If you need to entertain at the best, you can't go wrong with the top restaurants in Asia, as listed by the second Asia's Best 50 restaurants for 2014, which was announced in Singapore this week. The top 10 list includes two from Singapore:
1. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand, recommended for guinea fowl curry with shampoo ginger and holy basil. It was ranked no. 3 in 2013.
2. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan, where you should try the "inori". Narisawa was no. 1 in 2013.
3. Indian food at Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand, to try the papdi chaat 2050. Gaggan was all the way in no. 10 last year.
Hong Kong's Amber restaurant at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel,
and be sure to order the Hokkaido sea urchin in lobster jelly, with
cauliflower, caviar and crispy seaweed waffle. Amber was also no. 4 in
Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo, Japan, ranked no. 2 last year. The must-try
is the sea perch grilled over charcoal and topped with roasted rice and
a black vinegar glaze. Chef Seiji Yamamoto was the winner of last
year’s Chefs’ Choice award.
Multiple award winner Restaurant Andre in Singapore, where the dish
"Memory", warm foie gras jelly with black truffle coulis, is highly
recommended. It was no. 5 last year.
André has also been named The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in
Singapore for the second consecutive year.
In addition, Chef-owner André Chiang picked up the Chefs' Choice Award, which is based on votes from peers
on the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list.
7. Waku Ghin at
Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, another multiple award winner, where chef
Tetsuya Wakuda’s marinated botan shrimps with sea urchin and Oscietre
caviar is to be sampled. It was previously at no. 11.
8. Ultraviolet by Paul
Pairet in Shanghai, China, where the chocolate foie gras tartines are
said to be sublime. Its rank is unchanged from last year. Pairet is also
behind no. 11, Mr And Mrs Bund, also in Shanghai (2013: 7th).
9. Cantonese restaurant
Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, recommended for
master chef Chan Yan Tak's sautéed lobster with vegetables in fermented
bean sauce. Lung King Heen was no. 13 before.
Italian restaurant 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong, for the
‘Fassone’ veal tenderloin, fresh porcini mushroom, and barley. In 2013,
the restaurant was 6th.
Other award winners included Janice Wong, Owner-chef of 2am: dessertbar in Singapore, who was again named Asia's Best Pastry Chef.
China led Asia's 50
Best Restaurants 2014 with 16 establishments in the list. Japan is
second with 10 restaurants, and Singapore had eight establishments
There were 10 new entries in 2014, including Korea's
Jungsik (no. 20), and Taiwan's Le Moût at no. 24. Singapore's eight entries includes the new addition of
Tippling Club at no. 23.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions
and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts.
It is sponsored by natural mineral waters S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, and organised by William Reed Business Media, a family-owned business with
offices in the UK, US, France and Singapore.
The full list of award winners is available here.
*Image from Asia's 50 Best Restaurants website. Logo from Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.