Nahm the Thai eatery run by Australian chef David Thompson continued its impressive record when it placed 13th at the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants awards last night. The position made it the highest entry for a restaurant in Asia and the first time an Asia restaurant has placed in the top 20 of the awards.  This comes hot on the heels of Nahm scooping the top spot as the best restaurant at Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards back in February this year.

To add to a great night for Bangkok’s dining scene the exciting molecular cuisine of Gaggan also made it into the top 20, placing 17th, the highest debut entry on the list. Gaggan has placed third in Asia.

Noma from Copenhagen which focuses on putting together a menu based around foraged food took the top spot winning the prize for the fourth year. In doing so it relegated last year’s winner Spain's El Celler de Can Roca into second place while Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy came in third. 

Indeed the list was dominated by European restaurants who took 28 out of the top 50 slots and 7 of the top ten list. The awards which are now in their 12th year are seen as the Oscars of the culinary scene and are famous for putting restaurants, such as Noma and the now closed El Bulli, on the map. 

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