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Gaggan tops Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants again

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For the fourth consecutive year Gaggan Anand's Bangkok restaurant took the number one spot when the 2018 list was announced, reports Tina Nielsen

The 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, announced in Macau this week, included eight new entries from the region, while Gaggan Anand’s Bangkok restaurant Gaggan secured the top spot for the fourth year running.

Big in Japan

Among countries Japan came out on top with a total of 11 restaurants included on the list; Osaka’s La Cime won the highest new entry award, coming in at 17. Hong Kong and Thailand each had nine included.

Among the individual awards was Yoshihiro Narisawa who won the Chef’s Choice Award; Nicolas Lambert from Caprice, Hong Kong was named Best Pastry Chef, Bee Santogun of Paste in Bangkok ws recognised as Asia’s Best Female Chef and Andre Chiang received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ultraviolet by Paul Paired in Shanghai won the Art of Hospitality Award while the One To Watch Award went to Toyo Eatery in Manila and L’Effervescence in Tokyo took home the Sustainable Restaurant Award, which was introduced for the first in Asia this year.

Culinary innovation

“The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list welcomes eight new entries in 2018, reflecting the ongoing culinary innovation happening in this region,” said William Drew, group editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. “In its sixth year the list continues to recognise new talents, identify industry trends and celebrate excellence. We are thrilled to honour the 50 restaurants on the list as well as the individual award winners who inspire us with their singular visions and remarkable achievements.”

Tina Nielsen