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Top 50 restaurants in Asia

  • somtam2000

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    So The Wall Street Journal has the wrap on Asia's top 50 restaurants. Here's the list:

    1. Narisawa, Tokyo
    2. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo
    3. Nahm, Bangkok
    4. Amber, Hong Kong
    5. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
    6. 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
    7. Mr. & Mrs. Bund, Shanghai
    8. Ultraviolet, Shanghai
    9. Iggy's, Singapore
    10. Gaggan, Bangkok
    11. Waku Ghin, Singapore
    12. Caprice, Hong Kong
    13. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
    14. Les Amis, Singapore
    15. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
    16. Quintessence, Tokyo
    17. Dum Pukht, New Delhi
    18. The Chairman, Hong Kong
    19. Eat Me, Bangkok
    20. Wasabi By Morimoto, Mumbai•
    21. Hajime Restaurant, Osaka•
    22. Jaan, Singapore
    23. L'atelier De Joel Robuchon Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    24. L'atelier De Joel Robuchon Singapore, Singapore
    25. 28 Hubin Road, Hangzhou
    26. Bukhara, New Delhi
    27. Sushi Mizutani, Tokyo
    28. Indigo Mumbai
    29. Sra Bua By Kiin Kiin, Bangkok
    30. Varq, New Delhi
    31. Aronia De Takazawa, Tokyo
    32. Shinji By Kanesaka, Singapore
    33. Kahala, Osaka
    34. Franck Bistro, Shanghai
    35. Osteria Mozza, Singapore
    36. Bo Lan, Bangkok
    37. Robuchon Au Dome, Macau
    38. Nihonbashi, Colombo
    39. Sushi Saito, Tokyo
    40. Fu1015, Shanghai
    41. Indian Accent, New Delhi
    42. Ishikawa, Tokyo
    43. Gunther's, Singapore
    44. Karavalli, Bangalore
    45. Jade On 36, Shanghai
    46. Yardbird, Hong Kong
    47. Don's, Hanoi
    48. Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong
    49. Imperial Treasure, Singapore
    50. Mozaic, Bali

    I've only managed three of them (Nahm, Eat Me! and Mozaic Bali) of which I'd say Nahm and Mozaic were pretty amazing (with an earth-shattering bill to match).

    I think especially in Thailand, where the street food can be soooo amazing, it is a hard call to say high end cuisine is really worth the extra cash. Have others eaten at any of these top 50? Any thoughts?

    Or do we need a 50 best street food stalls ;-)

    #1 Posted: 26/2/2013 - 08:20

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    "I think especially in Thailand, where the street food can be soooo amazing, it is a hard call to say high end cuisine is really worth the extra cash." - Absolutely true. Best Thai food is not to be found at 5 star restaurants. I guess it depends what you are used to and how much money you have to waste. Street food and small local restaurants can certainly offer the best local food.

    #2 Posted: 26/2/2013 - 08:44

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    Most of the restaurants in Shanghai are PRe-TeN-TiouS. I think Ultraviolet has only 8 seats and mixes light and sound in as part of the eating experience - I mean, really? And most of these restaurants in Shanghai are French - they don't even serve Asian food, or at most "Asian inspired". If you're in Shanghai check out Goga or Hai by Goga if you want a good Asian inspired meal that won't absolutely destroy your wallet.

    7. Mr. & Mrs. Bund, Shanghai - French
    8. Ultraviolet, Shanghai - "sensory experience" food, whatever that means (French Chef - co-founder of Mr. & Mrs. Bund)
    34. Franck Bistro, Shanghai - French
    40. Fu1015, Shanghai - Shanghainese
    45. Jade On 36, Shanghai - French

    #3 Posted: 26/2/2013 - 19:15

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    I ate at Sra Bua (in the Kempinski Hotel) the last time I was in Bangkok.

    The lobster salad with frozen green curry was amazing, but so was the 10 B grilled sausage with raw garlic and chili I bought from vendor outside the BTS station on the way home...

    #4 Posted: 26/2/2013 - 19:19

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    Can only agree with the general sentiments. We decided against Nahm last time in BKK and went to Bo Lan (#36). I'm shocked at that rating in the whole of Asia! Generally in Bangers I like a bit of flouro lighting and a poster of the Alps with my local food, or a vaguely classy bistro/brasserie for a change.

    #5 Posted: 26/2/2013 - 23:59

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    There's only one in Vietnam, it's 5 minutes walk from my house and I've never been. It used to get really mixed - generally poor - reviews from expats, which put me off splashing the cash, but maybe it's upped its game a bit. Guess I'll just have to give it a try now! Completely agree that being a 'top' restaurant on this list by no means indicates the tastiest food or most amazing experience, but it depends what you're after - there's room for all types of restaurant and dining experience.

    #6 Posted: 27/2/2013 - 02:25

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    Look forward to reading about it Sarah ;-)

    #7 Posted: 27/2/2013 - 04:30

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    Last time in Bangkok last June my wife and I had pre booked a table at Nahm. Yes Somtam the bill was pretty large. Overall we felt the whole experience a bit too pretentious. At first they didn't believe I had a booking until I showed them the email, then we were shown to the rear of the restaurant near the kitchen. After some discussion we managed to snare a table outside. Overall loved the food myself I had the incredibly hot traditonal Southern Thai mackerel which was quite stunning. But we never really felt comfortable with the attitude so wouldnt return.

    My absolute favourite authentic Thai feed is the very busy open air restaurant Suda off Sukhumvit. Always busy always a top feed quick service and plenty of expats/ locals etc to have a chat to. They have a large menu, icy cold beer and is top of the list when we pass through Bangkok.

    #8 Posted: 28/2/2013 - 19:55

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    @Swag, funny when we lived in Bangkok, Suda was our regular and when I was there a few weeks ago had more than just a couple of meals there... Those beers are SO cold there.

    #9 Posted: 2/3/2013 - 17:59

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