SINGAPORE – French fine-dining restaurant Odette at the National Gallery Singapore retains its No. 1 position on this year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list. This makes it the Best Restaurant in Asia and Singapore for the second year in a row.
Another Singapore establishment – modern Australian barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends in Teck Lim Road (previously No. 10) – climbs five spots to No. 5.
The other three restaurants in the top five are Tokyo's Den – retaining its third place spot – as well as Hong Kong's Belon at No. 4 (previously No. 15), and The Chairman at No. 2 (previously No. 11).
The annual list was livestreamed online on Tuesday (March 24), instead of taking place in Japans Saga prefecture. The on-site event was cancelled last month (February) in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Odettes chef-owner Julien Royer, 37, and his team watched the online ceremony together at the restaurant, he told The Straits Times, which helped them to temporarily forget their worries over the past few weeks.
He said: “Its a challenging time for us all in the food and beverage industry. Its difficult to celebrate at the moment, but we take this as a sign of positivity and optimism for us. We have to find solutions and hope for a better future.”
The restaurant has been hit by a spate of cancellations in the last few days, said chef Royer, as about 30 per cent of their diners are tourists who have cancelled their trips to Singapore. He also expressed concern over their supply of ingredients as they rely heavily on imported produce.
Overall, it was a strong showing from restaurants in Singapore.
Restaurant Zen – by Swedish chef Bjorn Frantzen, who runs the three-Michelin-starred Frantzen restaurant in Stockholm – debuted on the list at No. 28. The restaurant in Bukit Pasoh Road – which has been hot on the foodie radar – was also awarded two Michelin stars in its debut on last year's Michelin Guide.
French restaurant Les Amis at Shaw Centre (previously No. 33) shot to No. 11 and also won the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award.
British restaurant Jaan by Kirk Westaway (previously No. 32) at Swissotel The Stamford jumped 11 spots to No. 21; while modern European restaurant Corner House (previously No. 49) in the Singapore Botanic Gardens rose seven spots to No. 42.
Fine-dining restaurant Nouri, which debuted at No. 39 last year (2019), slipped 11 spots to No. 50; while Japanese restaurant Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands – ranked No. 40 last year – was not on the list. The restaurant has been closed since June last year (2019) for renovations.
Other accolades went to Best Female Chef Cho Hee-sook of Hansikgonggan in Seoul, whose restaurant is a new entry at No. 34; Highest New Entry SRead More – Source