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Three restaurants clinch Gold awards at inaugural The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao Best Asian Restaurants Awards

SINGAPORE, 31 March 2017 – Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine, Shinji by Kanesaka at Raffles Hotel and VLV Singapore have emerged as the biggest winners of the inaugural The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao Best Asian Restaurants Awards, taking home the only three Gold awards bestowed at the gala reception.

Twenty-one other restaurants bagged Silver awards, while 30 were given Bronze awards. The full list of 54 winners (see Annex A) spanned a diverse range of Asian cuisines, and included both fine-dining establishments and casual eateries.

The annual awards marks the first collaboration between The Straits Times (ST) and Lianhe Zaobao (ZB) to honour the finest Asian restaurants in Singapore. Food critics from the two dailies, which are respectively the best-read English-language and Chinese-language newspapers in the country, selected the award-winning restaurants based on the quality of their food and service. The judging panel comprised The Straits Times Life Editor Ms Tan Hsueh Yun, Life Deputy Editor Mr Wong Ah Yoke, Lianhe Zaobao food correspondent Mr Marcus Yeo, and Ms Ng Yimin, a correspondent at the Chinese paper. The selection criteria can be found in Annex B. "The three Gold award recipients stand out for their exceptional food. These are restaurants I dream of returning to again and again", said Mr Wong.

“The restaurants given the Gold award represent the best of Asian restaurants in Singapore. They offer excellent food, whether classic or inventive, and are consistently good in an industry where many restaurants struggle to hit the right marks with every meal”, said Ms Tan.

“The awards shine the spotlight on Asian chefs and restaurants that are often overlooked in similar events. After all, we are in Asia and we have such excellent Asian restaurants here”, added Mr Wong.

“The ZB editorial team enjoyed putting together as we feel that is important to celebrate the finest in Asian Culinary. The list of awardees is a showcase of richness, diversity and boundless creativity of our culinary culture”, said Lianhe Zaobao Fukan Editor, Ms Woo Mun Ngan.

“Asian Masters has always been focused around promoting Asian cuisine, talents and produce since its very first edition. In the past year, we noticed that although there are multiple award platforms in Singapore, there is none that truly represents Asian restaurants which makes up a large segment of Singapore’s dining scene. We are delighted to be working with the two leading daily newspapers in Singapore as they come together for the very first time to jointly launch The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao Best Asian Restaurants Awards, as part of the year-long Asian Masters series of events celebrating the very best of Asian gastronomy. With a strong panel of food columnists who are constantly reviewing restaurants of various genres, the awards will be best represented by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao to provide credible recognition to deserving Asian restaurants. Through the Best Asian Restaurant Awards segment, we hope to provide a platform of recognition to deserving Asian restaurants in Singapore, create awareness of these restaurants and provide discerning diners with better informed choices”, said Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman, Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd.

The awards have been launched this year as part of the year-long Asian Masters series of Asian gastronomy events. Asian Masters is co-organised by Sphere Exhibits – a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited, the parent company of The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao – and consultancy firm Poulose Associates, and presented by HSBC Cards. 

More than 200 guests, including leading professionals from Singapore’s food & beverage industry and representatives from winning establishments, attended the gala reception. The guests enjoyed a special menu prepared by the national culinary team from the Singapore Chefs Association that won the Culinary Olympics in 2016. Other sponsors of the event include Liuligongfang, Angliss, MHD, TWG Teas, e2i and Mandarin Orchard.

Details of gala reception:

Event: The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao Best Asian Restaurants Awards Gala ReceptionDate: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time: 7pm 

Venue: Grand Mandarin Ballroom 1-2, Mandarin OrchardLevel 6, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Chan (Ms)

Assistant Marketing Manager, Gourmet & Festivals
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
DID: 6590 3402

Deror Wong (Mr) 
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Limited 
DID: 6319 1226
HP: 9848 6934 

About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide. 

Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of two media networks - the Asia News Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. Its revamped paper won a gold medal for overall newspaper design by the World Association of Newspaper at the Asian Media Awards in Manila in 2016.

About Lianhe Zaobao 

Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings, is the largest-circulating Chinese newspaper in Singapore. Widely recognised in Southeast Asia for its superior quality as a responsible, objective, fair and credible newspaper, it also enjoys a good reputation and considerable influence in the global Chinese communities. Its 200-strong editorial team, including correspondents based in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo, keeps Singaporeans informed of major developments in the region., the online edition of Zaobao, has grown rapidly in popularity since its launch in 1995. Managed by CMG Digital (CMGD), the digital arm of CMG, incorporates the content and journalistic values of its three flagship papers – Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, and Shin Min Daily News. The site offers daily premium content from the three Chinese publications, and also brings to audiences a variety of digital-exclusive videos, animations and interactive content in the free sections of

The site now draws over 4 million daily page views and attracts a monthly readership of 10 million, and subscribers can also access the e-papers of Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News on the website and apps of

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. 

Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Asian Masters, Gourmet Japan and Kidz Academy.

Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media. 

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 

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