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Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021: Odette ranks second while a total of 8 Singapore restaurants make the list

The Chairman in Hong Kong has knocked Odette off the top spot for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2021.

The annual ranking system also welcomed several new Singapore entries, namely Restaurant Euphoria (41), Labyrinth (40) and Cloudstreet (31). A Singaporean pastry chef based in Taipei has also been named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef.

Mainstays like Jaan dropped to 42 from 21 last year while Burnt Ends is now placed at 14. Minor movements include Restaurant Zen which rose five spots to 23 while Les Amis weighed in at 13 down from 11 last year.

Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo dominated the list, cementing the three cities as Asia’s culinary capitals with acclaimed chef Gaggan Anand being named the highest new entry.

His space is a reincarnation of his former restaurant and landed fifth place. Other Bangkok restaurants that made a splash include Le Du, which broke to the fourth spot up from eight last year.

(Image: Le Du/Facebook)

“This is the most motivating thing in my entire life,” says chef Gaggan Anand in a video aired during the digital ceremony. “With your love and support, we might survive this.”

Other accolades include the titles of Asia’s Best Pastry Chef which went to Singaporean chef Angela Lai from Tairroir in Taipei. The title of Asia’s Best Female Chef meanwhile went to chef DeAille Tam whose Shanghai restaurant, Obscura opened in November 2020.

The 2021 list was released days after restaurants ranked from 51-100 was revealed for the first time. These lists are compiled and published by William Reed Business Media, and voted by over 300 leaders in the culinary field from the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.

This consists of journalists, food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and culinary experts with a gender ratio that’s 50:50. This year’s voting was adjusted to take into account travel restrictions and the devastating effects of Covid-19.

William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “In the last year, the restaurant sector has faced extraordinary challenges. At such a time, we are proud to support the restaurants in their recovery by showcasing the region’s creative talents, celebrating the industry’s pioneers and recognising culinary excellence.

Here’s the full list:

50. Wing Lei Palace, Macau


49. Toyo Eatery, Manila


48. Seventh Son, Hong Kong


47. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong


46. Gaa, Bangkok


45. Shoun Ryugin, Taipei


44. Mono, Hong Kong


43. Hansikgonggan, Seoul


42. Jaan, Singapore


41. Euphoria, Singapore


40. Labyrinth, Singapore


39. Anan Saigon, Ho Chi Minh


38. Ta Vie, Hong Kong


37. Amber, Hong Kong


36. Born & Bred, Seoul


35. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo


34. 7th Door, Seoul


33. Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong


32. Masque, Mumbai


31. Cloudstreet, Singapore


30. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka


29. Ministry of Crab, Colombo


28. Caprice, Hong Kong


27. Ode, Tokyo


26. JL Studio, Taichung


25. Belon, Hong Kong


24. Logy, Taipei


23. Zen, Singapore


22. Fu He Hui, Shanghai


21. Raw, Taipei


20. Nusara, Bangkok


19. L’effervesence, Tokyo


18. Indian Accent, New Delhi


17. Neighbourhood, Hong Kong


16. Vea, Hong Kong


15. Mume, Taipei


14. Burnt Ends, Singapore


13. Les Amis, Singapore


12. Sazenka, Tokyo


11. Sorn, Bangkok


10. Mingles, Seoul


9. Narisawa, Tokyo


8. La Cime, Osaka


7. Florilege, Tokyo


6. Suhring, Bangkok


5. Gaggan Anand, Bangkok


4. Le Du, Bangkok


3. Den, Tokyo


2. Odette, Singapore


1. The Chairman, Hong Kong

(Main and featured image: Odette)

This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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