BANGKOK, THAILAND – Gaggan in Bangkok has claimed the top spot in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for a second consecutive year. Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, revealed the 2016 list at an awards ceremony at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
Now in its fourth year, the 2016 list welcomes 10 new entries. With 13 nations represented, the 2016 list includes restaurants from more countries than ever before, showcasing a rich variety of dining experiences across Asia.
Gaggan retains the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and The Best Restaurant in Thailand, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
Individual Country Awards:
Narisawa (No.2) is named The Best Restaurant in Japan, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna for a fourth successive year.
Rising two places, Chef André Chiang’s Restaurant André (No.3) holds the title of The Best Restaurant in Singapore, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, for the fourth consecutive time.
Amber (No.4) in Hong Kong reclaims the title of The Best Restaurant in China sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, from last year’s winner Ultraviolet (No.7).
Entering the list at No.15, Mingles in Seoul claims the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by John Paul, and also earns the title of The Best Restaurant in Korea.
Gallery Vask (No.39) in Manila is awarded The Best Restaurant in the Philippines while Locavore (No.49) in Bali is named the The Best Restaurant in Indonesia.
Indian Accent rises 13 places to No.9 to be awarded The Best Restaurant in India for a second year.
Le Moût (No.30), retains The Best Restaurant in Taiwan title while Ministry of Crab in Colombo (No.31) secures honours as The Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka. Cuisine Wat Damnak (No.43) returns as The Best Restaurant in Cambodia.
Other award winners announced include:
Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by John Paul: Mingles
Chef Mingoo Kang reinvents Korean cuisine by fusing local ingredients with Western influences.
One To Watch, sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro: Florilège
Florilège in Tokyo is dedicated to modern French cuisine presented with impeccable style.
Asia’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Cacao Barry: Cheryl Koh
Using inspiration from her travels, Singapore-born Cheryl Koh launched Tarte in April 2015.
Chefs’ Choice Award: Paul Pairet
Paul Pairet earned the respect of his peers with his two influential Shanghai restaurants, Mr & Mrs Bund and the avant-garde Ultraviolet.
Highest Climber Award: Quintessence
A Tokyo favourite, Quintessence (No.20) rises 29 places from last year.
Chef Margarita Forés from the Philippines is named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016 while David Thompson is this year’s recipient of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award.
William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants strives to reward creativity as well as culinary excellence and all 50 restaurants on the list, as well as the individual award-winners, exemplify these qualities.”