André Chiang, the chef behind the renowned Restaurant André, is planning to open two new restaurants in 2018, the World’s 50 Best blog reports. Chiang closed his acclaimed Singapore restaurant earlier this year. In October, shortly after Restaurant André’s seventh anniversary, Chiang announced the closing along with his desire to give back the restaurant’s two Michelin stars.
At the time, Chiang said he planned to “re-prioritize” his “professional life” and focus more on Taipei restaurant Raw, currently no. 15 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. But, according to the World’s 50 Best blog, the chef now plans to open one restaurant in the old Restaurant André space and a second restaurant in a different undisclosed Asian city, even as he relocates to Taiwan. Given this move, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Chiang open a second restaurant in Taipei, already a dynamic restaurant city.
Chiang isn’t planning to replicate Restaurant André with either of the projects. “We want to create something new that reflects the identity of the place where we will be,” Chiang said in the World’s 50 Best article. Although, he adds that “Octaphilosphy” (the philosophy of his restaurant and 2016 cookbook of building dishes around the words “Unique, Texture, Memory, Pure, Terroir, Salt, South, and Artisan”) will be present in whatever he does.
Restaurant André was widely considered Singapore’s best high-end restaurant, and reached the second spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant list in 2017. André says that in its place he’ll create “something completely new for Singapore and a new cuisine category that the city doesn’t have at the moment.”
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