Singapore’s culinary greats gain recognition among Asia’s finest
Seven of Singapore’s finest restaurants have made it to the 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, reaffirming the Lion City’s reputation as one of Asia’s top food destinations.
Landing at no. 5 is Odette, the “Best Restaurant in Singapore” where Chef Julien Royer balances textures and subtle flavors to produce exceptional creations such as Kegani crab with Granny Smith apples, celery, Vadouvan spices and kaffir lime oil. This French restaurant, located inside Singapore’s National Gallery, is a delight for gourmands and art-lovers alike.
Australian barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends is 12th on the list. With its massive four-tonne, two-oven brick kiln, this barbecue joint serves up some smoky and savory meat with amazing flair, with dishes like flatiron steak with burnt onion and bone marrow. The grill also does delicious and interesting takes on all kinds of ingredients, whether fish, fowl, or vegetable.
23rd on the list is Waku Ghin where diners are given a completely immersive and luxurious dining experience by head chef Tetsuya Wakuda, who prepares personalized 10-course meals with utmost grace and precision. Some of the restaurant’s decadent dishes include the signature dish, Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin & Oscietra Caviar.
Among the first gourmet establishments in Singapore, Les Amis is at 29th place. The restaurant elegantly merges French cuisine with Japanese elements for extraordinary dishes like Cold Angel Hair Pasta with a perfect mix of kombu, caviar, and black truffle. It’s Tropical Fruits, a golden sugar sphere filled with creamy Alphonso mango puree and coconut sorbet, also leads an impressive line-up of desserts.
At the Singapore Botanical Gardens, the Corner House, which is no. 36 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, offers unique ‘gastro-botanica’ cuisine – dishes with equal focus on the proteins and botanical elements on the plate. The restaurant is home of young local talent, Chef Jason Tan, who crafts refreshing and inventive meals like his four-dish degustation on cevenne onions – onion purée with sous-vide egg and black truffles placed inside a baked onion; an onion tart topped with Parmesan; crisp thinly-sliced onion chip; and onion tea.
Taking 44th spot in the list is Jaan, a reputable restaurant with a long lineage of exceptional chefs. Here, Chef Kirk Westaway adds his own hint of English comfort to contemporary French cuisine as seen in his dishes like canapés with the taste and texture of the classic British dish, fish and chips. The restaurant serves up intricate culinary masterpieces with rustic flavors and distinct textures like its signature dish, maple-cured rainbow trout.
Rounding out the list at no. 50 is White Grass with its exciting and modern Australian-style dishes made with Asian ingredients. Its most recommended dish is the mouth-watering slow-cooked Mangalica Pork, cubed and served with Jade Tiger Abalone, fermented cabbage, crunchy fiddlehead ferns, spongy hasu-imo, seaweed and pork broth.
Singapore may be a small country, but because of its passionate chefs and locals, the city is bursting with endless possibilities for avid foodies to indulge in their gastronomic passions.
While most of these award-winning restaurants are perfect for Filipino food enthusiasts looking for one-of-a-kind gourmet experiences, another much-anticipated event for those who want to savor more of the country’s myriad of cultures is the upcoming Singapore Food Festival from July 13 to 29, 2018. A hallmark of the Singapore calendar, the Singapore Food Festival kicks off with STREAT, which showcases both traditional and modern iterations of Singapore cuisine.
Another popular event is The 50 Cents Fest in Chinatown, where visitors get to sample iconic local dishes starting from just PHP20 per portion!
One thing is certain, with so many exciting developments going on, Singapore’s continuously expanding culinary landscape is definitely something to watch out for.