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Singapore's Odette slips to No 36 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, was No 8 last year

Chef Julien Royer's French fine dining restaurant has dropped down 28 spots and is now Singapore's only representative on the coveted Top 50 list. 

Odette is the sole Singapore restaurant represented in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2022, landing at No 36 on the coveted lineup that celebrates the best names in gastronomy from around the world.

After climbing to a history-making eighth spot on last year’s list, Chef Julien Royer’s much lauded French fine dining establishment slid out of the Top 10 and down 28 spots in this year’s edition.

This year’s list was revealed at the live awards ceremony, held in London on Monday (Jul 18).

Chef Julien Royer of Odette. (Photo: Marcus Ramos)

The restaurant released a statement via Odette’s Instagram page: “We are honoured to be among the World’s 50 Best; being able to represent Singapore among such great and inspiring company is such a dream come true. A tremendous amount of hard work goes into perfecting the Odette experience; we would not be here today without the relentless dedication of our team. And as travel opens up, we’ll continue to work hard towards sharing our cuisine with the world.”

Royer, who attended the ceremony in London, also added a personal statement via Instagram, writing “we are incredibly humbled to be here today, and it’s only possible because of the hard work of my amazing team”. 

Odette, which is located at the National Gallery Singapore, recently retained its three Michelin stars at the Michelin Guide Singapore 2022 announcement, an accolade the restaurant maintained since 2019.

Taking the top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list was Copenhagen’s Geranium, led by chef Rasmus Kofoed. It takes over from last year’s champion Noma, which has now moved to the Best Of The Best category for previous No 1 winners.

Geranium in Copenhagen is named The World’s Best Restaurant 2022. (Photo: World's 50 Best)

At No 20, Tokyo’s Den was the highest ranking restaurant in Asia. Other Asian representation came from Hong Kong’s The Chairman at No 24, Tokyo’s Florilege at No 30, as well as new entries: Bangkok’s Sorn at No 39, Osaka’s La Cime at No 41 and Tokyo’s Narisawa at No 45.

Den is currently ranked No 1 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 list, which was announced in March, with Odette taking the No 8 spot.

Singaporean founder of Dignity Kitchen Koh Seng Choon (Photo: World's 50 Best)

Singaporean Koh Seng Choon, founder of Dignity Kitchen, was named a “Champion of Change” alongside chef-entrepreneur Dieuveil Malonga and duo Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina, the drivers behind the #CookforUkraine initiative.

Dignity Kitchen is a community food court managed by differently abled workers.

Three other Singapore restaurants made it to the 51-100 section of the World’s Best List, including fine dining Zen at No 70 and modern Korean restaurant Meta at No 95.

Popular barbecue joint Burnt Ends landed at No 94, slipping 60 spots. It was No 34 on last year's list.

Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends. (Photo: Burnt Ends)

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 ranking is listed in full below (those with an asterisk are new entries)

1. Geranium, Copenhagen

2. Central, Lima

3. Disfrutar, Barcelona

4. Diverxo, Madrid

5. Pujol, Mexico City

6. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo

7. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo

8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera

9. Quintonil, Mexico City

10. Le Calandre, Rubano

11. Maido, Lima

12. Uliassi, Senigallia*

13. Steirereck, Vienna

14. Don Julio, Buenos Aires

15. Reale, Castel di Sangro

16. Elkano, Getaria

17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin

18. Alchemist, Copenhagen*

19. Piazza Duomo, Alba

20. Den, Tokyo

21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian

22. Septime, Paris

23. The Jane, Antwerp*

24. The Chairman, Hong Kong

25. Frantzén, Stockholm

26. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin

27. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem

28. Le Clarence, Paris*

29. St. Hubertus, San Cassiano*

30. Florilège, Tokyo

31. Arpège, Paris

32. Mayta, Lima*

33. Atomix, New York

34. Hiša Franko, Kobarid

35. The Clove Club, London

36. Odette, Singapore

37. Fyn, Cape Town*

38. Jordnær, Copenhagen*

39. Sorn, Bangkok*

40. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau

41. La Cime, Osaka*

42. Quique Dacosta, Denia

43. Boragó, Santiago

44. Le Bernardin, New York

45. Narisawa, Tokyo

46. Belcanto, Lisbon

47. Oteque, Rio de Janeiro*

48. Leo, Bogotá

49. Ikoyi, London*

50. SingleThread, Healdsburg

Source: CNA/gl