Maaemo is One of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants! Entering the Respected List at No. 35

I had a really good feeling that Maaemo would enter the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year, and, luckily, I was right. Despite being no. 79 last year, Maaemo managed to climb a staggering 44 spots and entered the list at no. 35. Being Norway’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant and one of my all-time favorite places to eat, that is so incredibly well deserved. To be recognized as one of the world’s 50 best restaurants is no small feat. Maaemo is up there with amazing places around the world, like Gaggan and Geranium.

Esben Holmboe Bang came to the award show in the food city of Bilbao, Spain with his lovely wife Kaja, and part of his team, including head chef Halaigh Whelan-McManus. In his typical style, Esben has been very secretive about the award. Since he does not have a personal Instagram account anymore, the only place to follow his whereabouts is on Maaemo’s official account which is not updated too often. I had almost lost hope, when, finally, he posted a photo of himself together with Alain Passard yesterday night. A good sign that he was town. Huge congratulations to Esben Holmboe Bang and his team!

The award show just ended, and Osteria Francescana once again climbed to the no. 1 position. Check the full list below.

Esben Holmboe Bang and his wife Kaja
Esben Holmboe Bang and his wife Kaja
The World's 50 Best Awards took place in Bilbao, Spain
The World’s 50 Best Awards took place in Bilbao, Spain
Team Maaemo in the audience
Team Maaemo in the audience

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018

Full list below or click here for the official page.

No 50 – Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
No 49 – Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
No 48 – Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
No 47 – Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
No 46 – Saison, San Fransisco, USA
No 45 – Dinner by Heston, London, UK
No 44 – Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
No 43 – Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
No 42 – The Ledbury, London, UK
No 41 – Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
No 40 – Septime, Paris, France
No 39 – Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
No 38 – Lyle’s, London, UK
No 37 – Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
No 36 – Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
No 35 – Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
No 34 – Alinea, Chicago, USA
No 33 – The Clove Club, London, UK
No 32 – Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
No 31 – Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
No 30 – D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
No 29 – Alléno Paris au Ledoyen, Paris, France
No 28 – Odette, Singapore
No 27 – Boragó, Santiago, Chile
No 26 – Le Bernadin, New York, USA
No 25 – Cosme, New York, USA
No 24 – Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
No 23 – Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
No 22 – Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
No 21 – Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
No 20 – Attica, Melbourne, Australia
No 19 – Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
No 18 – Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
No 17 – Den, Tokyo, Japan
No 16 – Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
No 15 – White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
No 14 – Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
No 13 – Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
No 12 – Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA
No 11 – Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
No 10 – Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
No 9 – Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
No 8 – Arpège, Paris, France
No 7 – Maido, Lima, Peru
No 6 – Central, Lima, Peru
No 5 – Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
No 4 – Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
No 3 – Mirazur, Menton, France
No 2 – El Cellar de can Roca, Girona, Spain
No 1 – Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

Joan Roca and El Celler de Can Roca are back at no. 2 (no. 3 in 23017)
Joan Roca and El Celler de Can Roca are back at no. 2 (no. 3 in 23017)
Amélie Vincent, aka the Foodalist
Amélie Vincent, aka the Foodalist
Andreas Caminada entered the list at no. 46!
Andreas Caminada entered the list at no. 46!
The always lovely team Den from Japan. Now, no. 17!
The always lovely team Den from Japan. Now, no. 17!

Anders Husa

I am Anders Husa – a foodie living in Oslo. I eat at the best restaurants in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the major food destinations in the world. I share my foodie stories here.

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