The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022: Singapore’s Odette slips to 36th place

By Nicholas Wong July 19, 2022
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022: Singapore’s Odette slips to 36th place
The staff at Odette. Photo: Odette/Facebook

While people around the globe went about their daily routines, the culinary world on Monday (July 18) waited eagerly for the unveiling of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022. It’s arguably the most highly anticipated yearly gathering of aspiring chefs, experienced food critics and well-travelled gourmets celebrating the creme de la creme of gastronomy.

The 2022 list comprises restaurants from 24 territories across five continents, with 12 eateries making the cut for the first time. 

The only Singapore-based restaurant, Odette, retained its spot in the top 50, but slipped to No 36. It was in eighth place last year.

It also lost its title as the Best Restaurant in Asia to Den in Tokyo, which is No 20 on this year’s list.

Odette's petit chou — dressed in layers of black trumpet, accompanied by pan-roasted Noir de Bigorre (a type of pork) and miso. Photo: Odette/Facebook

The latest announcement comes about a week after Michelin, the authority on fine dining, revealed on July 12 that Odette had retained its three Michelin stars.

The modern French restaurant was also awarded the coveted Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award this year, and ranked No 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list from 2019 to 2020. 

Burnt Ends
Burnt Ends' beef marmalade and pickles with sourdough bread. Photo: Burnt Ends/Facebook

In the lead-up to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony this year, the organisers released an extended list of restaurants ranked from No 51 to 100 in early July. Three Singapore-based restaurants made the list, with Zen and Meta being new entries. Notably, Burnt Ends dropped out of the top 50 this year and slipped to 94th place. 


Singapore-based restaurants in the extended list: 

  1.  Zen (No 70)
  2.  Burnt Ends (No 94)
  3.  Meta (No 95)
Geranium_The World’s Best Restaurant 2022
Geranium from Copenhagen was named the World’s Best Restaurant 2022. Photo: The World’s Best Restaurants 2022

Overall, Geranium in Copenhagen was crowned The World’s Best Restaurant 2022 and clinched the title of Best Restaurant in Europe. Central (Lima) came in second and Disfrutar (Barcelona) occupied the third place.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022: 

  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, Sao 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.  Frantzen, Stockholm
  26.  Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin
  27.  Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem
  28.  Le Clarence, Paris
  29.  St Hubertus, San Cassiano
  30.  Florilege, Tokyo
  31.  Arpege, Paris
  32.  Mayta, Lima
  33.  Atomix, New York
  34.  Hisa Franko, Kobarid
  35.  The Clove Club, London
  36.  Odette, Singapore
  37.  Fyn, Cape Town
  38.  Jordnær, Copenhagen
  39.  Sorn, Bangkok
  40.  Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau
  41.  La Cime, Osaka
  42.  Quique Dacosta, Denia
  43.  Borago, Santiago
  44.  Le Bernardin, New York
  45.  Narisawa, Tokyo
  46.  Belcanto, Lisbon
  47.  Oteque, Rio de Janeiro
  48.  Leo, Bogota
  49.  Ikoyi, London
  50.  SingleThread, Healdsburg


Marking the 20th anniversary of this prestigious event, the award ceremony was held at Old Billingsgate in London, a well-known hospitality and events venue that was once a fish market. The ceremony was previously hosted in different cities around the world, including New York, Singapore and Melbourne.

Dignity Kitchen
Photo: Dignity Kitchen/Facebook

Elsewhere, Singapore social enterpreneur Koh Seng Choon, who used his life savings to start Dignity Kitchen in 2010, was given the Champions of Change award, as part of this year’s programme. The award recognises exemplary individuals from the hospitality sector who are “driving meaningful action and creating blueprints for a better world”. 

Dignity Kitchen is Asia’s first community food court managed by people with disabilities. Through this initiative, Koh sought to change how people looked at persons with disabilities and provide them with more opportunities.

The World's 50 Best Restaurant 2022
The awards ceremony. Photo: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022

Ultimately, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants initiative is not just a celebration but a reflection of the passion of those involved in a restaurant industry that’s emerging from the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Burnt Ends is on the GrabFood delivery service. You can also book a ride to any of the Singapore-based restaurants mentioned in this article.

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