Nine Singapore restaurants gets listed on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023, demonstrating the Lion City’s gastronomy prowess in an awards list topped by Bangkok’s Le Du.
Bangkok’s refined Thai restaurant Le Du emerged as the winner of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023, announced in a live ceremony held at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore last evening. Odette continues to shine as Singapore’s culinary star, Julien Royer’s contemporary French restaurant taking the No.6 spot and leading eight other Singapore restaurants in the newly announced annual awards list.
Voted by members of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential gender-balanced group of more than 300 leaders made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and regional culinary experts, this year’s hotly-contested list includes restaurants from 19 cities across the region.
The Singapore restaurants that entered into top 50 of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list (vs 2022) are:
- Odette (#6)/(#8)
- Labyrinth (#11)/(#40)
- Meta (#17)/(#20)
- Zén (#21)/(#37)
- Burnt Ends (#24)/(#41)
- Euphoria (#25)/(#56)
- Cloudstreet (#26)/(#44)
- Les Amis (#27)/(#23)
- Born (#36)/(new entry)
In a demonstration of Lion City’s gastronomic prowess, Singapore won a total of nine spots on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 as compared to seven last year. In addition, almost all of the Singapore entries also improved on their positions. Another bright light was modern Singaporean restaurant Labyrinth, which skyrocketed to the No.11 spot from No. 40 in 2022, winning an award for highest climber this year in the process. Singapore also saw contemporary French-Chinese restaurant Born debut on the list at No.36.
Announced earlier this month were the winners ranked 51-100 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023. Six Singapore restaurants placed in this secondary list – Thevar (#56), Lolla (#63), Nae:Um (#83), Jaan by Kirk Westaway (#84), Claudine (#85), and Summer Pavilion (#86). Nae:Um, Claudine and Summer Pavilion are first-time debutants. Esora, which placed #58 respectively last year, fell off the list altogether.
Among the ancillary awards, Odette’s Louisa Lim picked up the title of ‘Asia’s Best Pastry Chef’, while modern European restaurant Zén landed the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award. Johanne Siy, of Singapore’s Asian-Mediterranean eatery Lolla, claimed the title of Best Female Chef. Then there’s the inaugural Beronia Asia’s 50 Best Sommelier Award, which went to Della Tang of Shenzhen’s Ensue, while Manila’s Toyo Eatery took home the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award.
“We salute all the restaurants who have made it onto the list, reflecting the brilliance and diversity of the dining scene across Asia. We also offer our heartiest congratulations to Le Du: Chef Ton and the team’s ability to combine their passion for Thailand’s culinary heritage, respect for homegrown ingredients and flair for modern cooking techniques is what makes the restaurant a true winner,” says William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
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