Bangkok to host Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2016

Chefs at a discussion held at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 Summit.
Chefs at a discussion held at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 Summit.PHOTO: ASIA'S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS
Chefs at a discussion held at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 Summit.
Chefs at a discussion held at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 Summit.PHOTO: ASIA'S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS

The fourth annual Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, for the first time next year.

It will take place on Feb 29, 2016.

The announcement was made on Tuesday (Oct 20) at Gaysorn Shopping Centre in Bangkok. A location for the ceremony was not revealed.

The awards, which list the the top 50 restaurants in Asia, are an offshoot of the much-watched and coveted World's 50 Best Restaurants list, which is put out by UK trade publication Restaurant magazine, published by the William Reed Media Group. The world list began in 2002.

The first three instalments of the Asian awards ceremony - the list was launched in 2013 - had been held in Singapore.

Mr William Drew, group editor of the Asian list, said: "In recent years, the country's (Thailand) vibrant restaurant scene has matured, welcoming world-class establishments serving a variety of international cuisines."

He added that Thailand, which is fast establishing itself as one of Asia'a "key gastronomic hubs", makes it an ideal country to host the 2016 edition.

Indeed, Bangkok restaurants took the No.1 spot on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list both last year and this year. David Thompson's Nahm took top honours in 2014 while Gaggan Anand's eponymous restaurant was crowned the best restaurant in Asia this year.

Singapore restaurants also featured prominently on this year's Asia's top 50 list.

Restaurants that did the Republic proud include Restaurant Andre (No. 5), Waku Ghin (No. 9), Jaan (No. 11), Les Amis (No. 13), Iggy's (No.18), Burnt Ends (No. 30), Shinji by Kanesaka (No. 32), Tippling Club (No. 36), Osteria Mozza (No. 45) and Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck (No. 47) .