Bangkok’s reputation as the region’s home to the best in international dining received a boost recently when progressive Indian Restaurant, Gaggan took first place in the latest list of “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.”
The restaurant, opened by Indian-born chef Gaggan Anand, was named Asia’s best at a ceremony in Singapore. Gaggan was singled out by judges for its “playful” food and classic Indian dishes which Chef Gaggan “reinterprets with modernity and flair to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western cuisine.”
Gaggan’s win marks the second consecutive year that a Bangkok restaurant has taken this coveted top spot in the awards. In 2014, David Thompson’s Thai Restaurant Nahm at Bangkok’s Metropolitan Hotel was voted Number One.
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “This is great news for Bangkok, and Thailand as a whole, and testament to the hard work of Chef Anand and his team who well deserve this accolade. The award, which was last year taken by Bangkok’s Nahm restaurant, shows how Bangkok is not only the best place to enjoy Thai dishes, but also offers the finest in international dining too. We can now expect more food lovers to flock to the city to enjoy our range of culinary delights.”
This year, Nahm took seventh place and was joined by other Thai successes including Chef Tim Butler’s Eat Me (25th place), Bo.Lan (37th place) and Ian Kttichai’s Issaya Siamese Club (39th Place). Second and third place in this year’s list went to Narisawa in Tokyo and Ultraviolet in Shanghai.
The “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards” now in their 3rd Year are organized by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002. The Asian awards are based on votes from more than 300 chefs, restaurateurs and experts in six countries across Asia.