Pinoys, who were the noisiest during the gala (as usual), of course grew crazy when the entree by Chef Tonyboy Escalante of beef sinigang was served and when he went on stage to describe sinigang to the over 500 chefs/restaurateurs/food writers who graced the event. Tonyboy was our star. He served the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef sinigang with Vietnamese rice noodles. The beef was super soft and (at least to us Pinoys) the soup was just the right amount of sour.
Meanwhile a Chef of Chefs award was given to Chef Umberto Bombano of 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong, the #13 restaurant on the list. Chef Bombana has been described by his peers as "the greatest chef in Asia" although he hails from Bergamo in Northern Italy. He was a sweetheart and indulged us Filipina ladies with a photo op.
|With Su Lyn Tan|
|With the gorgeous Sunshine Puey-Pengson of The Goose Station|
|Malu Gamboa strikes a pose with other top restaurateurs|
Other restaurateurs present who made the list: Suzette Montinola of La Cocina de Tita Moning, Annie Montano and MM Vasquez of Mamou, Chiqui Mabanta of Corner Tree Cafe, Rolly Laudico of Bistro Filipino.
|John the bartender|
|With Priscilla Tan of Ate Media|
|With Suzette Montinola of La Cocina de Tita Moning|
|With Malu Gamboa of Cirkulo & Azuthai|
The Miele Guide lists best restaurants determined by a special jury and online voting (no free meals, advertising or restaurant sponsorships!) in 17 Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. This year's Top 5 are: Iggy's in Singapore; Restaurant Andre in Singapore; L'Atelier de Robuchon in Hong Kong; Robuchon a Galera in Macau; and Caprice at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong.
The Miele Guide 2011/2012 will be available at National Bookstore by first week of December.
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