You win some, you lose some

Singapore took a hard hit at the annual Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony this week in Macao, claiming only seven establishments on the list; two less from last year’s.

Thailand and Japan took top suds, with Bangkok’s Gaggan at #1 for the fourth consecutive year and Suhring rising from #13 to #4; and Tokyo’s Den at #2 from last year's #11 spot and Florilege cementing their success in #4, up 10 spots. With Restaurant Andre's closure in Feb this year (they placed second last year), The Lo & Behold Group's Odette has taken over the title of the best restaurant in Singapore, admirably climbing four spots to #5.

While nothing new, Singapore has seen a number of establishments falling off and reappearing on the list—2017 saw Willin Low's Wild Rocket and fine dining institution Iggy’s losing their spots on the top 50. This year is no different, with Shinji by Kanesaka losing its previous spot at #44 and Ryan Clift’s Tippling Club taking the biggest blow despite climbing from #31 in 2016 to #27 last year.

All is not lost, however—Burnt Ends, Waku Ghin, Les Amis, Corner House and Jaan are still on the list, earning respectable positions at #12 (down 2), #23 (down 3), #29 (down 13), #36 (down 13) and #44 (down 2) respectively; and Sam Aisbett's contemporary Australian restaurant Whitegrass, which earned a Michelin star last year, barely making its debut on the list at #50.

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