Last night at a ceremony in Singapore, The World's 50 Best Restaurants
announced its list for 2019, marking the first time that the annual awards took place in Asia. Beyond a novel locale, this year also saw some major tweaks to the rules from the organisation: notably, the removal of previously number one-ranked restaurants from the list (no more Eleven Madison Park or Osteria Francescana), which ostensibly should lead to a more dynamic list, and gender balance among the voting body.
Mauro Colagreco's Mirazur took the top honour as the World's Best Restaurant. Colagreco's a familiar face in China, currently running Azur in Beijing's Shangri-La Hotel and, formerly in Shanghai, Unico by Mauro Colagreco which is now closed.
Photograph: courtesy The World's 50 Best Restaurants
Re: China's showing, there was nothing too surprising. As in years past, Ultraviolet
flew the flag for mainland China. The ten-seat multi-sensory dining odyssey by Paul Pairet just made the cut this year, ranking number 48. UV has been ricocheting about on the list for the past few years. Last year, the restaurant that World's 50 Best describes as 'the ultimate in immersive, multi-sensory dining' rose to number 24 from its position at number 41 in 2017 and at number 42 in 2016, which had been dropped from its initial entry to the list at number 24 in 2015.
At number 41, The Chairman in Hong Kong was Greater China's only representative and the only restaurant in the top 50 focused on Chinese cuisine. No huge surprise as Chinese cuisine has historically been overlooked on these global lists, so here's us hoping this is a small step towards that changing.