Last night, the winners of the ninth-edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants
were announced – like last year – in a virtual ceremony. And just as in previous years, our fair city was there to represent. This time, however, it was just Tony Lu’s vegetarian fine-dining mecca Fu He Hui
getting the nod, dropping two places from number 20 to 22. Ultraviolet
, the revolutionary multi-sensory restaurant from Paul Pairet (and regular mainstay on these lists), surprisingly dropped out of the top 50 this year. Falling eleven places from number 41 to 52.
Speaking of which, this year was the first where places 50-100 were recognised with Stefan Stiller’s Tai’an Table
(75), Bundside Italian Da Vittorio
(82), Ningbo seafood specialists Fu Rong (93) and the Nanyang Lu outpost of acclaimed high-end Taizhou and dim-sum spot Xin Rong Ji (61), all earning entries on the 2021 honour roll.
Photograph: coutesy Obscura (DeAille Tam)
Notably, DeAille Tam picked up the gong for Asia’s best female chef. You’ll find her currently steering the ship at her new ambitious fine-dining concept Obscura
– with her partner Simon Wong. It features the couple’s personal spin on classic Chinese cuisine influenced by a year-long culinary journey across the country. Less than half a year after opening her own restaurant, the accolade is a pretty cool payoff for Tam.
The big question though. What’s number one? Hong Kong’s The Chairman picked up the top prize, finally knocking Singapore’s Odette of its perch, following back-to-back years of dining domination.