Singapore’s ‘Labyrinth’ debuts on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

At left, Chef Han Li Guang and his restaurant’s seafood noodle dish that reinvents Mee Pok, at right. Photos: Restaurant Labyrinth
At left, Chef Han Li Guang and his restaurant’s seafood noodle dish that reinvents Mee Pok, at right. Photos: Restaurant Labyrinth

A posh Singaporean restaurant run by one of the nation’s most-celebrated chefs can add another prestigious achievement to its long list of culinary awards. 

Restaurant Labyrinth debuted at No. 40 on the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking and was also awarded its Flor de Cana Sustainable Restaurant Award. The restaurant, which opened in 2014, joined fellow Singaporean contenders Odette and Les Amis, which appeared at Nos. 2 and 13, respectively

The venue, which picked up a Michelin star four years ago, is known for its modern Singaporean cuisine. Helmed by chef and owner Han Li Guang, the restaurant at the Esplanade arts centre is focused on local flavors, with classic dishes that include bite-sized rice noodle rolls containing sambal, or chili paste, and chicken rice served as dumplings. 

“By fighting for and championing all things Singaporean – heritage, culture, tradition, artists, food, community, farmers, produce – I want to make people overseas see what Singapore has to offer and make our culture as notable as the more famous ones around the world,” Han said in a news release.

The restaurant was also awarded for championing environmentally sustainable practices by sourcing ingredients from organically-inclined farmers and local suppliers. These include those from Edible Garden City, Ah Hua Kelong, Toh Thye San, Uncle William Quail Farm, and Nippon Koi Farm.

“We push the boundaries and really support local producers. At the start, everyone said it was impossible in Singapore — that we were nuts. These awards are a thorough vindication, and I’m very grateful for them,” Han said.

Neighboring restaurants that made the list included four in Bangkok: Le Du (No. 4) followed by Gaggan Anand (No. 5), Sühring (No. 6) and Sorn (No. 11).

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Restaurant Labyrinth
8 Raffles Avenue, #02-23 Esplanade Mall
6:30pm-10:30pm, Tuesday to Wednesday; Noon-10:30pm, Thursday to Sunday; closed Monday

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