Inclusion on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list has made these 10 Bangkok dining establishments pilgrimages for serious foodies
Each year the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list—sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna—welcomes a host of new entries, but there are also many restaurants that find their way onto the coveted top 50 without fail, year after year. In Bangkok, there are six restaurants that have made it onto this prestigious list multiple times, as well as several that have been awarded only once, but will undoubtedly return to the winner’s circle in years to come.
The most notable multiple winner is Gaggan, the eponymously named eatery owned and operated by Chef Gaggan Anand. His restaurant, specializing in progressive Indian cuisine, has secured a place on the list five times since the awards began in 2013, and he has held the No. 1 position for an unprecedented three years in row (2015-2017). Meanwhile, his predecessor in the No. 1 spot was also a Bangkok fine dining institution, namely David Thompson’s Nahm, which has also placed on the list a total of five times. The only other Bangkok member of the “every year” club is the renowned Eat Me restaurant, helmed by Chef Tim Butler, which began its five-year run by placing in the number 19 spot back in 2013.
Bangkok also boasts two restaurants—both specializing in Thai food with innovative twists—that have made it to the list an impressive four times. Bo.Lan has been in the top 50 every year except for 2016, while the Issaya Siamese Club has only missed being on the list in 2013. Another multiple-year winner is the amazing Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (at the Siam Kempinski hotel), which has made it onto the list twice.
In 2017 there were several new additions to the list, including the acclaimed modern German restaurant Sühring, Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn’s modern Thai cuisine resto Le Du, the Bangkok’s branch of L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn, where Turkish chef Fatih Tutak’s multi-cuisine creations continue to attract the attention of serious foodies.
“Given the country’s rich culinary history, unique Thai hospitality, and vibrant restaurant scene, Thailand is rightly regarded as one of the most celebrated food capitals of the world,” remarked William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. “Now in its 5th year, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is proud to showcase the region’s diverse cuisines, introduce gourmets to innovative dining concepts, and celebrate Asia’s emerging talent.”