Threeplay: Bangkok’s Gaggan Tops Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Again

Chef Gaggan Anand, second from right, and his team accept their award Tuesday night in Bangkok.

BANGKOK — A Bangkok Indian restaurant topped the “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list for a third consecutive year on Tuesday.

At an awards show held in the capital Tuesday evening, nine Bangkok restaurants found places in the “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list announced, a prestigious award recognizing the best restaurants in the world.

“I had a choice today to give the most arrogant speech ever, but today I’m humbled and I wish I could break this into 50 pieces and share it with all the chefs in this room,” Gaggan said, accepting the award. “This is not for me, this is for Asia.”

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After a year of anticipation, gastronomes finally know their next destinations to explore fine food as the fifth edition of the list was announced Tuesday night at the W Hotel.

The winner was, no surprise, two-time champion Gaggan Anand’s Gaggan. The progressive Indian cuisine has held the list’s top spot since 2015.

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Along with Gaggan, other Bangkok restaurants included Nahm (No. 5),  Suhring (No. 13), Bo.Lan (No. 19), Issaya Siamese Club (No. 21), Eat Me (No. 31), The Dining Room (No. 36), Le Du (No. 37), and Robuchon (No. 40).

Combining Chinese heritage with American upbringing, Hong Kong chef May Chow was named Asia’s Best Female Chef in December, while Kim Dae-Chun’s Toc Toc restaurant in Korea was chosen as Asia’s One to Watch.

Bangkok hosted Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the second time with interesting events being held including talks, local food discovery and food demonstrations. Apart from the international recognition, the award also help guarantee the listed restaurants’ acceptance and profits.

Full list of winners:

1 Gaggan Bangkok
2 Restaurant Andre Singapore
3 Amber Hong Kong
4 81/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana Hong Kong
5 Nahm Bangkok
6 Narisawa Tokyo
7 Nihonryori Tokyo
8 Ultraviolet Shanghai
9 Odette Singapore
10 Burnt Ends Singapore
11 Den Tokyo
12 L’Effervescence Tokyo
13 Suhring Bangkok
14 Florilege Tokyo
15 Mingles Korea
16 Les Amis Singapore
17 Lung King Heen Hong Kong
18 Quintessence Tokyo
19 Bo.Lan Bangkok
20 Waku Ghin Singapore
21 Issaya Siamese Club Bangkok
22 Locavore Bali
23 Corner House Singapore
24 Raw Taiwan
25 Jungsik Seoul
26 Sushi Saito Tokyo
27 Tippling Club Singapore
28 Le Mout Taichung
29 Ministry of Crab Sri Lanka
30 Indian Accent New Delhi
31 Eat Me Bangkok
32 Jade Dragon Macau
33 Ta Vie Hong Kong
34 Hajime Osaka
35 Gallery Vask Manila
36 The Dining Room Bangkok
37 Le Du Bangkok
38 La Yeon Seoul
39 The Tasting Room Macau
40 Robuchon Bangkok
41 L’Atelier Hong Kong
42 Jaan Singapore
43 Mume Taipei
44 Shinji Singapore
45 Ronin Hong Kong
46 Wasabi Mumbai
47 The Chairman Hong Kong
48 Fu He Hui Shanghai
49 Nihonbashi Colombo
50 Takazawa Tokyo

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