Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019: Odette in Singapore tops this year, succeeding four times winner Gaggan

Translator::Juliette ZHU

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The 2019 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was announced at an awards ceremony at Wynn Palace, Macao. Odette in Singapore has taken top honours, succeeding four-time winner Gaggan in the No.1 spot which is going to close next year and open a new restaurant in Fukuoka, Japan. A new era of Asia’s 50 Best is coming.

Chef Julien Royer’s Odette has been earning two Michelin stars for 2 years. And this time, Odette has taken top honours and relegated Gaggan.

Chef Gaggan

Jocelyn and Chef Gaggan

Asia’s 50 Best 2019: Shanghai 

 Two Shanghai-based restaurants are among the 2019 honourees. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (No.6) is named The Best Restaurant in China while Fu He Hui lands at No.29.

Chef Paul Pairet

Jocelyn and Chef Paul Pairet

Asia’s 50 Best 2019: Japan

Japan leads the 2019 list with 12 entries. Fronting this group is Den (No.3), earning the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan for a second consecutive year.

The top 10 also includes Japan restaurants Florilège (No.5), Narisawa (No.8) and Nihonryori RyuGin (No.9). Sazenka and Sugalabo, both in Tokyo, are newcomers to the list, landing at No.23 and No.47 respectively.

Den: Zaiyu Hasegawa

Nihonryori RyuGin:Seiji Yamamoto

Chef Tam Kwok Fung, Jocelyn and Chef Shinobu Namae from L’Effervescence

Crystyl Mo, the Academy Chair, China & Korea at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

5J Cinco Jotas is one of the sponsors

Asia’s 50 Best 2019: Taiwan

Taiwan counts 3 restaurants on the list, including MuMe(ascending 11 places to No.7), RAW (from N.15 to N.30) and Nihonryori RyuGin (fromN.47 to N.31).

MuMe: Long Xiong/Richie Lin

From left to right: Alain Huang from RAW, Jimmy Lim from JL Studio, Zor Tan from Sichuan Moon

Jocelyn and Chef RYOHEI HIEDA of Nihonryori RyuGin

Asia’s 50 Best 2019: Singapore

Singapore claims seven entries on the list, including newcomer Nouri making a bow at No.39 and longtime favourites Burnt Ends and Jaan rising to No.10 and No.32 respectively. The remaining Singapore restaurants are Les Amis (No.33), Waku Ghin (No.40) and Corner House (No.49).

Led by chef Julien Royer, Odette is the first Singapore restaurant to take the top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list ascending 4 places from N.5 to N.1.

Chef Julien Royer

Jocelyn and Chef Andre ChiangAsia’s 50 Best 2019: New entries

10 new restaurants have entered on the list. VEA Restaurant & Lounge from Hongkong has earned one star Michelin since 2016. It was considered as a regret without being listed in Asia’s 50 Best. However, this year, VEA finally enters with a good place at N. 34.

Chef Vicky Cheng

Another topic restautant Sorn, specialising in Southern Thai cuisine, is a new entry at No.48.

Sorn: Yodkwan U-pumpruk/Supaksorn Jongsiri

Led by Chef TAM Kwok Fung who is World Champion of Chinese Cooking Gold Medalist and 2 Michelin stars’ chef, Wing Lei Palace debuts at No.36.

Chef TAM Kwok Fung


Asia’s 50 Best 2019:Highest Climber Award

Soaring 25 places to No.15, modern French bistro Belon is crowned with this year’s Highest Climber Award.

Team of restaurant Belon

Asia’s 50 Best 2019: Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award

 Fabrizio Fiorani from Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo is awarded as 2019 Asia’s Best Pastry Chef

Italian chef Fabrizio Fiorani developed his pastry skills in the kitchens of such acclaimed restaurants as La Pergola in his native Rome and Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. Expanding his horizons, he travelled to Dubai and Portugal before settling in Tokyo. His desserts seamlessly complement chef Luca Fantin’s contemporary Italian tasting menu.

Jocelyn and Chef Fabrizio Fiorani

Il Ristorante Luca Fantin: Chef Luca Fantin and Chef Fabrizio Fiorani

Asia’s 50 Best 2019: Art of Hospitality Award

Since 2008, Hong Kong’s 8 1/2  Otto e Mezzo Bombana has been celebrating chef Umberto Bombana‘s native cuisine, serving refined Italian food with the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world.

After debuting on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013 at No.39, the restaurant has ranked within the top 20 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for seven consecutive years. 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana’s outstanding hospitality, led by General Manager Marino Braccu, creates a highly refined but warm atmosphere in which diners can enjoy Chef Bombana’s creations.

Chef Umberto Bombana

From left to right: Jocelyn, Miele’s chairman in Asia:Mario Miranda, Asia’s 50 Best marketing director: Hélène Pietrini

Jocelyn, Crystyl Mo, Chef Luca Fantin

Jocelyn, Chef Yubin, Chef Wangyong

Asia’s 50 Best Talk

Asia’s 50 Best 2019 full list

*New entries 

1. Odette, Singapore

2. Gaggan, Bangkok

3. Den, Tokyo

4. Sühring, Bangkok

5. Florilege, Tokyo

6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai

7. Mume, Taipei

8. Narisawa, Tokyo

9. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo

10. Burnt Ends, Singapore

11. The Chairman, Hong Kong

12. 8 12Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

13. Mingles, Seoul

14. La Cime, Osaka

15. Belon, Hong Kong

16. Gaa*, Bangkok( New entry)

17. Indian Accent, New Delhi

18. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo

19. Lan, Bangkok

20. Le Du, Bangkok

21. Amber, Hong Kong

22. Nahm, Bangkok

23. Sazenka*, Tokyo( New entry)

24. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan

25. Sushi Saito, Tokyo

26. L’Effervescence, Tokyo

27. Jade Dragon, Macao

28. Paste, Bangkok

29. Fu He Hui, Shanghai

30. Raw, Taipei

31. Shoun Ryugin, Taipei

32. Jaan, Singapore

33. Les Amis, Singapore

34. Vea*, Hong Kong( New entry)

35. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka

36. Wing Lei Palace*, Macao( New entry)

37. Neighborhood, Hong Kong

38. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong

39. Nouri*, Singapore( New entry)

40. Waku Ghin, Singapore

41. Toctoc, Seoul

42. Locavore, Bali, Indonesia

43. Toyo Eatery*, Manila( New entry)

44. Seventh Son*, Hong Kong( New entry)

45. Quintessence, Tokyo

46. Dewakan*, Kuala Lumpur( New entry)

47. Sugalabo*, Tokyo( New entry)

48. Sorn*, Bangkok( New entry)

49. Corner House, Singapore

50. Ta Vie, Hong Kong


Other award winners announced include: 

Asia’s Best Female Chef : Garima Arora(from Gaa)

Miele One To Watch Award: Jimmy Lim (from JL Studio)

American Express Icon Award: Seiji Yamamoto (from Nihonryori RyuGin)


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