There’s no questioning that many Michelin-starred restaurants in Bangkok are some of the city’s – and country’s – biggest culinary influencers. But to shift towards becoming regional legends and among some of Asia’s top restaurants? That’s a big-fat deal.

So when Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants were announced last night and we saw over eight Thailand-born restaurants receive top honours, we were, of course, in awe and couldn’t be more proud.

Chef Gaggan Anand from Gaggan

Bravo to Odette, an Asian-inspired modern French restaurant from Singapore that rose from #5 last year to the peak of the prestigious award. And even though it was a slight letdown to see Gaggan sink to second place this year, his innovative Indian fare still fuels and is representative of Bangkok’s diverse cuisine at its best. Sühring, on the other hand, still securely retained its spot at #4.

Chef Garima Arora from Gaa

The recently-awarded Michelin-starred Gaa, as expected, skyrocketed to the famed list at #16, after having only been open for 2 years, with innovative Indian-spiked Asian cuisine helmed by Chef Garima Arora – the first Indian woman who conquered the Michelin Star and has now been named Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2019, awarded by World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Taking top honours from Thailand were also Bo.lan (#19), Le Du (#20), Nahm (#22) and Paste (#28). What came as an astonishment is Sorn – a fine restaurant focusing on refined southern cuisine run by chef duo Supaksorn Jongsiri and Yodkwan U-Pumpruk – who ranked at #48 after opening in June of last year (2018).

Chef Bee Satongun from Paste

Although many may be disappointed to see that Eat Me, Issaya Siamese Club and The Dining Room at The House On Sathorn were dropped from the list, many awards obtained this year are still impressive and have brought tonnes of smiles to many foodie faces.

Take a look at all the winners of this year, with Bangkok restaurants noted in boldface:

1. Odette, Singapore (Best in Singapore & Asia)
2. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand (Best in Thailand)
3. Den, Tokyo, Japan (Best in Japan)
4. Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Florilège, Tokyo, Japan
6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China (Best in China)
7. Mume, Taipei, Taiwan (Best in Taiwan)
8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
9. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
10. Burnt Ends, Singapore
11. The Chairman, Hong Kong, China
12. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
13. Mingles, Seoul, Korea (Best in Korea)
14. La Cime, Osaka, Japan
15. Belon, Hong Kong, China (Highest new climber)
16. Gaa, Bangkok, Thailand (Best new entry)
17. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India (Best in India)
18. Il Ristorante, Tokyo, Japan
19. Bolan, Bangkok, Thailand
20. Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand
21. Amber, Hong Kong, China
22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
23. Sazenka, Tokyo, Japan
24. La Maison de La Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan
25. Sushi Saito, Tokyo, Japan
26. L’Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
27. Jade Dragon, Macau
28. Paste, Bangkok, Thailand
29. Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China
30. RAW, Taipei, Taiwan
31. Shoun RyuGin, Taipei, Taiwan
32. Jaan, Singapore
33. Les Amis, Singapore
34. Vea, Hong Kong (New)
35. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Best in Sri Lanka)
36. Wing Lei Palace, Macau (New)
37. Neighbourhood, Hong Kong, China
38. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
39. Nouri, Singapore (New)
40. Waku Ghin, Singapore
41. TocToc, South Korea
42. Locavore, Bali, Indonesia (Best in Indonesia)
43. Toyo Eatery, Manila, Philippines (Best in the Philippines)
44. Seventh Son, Hong Kong, China (New)
45. Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan
46. Dewakan, Malaysia (New & Best in Malaysia)
47. Sugalabo, Tokyo, Japan (New)
48. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand
49. Corner House, Singapore
50. Ta Vie, Hong Kong, China

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Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.