Asia Pacific Best Restaurants List – My nominations

Posted on June 2, 2006 by Aun

Well, it’s time for bloggers to nominate what they feel are the best and their personal favorite restaurants in Asia-Pacific. Non-bloggers still have until 12 June 2006 to email me (aun@chubbyhubby.net) their own nominations. For more info on the Asia Pacific Best Restaurants List and how to take part, please click here. While I’ve been totally thrilled at the response so far, a good survey requires as many entries as possible. So, please take a few minutes to read about this survey and vote.

It’s time for my own nominations, which I am going to qualify by admitting, rather sheepishly, that I don’t know some countries, like Japan and India, as well as I should. Which is why I don’t have any restaurants from these countries on my list.

2 best in Singapore

Iggy’s. What more can be said about this amazing over-the-counter restaurant. Exquisite, tiny plates of gustatory heaven; perfect service; fine wines poured by the glass; and the nicest restaurateur husband and wife team in town.

Hua Ting. This Cantonese restaurant in the Orchard Hotel serves fantastic Chinese food. While there are flashier Chinese restaurants in town, none are as consistently good as this always packed crowd-pleaser.

Favorite in Singapore

Hu Cui. I love this sleek Shanghainese restaurant owned by the Crystal Jade group. With its cool decor and gorgeous food, Hu Cui never disappoints me. This is where I retreat to when I need a pick-me-up, want to celebrate a special occasion or simply want a delicious meal. S and I especially like the small tables for 2, with leather armchairs in the back of the restaurant, near the bar.

3 best in Asia-Pacific (excluding Singapore)

Tetsuya’s. I can’t not put Tetsuya Wakuda’s eponymous, Sydney-based restaurant on this list. I really admire Tetsuya. He’s not only a creative genius, he’s a creative genius whose cookbook is remarkably accessible and easy to use. Dinner in his restaurant is a once in a lifetime experience that every foodie must have. Course after course of amazingly inventive and mouth-watering dishes are served in what must be one of the most serene restaurants in the world.

La Petite Cuisine. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Justin Quek. Justin has really taken his cooking to the next level since moving from Singapore to Taipei. What really delights me is his dedication to sussing out the very best and freshest local Taiwanese produce. Using his very refined skills, he’s able to transform these ingredients into gorgeously simple, light and elegant Modern French fare.

Gaddi’s. I was really blown away by Chef David Goodridge when I dined in this old and famous French restaurant in the Peninsula Hong Kong. Goodridge, formerly of Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons, Pierre Gagniare and Maison Troisgros, has given life to this grande old dame. His cooking is refined. It’s clean. It’s highly competent. And it’s beautiful. The dishes he creates are works of art, to be admired and then consumed hungrily. I wish I could afford to eat here more often.

2 favorite in Asia-Pacific (excluding Singapore)

Yu’u. I love this over-the-counter Japanese hole in the wall in Melbourne. I was so enchanted with it on my first trip that I went back just 2 days later. The food here is very reasonably priced. It’s also cooked perfectly. I was so enamored with many of the dishes here that I tried replicating them as soon as I got home.

Buon Ricordo. If anyone were to ask me what would be the last dish I would want to eat before I die, my answer would be the truffled egg pasta from this fabulous Italian restaurant in Sydney. I try to make a pilgrimage to Buon Ricordo as often as possible. Of course, the truffled egg pasta isn’t the only thing divine here. Everything is fantastic.

Well, those are my nominations. I’m totally excited to read those of my fellow bloggers. I’ll be trying to compile a list of which bloggers did take part and post a round-up /list as soon as possible. And of course, I still need your vote. So, quick, stop whatever it is you’re doing. Spend the next 10 minutes thinking about the best meals you’ve had in Asia-Pacific and then email me.

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Anonymous June 2, 2006 at 8:34 am

    Seems like Australia’s a great place for good restaurants.

  2. Anna June 2, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve heard many good things about Buon Ricordo but have yet to eat there (even though I live in Sydney). Maybe I should raise it a few more notches on my dining out wishlist. Yes, I do have a wishlist, makes it easier to find a new place when there’s an opportunity to splash out.

  3. Ed Charles June 2, 2006 at 1:22 pm

    Yes, tetsuya is the man. I very nearly went for Buon Ricordo– and it does have wonderful fresh food – too but hadn’t been there recently enough to justify it.

  4. Ed Charles June 2, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    I missed that you psoted Yu’u. It’s good but you should try Mini, which is opposite.

  5. jy~ June 4, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    I just heard from my dad that Hu Cui has changed its name, and now it serves both Shanghainese and Jiang Nan cuisine. I hope the menu hasn’t changed much though, I love its Shanghainese dishes!

  6. risingsunofnihon June 11, 2006 at 1:19 am

    Looks like you’ve put together an excellent list. Tetsuya is a great choice, I couldn’t agree more. I will have to try Yu’u, I like when things generate a little controversy.

  7. Anonymous October 5, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    Great blog u have. Im Australian in Singapore. Enjoying Tetsuya and Buon Ricardo very much. Especially Buon … Fettuccine al tartufovo with the truffle egg. Yummie. Keep the good blog! G’day.

  8. will H August 11, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Good choice but wanted to recommend Le Pont de Vie, one of my favourite restaurants in Singapore. They serve modern European cuisine – at the moment they feature classic dishes from all over Europe – not only French and italian. Its reasonably priced and tucked away in Kandahar street in the heart of Kampong Glam which is a lovely area of the city.

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