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Published: Tuesday February 25, 2014 MYT 11:25:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday February 25, 2014 MYT 11:58:43 AM

China, Japan have best restaurants in Asia

Nahm's minced prawn and cucumber salad with green mango.

Nahm's minced prawn and cucumber salad with green mango.

But top spot in Asia’s 50 Best goes to Bangkok-based Nahm.

CHINA has emerged the overall country leader on a ranking of the best restaurants across Asia, with 16 dining destinations snagging a spot on the top 50 list, followed by Japan and Singapore.

Taking the coveted top spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, meanwhile, is Nahm, a restaurant in Bangkok helmed by an Australian-born chef described as a scholar of Thai cuisine.

Lauded for reviving centuries-old Thai recipes with a contemporary and sophisticated flair, chef David Thompson doesn’t shy away from the punchy, bold flavours that characterise Thai cuisine – garlic, shrimp paste, chillies and lemongrass – but rather distils the flavours into elegant and memorable curries, salads, soups and relishes.

The list is compiled by a group of 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry, that includes food critics, chefs and restaurateurs.

After China, Japan scored 10 addresses on the list, and Singapore eight.

Nahm restaurant, Metropolitan hotel by Como, Bangkok.
Nahm restaurant, Metropolitan hotel by Como, Bangkok.

Here are the top 25 restaurants in Asia:

1. Nahm, Bangkok, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Thailand

2. Narisawa, Tokyo, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Japan

3. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand

4. Amber, Hong Kong, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in China

5. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan

6. Restaurant Andre, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Singapore and Chefs’ Choice Award

7. Waku Ghin, Singapore

8. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China

9. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China

10. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China

11.Mr And Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China

12. Iggy’s, Singapore

13. Caprice, Hong Kong, China

14. Les Amis, Singapore

15. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong, China

16. Ishikawa, Tokyo, Japan

17. Jaan, Singapore

18. L’atelier De Joel Robuchon Hong Kong, China

19. Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong, China, Highest Climber - up 29 places

20. Jungsik, Seoul, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Korea and Highest New Entry

21. Sra Bua By Kiin Kiin, Bangkok, Thailand

22. Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan

23. Tippling Club, Singapore (new entry)

24. Le Mout Restaurant, Taichung, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Taiwan

25. L’effervescence, Tokyo, Japan (new entry)

Other notable winners

Chefs’ Choice Award: Chef Andre Chiang, of Restaurant Andre, Singapore; also The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Singapore

One To Watch, Tenku RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan

Highest Climber Award, Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong

Asia’s Best Pastry Chef, Janice Wong, Singapore

Highest New Entry Award, Jungsik, Seoul, South Korea

The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivan Li of Family Li Imperial Cuisine in Shanghai

Asia’s Best Female Chef, Lanshu Chen of Le Mout, Taiwan

Country awards

Amber, Hong Kong, The S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in China

Narisawa, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Japan

Bukhara, S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India

Nihonbashi in Colombo (No. 44) the title of The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka and Sarong in Bali as The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Indonesia

Nihonbashi in Colombo, S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka

Sarong in Bali as The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Indonesia

The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Taiwan, Le Mout

For the full list, visit www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en. – AFP Relaxnews

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Nahm named best restaurant in Asia

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