Odette’s on a roll this year. Last night, the two-Michelin-starred establishment added another accolade to its belt with an impressive ranking of 28 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony held in Bilbao, Spain.

The French fine dining venue is the only Singapore eatery to crack the top 50 this year — it debuted on the list in 86th place in 2017. This new victory — which sees it surpass prominent names the likes of Alinea in Chicago and D.O.M in Sao Paulo in terms of rankings — comes after its being declared the best restaurant in Singapore in March, where it bagged fifth place at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

“It is a true honour and privilege to be recognised as one of the top 30 restaurants in the world. Every day we strive to outdo ourselves in a constant quest of excellence. This recognition is a reward for all of us who have worked so hard together in this quest. My team and I are incredibly thankful and honoured,” said Odette’s chef-owner Julien Royer.

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Chef-owner Julien Royer of Odette. (Photo: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)

Emerging champion this year at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants was Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which is helmed by Massimo Bottura. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant is famed for its contemporary Italian cuisine, with innovative dishes like Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano, which presents the cheese in five different textures and temperatures. Bottura is also renowned for his work as founder of Food for Soul, a non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting hunger and reducing food wastage.

This marks the second time Osteria Francescana has come up tops — it held the same title back in 2016 before losing it to New York City’s Eleven Madison Park in 2017. The latter fell to fourth place this time round.

Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, France’s Mirazur, and Thailand’s Gaggan (also Asia’s best restaurant) ranked second, third and fifth respectively. Other notable winners included Peru’s Central (6, and named Best Restaurant in South America) and Den in Tokyo, Japan — which came in 17th and was named the highest climber.

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Osteria Francescana’s Massimo Bottura with his wife Lara Gilmore. (Photo: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)

The extended World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for eateries that placed from 51 to 100, was released last week. Only one Singapore restaurant, Burnt Ends — which ranked 53 last year — was included in 61st place.

Here is the full list of results:

1. Osteria Francescana, Modena (Italy) – Best Restaurant in Europe and Best Restaurant in the World

2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona (Spain)

3. Mirazur, Menton (France)

4. Eleven Madison Park, New York (USA) – Best Restaurant in North America

5. Gaggan, Bangkok (Thailand) – Best Restaurant in Asia

6. Central, Lima (Peru) – Best Restaurant in South America

7. Maido, Lima (Peru)

8. Arpège, Paris (France)

9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian (Spain)

10. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo (Spain)

11. Quintonil, Mexico City (Mexico)

12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown (USA)

13. Pujol, Mexico City (Mexico)

14. Steirereck, Vienna (Austria)

15. White Rabbit, Moscow (Russia)

16. Piazza Duomo, Alba (Italy)

17. Den, Tokyo (Japan) – Highest Climber

18. Disfrutar, Barcelona (Spain) – Highest New Entry

19. Geranium, Copenhagen (Denmark) – Art of Hospitality Award

20. Attica, Melbourne (Australia) – Best Restaurant in Australasia

21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (France)

22. Narisawa, Tokyo (Japan)

23. Le Calandre, Rubano (Italy)

24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai (China)

25. Cosme, New York (USA)

26. Le Bernardin, New York (USA)

27. Boragò, Santiago (Chile)

28. Odette, Singapore

29. Alléno Paris at Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (France)

30. D.O.M. , Sao Paulo (Brazil)

31. Arzak, San Sebastian (Spain)

32. Tickets, Barcelona (Spain)

33. The Clove Club, London (UK)

34. Alinea, Chicago (USA)

35. Maaemo, Oslo (Norway)

36. Reale, Castel di Sangro (Italy)

37. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (Germany)

38. Lyle’s, London (UK)

39. Astrid Y Gastón, Lima (Peru)

40. Septime, Paris (France)

41. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo (Japan)

42. The Ledbury, London (UK)

43. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu (Spain)

44. Mikla, Instanbul (Turkey)

45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (UK)

46. Saison, San Francisco (USA)

47. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau (Switzerland)

48. Hiša Franko, Kobarid (Slovenia)

49. Nahm, Bangkok (Thailand)

50. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town (South Africa) – Best Restaurant in Africa

(All photos: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.