By P Marilyn
The Miele Guide - Asia's first truly independent and authoritative restaurant guide - has opened its website for members of the public to cast their votes in support of their favourite restaurants, including those in Brunei.
A total of 400 restaurants, including Asia's Top 20, will eventually appear in The Miele Guide 2009/2010, scheduled to be launched in October 2009, according to a press release.
Created in 2008, The Miele Guide was formed to better recognise and celebrate Asia's best chefs and restaurants.
In total, 18 Asian countries will be evaluated - Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia and Nepal.
Brunei, though small compared to other Asian countries, is not left behind when it comes to good food.
One restaurant in Brunei has been shortlisted for the 2009/2010 edition of The Miele Guide. If nominated, I-Lotus Restaurant (established in 2004) will be featured as one of the recommended restaurants in The Miele Guide.
Speaking to the Bulletin, Manager Sarina Amin credited the restaurant's reputation to the hard work and perseverance of the restaurant's chefs, who are passionate about their cooking.
I-Lotus will strive continuously to improve its services where necessary to be recognised as one of the best eatery in Brunei, she added.
The Miele Guide is published by Ate Media and sponsored by Miele, a German manufacturer of premium and innovative cooking appliances for the home.
In addition to ranking Asia's top 20 restaurants, the top five restaurants in each country represented in the guide this year will also be listed.
The guide will also feature an overview of each featured country's dining scene written by shortlist panelists who are top restaurant critics and food writers in their own right in their respective home countries.
The 2009/2010 edition will feature 400 restaurants across Asia, 80 more than the previous 320.
Meanwhile, the shortlist of restaurants was nominated by 85 of Asia's most respected food journalists. Each journalist was asked to select what he/she believed were the 20 best restaurants in his/her own country.
I-Lotus restaurant was one that stood out and is now in the running to be included in this year's edition of The Miele Guide.
The restaurants that will be included in The Miele Guide will be selected based upon the opinions of the region's most respected restaurant critics and food writers, popular public vote and the votes of The Miele Guide's Special Jury, comprising an invited panel of respected food lovers, journalists and F&B professionals, as well as anonymous tastings conducted by The Miele Guide's contributing editors and editorial team.
Members of the public will have until May 24 to cast their votes at www.mieleguide.com and vote for restaurants that are already shortlisted or nominate restaurants that are not yet on the list.
To maximise voter access this year, participation is open to any food lovers who register at The Miele Guide website. An email verification system has been put in place to safeguard against voter abuse.
The website will be available in five languages - English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Korean.
When voting for a restaurant, participants are asked to consider the quality of the food served, the restaurant's ambiance and the level of service offered.Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin.