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[RANKED] These Are the 50 Best Restaurants in Asia
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[RANKED] These Are the 50 Best Restaurants in Asia

After four consecutive years as Asia’s best restaurant, Bangkok’s Gaggan has finally been dethroned.

Odette in Singapore managed to wrestle the title from the iconic Indian-fusion restaurant, famed for its emoji-filled menu. 

Led by chef Julien Royer, Odette is located in Singapore's National Gallery and serves Asian-inspired modern French cuisine.
"What to say? It was not expected and we are very thankful to all the people who just love our food, our cuisine, our restaurant," Royer said in his acceptance speech, as reported by CNN.
The glitzy ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, is considered by many to be the Oscars of the Asia fine dining world, bringing together top chefs from around the largest continent on the planet. The list is compiled based on votes from 300 industry insiders, including food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs.
Odette Restaurant, Singapore. Image:
Odette Restaurant, Singapore. Image:

Gaggan landed in second place, still retaining the title of Thailand’s best — a bittersweet run for a restaurant that is due to close in 2020 as chef-owner Gaggan Anand plans new ventures in Japan.

Tokyo kaiseki eatery Den; German restaurant Sühring, run by twin brothers in Bangkok; and French-inspired Florilège in Tokyo rounded out the top five of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Den Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, who also won the chef’s choice award, said he introduced Japanese truffles to his dishes over the past year, paired with soup and fish.

Surprise additions included the first-ever Malaysian winner, Dewakan Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, and Manila’s Toyo Eatery, helmed by chef Jordy Navarra.

“In the past year we just changed the menu,” said Navarra, as quoted by Eater.  “One of the fun things that we’ve been playing around with is making our own banana ketchup—it’s super Filipino. I think it’s one part of what we are.”

Miyazaki Mango Tart at Odette restaurant. Image: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg
Miyazaki Mango Tart at Odette restaurant. Image: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

The last time a Philippine restaurant made the list was in 2017.

For the handful of restaurants that have consistently ranked among the top 50, their chefs say innovation is key.

Tetsuya Wakuda, chef of Waku Ghin at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore which now ranks No. 40, said he experimented last year with a new ingredient—the muscle of a fresh pearl oyster.

“It is meaty, boasts sweet and delicious flavors and has a unique texture, unlike abalone or scallops,” he said. It’s the star in the dish “poached pearl’s meat with confit of chicken and mushroom,” which has taken a place on the menu alongside house signatures such as “marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar.”

Burt Ends in Singapore. Image: CNN
Burt Ends in Singapore. Image: CNN

Here’s the top 20 list for 2019:

1 Odette  – Singapore

2 Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand

3 Den –  Tokyo, Japan

4 Sühring – Bangkok, Thailand

5 Florilège – Tokyo, Japan

6 Ultraviolet – Shanghai, China

7 Mume – Taipei, Taiwan

8 Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan

9 Nihonryori Ryugin – Tokyo, Japan

10 Burnt Ends – Singapore

11 The Chairman – Hong Kong

12 Otto e Mezzo – Hong Kong

13 Mingles – Seoul, South Korea

14 La Cime – Osaka, Japan

15 Belon – Hong Kong

16 Gaa – Bangkok, Thailand

17 Indian Accent – New Delhi, India

18 Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin – Tokyo, Japan

19 Bo.Lan – Bangkok, Thailand

20 Le Du – Bangkok, Thailand

21 Amber – Hong Kong

22 Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand

23 Sazenka – Tokyo

24 La Maison de la Naure Goh – Fukuoka, Japan

25 Sushi Saito – Tokyo, Japan

26 L’Effervescence – Tokyo, Japan

27 Jade Dragon – Macau, China

28 Paste – Bangkok, Thailand

29 Fu He Hui – Shanghai, China

30 Raw – Taipei, Taiwan

31 Shoun RyuGin – Taipei, Taiwan

32 Jaan – Singapore

33 Les Amis – Singapore

34 Vea – Hong Kong

35 Ministry of Crab – Sri Lanka

36 Wing Lei Palace – Macau

37 Neighborhood – Hong Kong

38 Lung King Heen – Hong Kong

39 Nouri – Singapore

40 Waku Ghin – Singapore

41 Toc Toc – Seoul, South Korea

42 Locavore – Bali, Indonesia

43 Toyo Eatery – Manila, Philippines

44 Seventh Son – Hong Kong

45 Quintessence – Tokyo, Japan

46 Dewakan – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

47 Sugalabo – Tokyo, Japan

48 Sorn – Bangkok, Thailand

49 Corner House – Singapore

50 Ta Vie – Hong Kong


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