The number of Singapore restaurants opening overseas offshoots seems to keep increasing as chef Dave Pynt, the man behind award-winning restaurant Burnt Ends joins hands with The Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts to open a new space in the Maldives.
Set to be part of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, the poolside grill restaurant will be named The Ledge by Dave Pynt and takes after the original establishment on Teck Lim Road.
It’s Singapore’s third restaurant with Michelin stars to open overseas. Previous names include Saint Pierre which opened in KL as well as Odette’s Julien Royer who is opening Louise in Hong Kong.
Pynt is clearly a man on the move. On top of mentoring his head chef Jake Kellie — who placed third in the San Pellegrino Young Chef global culinary competition — he recently opened a hawker stall at Makansutra, which serves up BBQ dishes with an Asian slant.
While he will be overseeing the space, 34-year-old Singaporean Deborah Yeo will be its head chef. She has been working with Pynt for four years and counts the now-shuttered Joel Robuchon Restaurant as one of her training grounds. The Ledge will similarly feature a custom-built dual-cavity oven fired by Jarrah wood, setting the stage for lots more smoking, slow roasting, baking, and grilling — techniques which Burnt Ends is known and loved for.
The restaurant will be part of a property set on three interlinked islands with 10 other F&B concepts that includes a wine bar, a Middle Eastern eatery, and even a Chinese restaurant. It is currently only the brand’s fifth property in Asia and will be home to 122 villas, each with an ocean view and a private pool.
“We are thrilled to bring this unforgettable property and best-in-class experience to the Maldives,” said Dino Michael, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “The resort’s inspirational environment, refined culinary offerings, and thoughtfully designed family options, combined with the brand’s unparalleled commitment to personal service, will give every guest the freedom to create memories that last a lifetime.”
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is slated to open on July 1, 2019. It is located at Ithaafushi Island — 30-minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht.