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Toyo Eatery Takes 43rd Spot On Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2019

Odette from Singapore bagged the top spot.
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From The Miele One to Watch in 2018 to number 43 in this year’s edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, Toyo Eatery marks the return of a Philippine restaurant to the prestigious dining hot list.


All gastronomical roads led to Macau this evening as the sixth installation of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, announced its new list of the region’s best dining options at the Wynn Palace in Macau. With six voting regions: India and the sub continent, South East Asia (north and south); Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau; China and Korea; and Japan, the top 50 is selected by a group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia. Topping the list this year and the recipient of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, is Odette in Singapore helmed by Julien Royer. 

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Julien Royer, chef and owner of Odette in Singapore


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Among those who also received the awards were American Express Icon Awardee Seiji Yamamoto of Nihonryori RyuGin; The Miele One to Watch Jimmy Lim Tyan Yaw of JL Studio; and elit Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef Garima Arora of Bangkok’s Gaa Restaurant that also debuted at number 16 on the list, the highest new entry this year. Other winners were Fabrizio Fiorani from Il Ristorante Luca Fantin as Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona; Den’s Zaiyu Hasegawa, the Chef’s Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm; 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana with the Art of Hospitality Award; and Bali’s Locavore for the most Sustainable Restaurant Award.


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Jimmy Lin of JL Studio, which bagged The Miele One to Watch distinction


Pastry chef Fabrizio Fiorani of Bulgari Il Ristorante Luca Fantin in Tokyo 

With Navarra at the award ceremony held at the Wynn Palace Macau were his wife May, his business partner and sous chef JP Cruz, as well as junior sous chef Edmund Marce. At the time of the announcement, Navarra shared this with Town&Country:

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“Receiving the Miele One to Watch award last year was such a highlight for the team. This time around, making it to the list was a pleasant surprise—on our anniversary month no less. It’s a sign that Manila’s dining scene is growing and people are more interested in what’s going on in the Philippines."

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In 2015, Antonio’s, located in Tagaytay and led by chef Tony boy Escalante, became the first Philippine restaurant on the list when it debuted at number 48. In 2016, Gallery Vask by chef Chele Gonzalez became the second Philippine restaurant to be given recognition by Asia’s 50 Best when it entered at number 39. The following year, it climbed to number 35, however, it fell off the list in 2018. That same year, no other Philippine restaurant was recognized by the academy. 

In the past year, after being touted as the region’s restaurant to watch, Team Toyo has been busy collaborating with some of the hottest chefs from around Asia such as the Sühring brothers, Matias and Tomas, from Sühring in Bangkok (no. 4), Florilege’s Hiroyasu Kawate in Tokyo (no. 5), Richie Lin of Mume in Taipei (no. 7), Locavore in Bali (no. 42), and The Miele One to Watch for 2019, Jimmy Lim of JL Studio in Taichung, Taiwan.

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Navarra continues, “The support from the industry has been overwhelming and we are grateful to everyone. We are ecstatic for our team who has worked relentlessly to get better everyday. Being in this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is a nice reminder that we’re doing all right. Hoping for more representation from the Philippines in the future!”

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For the full 2019 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant List, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, click here.

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