About this Guide
All the restaurants featured in this guide were visited and carefully reviewed by our tasting panel. Restaurants were considered in their respective categories of fine dining, smart and casual, and scored accordingly.
Taste may be subjective, but quality is not. As a result, some restaurants were immediately disqualified due to poor food quality and hygiene, and/or bad service.
The assessment of each restaurant took place as an incognito tasting. Our panellists did not announce their presence at the restaurant; neither did they accept hosted sessions for the purposes of reviewing the restaurant. This is to ensure that they experience the restaurant like regular customers and score it accordingly.
Our tasting panel was carefully selected to ensure a credible cross-section of diners including industry experts, F&B insiders, food journalists, chefs, well-travelled gourmands and more. They followed a stringent, comprehensive scoring process to rate their overall dining experience based on criteria such as taste, presentation, menu coherence, service and ambience.
Conflicts of interest were duly taken into account when matching our tasting teams to restaurants.
The final scores were determined after several rounds of deliberation from a committee of judges.
Superb; the best in its category; restaurant scored an aggregate of 9.0 and above during review Excellent; worth revisiting; restaurant scored an aggregate of 8.5 to 8.9 during review Good; stands out from the crowd; restaurant scored an aggregate of 8.0 to 8.4 during review