An Indian restaurant in Thailand has been named Asia’s best restaurant in the spin off of the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, announced in Bangkok last night.
It was a back-to-back win for Gaggan in Bangkok, named No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the second year in a row.
It’s been a rapid rise for chef Gaggan Anand who uses modernist techniques to reinterpret the traditional flavours of his home town of Kolkata. Last year Gaggan was also named No. 10 on the World’s 50 best restaurants list.
The fourth year of the Asian awards saw two Australians feature in the top 10, with Sydney chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s Singapore restaurant, Waku Ghin, at No. 6, a climb of three places, and David Thompson’s Bangkok Thai restaurant, Nahm, at No. 8.
Thompson was also presented with a lifetime achievement award for his championing of Thai cuisine. The former Sydney chef also has Long Chim restaurants in Singapore and Perth, and plans to open a Sydney branch later this year.
Yoshihiro Narisawa’s eponymous Tokyo restaurant, Narisawa was once again No.2 on the Asia’s 50 best list and declared Japan’s best restaurant for the fourth year in a row. There are nine Japanese restaurants in the top 50, including Nihonryori RyuGin in Tokyo, which blends the Japanese kaiseki style food with modernist style, at No. 5, plus three new entries.
At No. 3 is Andrew Chiang’s Restaurant Andre in Singapore, a rise of two places. Chiang’s Taipei offshoot, Raw, made the list for the first time at 46.
A French restaurant run by a Dutch chef in Hong Kong, Amber came in at at No. 4.
Hong Kong has nine restaurants in the top 50 while China has 13 restaurants overall, including Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai at No. 7. French-born Pairet was named the 2016 Chefs’ Choice award recipient, chosen by colleagues for his two Shanghai restaurants, Mr & Mrs Bund and the avant-garde Ultraviolet.
The top 10 is rounded out by India Accent in New Delhi at No. 9, a rise of 13 places on 2015, and the legendary Hong Kong restaurant Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons hotel, the first Chinese restaurant to receive three Michelin stars, at No. 10.
A Korean restaurant at No. 15, Mingles in Seoul, was the highest new entry, while Locavore in Bali just scraped in at No. 48 and was named Indonesia’s best restaurant.
A modern French restaurant, Florilège in Tokyo, did not make the top 50 cut, but was named the “one to watch”, chosen as a restaurant on the rise.
Another French restaurant in Tokyo, Quintessence was named highest climber, after jumping 29 places to No. 20.
Chef Margarita Forés from the Philippines was named Asia’s best female chef, while Cheryl Koh, from Les Amis in Singapore, was named best pastry chef.
The list is compiled by votes from 300 restaurant industry leaders across Asia.
There are 13 nations on the list, but Australia is not included in the Asian section of the London-based trade magazine’s annual awards.
The full list is here.