The spotlight was once again on the continent's diverse F&B scene, as the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants unveiled (on March 25) the restaurants that earned a well-deserved place in the prestigious ranking. It was also clear that gourmands here were particularly excited to see how well the island's top restaurants performed. They were not disappointed, as a total of eight establishments has made it into the top 50.
Despite Odette dropping to No 2, after holding onto the top spot for two consecutive years, fans applauded chef-owner Julien Royer and his team for a stellar showing, retaining the Best Restaurant in Singapore title. It’s no easy feat, considering the quality of stalwarts and new restaurants the island nation boasts. It also goes to show that gourmands and judges alike continue to be impressed by the restaurant's evolving modern French fare that has grown to include inspirations from around Asia.
While Corner House and Nouri dropped out of the top 50, the latter is not too far away, earning the No. 73 spot on the expanded 51-100 list. Joining Nouri at No. 60 is Meta, which is also the recipient of the American Express One to Watch Award. It’s truly a badge of honour for chef-owner Sun Kim, whose contemporary embrace of his South Korean heritage to craft dishes inspired by his childhood are further elevated by Japanese and French accents.
Since its debut in 2013, the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants' panel of critics has continued to produce a tight list. And this year, among tough competition, Restaurant Zén managed to climb five spots to land at No. 23. Rounding out the Top 50 are restaurants Les Amis (No. 13), Burnt Ends (No. 14) and Jaan by Kirk Westaway (No. 42), all of which fell a couple of spots.