The Miele Guide was created to better recognise and celebrate Asia’s best chefs and restaurants. This annual publication evaluates restaurants across the region, publishing an annual ranking of Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants, as well as profile the other best restaurants in across the region.
The best restaurants are determined by the region’s top restaurant critics, a jury of food professionals and known foodies, an in-house team, and most importantly the public. Here are the restaurants in Singapore who made in to Asia’s Top 20.
I have only tried 1 out of the top 20. How many have you tried before? Did you feel they were deserving?
Named after the founder Ignatius Chan, Iggy started as a small intimate restaurant to serve exceptional food with the best seasonal ingredients. It was acknowledged by Restaurant magazine in 2007 as the best restaurant in Singapore and the world’s 60th best. You can find them at The Regent Singapore.
Their char-grilled Australian Blackmore Wagyu is said as not to be missed. The flavours of the menu reflect the owner’s extensive travels and experiences, with ideas incorporated from Europe, Asia and Australia. Table d’Hote and lunch tasting menus are available from $55, with the dinner seasonal tasting menu priced at $195. Reservations at Iggy’s are highly essential.
Les Amis, meaning “the friends” in French, was set up with the objective of establishing a top-notch French Restaurant that offered the ultimate gastronomic experience. The food is described as “modern French, influenced by the availability of the ingredients”.
Café Les Amis which is located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, serves local and continental fare in a friendly and casual environment. The Group has established other familiar names like Au Jardin, Aoki Restaurant, La Strada, The Canteen and popular patisserie-chocolaterie retail Canele.
Since it opened in August 2007 at Purvis Street, Gunther’s has steadily made a name for itself with its small but impactful menu and its focus on serving only the freshest ingredients. The food at Gunther’s reflects chef Hubrechsen’s (who used to be from Les Amis) stark and serious attitude towards his craft.
The food is said to be always clean and refined, with little embellishment but plenty of flavour. One of the famous dish is cold angel hair pasta with konbu and truffle jus, topped with a gleaming onyx sprinkling of Ossetra caviar. Be prepared to pay a hefty price tag (set menus are $128++), but patrons are seldom disappointed.
Garibaldi is definitely one of Singapore’s most respected Italian restaurant. Located also at Purvis Street, Garibaldi is modern, elegant and stylish. Set lunches are relatively more affordable at $38.
Like a typical Italian menu, Garibaldi’s is broken up into several sections which include antipasti, soups, pastas, risottos, main courses, cheeses and desserts. What sets it apart is the fact that almost everything is imported or made fresh on the premises. From the warm and tender focaccia infused with sundried tomatoes, rosemary and Parmesan cheese, to the selection of fragrant handmade pastas—each must pass muster under the watchful eye of executive chef Galetti before it is served.
It’s interesting to see that 2 of the 4 are from Purvis Street, which is already populated with famous eateries from Hainanese, Shanghainese, Thai to Japanese. It may as well be called Singapore’s gourmet street. Time to make a trip there again!