The Top 50 Gastro Hostspots in Asia Revealed

Whilst the rest of the world was idly flicking through the Oscar results, in Singapore, gourmet lovers were gathered for the announcement of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, at a swanky ceremony sponsored by Italian water bottler S.Pellegrino. Selected by a system of anonymous voting from critics, foodies, chefs, and restaurateurs, who were allowed to nominate places outside their own business interests that they had dined at in the past 18 months, the awards were in theory supposed to highlight lesser known as well as more famous spots.

Michelen star capital of the world Tokyo was always a forerunner for the coveted number one spot, and sure enough, Narisara, a French influenced Japanese eatery Narawasa was crowned the ultimate gastro hub in Asia. Neighbouring spot, Nihonryori Ryugin came in second, followed by Bankok’s premier Thai spot, Nahm.

Overall, French inspired cuisine was a hit with the panel, with Hong Kong’s Amber and Sinapore’s Restaurant Andre taking fourth and fifth place respectively.

Whilst most top establishments were in the more well-trodden foodie hubs in Asia, China and India threw up some interesting surprises, reflecting the growth of gourmet culture in these regions. Interestingly, inspite of the growing global fad for Korean cuisine, no establishments from the country made it on the list.

The full list, as nominated by Asia’s top food snobs is as follows. How many have you been to?

1. Narisara, Tokyo

2. Nihon Ryugin, Tokyo

3. Nahm, Bangkok

4. Amber, Hong Kong

5. Restaurant Andre, Singapore

6. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

7. Mr and Mrs Bund, Shanghai

8. Ultra Violet, Shanghai

9. Iggy’s, Singapore.

10. Gaggan, Bangkok

11. Waku Ghin, Singapore

12. Caprice, Hong Kong

13.Lung King Heen, Hong Kong

14. Les Amis, Singapore

15.Bo Innovation, Hong Kong

16. Qunitessence, Tokyo

17. Dum Pukht, New Delhi

18. The Chairman, Hong Kong

19. Eat Me, Bangkok

20. Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai

21. Hajime Restaurant, Osaka

22. Jaan, Singapore

23. L’atelier De Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong

24.L’atelier De Joel Robuchon, Singapore

25. 28 Hubin Road, Hangzhou

26. Bukhara, New Delhi

27. Sushi Mizutani, Tokyo

28.Indigo, Mumbai

29. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Bangkok

30.Varq, New Delhi

31. Aronia De Takazawa, Tokyo

32. Shinji By Kanesaka, Singapore

33. Kahala, Osaka

34. Franck Bistro, Shanghai

35. Osteria Mozza, Singapore

36. Bo Lan, Bangkokl

37. Robuchon Au Dome, Macau

38. Nihonbashi, Colombo

39. Sushi Saito, Tokyo

40. Fu1015, Shanghai

41. Indian Accent, New Delhi

42. Ishikawa, Tokyo

43. Gunther’s, Singapore

44. Karavalli, Bangalore

45. Uade On 36, Shanghai

46. Yardbird, Hong Kong

47. Don’s, Hanoi

48. Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong

49. Imperial Treasure, Singapore

50. Mozaic, Bali








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