2 Singapore eateries debut on top 50 Asia list

2 Singapore eateries debut on top 50 Asia list

TWO Singapore establishments have made their debut on the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list this year: European eatery Corner House at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which came in at No. 17, and modern Singapore restaurant Wild Rocket at Upper Wilkie Road at No. 38.

For the chef-owner of Wild Rocket, Willin Low, 43, making it to the list a decade after opening the restaurant is a "very nice 10th birthday present".

He said: "We created modern Singapore cuisine 10 years ago and are delighted that it has not only caught on among other restaurants and cafes in Singapore, but it is now also internationally recognised.

"I am humbled that Singaporean cuisine is finally represented on the list."

Jason Tan, 33, chef and co-owner of Corner House, thinks its strong "gastro-botanica" identity - which focuses on the use of vegetables - and tight working relationship among his team members paved the way for its inclusion on the list.

He said: "I am excited and honoured, but it is also unexpected, given that the restaurant has been open for only 11/2 years.

"I hope that this award will make the restaurant more internationally recognised and push us further to explore using new ingredients and creating new dishes."

These restaurants are among 10 in Singapore that are featured on the list, the same number as last year.

The highest-ranking restaurant here is Restaurant Andre at Bukit Pasoh Road, which climbed to third spot from fifth last year.

The other restaurants are Waku Ghin at No. 6 (up from 9 last year); Les Amis at 12 (up from 13); Burnt Ends at 14 (up from 30); Shinji by Kanesaka at 21 (up from 32); Jaan at 29 (down from 11); Tippling Club at 31 (up from 36); and Iggy's at 36 (down from 18).

Local pastry chef Cheryl Koh of the Les Amis Group was also named Asia's Best Pastry Chef.

Singapore ties with Japan for having the second-most number of restaurants on the list, with 10 each.

China has the most, with 13.

The results were announced at a gala award ceremony at Bangkok's W Hotel on Monday night.

They were given out in Singapore in the first three years.

Progressive Indian restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand, was crowned Best Restaurant in Asia for the second year running and Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan, retained its second spot.

Australian chef David Thompson, who heads Thai restaurants Nahm in Bangkok and Long Chim in Marina Bay Sands, received The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.

Nahm slipped one spot to No. 8.

The list is determined by The Diners Club Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which comprises more than 300 professionals in the restaurant industry across Asia, such as food writers and critics, chefs and restaurateurs.

The Asian list is an offshoot of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, which is also published by William Reed Media Group.

The World's list is expected to be announced in New York City in June.

kengohsz@sph.com.sg


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HERE'S THE FULL LIST OF THIS YEAR'S WINNERS:

No. 1 - GAGGAN Bangkok, Thailand

No. 2 - NARISAWA Tokyo, Japan

No. 3 - RESTAURANT ANDRE Singapore

No. 4 - AMBER Hong Kong, China

No. 5 - NIHONRYORI RYUGIN Tokyo, Japan

No. 6 - WAKU GHIN Singapore

No. 7 - ULTRAVIOLET BY PAUL PAIRET Shanghai, China 

No. 8 - NAHM Bangkok, Thailand

No. 9 - INDIAN ACCENT New Delhi, India

No. 10 - LUNG KING HEEN Hong Kong, China

No. 11 - HAJIME Osaka, Japan

No. 12 - LES AMIS Singapore

No. 13 - 8 1/2 OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA Hong Kong, China

No. 14 - BURNT ENDS Singapore

No. 15 - MINGLES Seoul, South Korea

No. 16 - L'EFFERVESCENCE Tokyo, Japan

No. 17 - CORNER HOUSE Singapore

No. 18 - FU HE HUI Shanghai, China

No. 19 - ISSAYA SIAMESE CLUB Bangkok, Thailand

No. 20 - QUINTESSENCE Tokyo, Japan

No. 21 - SHINJI BY KANESAKA Singapore

No. 22 - JUNGSIK Seoul, South Korea

No. 23 - EAT ME Bangkok, Thailand

No. 24 - TAKAZAWA Tokyo, Japan

No. 25 - MINISTRY OF CRAB Colombo, Sri Lanka

No. 26 - SUSHI SAITO Tokyo, Japan

No. 27 - THE CHAIRMAN Hong Kong, China

No. 28 - MR AND MRS BUND Shanghai, China

No. 29 - JAAN Singapore

No. 30 - LE MOUT Taichung, Taiwan

No. 31 - LA MAISON DE LA NATURE GOH Fukuoka, Japan

No. 32 - TIPPLING CLUB Singapore

No. 33 - TENKU RYUGIN Hong Kong, China

No. 34 - FOOK LAM MOON Hong Kong, China

No. 35 - ROBUCHON AU DOME Macau, China

No. 36 - IGGY'S Singapore

No. 37 - DEN Tokyo, Japan

No. 38 - WILD ROCKET Singapore

No. 39 - GALLERY VASK Manila, Philippines

No. 40 - L'ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON Hong Kong, China

No. 41 - BO INNOVATION Hong Kong, China

No. 42 - KIKUNOI Kyoto, Japan

No. 43 - CUISINE WAT DAMNAK Siem Reap, Cambodia

No. 44 - WASABI BY MORIMOTO Mumbai, India

No. 45 - BUKHARA New Delhi, India

No. 46 - RAW Taipei, Taiwan

No. 47 - NIHONBASHI Colombo, Sri Lanka

No. 48 - TA VIE Hong Kong, China

No. 49 - LOCAVORE Bali, Indonesia

No. 50 - LA YEON Seoul, South Korea

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