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Miele Guide to Asia’s Best Restaurants: Vote for Shanghai!

While travelling, I got word that voting for Asia’s Best Restaurants in the Miele Guide was on again. For the fourth year running, you, the dining public, have an opportunity to vote for the restaurants you think are the most deserving of a best restaurant award. The Miele Guide is an authoritative and independent annual publication which evaluates and ranks restaurants across the regions, as determined by the votes of an invited jury, professional restaurant critics, a jury of respected foodies and the public. 

I’ve listed last year’s Top Twenty Asian Restaurants for your interest. Although there were no less than six Hong Kong restaurants in the top twenty, including L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in second place, the only mainland restaurant that made the cut was last place-getter, Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant in Beijing. Disgraceful! Shanghai didn’t even make the list! There’s a not-so-friendly rivalry between Shanghai and Beijing, so if Beijing pips us again there will be blood in the streets. 

So come on all you food lovers! Whether you live here, or whether you’ve just visited, chances are that if you’re reading this you think about restaurants quite a lot, and have a favourite. I know I do. 

Voting for the 2011/2012 edition of The Miele Guide opens on 14 March 2011 and closes on 16 May 2011 Just click on the red voting tab to the right to have your vote counted. The 2011/2012 edition will be available at all major bookstore come October.

According to Miele, ‘Much of what the guide is about is really to rouse the dining public to become champions for their favorite restaurants, both across the region and in their own countries and cities, translating passion for good food by helping to bring Asia’s best into the international spotlight.’ 

Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants 2010/2011

1. Iggy’s, Singapore
2. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong, China
3. Robuchon a Galera, Macau, China
4. Jaan, Singapore
5. Antonio’s, Cavite, Philippines
6. Mozaic, Bali, Indonesia
7. Zuma, Hong Kong, China
8. Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Tokyo, Japan
10. Caprice, Hong Kong, China
11. Les Amis, Singapore
12. Yung Kee, Hong Kong, China
13. Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine, Singapore
14. Bukhara, New Delhi, India
15. Tippling Club, Singapore
16. Nobu, Hong Kong, China
17. Dum Pukht, Mumbai, India
18. Ku De Ta, Bali, Indonesia
19. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong, China
20. Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant, Beijing, China

  • Louise

    ooooh, I've been to the best restuarant in Asia! I had lunch at Iggy's last year whilst in Singapore for a conference. It was good, but I'd have to be surprised if it was the best restaurant in Asia. I did have an amazing mushroom dish. I had one of their signature dishes with tiny whole prawns, and it just didn't do it for me. Conceptually, and texturally. We also ate at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris on the same trip. It was probably the most disappointing high end restaurant I've ever been to. Everything looked amazing, and a couple of courses tasted amazing, but most of them lacked flavour somehow. I'm a bit surprised to see two franchises on this list. There's been lots of restaurant openings in Singapore recently, it will be interesting to see how this list plays out in the next year or two.

  • Fiona

    Louise thanks for your interesting insight. I agree with you completely about the franchises – how can they maintain quality and originality when the head chef is spread so thinly? Shanghai suffers pretty majorly in this regard.

    That's why it's so important for foodies like all of us to vote – so we don't just see the big names on those lists, and help garner recognition for the small operations who are quietly doing everything right.