Progressive Indian restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok has been crowned Best Restaurant in Asia for the second year running.
Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan retained its second spot, while Restaurant Andre in Bukit Pasoh Road climbed to third spot, up from fifth last year. It is the highest-ranked Singapore restaurant on the list.
Making their debut on the list were two Singapore restaurants. Corner House in the Singapore Botanic Gardens came in at No. 17 , while Wild Rocket in Upper Wilkie Road was at No. 38 position.
Seven other Singapore restaurants were also on this year's list. They are Waku Ghin at No. 6, up from nine last year; Les Amis at 12, up from 13 last year; Burnt Ends at 14, up from 30 last year; Shinji by Kanesaka at 21, up from 32 last year; Jaan at 29, down from 11 last year; Tippling Club at 31, up from 36 last year; and Iggy’s at 36, down from 18 last year.
Home-grown pastry chef Cheryl Koh of the Les Amis Group was also named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef.
The results were announced at a gala award ceremony at Bangkok's W Hotel earlier tonight. The awards, which celebrates the best restaurants in the region, is in its fourth edition. They were given out in Singapore in the first three years.
Australian chef David Thompson, who heads Thai restaurants Nahm in Bangkok and Long Chim in Marina Bay Sands, received The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
Other accolades that have been handed out last month include Asia’s Best Female Chef which went to Chef Margarita Forés, who runs Cibo, a chain of Italian restaurants in The Philippines, and French-Japanese restaurant Florilège in Tokyo, which received The One To Watch Award, which recognises up-and-coming restaurants.
The list is determined by The Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which comprises more than 300 professionals in the restaurant industry across Asia, such as food writers and critics, chefs and restauranteurs.
The Asian list is an offshoot of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, which is also published by William Reed Media Group. The World's list is expected to be announced in New York City in June.
Here's the full list of this year's winners:
No. 1 - GAGGAN Bangkok, Thailand
No. 2 - NARISAWA Tokyo, Japan
No. 3 - RESTAURANT ANDRÉ Singapore
No. 4 - AMBER Hong Kong, China
No. 5 - NIHONRYORI RYUGIN Tokyo, Japan
No. 6 - WAKU GHIN Singapore
No. 7 - ULTRAVIOLET BY PAUL PAIRET Shanghai, China
No. 8 - NAHM Bangkok, Thailand
No. 9 - INDIAN ACCENT New Delhi, India
No. 10 - LUNG KING HEEN Hong Kong, China
No. 11 - HAJIME Osaka, Japan
No. 12 - LES AMIS Singapore
No. 13 - 8 1/2 OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA Hong Kong, China
No. 14 - BURNT ENDS Singapore
No. 15 - MINGLES Seoul, South Korea
No. 16 - L'EFFERVESCENCE Tokyo, Japan
No. 17 - CORNER HOUSE Singapore
No. 18 - FU HE HUI Shanghai, China
No. 19 - ISSAYA SIAMESE CLUB Bangkok, Thailand
No. 20 - QUINTESSENCE Tokyo, Japan
No. 21 - SHINJI BY KANESAKA Singapore
No. 22 - JUNGSIK Seoul, South Korea
No. 23 - EAT ME Bangkok, Thailand
No. 24 - TAKAZAWA Tokyo, Japan
No. 25 - MINISTRY OF CRAB Colombo, Sri Lanka
No. 26 - SUSHI SAITO Tokyo, Japan
No. 27 - THE CHAIRMAN Hong Kong, China
No. 28 - MR AND MRS BUND Shanghai, China
No. 29 - JAAN Singapore
No. 30 - LE MOÛT Taichung, Taiwan
No. 31 - LA MAISON DE LA NATURE GOH Fukuoka, Japan
No. 32 - TIPPLING CLUB Singapore
No. 33 - TENKU RYUGIN Hong Kong, China
No. 34 - FOOK LAM MOON Hong Kong, China
No. 35 - ROBUCHON AU DÔME Macau, China
No. 36 - IGGY'S Singapore
No. 37 - DEN Tokyo, Japan
No. 38 - WILD ROCKET Singapore
No. 39 - GALLERY VASK Manila, Philippines
No. 40 - L'ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON Hong Kong, China
No. 41 - BO INNOVATION Hong Kong, China
No. 42 - KIKUNOI Kyoto, Japan
No. 43 - CUISINE WAT DAMNAK Siem Reap, Cambodia
No. 44 - WASABI BY MORIMOTO Mumbai, India
No. 45 - BUKHARA New Delhi, India
No. 46 - RAW Taipei, Taiwan
No. 47 - NIHONBASHI Colombo, Sri Lanka
No. 48 - TA VIE Hong Kong, China
No. 49 - LOCAVORE Bali, Indonesia
No. 50 - LA YEON Seoul, South Korea