Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant awards just went down at Wynn Palace hotel in Macau, in China.
The question on everyone’s lips this year, was whether restaurant Gaggan would keep its number one spot on the list or not after 4 years being at the top. And the surprise was huge: new Asia’s Best Restaurant is located in Singapore where the World’s 50 best will take place next June, and is French! It’s the Odette, the restaurant of the chef Julien Royer.
The Young head Chef of the restaurant located in the National Gallery Singapore, has an impressive career, internationally drivenv, and based on French Traditional cooking. His first venture was in the kitchen under the legendary Michel Bras in Laguiole, where he learned there the respect for the integrity of each ingredient. Julien then moved to Auvergne in France, where he began working for Maitre Cuisinier de France Bernard Andrieux, and has then been trained in kitchens from the French West Indies to Polynesia. He moved then to London, where he was sous-chef to Antonin Bonnet at Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant, The Greenhouse, before settling down in Singapore, where he has resided since 2011 as Chef de Cuisine at Odette, he named as an hommage to his grand mother’s cooking.
My feeling after this intense week of sharing, interviewing, and understanding Asia, the continent that is related to my roots ( I am half Vietnamese, half Belgian) is that, more than ever, its cuisine is booming thanks to a new generation of curious chefs infused with curiosity and multiculturalism.
The exciting new talents who have been awarded this year reflected well the vibrant creativity that can be felt all over the whole continent right now, in uprising countries such as Malaysia and China.
Among the exceptional talents who are pushing the scene today, I was happy to see young chefs and dear friends coming up such as @chezcalvert from @belon in Hong Kong (n.15), @zaiyuhasegawa from Den Tokyo (n.3), @mume in Taiwan (n.7), @locavore of Bali (n.42), @toyoeatery from the Philippines (n.43), @davidlai’s neighboorhood in Hong Kong (n.38) and @toctoc_seoul (n.41)… And of course, the outstanding entries of @chefvickycheng from Vea in hong Kong and @sornfinesouthern in Bangkok, that has entered the list within only a few months time!
Regarding the Miele « one to watch » award, the price was given to the young Singaporean chef @jimmylim from @jlstudio based in Taiwan, who is revisiting his native cuisine from another perspective.
Finally, all the finesse and elegance of South East Asia was beautifully represented by female ambassadors from Bangkok: @arorgarima from restaurant @restaurant_gaa (n.16), Bee Satongun from @pastebangkok in Bangkok (n.28) and chef Pim Techamuanvivit who just took over Nahm’s kitchen (n.22), making a beautiful echo to the @theworlds50best 50/50 gender policy @helenepietrini. So what’s new on the map? Malaysia, which is buzzing with the restaurant @Dewakanmy from Kuala Lumpur (n.46).
The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018
Full list below or click here for the official page.
No. 50 – Ta Vie, Hong Kong China
No. 49 – Corner House, Singapore
No. 48 – Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand
No. 47 – Sugalabo, Tokyo, Japan
No. 46 – Dewakan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (The Best Restaurant in Malaysia)
No. 45 – Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan
No. 44 – Seventh Son, Hong Kong, China
No. 43 – Toyo Eatery, Manila, Philippines
No. 42 – Locavore, Bali, Indonesia (The Best Restaurant in Indonesia, Sustainable Restaurant Award)
No. 41 – Toctoc, Seoul, Korea
No. 40 – Waku Ghin, Singapore
No. 39 – Nouri, Singapore
No. 38 – Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
No. 37 – Neighborhood, Hong Kong, China
No. 36 – Wing Lei Palace, Macao, China
No. 35 – Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka
No. 34 – VEA, Hong Kong, China
No. 33 – Les Amis, Singapore
No. 32 – Jaan, Singapore
No. 31 – Shoun Ryugin, Taipei, Taiwan
No. 30 – RAW, Taipei, Taiwan
No. 29 – Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China
No. 28 – Paste, Bangkok, Thailand
No. 27 – Jade Dragon, Macao, China
No. 26 – L’Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
No. 25 – Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan
No. 24 – Le Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan
No. 23 – Sazenka, Tokyo, Japan
No. 22 – Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
No. 21 – Amber, Hong Kong, China
No. 20 – Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand
No. 19 – Bo.Lan, Bangkok, Thailand
No. 18 – Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo, Japan
No. 17 – Indian Accent New Delhi, India (The Best Restaurant in India)
No. 16 – Gaa, Bangkok, Thailand (Highest New Entry)
No. 15 – Belon, Hong Kong, China (Highest Climber)
No. 14 – La Cime, Osaka, Japan
No. 13 – Mingles, Seoul, Korea (The Best Restaurant in Korea)
No. 12 – 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China (The Art of Hospitality Award)
No. 11 – The Chairman, Hong Kong, China
No. 10 – Burnt Ends, Singapore
No. 9 – Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
No. 8 – Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
No. 7 – Mume, Taipei, Taiwan
No. 6 – Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China (The Best Restaurant in China)
No. 5 – Florilège, Tokyo, Japan
No. 4 – Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand
No. 3 – Den, Tokyo, Japan (The Best Restaurant in Japan)
No. 2 – Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand, (The Best Restaurant in Thailand)
No. 1 – Odette, Singapore (The Best Restaurant in Singapore / Asia)
Miele – One to Watch
JL Studio, Taipei, Taiwan
Valhrona – Asia’s Best Pastry Chef
Fabrizio Fiorani, Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo, Japan
Elit Vodka – Asia’s Best Female Chef
Garima Arora, Gaa, Bangkok, Thailand
Estrella Damm – Chef’s Choice Award
Zaiyu Hasegawa – Den, Tokyo, Japan
American Express – Icon Award
Seiji Yamamoto, Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
See you in June, for The World’s 50 Best list announcement in Singapore!