12 Chairs Takes Spot In Asia’s Top 500, 7 More In China On Top 20
Created in 2008 “to better recognize and celebrate Asia’s best chefs and restaurants,” the 2013 edition of the renowned foodie bible the Miele Guide features some familiar names. Achieving high marks this year was French celebrity chef Joel Robuchon, whose Robuchon au Dome in Macau and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong ranked first and third on the list of top Asian restaurants. Also making it onto the Asia Top 500 list was Jing Daily favorite, 12 Chairs by David Laris — which launched in 2010 at Shanghai’s Sinan Mansions.
Having previously made it onto the Miele Guide’s Top 500 Asia restaurants list in 2010 for his fine-dining spot Laris — which the chef recently resurrected in Hong Kong — Laris has said of 12 Chairs, “At the moment, my career involves many business aspects. Stepping into the 12 Chairs kitchen enables me get into my element and let my creativity flow. I feel a strong connection with the 12 Chairs menu.” As the name implies, 12 Chairs seats only a dozen diners at a time for an exclusive, private dinner often prepared by the chef himself.
In addition to the two Robuchon destinations and Laris’s 12 Chairs, this year’s Miele Asia Top 500 includes four other Greater China restaurants, heavily weighted towards Hong Kong — and decidedly Western in flavor: Caprice (Hong Kong); Amber (HK); 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (HK); Mr & Mrs Bund (Shanghai); and One Harbour Road (HK).