Singapore’s Odette usurps Gaggan as Asia’s Best Restaurant

Singapore’s French fine dining restaurant Odette has usurped Bangkok-based restaurant Gaggan to become the best restaurant in Asia, named by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, a title that Gaggan had held for four consecutive years.

Led by chef Julien Royer, Odette is the first Singapore restaurant to take the top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List.

Housed in the National Gallery Singapore, Odette serves Asian-inspired modern French cuisine. Taking its name from Royer’s maternal grandmother, Odette earned Asia’s Highest New Entry Award in 2017 before debuting on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List at No. 28.

Gaggan, the progressive Indian restaurant, moved to No.2 while retaining the title of The Best Restaurant in Thailand.

The 2019 list features 10 new restaurants, including two first-time entries from Hong Kong: Vea (No.34) and Seventh Son (No.44). Hong Kong counts nine restaurants on the list, including The Chairman (rising from No.22 to No.11), 81⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (No.12), Amber (No.21), Neighborhood (No.37), Lung King Heen (No.38) and Ta Vie (No.50). Soaring 25 places to No.15, modern French bistro Belon is crowned with this year’s ‘Highest Climber Award’.

Host destination Macau counts two restaurants with Jade Dragon rising eight places to No.27 and Wing Lei Palace debuting at No.36.

The 2019 list reflects the diversity and vitality of the ever-evolving Asian gastronomic scene, including a first-time entry from Malaysia (Dewakan, No.46) and a new restaurant in the Philippines (Toyo Eatery, No.43), a country last represented in the list in 2017.

William Drew, group editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “Now in its seventh year, the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list continues to evolve, inspire and showcase emerging talent. The 2019 list welcomes 10 new restaurants, including a first-time entry from Malaysia, and celebrates the ongoing culinary innovation in the region.”

Japan leads the 2019 list with 12 entries. Fronting this group is Den (No.3). Its chef, Zaiyu Hasegawa, was also rewarded for his innovative approach and named the 2019 recipient of the Chefs’ Choice Award, the only award voted for by the chefs of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. 

The results were announced on 26 March at Wynn Palace in Macau.

One Response to “Singapore’s Odette usurps Gaggan as Asia’s Best Restaurant”

  1. Odette has made Singapore proud! Finally! Bravo!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Operations Manager (On Trade)

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Wine Sales Executive

Anthony Byrne Fine Wines
Midlands and Northamptonshire

Business Development Executive - London

Jascots Wine Merchants
London, UK

Managing Editor

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Events Marketing Coordinator

Speciality Drinks
London, UK

London Business Development Manager

Vine Distribution Services
London, UK

Marketing Assistant

Harviestoun Brewery
London, UK

Logistics and Forecasting Manager

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK

Brand Communication Executive

Regent's Park Road, London NW1 8UR, UK

Canterbury Wine Festival

Canterbury,United Kingdom
22nd Jun 2019

Fruit Focus 2019

East Malling,United Kingdom
17th Jul 2019

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

San Francisco,USA
23rd Jul 2019
Click to view more

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

View Results

Global Chardonnay Masters 2018

View Results

Click to view more