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Top 50 restaurants in Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/2/2013 at 08:20 admin

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 ;-)

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Posted by Batfish on 26/2/2013 at 08:44

"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.

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Posted by caseyprich on 26/2/2013 at 19:15

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

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 26/2/2013 at 19:19 TF writer

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...

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Posted by fondo on 26/2/2013 at 23:59

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.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 27/2/2013 at 02:25 TF writer

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.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/2/2013 at 04:30 admin

Look forward to reading about it Sarah ;-)

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Posted by swag on 28/2/2013 at 19:55

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.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 2/3/2013 at 17:59 admin

@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.

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