Odette in Singapore, from French chef Julien Royer, was today voted as the best restaurant in Asia, in a ranking of 50 dominated by Japan and in which Macau, the host of the ceremony, won two places.
Odette is the first restaurant in Singapore to receive the award and, at the same time, the responsible for dethroning the Gaggan, an Indian restaurant in Bangkok, which led the ranking for four consecutive years, and this year, came in second place.
Located in the National Gallery of Singapore, Odette combines traits of modern French cuisine, but it is also marked by Asian inspiration.
The Portuguese influence is more present "in the wine menu than in the food", especially in the "great wine of Madeira", told the French chef Julien Royer to the Lusa agency. For him the victory was "unexpected."
For the second consecutive year, the list of "Asia's 50 best restaurants" was announced in Macau at a ceremony held tonight at Wynn Palace Casino.
This year, Macau got another place on the list, after the inclusion of the Jade Dragon restaurant last year, in the 35th place.
In addition to the latter having climbed eight positions (27th), approaching the first half of the table, Wing Lei Palace restaurant entered the ranking, appearing in the 36th position. Both restaurants are dedicated to Cantonese cuisine.
Japan was highlighted again, this time with 12 restaurants on the list, including one in the 'podium': Den, from Tokyo, in third place.