The much-vaunted list of Asia's Top 20 restaurants for 2010/2011 was revealed to a starry audience of some of Asia's most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs as well as regional and international food critics and journalists at Grand Hyatt Macau at the City of Dreams in Macau on the evening of October 22. The theme was casino royale; the stakes naturally, were high.
The Miele Guide website, through which voting by the public takes place, is made available in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean so as to reach out to a wider pool of Asian voters. And voters came from 98 countries across the world, amounting to over 21,000 registered voters casting over 101,000 votes.
The list for 2010/2011 has revealed that the two best restaurants in Asia, as selected by the dining public in Asia as well as the region's most respected restaurant critics, are still Iggy's (Singapore) and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (Hong Kong). This year, however, these two acclaimed and celebrated restaurants have swapped places, with Iggy's (Singapore) ranked as the best restaurant in Asia; Iggy's(Singapore) proudly claims the top spot once again with a brief hiatus in the 2009/2010 list where it was second. It is the fine-dining stalwarts that continue to capture the hearts of diners across the region.
Hong Kong lays claim to having the most number of restaurants in the list of Top 20 restaurants. With six restaurants in the list – L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Zuma, Caprice, Yung Kee, Nobu and Bo Innovation – Hong Kong is home to some of the best restaurants in Asia.
With 56 entries, Japan still has the highest number of restaurants in the guide. It reconfirms what we have always suspected: that it is the best place in Asia to dine out in. In addition, the representation of restaurants across the region has become more evenly distributed. In particular, the Taiwan and Korea chapters have grown significantly this year.
This year's Top 20 list also sees several newcomers. Cilantro, which has been Malaysia's restaurant to watch for over a decade, finally makes its debut on the Top 20 list this year proving that Malaysia should be celebrated for more than just its hawker cuisine. Similarly, Dum Pukht, long considered one of India's best restaurants, joins the top ranks of the guide for the first time this year. Tipping Club, in the number fifteenth position, an ultra modern gastro bar that opened in Singapore in 2008, is helmed by the very talented Australian chef Ryan Clift and award-winning mixologist Matthew Bax. Hong Kong's Bo Innovation, led by Alvin Leung, has come extremely close to our Top 20 list every year and finally makes it to the Top 20 this year at number nineteenth with its unique cuisine that marries Chinese food with molecular gastronomy.
Asian diners have varied tastes. We love sophisticated dining experiences as much as we do boisterous encounters that involve yelling waiters, laughing families and food eaten by hand. And our Top 20 list represents just that – the fact that Asia's best restaurants are considered the best because we love them for a whole host of reasons.
Asia's Top 20 restaurants 2010/2011
Ranking Asia's Top 20 Restaurants 2010/2011 Last Year's ranking
1 Iggy's, Singapore 2
2 L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong, China 1
3 Robuchon a Galera, Macau, China 3
4 Jaan, Singapore 4
5 Antonio's, Cavite, Philippines 17
6 Mozaic, Bali, Indonesia 6
7 Zuma, Hong Kong, China Unlisted in Top 20
8 Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Unlisted in Top 20
9 L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Tokyo, Japan 20
10 Caprice, Hong Kong, China 16
11 Les Amis, Singapore 5
12 Yung Kee, Hong Kong, China 10
13 Gunther's Modern French Cuisine, Singapore 7
14 Bukhara, New Delhi, India 11
15 Tippling Club, Singapore Unlisted in Top 20
16 Nobu, Hong Kong, China 15
17 Dum Pukht, Mumbai, India Unlisted in Top 20
18 Ku De Ta, Bali, Indonesia 9
19 Bo Innovation, Hong Kong, China Unlisted in Top 20
20 Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant, Beijing, China 12