Imperial Treasure Fine Shanghai Cuisine, Shinji by Kanesaka, and VLV win gold awards at inaugural Best Asian Restaurants Awards

The inaugural Best Asian Restaurants awards were presented at a gala reception on March 29 at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore hotel. The awards, presented by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao, celebrate and recognise Asian restaurants in Singapore. ST VIDEO
(Left to right) Best Asian Restaurants winners: master chef Koichiro Oshino of Gold winner Shinji by Kanesaka (previously located at Raffles Hotel, reopening at Carlton Hotel on April 3); Kenny Leung and Vincent Leung from the Imperial Treasure Resta
(Left to right) Best Asian Restaurants winners: master chef Koichiro Oshino of Gold winner Shinji by Kanesaka (previously located at Raffles Hotel, reopening at Carlton Hotel on April 3); Kenny Leung and Vincent Leung from the Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group - its restaurant Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine is a Gold winner, while the group's founder Alfred Leung was given a Lifetime Achievement Award; and executive head chef Martin Foo of Gold winning restaurant VLV.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Violet Oon, chef-owner of Peranakan restaurant National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery, receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Violet Oon, chef-owner of Peranakan restaurant National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery, receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
The dessert spread at the Best Asian Restaurants gala reception on March 29, 2017.
The dessert spread at the Best Asian Restaurants gala reception on March 29, 2017.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Chef Ang Song Kang of Chef Kang's, a Cantonese restaurant in MacKenzie Road, receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Chef Ang Song Kang of Chef Kang's, a Cantonese restaurant in MacKenzie Road, receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Chef Kenjiro Hashida of Japanese restaurant Hashida Sushi at Mandarin Gallery, receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Chef Kenjiro Hashida of Japanese restaurant Hashida Sushi at Mandarin Gallery, receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Chef-owner Willin Low of Wild Rocket at Mount Emily receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Chef-owner Willin Low of Wild Rocket at Mount Emily receives a Silver award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Martin Foo, executive head chef of VLV in Clarke Quay, is named Chef of the Year at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Martin Foo, executive head chef of VLV in Clarke Quay, is named Chef of the Year at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Vincent Leung, who oversees group operations for the Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group, receives the Gold award for the group's Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine restaurant at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017, with SPH deputy chi
Vincent Leung, who oversees group operations for the Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group, receives the Gold award for the group's Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine restaurant at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017, with SPH deputy chief executives Anthony Tan (left) and Patrick Daniel.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Master chef Koichiro Oshino of Shinji by Kanesaka, which was formerly at Raffles Hotel, receives a Gold award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Master chef Koichiro Oshino of Shinji by Kanesaka, which was formerly at Raffles Hotel, receives a Gold award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Executive head chef Martin Foo of VLV receives the Gold award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Executive head chef Martin Foo of VLV receives the Gold award at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK
Mr Alfred Leung's son Kenny, who oversees group operations for the Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group, accepting the Lifetime Achievement award on his father's behalf at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017.
Mr Alfred Leung's son Kenny, who oversees group operations for the Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group, accepting the Lifetime Achievement award on his father's behalf at the Best Asian Restaurants Awards on March 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK

After weeks of anticipation, the wait is over.

The big winners at the inaugural Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao Best Asian Restaurants Awards are VLV at Clarke Quay, Imperial Treasure Fine Shanghai Cuisine at Ngee Ann City, and Shinji by Kanesaka, formerly at the Raffles Hotel.

The three were given Gold awards, with 21 restaurants named in the Silver category at Wednesday night's (March 29) gala reception held at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Restaurants in the Bronze category were announced on March 15.

Celebrating the very best in Asian dining in Singapore were about 200 people from the food and beverage scene. They were treated to a spread presented by the national culinary team, which won two gold awards at last year's Culinary Olympics in Germany.

VLV's executive head chef Martin Foo, 50, also picked up the Chef of the Year award, while Imperial Treasure's founder, Mr Alfred Leung, 63, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the consistent quality across his empire of restaurants. He is travelling, so his son Kenny, 37, who oversees the group's operations and projects, accepted the award on his behalf.

Imperial Treasure's Fine Teochew Cuisine restaurant at Ion Orchard was among the Bronze winners, while Shinji by Kanesaka's sushi-ya at The St. Regis Singapore is in the Silver category. Its Gold restaurant at Raffles Hotel re-opens at Carlton Hotel Singapore on April 3.

The event is organised by Sphere Exhibits, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and food and beverage consultancy Poulose Associates.

Sphere Exhibits chairman and SPH's executive vice-president of circulation Chua Wee Phong gave out the Chef of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement awards, while the gold and silver prizes were presented by SPH deputy chief executive officers Patrick Daniel and Anthony Tan.

Other Silver award recipients include Peranakan restaurant Candlenut at Como Dempsey, Japanese restaurant Hashida Sushi at Mandarin Gallery, and fine-dining Indian restaurant Rang Mahal at Pan Pacific Singapore.

The judging panel was made up of The Straits Times Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun, Life deputy editor Wong Ah Yoke, Lianhe Zaobao food correspondent Marcus Yeo, and Ms Ng Yimin, a correspondent at the Chinese paper.

It came up with a list of 80 Asian restaurants to be considered and members dined incognito at the eateries, using quality of food and service to determine the winners.

The awards, part of the year-long gourmet extravaganza Asian Masters, are to be given out annually.

Asian Masters, which is in its fifth edition, features events such as whisky- and champagne-pairing dinners throughout March. It continues with monthly dining promotions until February next year.

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GOLD

1. Imperial Treasure Fine Shanghai Cuisine

2. Shinji by Kanesaka, formerly at the Raffles hotel, to open at Carlton Hotel

3. VLV 

SILVER

1. Candlenut

2. Chef Kang's

3. Crystal Jade Golden Palace

4. Golden Peony

5. Hashida Sushi Singapore

6. Jade

7. Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant

8. Jiang-Nan Chun

9. Ki-Sho

10. Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant

11. Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

12. National Kitchen by Violet Oon

13. Paradise Teochew Restaurant, Scotts Square

14. Rang Mahal

15. Shinji by Kanesaka, The St. Regis Singapore

16. Si Chuan Dou Hua, Parkroyal on Beach Road

17. Spring Court Restaurant

18. Summer Pavilion

19. Waku Ghin

20. Wild Rocket

21. Kaiseki Yoshiyuki

BRONZE

1. Akashi

2. Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House

3. elemen, Millenia Walk

4. Empress

5. Hua Ting Restaurant

6. Hua Yu Wee Seafood Restaurant

7. Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine

8. Kanda Wadatsumi

9. Lei Garden Restaurant

10. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant, Dempsey

11. Long Chim by David Thompson

12. Mamanda

13. Man Fu Yuan

14. Punjab Grill

15. Putien Restaurant, Kitchener Road

16. Sabai Fine Thai On The Bay

17. Samy's Curry

18. Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro

19. Syun

20. Tangerine

21. Tao Seafood Asia

22. Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee

23. The Banana Leaf Apolo

24. The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar

25. The Famous Kitchen

26. Tong Le Private Dining

27. Tonny Restaurant

28. Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant

29. Xi Yan Private Dining

30. Yakiniku Yazawa