August Honoured at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards Night in Singapore

August has received their trophy as the winner of the American Express One To Watch Award at the ‘Oscars of the Food World’

August in Jakarta, helmed by chef-owner Hans Christian and managing partner Budi Cahyadi, has received the 2023 American Express One To Watch Award. Hans and Budi took the stage to receive their trophy during the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards night held at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore on 28 March 2023, presented by Mrs. Perriz Azwir, Director of American Express Indonesia.

The American Express One To Watch Award is presented to a dining establishment outside the main Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list but is identified as the region’s rising star that demonstrates the potential to break into the main Asia ranking.

In collaboration with its regional experts, the awardee is chosen by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants to recognize the restaurant’s outstanding performance. August has been ranked #95 on the expanded Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 51-100 List. August is the first restaurant in Jakarta to ever make it to this list and is the only restaurant in Indonesia acknowledged this year.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023, Awards Ceremony

William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “August’s success in such a short space of time is evidence of its commitment to excellence, backed by culinary skill and a deep sense of hospitality. We congratulate Chef Hans, Budi and the entire team on the positive impact they have had on Jakarta’s dining scene. We have no doubt they will go on to fly the flag for Indonesia and the wider region.”

Debuted in November 2021, August is the first restaurant in Jakarta to receive acknowledgement from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Budi and Hans have created a dining space that is elegant but not intimidating to patrons at Jakarta’s Sudirman Central Business District.

The restaurant offers a unique culinary experience with a DNA firmly connected to modern techniques while championing Indonesian ingredients and flavours. Apart from being the founding duo’s birth month, August is also named to convey their goal of being respected and impressive, a theme that the team translates into both their personable service and the cuisine they present.

“Jakarta is generally known as a business destination, rarely as a culinary destination. We believe that this award will help us put Jakarta on the map and show there is so much this city can offer to the global culinary scene. We are honoured to be able to contribute positively to the city,” says Chef Hans about winning the American Express One To Watch Award for August.

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