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Singapore's Odette is No. 8 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list

This article first appeared in The Straits Times on 6 Oct 2021. Photo: Odette/ Facebook


Singapore's fine-dining French restaurant Odette, helmed by chef Julien Royer at the National Gallery Singapore, leapt 10 spots to No. 8 in this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants List unveiled in Antwerp, Belgium, on Tuesday.

Another Singapore restaurant - popular barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends in Teck Lim Road, with chef Dave Pynt at the helm - also made the list, debuting at 34.

Copenhagen solidified its position as the world's culinary capital, with two Danish restaurants snagging the top two spots.

The highly acclaimed Noma - helmed by chef Rene Redzepi - was crowned No. 1 - heralding its return to the top. It was ranked The World's Best Restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, back when it was at its original location. It returned to the list in 2019 at No. 2, after it reopened with a new location and concept in 2018.

Noma took the top spot from French restaurant Mirazur - which moved to the Best of the Best category, a hall of fame for those who have been previously crowned No. 1 on the list.

Taking the No. 2 spot this year was another Copenhagen restaurant, Geranium.

Rounding out the top five were Asador Etxebarri from Axpe, Spain, that retained its No. 3 spot; Peru's Central, which inched up two notches to fourth place; and Barcelona's Disfrutar, which moved four spots to No. 5.

The list - which started in 2002 - resumed its live awards ceremony after a year's hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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