10 Singapore restaurants honoured at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016

Updated on March 3 2016

Singapore, known for its food scene, has just reaffirmed its place in the region as a gastronomic hub with 10 restaurants honoured at San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 awards, held in Bangkok last night.

From new entries such like Wild Rocket by Willin Low to veteran restaurants moving up the list such as Waku Ghin, we’ve rounded them up so you’ve got an easy list to choose from the next time you have a craving for award-winning cuisine.

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Restaurant André

Restaurant André ranks number three, led by chef-owner André Chiang. His guiding philosophy of “Octaphilosophy” centres on eight qualities he deems essential to the restaurant’s DNA: unique, pure, texture, memory, salt, south, artisan and terroir.

Chiang brings a collections of perspectives to his restaurant which can be seen in the dish, from his French training to his rich Japanese childhood experiences.

Restaurant Andre, 41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089855, +65 6534 8880, www.restaurantandre.com


Waku Ghin

Waku Ghin ranks at number six this year, moving three positions up, proving that Marina Bay Sands’ exquisite Japanese restaurant is a resounding success.

Diners are treated to an up-close-and-personal experience from the chefs in intimate dining rooms, where seats surround a dining bar and teppan plate, where the chefs work their magic.

Their sake situation is pretty good as well, let’s just say that chef-owner Tetsuya Wakuda was the first person appointed a sake ambassador of Japan outside the country.

Wakhu Ghin, Level 2-01, Atrium 2, The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 8507, www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants.html


Les Amis

Les Amis, ranking at number 12, is the sophisticated original restaurant of the Les Amis Group which has been serving up authentic French cuisine since 1994.

Mainly focusing on French dishes, expect some Japanese ingredients to elevate the cuisine such as their signature cold angel hair pasta with kombu which Chef Sebastien Lepinoy prepares with flair.

Les Amis, 1 Scotts Road, 1-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, +65 6733 2225, www.lesamis.com.sg


Burnt Ends

Ranking at number 14, Burnt Ends promises to deliver top notch barbecue. Chef-owner Dave Pynt grills high quality meats, fish, fowl and even vegetables over wood embers for added smokiness or in an 800-degrees celsius wood fire oven built by Pynt, himself.

Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391, +65 6224 3933, www.burntends.com.sg


Corner House

New to the list, Corner House steps in at 17. This casual fine-dining restaurant set in a colonial manor where E J Corner resided 13 years serves up what they call Gastro-Botanica cuisine.

Gastro-Botanica is a contemporary kind of cooking which co-owner and Chef Jason Tan explains, emphasises on refinement and quality, giving equal balance to protein and botanical elements such as tuber, roots and fungi, so that they become more than just garnish.

Corner House, 1 Cluny Road, EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate Entrance), Singapore 259569, +65 6469 1000, www.cornerhouse.com.sg


Shinji by Kanesaka

Shinji by Kanesaka holds a healthy position at number 21 and is known for Tokyo-based consultant chef Shinji Kanesaka’s famous edo-mae sushi.

A must-try is the Omakase Shin — a tasting menu comprising of an appetiser, sashimi course, a parade of nine to ten morsels of hand-pressed nigiri sushi plus cooked seafood dishes including, if you’re lucky, the five-hour steamed Hokkaido abalone, ending with the sea urchin gohan.

Shinji by Kanesaka, Raffles Hotel, 2-20, 1 Beach Road (via Seah Street lobby), Singapore, 189673, +65 6338 6131, www.shinjibykanesaka.com



Famed for its quality (of both the food and the chefs), JAAN comes in at number 29 under new chef, Kirk Westaway.

Following in the big footsteps of ex-chef Julien Royer, Westaway’s French techniques continue to elevate the food at JAAN, producing robust yet refined dishes. With a focus on seasonal produce from all over the world, this is the restaurant’s fourth appearance on the list.

JAAN, Level 70, Equinox Complex, 2 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882, +65 6837 3322 ,www.swissotel.com


Tippling Club

Coming in at 31, Tanjong Pagar’s famed Tippling Club by Ryan Clift is all about, fun, creative food in a tasting menu featuring creative dishes and innovative cocktails.

To immerse yourself in their unique dining experience, go for the complete tasting menu, which kicks off with a range of snacks and culminates in the “Three textures of milk” dessert. For those looking to just have a tipple, they’ve got everything from sweet, sour, dry, bitter, fruity and smoky.

Tippling Club, 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461, +65 6475 2217, www.tipplingclub.com



Iggy’s holds a firm position at number 36 with its holistic approach that pays close attention to details. Chef Masahiro Isono has been with the restaurant since 2012, combining both Japanese ingredients and new technical precision to the table.

Their top dishes include their Côte de boeuf with Kyoto vegetables or Fish in a pond with chi ayu, dashi and edamame.

Iggy’s, Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road, Level 3, Singapore 238883, +65 6732 2234, www.iggys.com.sg


Wild Rocket

Ranking at number 38 and making its debut in this coveted list, Wild Rocket serves up delicious cuisine with a distinctly modern Singaporean flavour.

Willin Low, the chef-owner of this restaurant, says his philosophy in serving “Mod Sin Cuisine” comes from travelling the world and incorporating these flavours in his dishes. Expect impressive fusion dishes that work perfectly like laksa pesto linguine with king prawns.

Wild Rocket, 10A Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228119, +65 6339 9448, www.wildrocket.com.sg