flagship London restaurant remained the highest-rated British table, pipping L'Enclume, which operates in a former blacksmith's forge in Cumbria, northwest England. This year's winners will be formally announced at a banquet in Paris on Monday, with 40 of the world's leading chefs also invited to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at his Elysee Palace residence.
With Inputs from AFP