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Eight New Zealand restaurants named on La Liste's top 1000

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Eight of New Zealand's finest restaurants have been named among the world's best.

The restaurants were included on La Liste's 1000 outstanding restaurants for 2017, double the amount from the year before.

La Liste aggregates reviews from 400 trusted sources to compile the 1000 best restaurants in the world.

It's organised by former French foreign minister and current deputy chairman of the country's tourism promotion board, Philippe Faure.

New Zealand's top restaurant on the list was Auckland's The French Cafe, scoring 94 ¼ out of 100, the same as three-star Michelin restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro; the Japanese sushi restaurant was made famous by documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Auckland's The Grove followed with a score of 91¼, then Sidart with 90¾ and Kazuya, who scored 90.

Those top four restaurants are on 2016 list, but there are some new-comers.

Both in Auckland, Cocoro and Meredith's Restaurant also made the list; so did Lyttelton's Roots Restaurant and Baduzzi, on Auckland's North Wharf.

All restaurants were awarded three hats at the Cuisine Good Food Awards last year, except for Baduzzi who received two.

Executive chef for Baduzzi and The Grove Ben Bayly said it was "pretty cool" to see Baduzzi make the top 1000.

He said it was helped in part by the fact tourism was "booming", however it was only a matter of time until more restaurants made the list.

"It's a bit of a joke that only eight restaurants made it, I think our restaurant scene's better than that," Bayly said.

He likened the local restaurant scene to Melbourne, although people were only starting to realise it.

"It's just going to take a little bit of time."

He paid tribute to his the chefs at Baduzzi and The Grove, Glen File and Josh Barlow, for their hard work.

"They're at the coal-face, they run the day-to-day operations."

Japan had the most restaurants on the list with 116, closely followed by France who had 113. China had the third most restaurants on La Liste, with 100.

Paris restaurant Guy Savoy is the world's best, according to La Liste, after scoring an almost perfect 99¾.

Restaurants that were not included in the top 1000, who missed out by a fraction of a point, still received recognition.

There were 16 Kiwi restaurants that just missed out, but still made the list, including: Depot, Auckland; Fishbone Bar & Grill, Queenstown; Logan Brown, Wellington; Pegasus Bay Winery & Restaurant, Waipara; Soul Bar and Bistro, Auckland; The Engine Room, Auckland; The Sugar Club, Auckland; Amisfield, Queenstown; Cassia, Auckland; Clooney, Auckland; Orphans Kitchen, Auckland; Pacifica, Napier; Pescatore, Christchurch; The Larder, Wellington; The Grill by Sean Connolly, Auckland; Victoria Street Bistro, Hamilton.

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