For the second year in a row, Bangkok’s very own Gaggan has been crowned the Best Restaurant in Asia—and obviously the Best Restaurant in Thailand, too—at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, the awards sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. Making the restaurant’s ranking extra special is that the ceremony was held in the Thai capital for the first time, at the W Hotel Bangkok and its stately House on Sathorn.
The top 50 of 2016 were revealed before an audience of the region’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, and industry VIPs. Chefs Jacobo Astray, Fatih Tutak, and David Thompson represented Bangkok’s culinary scene by serving specially crafted dishes at various points in the evening. And Chef Thompson—whose nahm again ranked in the top 10, claiming the number eight spot this year—was also honoured with The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, a fitting tribute to one of Thai cuisine’s most vocal, visible, and studious advocates.
It was another stellar showing for the host city, as Bangkok continues to establish itself as a top dining destination beyond street-level.
Other individual awards include Narisawa, ranked number two overall and the Best Restaurant in Japan for a fourth consecutive year. Japan also welcomed three newcomers to the list in 2016, including rural Fukuoka-based La Maison de la Nature Goh (number 37), whose Chef Goh has been collaborating with top-ranking Chef Gaggan in recent months.
Chef André Chang’s eponymous André came in at number three, ranking as the Best Restaurant in Singapore for the fourth year in a row, and another of his outlets, Raw, which is based in Taipei, also cracked the top 50.
The Chef’s Choice Award went to Chef Paul Pairet, whose two restaurants—avant-garde Ultraviolet and influential Mr & Mrs Bund, both in Shanghai—wowed contemporaries.
The award for Asia’s top female chef went to the enterprising Chef Margarita Forés of Cibo, Grace Park, and Lusso in Manila, as fine an accomplishment as any for one of the top chefs in the Philippines, regardless of gender.