La Colombe has snatched 12th place in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards which were awarded in London last night. Congratulations to the restaurant and Chef Luke Dale-Roberts, who must be delighted with the accolade. The restaurant moved up 26 positions in the list, which is decided by “celebrated chefs, renowned food critics, leading restaurateurs and well-travelled gourmands.” In addition, La Colombe was voted the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Middle East and Africa.

Copenhagen restaurant Noma moved to No 1. position on the list, moving El Bulli and the Fat Duck down to second and third respectively. Spain had four restaurants in the top 10, while Tokyo, with more 3 Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city, doesn’t even feature in the top 20. No restaurants in the Middle East found a place.

Congratulations must also go to Margot Janse and the team from Le Quartier Francais, who moved up six positions to claim 31st place. Le Quartier Francais was the only other South African restaurant in the top 50, which was very much dominated by European restaurants.

The Top 10 (okay, top 12 so you can see La Colombe) Best Restaurants for 2010:

Rank Change Restaurant Region Awards
1 Up 2 Noma Denmark The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in the World, The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Europe
2 Down 1 El Bulli Spain Restaurant Magazine Chef of the Decade
3 Down 1 The Fat Duck UK The Chef’s Choice sponsored by Electrolux
4 Up 1 El Celler de Can Roca Spain
5 Down 1 Mugaritz Spain
6 Up 7 Osteria Francescana Italy
7 Up 3 Alinea USA The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In N.America
8 Up 33 Daniel USA The Highest Climber sponsored by Cocoa Barry
9 Down 1 Arzak Spain
10 Down 4 Per Se USA
11 Up 29 Le Chateaubriand France
12 Up 26 La Colombe South Africa The Acqua Panna Best Restautant in South Africa