Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant’s New 51-100 List; Antonio’s And Gallery By Chele Make The Cut

For the first time ever, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants released its 51-100 list of top dining establishments around the region. William Drew, Director of Content at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “This year we have decided to publish the list of restaurants ranked from 51-100, created from the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, in order to recognise a greater number of venues than ever before. The global pandemic has been devastating for hospitality and it is vital that we support restaurants across Asia in their recovery. By announcing the 51- 100 list of restaurants, along with the unranked Essence of Asia collection, we can showcase more of the region’s diverse restaurants, cuisines and unique dining experiences.” 

We, at Tatler Dining, are very proud to see two local restaurants on this new ranked listing: Antonio’s Tagayay and Gallery by Chele, claiming spots 84 and 90 respectively. Chefs Tony Boy Escalante and Chele Gonzalez are dear friends of Tatler; we are lucky to have seen these establishments and men grow, improve and set standards of excellence in the country.

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Antonio’s has been one of the Philippines’ most celebrated dining destinations. It has been a restaurant engraved in our memories not only for its exquisite food but also for its service and dedication to loving local. Antonio’s is a go-to for weddings, special occasions and celebrations not only because the restaurant is stunning but also due to the fact that it ensures that every guest feels oh so special. 

The establishment is set within an elegant, timeless, and breathtaking country property located in Tagaytay. Here chef Tony Boy Escalante works his culinary magic amidst a well preserved colonial-style home that is nestled in bountiful flora and fauna. It is picturesque, to say the least. Over the years its ambience has not faded but has only become more sought after, especially when craving an escape from the bustling city. 

“From 2015, when we were awarded No.48 out of the Asia’s 50 Best, and to be recognised again this 2021 as one of Asia’s Best Restaurants, is still a huge honour and privilege. I hope it shows the world what we Filipinos have to offer to the international dining scene. In these difficult times, this award brings new energy and a renewed morale for our team. We hope this recognition brings inspiration and hope to other local establishments and restaurateurs as well” shares chef Escalante. 

During the pandemic, chef Escalante and his team have acted quickly to create DIY kits and new deli experiences so that regular diners and Makati residents could still indulge in their favourite meals. Congratulations to the chef and the entire Antonio’s team on a job well done!