Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 Winners Announced

  01.03.16    Thailand

Indian cuisine reinvented through a contemporary Thai lens came out on top for an unprecedented second year running as Gaggan in Bangkok took tonight’s 2016 #1 spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. The charismatic Gaggan Anand stunned many in the room by seeing off Narisawa in Tokyo, Restaurant Andre Chiang in Singapore with Hong Kong’s own Amber from Richard Ekkebus in fourth place.

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Gaggan Anand (left) and team

Other surprises included Paul Pairet’s Ultraviolet in Shanghai not ranking higher than #7, while inexplicably Caprice in Hong Kong didn’t even make the top 50. Why not is beyond me, especially when Bukhara in Delhi – a decent but hardly stunning hotel restaurant serving North Indian breads and kebabs, which hasn’t changed its menu in 30 years, made the cut. But then again Bukhara almost beat what, for my money, is the best French restaurant in Asia, Robuchon au Dome in Macau. The Four Seasons HK did get some love with Lung King Heen coming in at #10, one of nine Hong Kong restaurants in total including longtime favourite 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana (No.13), The Chairman (No.27) as well as first-time entry Ta Vie (No.48).

In a pretty depressing reflection on the state of the industry, just one – that’s 1 – chef on the top 50 list was a woman.

Here’s the top 10 list:

1 Gaggan, Bangkok

2 Narisawa Tokyo,

3 Restaurant André, Singapore

4 Amber, Hong Kong

5 Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo

6 Waku Ghin, Singapore

7 Ultraviolet, Shanghai

8 Nahm, Bangkok

9 Indian Accent, New Delhi

10 Lung King Heen, Hong Kong