[UPDATE: Waku Ghin has been elevated to two Michelin stars in the 2017 Michelin red book having been awarded one star in the inaugural Singapore Guide in 2016].
Congrats to Tetsuya Wakuda, head chef of Waku Ghin in Singapore, for his Lifetime Achievement Award from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Diners Club.
Chef Tetsuya Wakuda
Exclusive has become an over used word but it’s a fitting description for Waku Ghin. There are just 25 covers, dotted among four private rooms each with a chef preparing a 10 course tasting menu on a teppanyaki grill.
To start is raw seafood, maybe sea urchin and abalone, followed by “salads” such as scallops with daikon and oyster.
Waku Ghin private dining room, Singapore
The the real magic begins as your private chef cooks a succession of fish and meat dishes. It’s part theatre, part cooking lesson and a truly exclusive experience of fine Japanese dining.
Standout dish: marinated shrimp with sea urchin and caviar.
Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Oscietra Caviar
All dishes can be expertly paired with wines or saki from biodynamic Sancerre to an Australian chardonnay produced especially for the chef.
Casino level 2, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Tel: 65 6688 8507
Lanshu Chen at Le Mout, Taiwan
Taiwanese born, French trained chef, Lanshu Chen is describing her favourite meal to eat off duty: “Yaki soba. It’s a childhood memory – my favourite dish from my mother. It accompanied me many times when I stayed up late studying.”
The yaki soba-fuelled late nights and hard work have paid off. At 33 years old, not only is Chen owner and head chef of Le Mout, a fine dining, Relais & Chateaux restaurant in Taichung, Taiwan, she has been named Asia’s Best Female Chef.
Raffles Hotel Singapore, home of the Singapore Sling
Life in Singapore revolves around food. When Singaporeans are eating breakfast they are thinking of lunch, when they have lunch they are thinking about what to eat for dinner. Whether their insatiable appetites have spawned a glut of eateries or the other way around, there is an impressive choice in this city-state 24 hours a day. And nowhere are the options more varied. In Singapore (or Sing as the expats call it) you could start the day with Kaya toast – a “jam” made of coconut milk, egg and sugar – with a soft boiled egg at a corner coffee shop; eat cheap but safe street food for lunch and finish with dinner at a celebrity chef restaurant.
Amber, Hong Kong
[UPDATE: Amber is now number 24 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2017 and remains the only restaurant in Hong Kong to be recognised on the list.]
This month the iconic 50 Best Restaurants in the World awards roll around again. Last year, a Dutch born, French trained chef working in Hong Kong achieved something no one else in China has managed for six years – an entry on the coveted list.