Taking place on our sunny shores, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 by S.Pellagrino and Acqua Panna honoured the best of the best in the culinary industry.
With eight restaurants on the list, one of which won the award for Chef’s Choice, Singapore definitely has something to be proud of. After all, we’re well known for our immense love for food, aren’t we?
Here, we take a quick look at the Singaporean restaurants that won and the standout dishes that earned them those coveted spots:
At Restaurant Andre, presentation is key.
Keeping to a strict philosophy involving eight principals, Taiwanese chef Andre Chiang aims to merge art and philosophy together when constructing his dishes.
His philosophies, Unique, Texture, Memory, Pure, Terroir , Salt, South and Artisan, all involve very simple ingredients that, when put together, complement each other without drowning each other out. What’s more, each dish involves a wonderful display of colour and presentation.
Standout dish: Memory – warm foie gras jelly with black truffle coulis.
41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089855. +65 6534 8880. www.restaurantandre.com
Simple yet flavourful dishes are the main characteristics of any dish at Waku Ghin.
With four private rooms, the formal restaurant situated in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands features seasonal degustation menus including whole abalone with aonori (seaweed) and fillet of Tasmanian grass-fed beef with wasabi mustard.
If great food and ambience is what you’re after, Waku Ghin’s amazing views that overlook the Marina Bay skyline is perfect for you.
Standout dish: Marinated botan shrimps with sea urchin and Oscietre caviar
Atrium 2, Level 2, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 8507
Homely environment and excellent food, what more could you ask for at Iggy’s?
As a restaurant serving international flavours, you’d expect the dishes at Iggy’s to be overwhelming at best.
However, Iggy’s (named after award-winning wine sommelier Ignatius Chan, who also helms the restaurant), manages to strike a balance with their offerings; serving only the best with exceptional seasonal ingredients. Vegetarians too have a special a la-carte and tasting menus.
Standout dish: Tuna belly, pinot noir, yam, hearts of palm, garlic oil.
Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883, +65 6732 2234, www.iggys.com.sg
Les Amis lives up to its legacy even with a revamped menu.
Keeping their number 14 spot, Les Amis has long been at the fore front of Singapore’s fine dining scene.
Under the newly appointed executive chef, Sebastian Lepinoy (a protege of Joel Robuchon), the restaurant has undergone a menu revamp and still retains its French charm.
Housed alongside the rest of the restaurants under the Les Amis group, the restaurant houses the biggest wine cellar in Asia.
Standout dish: Caviar on petals of potato salad with condiments of herbs.
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, +65 6733 2225, www.lesamis.com.sg
JAAN’s French food paired with a stunning view is what makes diners come back for more.
Formerly helmed by Andre Chiang (of Restaurant Andre), you know you’ll only get the best at JAAN.
Taking on chef Andre’s legacy amazingly well, Julien Royer manages to create an entirely new menu that serves up incredible French fare.
Standout dish: 55°C organic egg, smoked rattes, autumn mushrooms, chorizo Iberico and buckwheat.
Level 70, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, +65 9199 9008, www.jaan.com.sg
You can look forward to being served dishes that not only calm your rubbling tummy but are a treat for your eyes as well.
At the homely Tippling Club, modern and fun culinary styles abound. With emphasis on colour, texture and unusual ingredients, chef Ryan Clift creates dishes that are unique and a complete feast for the eyes and tummy.
Standout dish: Pigeon, celery, quinoa, goats’ curd.
38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461, +65 6475 2217, www.tipplingclub.com
Playing with texture and flavours, you’ll definitely be in good hands by the chefs at Shinji.
Started out by sushi maestro, Shinji Kanesaka, this omakase restaurant oozes with understated elegance. Its interiors are so minimalistic that the sushi counters are made of a single Japanese Hinoki tree.
Instead, the focus is all on the food. Behind the counters, skilled chefs work their magic and create an odyssey of perfect sushi and fish dishes.
Standout dish: Five-hour steamed Hokkaido abalone.
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, Singapore, +65 6338 6131, www.shinjibykanesaka.com
Imperial Treasure’s Peking duck is so good, you’ll come back for more.
You no longer have to travel to Beijing for Peking duck thanks to Imperial Treasure.
Hailed as one of the finest places that serve Peking duck, the restaurant prepares their duck Beijing-style and is skillfully sliced right in front of diners.
However, if Peking duck isn’t your thing, you’ll be glad to know that chef Tong Yuk Sing also specialises in various barbecued meats and classic mee pok noodles.
Standout dish: Peking duck.
42/45, 5th Floor, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, +65 6732 7838, www.imperialtreasure.com