Restaurant Andre is second best restaurant in Asia, Odette highest new entry

(From left) Chef Andre Chiang of Restaurant Andre, chef Julien Royer of Odette and chef David Pynt of Burnt Ends.
(From left) Chef Andre Chiang of Restaurant Andre, chef Julien Royer of Odette and chef David Pynt of Burnt Ends. PHOTOS: RESTAURANT ANDRÉ, BT, ST

Singapore's star chef Andre Chiang was a big winner at this year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony on Feb 21.

Not only was his Restaurant André at Bukit Pasoh Road named the second-best restaurant in Asia, up from third place last year, his Taipei restaurant Raw also climbed more than 20 spots - from 46th place last year to 24th this year, and was named the best restaurant in Taiwan.

Chef Julien Royer from Odette at the National Gallery, also did Singapore proud. His restaurant came in ninth on the list, and also won the Highest New Entry Award.

And chef Dave Pynt, from Burnt Ends located at Teck Lim Road also had plenty to smile about. Not only did his restaurant clinch the 10th spot - up from 14th last year - he also won the Chefs' Choice Award.

In addition, local restaurant Tippling Club, in Tanjong Pagar, improved on its 31st placing last year, and came in 27th this year.

However, all the other Singapore restaurants slipped from their ranks last year.

Waku Ghin fell from 6th place last year to 20th this year, Les Amis from 12th to 16th, Corner House from 17th to 23rd, Shinji By Kanesaka from 21th to 44th, and Jaan from 29th to 42th.

Iggy's and Wild Rocket, placed 36th and 38th respectively on last year's list, did not make it onto this year's list.

The top restaurant in Asia remained Gaggan in Bangkok, which was also in top spot last year.

Hong Kong chef May Chow was named this year's Asia's Best Female Chef, a recognition of both her innovative spin on bao buns and her successful Little Bao eateries.

Toc Toc restaurant in South Korea received the Miele One To Watch Award.

The awards also honoured Italian chef Umberto Bombana, of 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong, with The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award for his ability to push the limits of traditional Italian cuisine.

This year's edition - the fifth - was held at Bangkok's W Hotel.

Launched in 2013, the awards list the top 50 restaurants in Asia, and is created from the votes of the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia's restaurant scene.

The awards take in six voting regions: India & Subcontinent; South-East Asia - South; South-East Asia - North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China & Korea; Japan.

The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded 'gastronomes'. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months.

There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.

The first three instalments of the awards ceremony were held in Singapore, and the fourth and fifth in Bangkok.

The list is owned and published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World's 50 Best Restaurants list. This year's World's list will be announced in Melbourne in April.

AWARD WINNERS:

Miele One To Watch Award: TocToc (Seoul)
Asia's Best Pastry Chef: Kazutoshi Narita (Tokyo)
Asia's Best Female Chef: May Chow (Hong Kong)
Chefs' Choice Award: Dave Pynt (Burnt Ends, Singapore)
The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award: Umberto Bombana (Hong Kong)

#50: Takazawa (Tokyo)
#49: Nihonbashi (Colombo)
#48: Fu He Hui (Shanghai)
#47: The Chairman (Hong Kong)
#46: Wasabi by Morimoto (Mumbai)
#45: Ronin (Hong Kong)
#44: Shinji By Kanesaka (Singapore)
#43: Mume (Taipei)
#42: Jaan (Singapore)
#41: L'atelier de Joël Robuchon (Hong Kong)
#40: L'atelier de Joël Robuchon (Bangkok, Thailand)
#39: The Tasting Room By Galliot (Macau)
#38: La Yeon (Seoul)
#37: Le Du (Bangkok)
#36: The House on Sathorn (Bangkok)
#35: Gallery Vask (Manila), also Best Restaurant in the Philippines
#34: Hajime (Osaka)
#33: Ta Vie (Hong Kong)
#32: Jade Dragon (Macau)
#31: Eat Me (Bangkok)
#30: Indian Accent (New Delhi), also Best Restaurant in India
#29: Ministry of Crab (Colombo) also Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka
#28: Le Mout (Taichung)
#27: Tippling Club (Singapore)
#26: Sushi Saito (Tokyo)
#25: Jungsik (Seoul)
#24: Raw (Taipei) also Best Restaurant in Taiwan
#23: Corner House (Singapore)
#22: Locavore (Bali), also winner of the Highest Climber Award and Best Restaurant in Indonesia
#21: Issaya Siamese Club (Bangkok)
#20: Waku Ghin (Singapore)
#19: Bo.lan (Bangkok)
#18: Quintessence (Tokyo)
#17: Lung King Heen (Hong Kong)
#16: Les Amis (Singapore)
#15: Mingles (Seoul), also Best Restaurant in Korea
#14: Florilege(Tokyo)
#13: Suhring (Bangkok)
#12: L'Effervescence (Tokyo)
#11: Den (Tokyo), also winner of The Art Of Hospitality Award
#10: Burnt Ends (Singapore)
#9: Odette (Singapore), also winner of the Highest New Entry Award
#8: Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai)
#7: Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo)
#6: Narisawa (Tokyo), also Best Restaurant in Japan
#5: Nahm (Bangkok)
#4: 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
#3: Amber (Hong Kong), also Best Restaurant in China
#2: Restaurant André (Singapore), also Best Restaurant in Singapore
#1: Gaggan (Bangkok), also Best Restaurant in Thailand

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