Gaggan, the restaurant of Indian born chef Gaggan Anand in Bangkok has clinched the no 1 spot in the Asia’s 50 Best list for the fourth year in a row. The restaurant debuted on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014 and has risen to no. 7 last year.
Japan won most of the accolades when the list was announced in Macao at the award ceremony organised at Wynn Palace. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 list included eight new entries with Japan having 11 restaurants in the list. The event is sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Aqua Panna.
Den (No.2), the restaurant of chef Zaiyu Hasegawa rose nine places to earn the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan, replacing five-time title holder Narisawa (No.6). The top 10 also includes Florilège (No.3) and Nihonryori RyuGin (No.9). Tokyo- based Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin is a newcomer to the list, landing at No.28.
La Cime in Osaka makes its debut on the list at No.17, earning the Highest New Entry Award. With a menu dedicated to modern French cuisine, Chef Yusuke Takada sources local, seasonal ingredients to present dishes of impeccable style and refinement.
Acclaimed chef Yoshihiro Narisawa is this year’s recipient of the peer-voted Chefs’ Choice Award. For two decades, Narisawa has earned the respect of his peers with his refined dishes and ability to blend French cooking techniques, employ sustainable practices and honour Japanese culinary traditions.
Ranked No.20 on the 2018 list, L’Effervescence in Tokyo has won the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia. The award is given to the restaurant with the highest environmental and social responsibility rating, as determined by audit partner the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The 2018 edition also boasts nine Thailand entries, including newcomer Paste (No.31), headed by Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, who was named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018. Other returning Bangkok favourites within the top 20 include Sühring (rising nine places to No.4), Nahm (No.10) and Le Du (rising 23 entries to No.14).
In Singapore, rising four places to No.5, chef Julien Royer’s Odette claimed the title of The Best Restaurant in Singapore. Singapore claims seven entries on the list, including Burnt Ends (No.12), Waku Ghin (No. 23), Les Amis (No.29), Corner House (No.36) and Jaan (No.44) as well as first-time entry Whitegrass (No.50).
Amber (No.7) of chef Richard Ekkebus in Hong Kong was named The Best Restaurant in China for a third successive year. The nine Hong Kong restaurants on the list include such perennials as 8 1⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (No.13), Ta Vie (rising 17 places to No.16) and Lung King Heen (No.24), as well as two newcomers, Neighborhood (No.32) and Belon (No.40).
Hong Kong’s The Chairman (No.22) and Mume in Taipei (No.18) tie for the Highest Climber Award with both restaurants rising 25 places.
Macao is represented by Jade Dragon (No.35) while Mainland China counts Shanghai restaurants Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (No.8) and Fu He Hui (No.30).
The full list is the following:
- 1. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
- 2. Den, Tokyo, Japan
- 3. Florilege, Tokyo, Japan
- 4. Suhring, Bangkok, Thailand
- 5. Odette, Singapore
- 6. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
- 7. Amber, Hong Kong, China
- 8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
- 9. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
- 10. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
- 11. Mingles, Seoul, Korea
- 12. Burnt Ends, Singapore
- 13. Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
- 14. Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand
- 15. Raw, Taipei, Taiwan
- 16. Ta Vie, Hong Kong, China
- 17. La Cime, Osaka, Japan
- 18. Mume, Taipei, Taiwan
- 19. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India
- 20. L’Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
- 21. Locavore, Bali, Indonesia
- 22. The Chairman, Hong Kong, China
- 23. Waku Ghin, Singapore
- 24. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
- 25. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- 26. Jungsik, Seoul, Korea
- 27. Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan
- 28. Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin, Tokyo, Japan
- 29. Les Amis, Singapore
- 30. Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China
- 31. Paste, Bangkok, Thailand
- 32. Neighbourhood, Hong Kong, China
- 33. Eat Me, Bangkok, Thailand
- 34. Hajime, Osaka, Japan
- 35. Jade Dragon, Macao, China
- 36. Corner House, Singapore
- 37. Bo.Lan, Bangkok, Thailand
- 38. Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan
- 39. Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok, Thailand
- 40. Belon, Hong Kong, China
- 41. Ronin, Hong Kong China
- 42. Toc Toc, Seoul, Korea
- 43. The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand
- 44. Jaan, Singapore
- 45. Nihonbashi, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
- 46. Caprice, Hong Kong, China
- 47. Shoun RyuGin, Taipei, Taiwan
- 48. La Maison de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan
- 49. Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai, India
- 50. Whitegrass, Singapore