Odette in Singapore tops the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2019

Photo: Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants
Photo: Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

After four years of watching Bangkok’s Gaggan refuse to budge from its number one spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Odette in Singapore finally gave it the shove and took over as the top eatery in the region. Rising up from its fifth position last year, Julien Royer’s two Michelin-starred French fine dining venue is the country’s first to win the honor. Naturally, Odette also clinched the title of Best Restaurant in Singapore.

This year’s list spotlighted 10 new entrants, including a debut from Malaysia (Dewakan at #46) and new Toyo Eatery (#43) in the Philippines, as well as Macau’s Wing Lei Palace getting a first time feature at 36th position.

Overall, Japan garnered the most representations with a total of 12 names, including Den at third place. As for Thailand, Gaggan dropped one rank to second spot, but kept its title of the best restaurant in the country. Bangkok’s Gaa made a splash debuting at 16th place as the highest new entry, alongside fellow newcomer Sorn at 48th position.

Singapore squeezed in seven restaurants, with Nouri making its first appearance at 39th spot, while Hong Kong counted nine names on the list, including first-timers Vea at 34th place and Seventh Son at 44th. Elsewhere, Bali’s Locavore was named Best Restaurant in Indonesia, winning the Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia.

As always, the rankings are compiled by surveying more than 300 restaurant insiders across Asia, including food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs, and “gastronomes.”

If you’re the type to revere such lists, check out this year’s one in its entirety and feel free to add some of the names below to your travel bucket list.

  1. Odette: Singapore
  2. Gaggan: Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Den: Tokyo, Japan
  4. Sühring: Bangkok, Thailand
  5. Florilege: Tokyo, Japan
  6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet: Shanghai, China
  7. Mume: Taipei, Taiwan
  8. Narisawa: Tokyo, Japan
  9. Nihonryori Ryugin: Tokyo, Japan
  10. Burnt Ends: Singapore
  11. The Chairman: Hong Kong, China
  12. 12 Otto e Mezzo Bombana: Hong Kong, China
  13. Mingles: Seoul, South Korea
  14. La Cime: Osaka, Japan
  15. Belon: Hong Kong, China
  16. Gaa: Bangkok, Thailand
  17. Indian Accent: New Delhi, India
  18. Il Ristorante Luca Fantin: Tokyo, Japan
  19. Bo.Lan: Bangkok, Thailand
  20. Le Du: Bangkok, Thailand
  21. Amber: Hong Kong, China
  22. Nahm: Bangkok, Thailand
  23. Sazenka: Tokyo, Japan
  24. La Maison de la Nature Goh: Fukuoka, Japan
  25. Sushi Saito: Tokyo, Japan
  26. L’Effervescence: Tokyo, Japan
  27. Jade Dragon: Macau, China
  28. Paste: Bangkok, Thailand
  29. Fu He Hui: Shanghai, China
  30. Raw: Taipei, Taiwan
  31. Shoun Ryugin: Taipei, Taiwan
  32. Jaan: Singapore
  33. Les Amis: Singapore
  34. Vea: Hong Kong, China
  35. Ministry of Crab: Colombo, Sri Lanka
  36. Wing Lei Palace: Macau, China
  37. Neighborhood: Hong Kong, China
  38. Lung King Heen: Hong Kong, China
  39. Nouri: Singapore
  40. Waku Ghin: Singapore
  41. Toctoc: Seoul, South Korea
  42. Locavore: Bali, Indonesia
  43. Toyo Eatery: Manila, Philippines
  44. Seventh Son: Hong Kong, China
  45. Quintessence: Tokyo, Japan
  46. Dewakan: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  47. Sugalabo: Tokyo, Japan
  48. Sorn: Bangkok, Thailand
  49. Corner House: Singapore
  50. Ta Vie: Hong Kong, China

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