The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019: Mirazur from France takes home No.1, Noma at No.2 and Odette Singapore climbs to No.18

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019: Mirazur from France takes home No.1, Noma at No.2 and Odette Singapore climbs to No.18

First in Asia

Text: Janice Sim

Today's the day. In the bustling hub of glittering lightshows and oblivious tourists that is Marina Bay Sands, commenced The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019. This isn't just the first time the awards is held on our homeground, but the first time ever in Asia. Within the glitzy walls of Sands Theatre, congregated the cream of the crop, celebrity chefs, starving food journos from all over the world and feverish nominees on the list. Undeniably, it's a big night for the culinary heroes, as well as Singapore. After all it is the “city of pleasures”, as Annabel Crabb, our host for the evening so salaciously put it.

This year's edition introduced new rules: A) Voters (who consisted of restaurant experts, chefs, food writers and well-travelled gourmands) were gender-balanced. B) Previous No.1 restaurants will no longer qualify for the ranking, instead they will be crowned Best of the Best in a separate category.

In the end, it was Mirazur from Menton, France that took home the number one spot. "This is the first time a French restaurant comes out top on the list of World's 50 Best, and it is also headed by a non-French chef. There are no border and limits when it comes to food. That is the message we believe in," exclaims Mauro Colagreco. Our very own Odette also took a leap on the list with a steely No.18, followed by Burnt Ends at No.53.

Here's the full list of the winners from The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019.

1. Mirazur, Menton, France

2. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain

4. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand

5. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

6. Central, Lima, Peru

7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

8. Arpege, Paris, France

9. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain

10. Maido, Lima, Peru

11. Den, Tokyo, Japan

12. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

13. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia

14. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain

15. Septime, Paris, France

16. Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France

17. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

18. Odette, Singapore

19. Twins Garden, Moscow, Russia

20. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain

21. Frantzen, Stockholm, Sweden

22. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

23. Cosme, New York, USA

24. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

25. Alleno Paris Au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France

26. Borago, Santiago, Chile

27. The Clove Club, London, UK

28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, USA

29. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

30. Elkano, Getaria, Spain

31. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

32. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain

33. Lyle's, London, UK

34. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

35. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, USA

36. Le Bernardin, New York, USA

37. Alinea, Chicago, USA

38. Hisa Franko, Kobarid, Solvenia

39. A Casa Do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil

40. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany

41. The Chairman, Hong Kong, China

42. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal

43. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium

44. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

45. Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand

46. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands

47. Benu, San Francisco, USA

48. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

49. Leo, Bogota, Colombia

50. Schloss Schauerstein, Switzerland