Three in the top 10!
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, the regional offshoot of San Pellegrino’s global restaurant award World’s 50 Best Restaurants, announced its winners for 2018 at a ceremony at Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau tonight.
For the fourth year in a row, the No. 1 spot went to Gaggan, where chef Gaggan Anand skews Indian, Japanese and Thai flavors beyond all recognition.
A total of nine Bangkok restaurants made it this year, exactly the same number as in 2017, though there was one change to the lineup.
Another familiar face to round out the top 10 was Nahm, David Thompson’s longstanding Thai restaurant which now stands under the stewardship of new head chef Suraja “Jan” Ruangnukulkit.
Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn’s modern Thai cuisine pioneer Le Du was one of the highest climbers, placing at No. 14 way up from last year's No. 37.
The No.33 spot went to Eat Me, chef Tim Butler's seemingly ageless multi-cuisine restaurant.
Bo.lan placed at No. 37, just reward for chef Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones’ labor-intensive Thai recipes.
In at No. 39 was another Asia's 50 mainstay, Issaya Siamese Club, chef Ian Kittichai’s vibrant restaurant that adds freshness to Thai classics.
Rounding out the Bangkok contingent was The Dining Room, known for Turkish chef Fatih Tutak’s multi-cuisine creations, which came in at No. 43.
The Bangkok branch of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which hit number 40 last year, failed to place. See the full list here.
We can’t speak for all the restaurants that made the cut. But following two years in a row in which the ceremony was held in Bangkok—with all the accusations of home-ground advantage that carries—we’re proud to see so many of our awesome venues and chefs fly the Thai flag abroad.
For our own panel's views on Bangkok's best restaurants, check out our Top Tables 2018 guide (www.bktoptables.com).
Here is the full top 10:
43. The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn