Gaggan retains top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

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Now in their sixth year, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna was revealed the 2018 awards at an awards ceremony at Wynn Palace in Macau last night.

After first appearing on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014 at number 14, Gaggan has stayed at number seven for the past two years and is number one in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant.

Chef Gaggan Anand who opened Gaggan in 2010 announced at the awards that he would be shutting down his award winning restaurant in 2020 with plans to open several new restaurants in Japan. The 2018 list featured eight new entries, including seven from Singapore. 

The Highest Climber was a joint award with Taiwan’s Mume and Hong Kong’s The Chairman both climbing 25 places up the list. Mume’s went from number 43 to number 18 while The Chairman went from number 47 to number 22. The Highest Entry Award went to La Cime in Japan which debuted on the chart at number 15. Other notable awards on the list include Yoshihiro Narisawa who won the Chef Choice Award which is voted by fellow chefs on Asia’s Best 50 Restaurant list and Nicolas Lambert of Caprice went away with the award for Asia’s Best Pastry Chef sponsored by Valrhona.

Earlier in the year Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun of Thailand won Best Female Chef while her restaurant Paste came in at number 31 on the list.

The recipient of The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award was André Chiang whose Restaurant André came in at number three despite closing at the end of last year.

Here’s the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018:

No.1 GAGGAN Bangkok, Thailand

No.2 DEN Tokyo, Japan

No.3 FLORILEGE Tokyo, Japan

No.4 SÜHRING Bangkok, Thailand

No.5 ODETTE, Singapore

No.6 NARISAWA Tokyo, Japan

No.7 AMBER Hong Kong, China

No.8 ULTRAVIOLET BY PAUL PAIRET Shanghai, China

No.9 NIHONRYORI RYUGIN Tokyo, Japan

No. 10 NAHM Bangkok, Thailand

No.11 MINGLES Seoul, Korea

No.12 BURNT ENDS Singapore

No.13 8 ½ OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA Hong Kong, China

No.14 LE DU Bangkok, Thailand

No.15 RAW Taipei, Taiwan

No.16 TA VIE – Hong Kong, China

No.17 LA CIME Osaka, Japan

No.18 MUME Taipei, Taiwan

No.19 INDIAN ACCENT New Delhi, India

No.20 L’EFFERVESCENCE Tokyo, Japan

No.21 LOCAVORE Bali, Indonesia

No.22 THE CHAIRMAN Hong Kong, China

No.23 WAKU GHIN Singapore

No.24 LUNG KING HEEN Hong Kong, China

No.25 MINISTRY OF CRAB Colombo, Sri Lanka

No.26 JUNGSIK Seoul, Korea

No.27 SUSHI SAITO Tokyo, Japan

No.28 II RISTORANTE LUCA FANTIN Tokyo, Japan

No.29 LES AMIS Singapore

No.30 FU HE HUI Shanghai, China

No.31 PASTE Bangkok, Thailand

No.32 NEIGHBORHOOD Hong Kong, China No.33 EAT ME – Bangkok, Thailand

No.34 HAJIME Osaka, Japan

No.35 JADE DRAGON Macau, China

No.36 CORNER HOUSE Singapore

No.37 BO.LAN Bangkok, Thailand

No.38 QUINTESSENCE Tokyo, Japan

No.39 ISSAYA SIAMESE CLUB Bangkok, Thailand

No.40 BELON Hong Kong, China

No.41 RONIN Hong Kong, China

No.42 TOC TOC Seoul, Korea

No.43 THE DINING ROOM AT THE HOUSE OF SATHORN Bangkok, Thailand

No.44 JAAN Singapore

No.45 NIHONASHI Colombo, Sri Lanka

No.46 CAPRICE Hong Kong, China

No.47 SHOUN RYUGIN Taipei, Taiwan

No.48 LA MAISON DE LA NATURE GOH Fukuoka, Japan

No.49 WASABI BY MORIMOTO Mumbai, India

No.50 WHITEGRASS Singapore

By Naomi Doddridge

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Gaggan retains top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list