World's 50 Best Restaurants 2017: Quay makes longlist, Brae looks set to crack top 50

Eight-texture chocolate cake

Peter Gilmore demonstrates the construction of one of his signature desserts, the lavish eight-texture chocolate cake.

Did you hear a strange "whooshing" overnight?  It was the sound of chefs all over the world releasing their breath, as the bottom half of the World's 50 Best Restaurants list dropped for 2017.

The 51 to 100 positions were released as a teaser to the main event, with this year's luxe ceremony to be held at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on Wednesday, April 5.

Quay's aged black pig pancetta with walnuts and grains.
Quay's aged black pig pancetta with walnuts and grains. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Sydney's Quay is the only Australian restaurant to make an appearance so far, making the list for the ninth year running. Peter Gilmore's waterfront restaurant climbed three rungs from 98th position in 2016, but was well south of its best-ever ranking of 26th in 2011.

Australian chef Dave Pynt's Singaporean restaurant Burnt Ends came in at 53rd on the list.

Brae looks set to crack the top 50 for the first time. Dan Hunter's Birregurra restaurant, which opened in December 2013, jumped 22 positions, from 87 to 65, in 2016. Brae will likely join fellow Victorian restaurant Attica, which landed at 33 last year, and 32 in 2015.

Quay restaurant: Beauty is also on the plate.
Quay restaurant: Beauty is also on the plate. Photo: Steven Siewert

Aussie expats Brett Graham (the Ledbury, London) and David Thompson (Nahm, Thailand) are also expected to hold their positions in the top 50.

Neil Perry's Rockpool Dining Group will cater the prestigious event next week, with a menu showcasing tuna from Mooloolaba, Spencer Gulf prawns, Coffin Bay oysters, Flinders Island spanner crab, plus Paroo kangaroo and Cape Grim beef.

If you weren't one of the lucky few to score an invitation, the whole ceremony will be streamed live at Melbourne's Federation Square, and Fairfax Events will present #50BestTalks in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Peter Gilmore will join chefs Massimo Bottura (whose Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana is the current world number 1), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, Best Female Chef 2016) and Brett Graham (the Ledbury, London), at the Sydney Opera House on April 1.

In Melbourne, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (Eleven Madison Park, New York), Gaggan Anand (Gaggan, Bangkok), Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain) and Grant Achatz (Alinea, Chicago) will chat at Margaret Court Area on Monday, April 3. Full details here.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 51–100 

Chef Dan Hunter at Brae.
Chef Dan Hunter at Brae.  Photo: Simon Schluter

51. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey

52. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan

53. Burnt Ends, Singapore

54. Lyle's, London, England

55. Disfrutar*, Barcelona, Spain; winner: Miele One to Watch award.

56. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain

57. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden

58. Momofuku Ko, New York, US

59. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy

60. 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China

61. Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium

62. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain

63. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

64. La Grenouillère, La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, France

65. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico

66. Estela, New York, US

67. Benu, San Francisco, US

68. The French Laundry, Yountville, US

69. Hiša Franko*, Kobarid, Slovenia; Ana Roš winner of the World's Best Female Chef 2017

70. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany

71. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China

72. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

73. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa

74. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

75. Sud 777*, Mexico City, Mexico

76. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

77. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain

78. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India

79. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway

80. Le Cinq, Paris, France

81. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil

82. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, US

83. Atelier Crenn*, San Francisco, US

84. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St Helena, US

85. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal

86. Odette*, Singapore

87. Per Se, New York, US

88. Selfie*, Moscow, Russia

89. Mingles*, Seoul, Korea

90. Manresa, Los Gatos, US

91. St John, London, England

92. Twins, Moscow, Russia

93. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France

94. Kadeau*, Copenhagen, Denmark

95. Quay, Sydney, Australia

96. Epicure, Paris, France

97. Sushi Saito*, Tokyo, Japan

98. Hedone, London, England

99. Florilège*, Tokyo, Japan

100. Olympe*, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

* = new entry