It’s awards season in the culinary scene – we just wrapped up the G Restaurant Awards 2016 which named the best restaurants in Singapore. Hours later, the much-watched World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 list was announced. The ceremony was held at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, USA and this year featured 23 countries across six continents.
2016’s list brings about a new #1 not only in restaurant but also in cuisine – for the first time, an Italian restaurant topped the list – Osteria Francescana. Helmed by chef Massimo Bottura in Modena, Italy, it moves up from the second spot it held in 2015, trading places with last year’s #1, El Celler de Can Roca, the Roca brothers’ Spanish establishment in Girona, Spain.
And how did Singapore fare in the global scene? We compare the results with last year’s world list and the Asian list, which was released in March this year.
• Restaurant Andre remains Singapore’s only top 50 placement this year, but moves up 14 spots from #46 to #32, the sixth consecutive time Andre Chiang’s restaurant has made the list. In a thank you letter to his guests, Chiang notes the many accolades his dining establishment has received this year, including a third spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016. Restaurant Andre received an Award of Excellence during the G Restaurant Awards 2016.
Andre Chiang himself penned How I See the World as Guest Editor of Gourmet & Travel.
• Beyond the top 50, new entrant Burnt Ends comes in at #70, helmed by chef David Pynt and also owned by Chiang. In the Asian list, the Australian BBQ joint made a 16-place leap from #30 to #14.
• With a freshly-minted chef de cuisine in Kirk Westaway, former #74 Jaan did not appear on this year’s list, but reined in a respectable #29 in Asia, with plenty of room to grow. Waku Ghin, which placed #70 in the world last year, also dropped off the list, but remains highly placed in Asia at #6. Both Waku Ghin and Jaan received Awards of Excellence during the G Restaurant Awards 2016.
The complete list of World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016
01: OSTERIA FRANCESCANA, Modena, Italy
02: EL CELLAR DE CAN ROCA, Girona, Spain
03: ELEVEN MADISON PARK, New York, USA
04: CENTRAL, Lima, Peru
05: NOMA, Copenhagen, Denmark
06: MIRAZUR, Menton, France
07: MUGARITZ, San Sebastian, Spain
08: NARISAWA, Tokyo, Japan
09: STEIRERECK, Vienna, Austria
10: ASADOR ETXEBARRI, Axpe, Spain
11: D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
12: QUINTONIL, Mexico City, Mexico
13: MAIDO, Lima, Peru
14: THE LEDBURY, London, UK
15: ALINEA, Chicago, USA
16: AZURMENDI, Larrabetzu, Spain
17: PIAZZA DUOMO, Alba, Italy
18: WHITE RABBIT, Moscow, Russia
19: ARPEGE, Paris, France
20: AMBER, Hong Kong, China
21: ARZAK, San Sebastian, Spain
22: THE TEST KITCHEN, Cape Town, South Africa
23: GAGGAN, Bangkok, Thailand
24: LE BERNARDIN, New York, USA
25: PUJOL, Mexico City, Mexico
26: THE CLOVE CLUB, London, UK
27: SAISON, San Francisco, USA
28: GERANIUM, Copenhagen, Denmark
29: TICKETS, Barcelona, Spain
30: ASTRID Y GASTON, Lima, Peru
31: NIHONRYORI RYUGIN, Tokyo, Japan
32: RESTAURANT ANDRE, Singapore
33: ATTICA, Melbourne, Australia
34: RESTAURANT TIM RAUE, Berlin, Germany
35: VENDOME, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
36: BORAGO, Santiago, Chile
37: NAHM, Bangkok, Thailand
38: DE LIBRIJE, Zwolle, Netherlands
40: RELAE, Copenhagen, Denmark
41: FAVIKEN, Jarpen, Sweden
42: ULTRAVIOLET BY PAUL PAIRET, Shanghai, China
43: BIKO, Mexico City, Mexico
44: ESTELA, New York, USA
45: DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL, London, UK
46: COMBAL ZERO, Rivoli, Italy
47: SCHLOSS SCHAUENSTEIN, Furstenau, Switzerland
48: BLUE HILL AT STONE BARNS, Pocantico Hills, USA
49: QUIQUE DACOSTA, Denia, Spain
50: SEPTIME, Paris, France