A recently-published ranking by TasteAtlas has ranked Belgium's cuisine an admirable 31st in a comprehensive run-down of the world's best gastronomies.
Belgium's highest-ranked dishes include such world-renowned classics as the Liège waffle and Belgian chocolate, as well as lesser-known delicacies such as cuberdon (a traditional raspberry-flavoured sweet) and geraardsbergse mattentaart (a delicious cheese-filled pastry dessert).
Two Brussels-based restaurants were singled out for special praise by the guide, namely Nüetnigenough and Fin de Siècle. Other venues recommended by the respected food guide include Chez Albert and Oyya (both in Bruges) and the Liège-based bakery Une Gaufrette Saperlipopette.
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Italy was deemed to have the best food in the world, followed by Greece and Spain. Of the 95 countries ranked, Norway was judged to have the worst food.
Karē, a Japanese curry, was rated as the world's best dish, followed by Picanha (a Brazilian steak) and amêijoas à bulhão pato (a Portuguese clam speciality usually served as an appetiser). No Belgian food made it into the guide's top 100 world dishes (including, amazingly, frozen croissants).