We get this question a lot and it’s a tough one! It really is, because how do you select 12 restaurants when there are so many great places in Singapore?
Let’s start by saying that restaurants are not paying to be in the book and when we visit restaurants, we’re paying for ourselves. Now we got that clear – how do we choose?
First off by going out for dinner a lot! Before we got started we talked to our EAT friends in Europe – the concept has been around for over 10 years in Stockholm – so we got some insights from them. Of course the selection is based on the quality of the food – however – we think that ambience and service are just as important (if not more – but that’s a different topic!) and they are therefore taken into account as well.
When visiting restaurants – we really take the whole experience into account. From the reservation till the moment we ask for the bill and make payment. Since a good night out, is about the entire experience and not just one element.
Another selection criteria we have is type of cuisine – we want to offer a mix of cuisines and include both Western and Asian restaurants. Our book should represent the vibe of the city and its offerings, hence focusing on a specific cuisine would do Singapore short.
Lastly, the location is important. The restaurants should showcase different areas of Singapore – and surprise. The more unusual the location, the more intrigued we are.
There you have it. Our ‘selection process’ – of course there are lots of other details that play a part – but these are the biggest areas we select on: Food, ambience and service. After this we select based on cuisine and location since we only have 12 spots each year!
Now that the 2016 edition is published and available for purchase – we’re getting started on shortlisting restaurants for the 2017 edition.
Do you have any recommendations? Let us know in the comments!
Now, go forth & feast,
Peter & Karin