Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has unveiled its 2021 list of influential restaurants, with Wing Lei Palace, the fine-dining Cantonese restaurant at the Wynn Palace integrated resort in Cotai, included among the best of the best in the region.
Wing Lei Palace earned a place on the list for a third consecutive year, and was No.50 overall. At the helm of the restaurant is Executive Chef Tam Kwok Fung, a custodian of Cantonese cuisine who works to ensure the essence of Cantonese cuisine is preserved.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013. The list is released annually, based on the recommendations of some 300 Asian experts in the restaurant industry. This year’s list has expanded to include two new categories: Asia’s 51 to 100 Best, and Essence of Asia, featuring a number of Macao restaurants.
Four Macao restaurants were commended in Asia’s 51 to 100 Best in the list released by the organisers: The Eight, Robuchon au Dôme at Grand Lisboa Hotel; Sichuan Moon at Wynn Palace; and Jade Dragon at City of Dreams.
The Essence of Asia is a collection of eateries in 49 cities across 20 countries and territories. The selection is unranked and is instead a collection of restaurants that honour culinary traditions, revive indigenous cuisines or rediscover centuries-old recipes, and that play a key role supporting and connecting their communities. This list is created from the recommendations of award-wining chefs and gourmets in the region.
Macao’s three representatives are IFTM Educational Restaurant at the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, and Macanese cuisine restaurants Henri’s Galley and La Famiglia.
Macao has twice hosted the gala to announce the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, in 2018 and 2019. The results for 2020 and 2021 were unveiled online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.