Above: Confit of ocean trout at Waku Ghin.
Southeast Asia contributed two new winners to the recently announced Worldâ€™s Best 50 Restaurants awards: Waku Ghin in Singapore and Nahm in Bangkok.
Waku Ghin opened in 2010 in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands complex (Casino Level 2, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave.; 65/6688-8507). It came in at No. 39 in the rankings. Headed by Japanese-born Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda, this Singapore restaurant offers a Japanese menu with European influences. A standout dish cited by the awards: marinated shrimp with sea urchin and oscietre caviar.
The Bangkok restaurant Nahm is located in the city’s Metropolitan hotel (27 South Sathorn Rd., Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok; 66-2/625-3388) and came in at No. 50. Headed by Australian chef David Thompson, it serves modern Thai fare. A standout dish: coconut and turmeric curry of blue swimmer crab. See our recent interview with Thompson where he professes his love for durian.
The Asia-Pacific region contributed just seven winners to the top 50. Unlike Waku Ghin and Nahm, the others were repeat winners from last year:
The awards, announced in London, were dominated by European restaurants, which accounted for 15 of the top 20 winners. (The top spot went for the third year in a row to Copenhagen’s Noma.) The annual awards, founded in 2002, are organized by the UK trade publication Restaurant and sponsored by S.Pellegrino.
This year the organizers announced plans for a new set of awards focused specifically on Asia. Called Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, the awards will be tied to a February 2013 event in Singapore.
Waku Ghin photos by Lauryn Ishak; David Thompson photo by Jason Michael Lang