A hotel restaurant in a Las Vegas hotel has just been named the best in the world.
Food and drink website the Daily Meal awarded top spot to the the Cosmopolitan Hotel for its é by José Andrés restaurant.
The website said it was seeking to pay homage to hotel restaurants around the world which until recently have been ignored. "Hotels haven't always been places connected with great dining options, as costly room service, modest minibar snacks and a dining room offering a simple menu of mediocre food were for years the only food options available at most hotels. It was only about two decades ago when hotels began to recognize that a good in-house option for dining could be a serious asset," it claims.
The winning restaurant serves Spanish-influenced fare and was praised by the judges for its "interactive dining experience" and "secret" multi-course menu.
Other hotels on the list include Hotel Emporda, in Spain, for its El Motel Restaurant, which was placed at number two on the list, and Felix at The Peninsula Hong Kong, ranked fourth.
The Daily Meal list, which is in its second year, has ranked 101 of the world's restaurants.
The list is compiled through a combination of nominations as well as consultation with the Michelin guide and other trusted sources.
The Daily Meal's top 10 hotel restaurants
1. é by José Andrés, Cosmopolitan hotel, Las Vegas
2. El Motel Restaurant at Hotel Emporda, Spain
3. Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
4. Felix at The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong
5. Emiliano Restaurant at Emiliano, Sao Paolo
6. Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel, Carmel, California
7. Livingstone Room at the Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
8. Joel Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand, Las Vegas
9. Epicure at Le Bristol, Paris
10. Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Tripadvisor's ten best restaurants in the world
And the best hotel restaurant in the world is...
At number nine is Europea, a 'charming Victorian mansion in the heart of downtown Montreal', which offers a creative and modern menu courtesy of Chef Jerome Ferrer (named chef of the year) and his team of 22 chefs. One Tripadvisor reviewer described Europea as "the best dining experience ever", while another said the restaurant deserved six stars! europea.ca
At number eight is Guy Savoy, a restaurant with several accolades including three Michelin stars and the AAA's "5-Diamond Award". The restaurant's interior, a blend of stone, wood, leather, sculptures, and paintings, includes a private dining room. The food offers a 'perfect balance of flavours and textures', says one reviewer. guysavoy.com
Creeping up the list at number seven is Ciya Sofrasi, a restaurant located in the Fish Market district of Kadiköy. Ciya specializes in a broad variety of dishes originating from "Mesopotamia to the Ottomans, the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Asia to the Arabian Peninsula", all crafted by chefs Zeynep and Musa. Recommendations from reviewers include the homemade Turkish soup, Tarhana Corbasi. ciya.com
Standing at number six is La Pergola, which is widely recognised as the best restaurant in Rome. The restaurant has three Michelin stars in addition to an impressive wine cellar with over 53,000 bottles! Several Tripadvisor reviewers highly recommend getting a table on the terrace in order to enjoy the restaurant's "spectacular" views. romecavalieri.com
At number five is Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in Britain to be awarded three Michelin stars. Michel Roux Jr, who took over from his father Albert in 1991, has modernised the restaurant's traditional menu by incorporating subtle Mediterranean and Asian flavours into the dishes. The restaurant has become famed for its excellent French haute cuisine. One Tripadvisor reviewer described the suckling pig for two as "perfectly executed" and the chocolate truffle with Praline, Caramel and Banana as 'divine'. Hungry yet? gavroche.co.uk
At number four is the relatively young restaurant, Girl & the Goat. Open since Summer 2010, Girl & the Goat serves "fun foods", "craft beers", and even its own wine. Bread is baked daily at the restaurant and you can always expect new creations on the menu. The interior offers bar seats, table seating and a comfy lounge. Reviewers seem particularly keen on the seafood, in particular the oysters and softshell crab girlandthegoat.com
High up the list at number three is Le Cirque, which is currently enjoying its ninth consecutive year as an AAA Five Diamond rated restaurant. Le Cirque is famed for its French cuisine, and the restaurant itself boasts an 'opulent dining room', 'coveted wines' and 'attentive service'. Tripadvisor reviewers were particularly keen on the coconut souffle and the chorizo crusted black cod. bellagio.com
Pipped at the post at number two is Restaurant Gary Danko. Widely recognised as one of America's most talented and respected chefs, Gary Danko combines classical training with focuses on French, Mediterranean, and regional American cooking. His restaurant has received a number of accolades, and Triapdvisor reviewers describe his dishes as 'fresh and stunning'. garydanko.com
And in at the top is Le Bernardin! The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars as well as The New York Times' highest rating of 4 stars, and has maintained its status of excellence for 20 years. Widely recognised as one of the world's top seafood restaurants, one reviewer described it as the finest dining they had ever experienced. le-bernadin.com
In at number ten is Toulouse Petit, a restaurant 'centered around the cuisine, decor and imagery of the French Quarter and New Orleans'. Toulouse Petit offers expansive menus with a diverse range of culinary options, from Parisian and French countryside preparations to dishes that are completely unique to the restaurant. One Tripadvisor reviewer praised the "fabulous cocktails" and the wine list. The Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil and Dungeness Crab went down well with reviewers, too... toulousepetit.com