Heads up, foodies: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 have been announced and Singapore’s on the list! Fresh off the press, the annual list – now in its 15th year – is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, made up of over 1000 international leaders in the community, including food critics, chefs and restaurateurs. Here are our top five picks in the region to try; you’ll want to book fast!
Nestled in a heritage shophouse in the charming Bukit Pasoh enclave, this Michelin-starred restaurant is ranked 14th – a massive jump of 18 places from last year – on the list. Taiwanese-born Chef André Chiang creates spontaneous culinary art inspired by his roots in Southern French nouvelle cuisine. On the menu is the Octaphilosophy set, which features eight elements and eight inspiring dishes. Everything’s kept a surprise at this cosy 30-seater; just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience at what is now officially Singapore’s best restaurant!
Located a stone’s throw away from Restaurant André is this modern Australian barbeque, which came 53rd on the list. While the menu changes constantly, Chef Dave Pynt loves using techniques like smoking, slow roasting, grilling and cooking directly on coals for an intense flavour. Tip: get a counter seat if you can, to watch all the live cooking in action!
Housed in the iconic National Gallery, this restaurant offers modern French cuisine guided by Chef Julien Royer’s love for seasonality and artisanal produce. The gorgeous space is easy on the eyes, with a soft colour palette and elegant accents, as well as a glass-enclosed kitchen for diners to witness the chefs at work. With a ranking of 86, Odette is one of the three local restaurants to crack the top 100 on the list.
If you’ve ever found yourself in downtown Bangkok, don’t miss this progressive Indian dining spot, which earnt 7th spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year. Set in a colonial-style wooden house, the award-winning eatery amalgamates seasonal ingredients, fresh produce, India’s regional cuisine and street food. Psst… It was also named The Best Restaurant in Asia!
68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini
Housed in an upscale setting in Hong Kong’s Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel, this two Michelin-starred fine-dining spot is equally known for its exquisite French cuisine and wide range of premium wines. Planning an intimate celebration? Surrounded by the restaurant’s glass-clad wine cellar, the private wine room – which seats up to twelve guests – is perfect.
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental,
15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
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