A Malaysian Restaurant Made It Into Asia's 50 Best Restaurants List

Sitting at 46th position, it's the first time a Malaysian restaurant has made it on the list.
Friday 29 March 2019
Dewakan is the first ever Malaysian restaurant to make it to the top 50 on the list. Photo: Dewakan Instagram

​The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards were handed out at Macau’s Wynn Palace on Tuesday night and for the first time in five years, there’s a new “best restaurant” in Asia and Malaysia’s very own Dewakan was the only Malaysian restaurant to make it to the top 50.

46th on the list, Dewakan also nabbed the title of Best Restaurant in Malaysia. Chef Darren Teoh who is the culinary mastermind behind the restaurant, takes pride in showcasing locally sourced ingredients and elevating them into edible masterpieces. In an interview with Lifestyle Asia, Teoh said,“It’s nice to be acknowledged for the work that’s being done by all in Malaysia – the farmers, the producers and other restaurants who are pushing it every day as well as our guests and the guys at the restaurant now and before.”



The glitzy ceremony is considered by many to be the Oscars of fine dining in Asia, bringing together top chefs from around the largest continent to celebrate food and drink. The list, now in its seventh year, is compiled based on votes from 300 industry insiders, including food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs.

Odette restaurant in Singapore walked away with the top prize, knocking Bangkok’s four-time winner, progressive Indian restaurant Gaggan, into second place. Led by chef Julien Royer, Odette is located in Singapore’s National Gallery and serves Asian-inspired modern French cuisine.


“What to say? It was not expected and we are very thankful to all the people who just love our food, our cuisine, our restaurant,” Royer said in his acceptance speech. “It’s been an incredible four years for us (since we opened the restaurant). It’s not just about food, it goes beyond that. Tonight is a very special moment for us. We are extremely happy and thankful.”


Odette’s rise up the “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” ranks has been swift. Named after Royer’s maternal grandmother, it received the “Asia’s Highest New Entry Award” in 2017 before rising to the number five spot in 2018. Last year, it debuted on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list at No. 28.

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One of Odette’s culinary creations. Photo: CNN International

In total, Singapore ended the night with seven restaurants on the list, including Burnt Ends (No.10) and Jaan (No.32).

Japan leads the night

But it was Japan that had the most venues in the top 50 this year — 12 to be exact. Tokyo’s Den took the No. 3 spot, making it Japan’s best restaurant for a second consecutive year. Three other restaurants in Japan also cracked the top 10: Florilège (No. 5), Narisawa (No. 8) and Nihonryori RyuGin (No. 9).

Meanwhile, the “Highest New Entry Award” went to Bangkok restaurant Gaa, which snagged the No. 16 spot on the “Asia’s Best” list. Located on the same tiny street as Gaggan, it’s led by executive chef Garima Arora, who was named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019 and last year became the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star.

A total of 10 new entries appeared on the 2019 “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list.

Here are all the winners for 2019:

1. Odette, Singapore

2. Gaggan, Bangkok

3. Den, Tokyo

4. Suhring, Bangkok

5. Florilege, Tokyo

6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai

7. Mume, Taipei

8. Narisawa, Tokyo

9. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo

10. Burnt Ends, Singapore

11. The Chairman, Hong Kong

12. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo, Hong Kong

13. Mingles, Seoul

14. La Cime, Osaka, Japan

15. Belon, Hong Kong

16 Gaa , Bangkok (New entry)

17. Indian Accent, India

18. Il Ristorante — Luca Fantin, Tokyo

19. Bo.lan, Bangkok

20. Le Du, Bangkok

21. Amber, Hong Kong

22. Nahm, Bangkok

23. Sazenka, Tokyo (New entry)

24. La Maison de La Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan

25. Sushi Saito, Tokyo

26. L’Effervescence, Tokyo

27. Jade Dragon, Macau

28. Paste, Bangkok

29. Fu He Hui, Shanghai

30. RAW, Taipei

31. Shoun Ryugin, Taipei

32. Jaan, Singapore

33. Les Amis, Singapore

34. Vea, Hong Kong (New entry)

35. Ministry of Crab, Sri Lanka

36. Wing Lei Palace, Macau (New entry)

37. Neighborhood, Hong Kong

38. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong

39. Nouri, Singapore (New entry)

40. Waku Ghin, Singapore

41. Toc Toc, Seoul

42. Locavore, Bali

43. Toyo Eatery, Manila (New entry)

44. Seventh Son, Hong Kong (New entry)

45. Quintessence, Tokyo

46. Dewakan, Kuala Lumpur (New entry)

47. Sugalabo, Tokyo

48. Sorn, Bangkok (New entry)

49. Corner House, Singapore

50. Ta Vie, Hong Kong

Source: Karla Cripps/CNN International

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