All The Winners Of T.Dining Best Restaurants 2018
December 18, 2017 | BY Tien Chew
In our first ever award ceremony for T.Dining Malaysia, we have 10 outstanding winners that have made their mark in the local food scene. After receiving over 15,000 online votes for six categories and consulting our panel of senior and respected reviewers and editors for another four awards, the big winners of T.Dining Best Restaurants 2018 took home a Liuligongfang trophy.
Tatler Legacy Award (Chef/Individual) – Chef Takashi Kimura of Cilantro
The Tatler Legacy award is given to outstanding individuals and restaurants that have stood the test of time and still remaining leaders in their field through significant contribution to the Malaysian dining scene.
The first legacy award goes to Chef Takashi Kimura of Cilantro, a restaurant and wine bar at Micasa All Suites Hotel, who has long impressed diners and local chefs with his approach to French cuisine. He skillfully marries quality Japanese ingredients in his food to create a dining experience unlike any other in Malaysia. Chef Takashi believes in the art of continuous refinement, as he continues to hone his skills to better his craft.
Tatler Legacy Award (Hotel) – Lafite, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Dato' Rosemarie Wee, Shangri-La Hotel's area director of communications, received the award for the property's fine dining restaurant Lafite, a tribute to French food since the hotel's opening in 1985. For the past 32 years, the restaurant is known for bringing up the KL dining scene to luxe levels.
Lafite offers European-French fare with modern twists, wine pairing and quality service, introducing a new brunch concept this year called beats and brunch that pairs an array of all-you-can-eat French foods with alcoholic beverages and music by a live DJ.
Local Champion – Datuk Dr Redzuawan Ismail a.k.a Chef Wan
A man that needs no introduction for many Malaysians, Chef Wan is the country's culinary ambassador to the world and rightfully deserves the first ever Local Champion award. He has appeared on numerous television programmes, both international and local, and has received a number of awards for his signature combination of cooking and genial personality. The friendly chef proclaims food to be the nexus that connects people, no matter who they are or where they come from, believing into to be a conduit of love and peace.
Restaurateur Of The Year – Soul Society
Celebrating the 21st anniversary of their first restaurant (Souled Out) this year, Soul Society group began from humble beginnings to become one of Malaysia's most ambitious restaurateurs. The F&B group has numerous restaurants across the country, with Souled Out, Tujo, Hubba Hubba, and WIP leading the charge. Through hard work and determination, the restaurants under the Soul Society group continue to attract diners through engaging dining concepts. Their latest contribution to the dining scene comes in the form of modern Indian restaurant Goa By Hubba, where celebrity chef Sapna Anand whips up delightful new creations.
Best Independent Restaurant – DC Restaurant
Chef Darren Chin helms his temple to fine foods in TTDI with DC Restaurant, making headlines and carving a name for himself in the culinary sector. His blend of classical French techniques and modernist methods paved the way for his own style. The restaurant believes in respecting the bounty of the land, using only the finest ingredients to create an amazing dining experience that has engaged diners since they first opened in 2015.
Best Hotel Restaurant – Lai Po Heen
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur's Chinese restaurant Lai Po Heen has a reputation for fine Cantonese cuisine. This pork-free restaurant is known for their delicious dim sum, understated oriental decor and banquet style dinner set menus for large parties. The restaurant has consistently ranked high on our Best Restaurants key areas – setting, food, drinks and service, and its executive chef, Ricky Thein, collects the award on behalf of the hotel and the restaurant.
Best Service – Marini's on 57
Collecting the award for Best Service on behalf of the founder of Marini's on 57, the eponymous Modesto Marini, Soey Saw takes home the recognition for one of the city's highest rooftop bar and restaurant. Awarded for their consistent quality dining experience, service timing and the staffs' knowledge of the menu, the establishment's mix of Italian foods, world-class music and palatable drinks has entertained locals and foreigners alike for many years. Marini himself is known for being hands on with the operations of the restaurant and bar.
Best Innovative Chef – Chef Isadora Chai
Awarded for culinary creativity and menu innovation, one of KL's most well-known chefs, Isadora Chai, collects the award for her pushes with her 8-year-old French restaurant Bistro à Table and her Malaysian fine dining Antara restaurant. Extremely hands on in the kitchen and with the brand itself, she oversees the menu execution of her restaurants, is consistenly engaged in marketing her own brands and is always passionately involved in kitchen.
Best New Restaurant – Tiki Taka
Serving pintxos and tapas, Tiki Taka enables diners to enjoy a variety of the modern Spanish foods through their concept of small plate foods. Opening in 2016 at Medan Damansara, the kitchen is run by Chef Carrie Scully and is loved by the public for their welcoming ambiance, creative dishes and consistent delivery on all fronts. This neighbourhood eatery makes it easy for many diners to enjoy their foods thanks to a cosy environment.
Best Value – The Tokyo Restaurant
Voted by our readers on having great value for their set lunches, excellent cheesecake and overall good mix of Japanese fusion foods and alcohic offerings, The Tokyo Restaurant takes home the Best Value award. Value doesn't necessarily need to equate to the price of the dishes on the menu but rather the overall satisfaction and quality diners receive when paying for their meal. Yusuke Nishioka picks up the award on behalf of the restaurant.
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