Australian restaurant Whitegrass at Chijmes, helmed by 34-year-old chef-owner Sam Aisbett, has received the highest accolade of Restaurant of the Year at the annual G Restaurant Awards.
The 1-1/2-year-old restaurant, known for its modern Australian cuisine, was lauded alongside two other new restaurants - three-month-old The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar (Best New Restaurant, Western) at Dempsey Road; and four-month-old Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill (Best New Restaurant, Asian) at Clarke Quay. Culinary doyenne Violet Oon's National Kitchen restaurant at the National Gallery Singapore picked up the same award last year.
A total of 52 awards were given out at the awards ceremony held on Tuesday night (June 20) at the Sheraton Towers Singapore.
In its eighth edition, the awards recognises the best dining experiences, and is put together by The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel, a quarterly spin-off title of luxury magazine The Peak.
A special award - The G Hallmark of Excellence - was awarded to French restaurant Les Amis at Shaw Centre, a stalwart in the dining scene for the past 23 years.
Other category winners included fine-dining restaurant Restaurant Andre in Bukit Pasoh Road for Best Dinner Experience (Western) and Japanese restaurant Hashida Sushi at Mandarin Gallery for Best Dinner Experience (Asian). Italian restaurant Otto Ristorante in Maxwell Road picked up the Best Business Lunch (Western) award, while Japanese restaurant Ki-Sho in Scotts Road received the Best Business Lunch (Asian) prize.
Popular brunch venue Colony at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, received the award for Best Champagne Brunch.
Of the 52 winning restaurants, 11 of them made their debut on the list.
Ms Amy Van, editor of The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel, says: "Singapore's constantly evolving culinary landscape has upped its game the past year, and we aim for the G Restaurant Awards list to be reflective of the current dining scene. Some of these top-notch restaurants have raised the bar with a sophistication and refinement that's world-class.
"Adding vibrancy to the scene, too, is a bevy of casual, chic and independent concepts, brimming with creativity and personality."
The Peak: Gourmet & Travel collaborated with food critics Wong Ah Yoke of The Straits Times and Jaime Ee of The Business Times for a shortlist of top restaurants in respective categories.
Over the course of six months, the panel of judges, including ambassadors, head honchos of companies, and wine experts dined incognito at the restaurants to decide on the winners.
The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel costs $12, and is available at major bookstores including Books Kinokuniya, Times, Times Newslink and MPH. The digital edition, also priced at $12, is available for download on iPad and Android devices.