Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

By ExtremeFoodies on April 1st, 2015

Gaggan Anand’s eponymous Bangkok restaurant, where classic Indian dishes are reinterpreted with modernity and flair, has topped the new list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.

The region’s most feted chefs and restaurateurs at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. / Courtesy of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

A-list chefs, restauranteurs and media from all over the Asian region gathered as the third edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was unveiled at a ceremony at Capella Singapore on March 9. The regional event of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant organization, the competition sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna covers Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Event co-founder William Drew began the evening by discussing the judging process and selection of the best restaurants in Asia, regardless of decor or pedigree. Narisawa in Tokyo, featuring innovative fine dining with a focus on nature, was named No. 2. Last year’s winner, Nahm in Bangkok, Thailand, fell to No. 7. Restaurants from more countries were represented this year, including Antonio’s in the Philippines at No. 48 and Cuisine Wat Damnak in Cambodia, rounding out the list at No. 50. The suddenly hot food trend country of South Korea had three winning entries. Jung Sik Dang climbed from No. 20 to No. 10, Ryunique ranked No. 27 and La Yeon entered at No. 38.

Other new restaurants on this year’s winner list include Fu He Hui from China, which landed high on the chart at No. 19, the Chairman in Hong Kong at No. 35 and Osteria Mozza in Singapore at No. 45. As the region’s top chefs celebrated another year of hard work over champagne and high-end sake, they were reinvigorated to sharpen their knives and return to the kitchen. The list is created by the Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of more than 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene. Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 and takes in six voting regions: India and Subcontinent; Southeast Asia – South; Southeast Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau; mainland China and Korea; Japan.

For the complete 2015 list, go to

Daniel Gray is the Chief Chowzter for Seoul and the author of Seoul Eats,