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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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