The region’s top culinary stars were unveiled in a ceremony at Wynn Palace in Macau.
Bangkok’s Gaggan restaurant was the undisputed star at the award ceremony of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, topping the list for a fourth consecutive year.
This is a feat matched only by El Bulli in Spain, which was listed in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Known for its quirky, 25-course tasting menu illustrated with only emojis, Gaggan impressed judges with its innovative take on Indian cuisine.
Tokyo restaurants Den and Florilege took second and third places respectively; while French restaurant Odette from Singapore moved up four spots to No. 5 this year after debuting on the list last year at No. 9.
The top 10 winners are as follows:
1. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)
2. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
3. Florilege (Tokyo, Japan)
4. Sühring (Bangkok, Thailand)
5. Odette (Singapore, Singapore)
6. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
7. Amber (Hong Kong, China)
8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)
9. Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)
10. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)
Held at Wynn Palace in Macau, the ceremony unveiled 50 winning restaurants from Asia, each with its own flair. The final list is selected by a panel of more than 300 food writers, critics, chefs, and restaurateurs spanning six geographical regions.
For the curious, here’s how it’s done: Each expert picks 10 restaurants and lists them in order of preference; they must have eaten at every restaurant on their list within the previous 18 months.
Click here for the full list of winners.