Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018


The ubiquitous spread of information, especially the rise of social networking, has no doubt played a role in promoting restaurants, driving people to seek out the best ones. In this golden age of restaurants, there are many who search for good restaurants, no matter where they may be located in the world. Top chefs are now highly popular and respected, on par with celebrities. Thus, chefs are on alert, striving to push their restaurants to the top in various restaurant rankings.

One of the most prestigious awards in the foodservice industry is the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. This award also has a subdivision—Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which focuses specifically on Asia. In 2018, its  awards ceremony took place at Wynn Macau, Macau, on 27 March. Robb Report received an exclusive invitation to join the event. Let’s take a look at the details!

The real event started since March 26, with 50 Best Talks organized at Wynn Macau, Macau. Four chefs took center stage in these talks, including:

Hiroe Higuchi, chef from Shima Kankou Hotel, Japan

TEAM MUME from MUME, Taiwan

Vijay Mudaliar from Bar Native, Singapore, and

Andre Chiang from Restaurant Andre, Singapore.



Most remarkable about these talks was the opportunity to speak with Chef Andre Chiang, one of Asia’s most talented chefs. Recently, he had closed down his Restaurant Andre, although it was met with unprecedented success. He described to us his feelings on the last day of opening his restaurant. For fans of Chef Andre, there is still good news! The star chef says that this is not the end for him, but just a milestone for new beginnings. Chef Andre has announced that he will establish two new restaurants in 2018. Stay tuned!

Next, on March 27 came Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants event. This is the first year that the event has been organized in Macau; last year, it was held in Bangkok. Voters for best restaurants consisted of three groups of people, namely Chefs & Restaurants (34%), Food Writers (33%), and Well-travelled Gourmets (33%).

This year’s results are ones that the whole foodservice industry in Thailand should be proud of. Gaggan from Thailand won first place, fourth year in a row and Chef Bee Satongun from Paste won the title of Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018. Furthermore, an impressive nine restaurants in Thailand made the list; this is only second place from Japan, with eleven restaurants. Also, The Den restaurant from Japan gains the 2nd place and Florilege, Which was received the one to watch prize in 2016, This show the superb standard setting of Japan and the Chef’s Choice Award is not belong to chef Yoshihiro Narisawa.

At this point, we at Robb Report would like to clap for all the talented chefs in Thailand that were able to deliver fine gastronomic creations, hospitable service, and memorable experiences to their customers. We hope that restaurants in Thailand will continue to adhere to such high standards and become even more prominent in the world spotlight in the future. See you again at Macau next year!

Asia’s best 50 Restaurants

1 GAGGAN Bangkok, Thailand  2 DEN Tokyo, Japan

3 FLORILEGE Tokyo, Japan   4 SUHRING Bangkok, Thailand

5 ODETTE Singapore   6 NARISAWA Tokyo, Japan

7 AMBER Hong Kong, China    8 ULTRAVIOLET BY PAUL PAIRET Shanghai, China

9 NIHONRYORI RYUGIN Tokyo, Japan    10 NAHM Bangkok, Thailand

11 MINGLES Seoul, Korea    12 BURNT ENDS Singapore

13 8 1/2 OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA Hong Kong, China     14 LE DU Bangkok, Thailand

15 RAW Taipei, Taiwan      16 TA VIE Hong Kong, China

17 LA CIME Osaka, Japan      18 MUME Taipei, Taiwan

19 INDIAN ACCENT New Delhi, India     20 L’EFFERVESCENCE Tokyo, Japan

21 LOCAVORE Bali, Indonesia      22 THE CHAIRMAN Hong Kong, China

23 WAKU GHIN Singapore    24 LUNG KING HEEN Hong Kong, China

25 MINISTRY OF CRAB Colombo, Sri Lanka       26 JUNGSIK Seoul, Korea

27 SUSHI SAITO Tokyo, Japan       28 IL RISTORANTE LUCA FANTIN Tokyo, Japan

29 LES AMIS Singapore    30 FU HE HUI Shanghai, China

31 PASTE Bangkok, Thailand    32 NEIGHBORHOOD Hong Kong, China

33 EAT ME Bangkok, Thailand   34 HAJIME Osaka, Japan

35 JADE DRAGON Macau, China    36 CORNER HOUSE Singapore

37 BO.LAN Bangkok, Thailand       38 QUINTESSENCE Tokyo, Japan

39 ISSAYA SIAMESE CLUB Bangkok, Thailand   40 BELON Hong Kong

41 RONIN Hong Kong, China     42 TOC TOC Seoul, Korea

43 THE DINING ROOM AT THE HOUSE OF SATHORN Bangkok, Thailand      44 JAAN Singapore

45 NIHONBASHI Colombo, Sri Lanka  46 CAPRICE Hong Kong, China

47 SHOUN RYUGIN Taipei, Taiwan  48 LA MAISON DE LA NATURE GOH Fukuoka, Japan

49 WASABI BY MORIMOTO Mumbai, India  50 WHITEGRASS Singapore

Individual Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award : Andre Chiang

Asia’s Best Female chef 2018 : Bee Satongun

Asia’s Best Pastry Chef : Nicolas Lambert

Chef’s Choice Award : Yoshihiro Narisawa

One To Watch Award : Toyo Eatery Manila, Philippines

Highest New Entry Award : La Cime Osaka, Japan

Highest Climber Award : Mume Taipei, Taiwan

The Art of Hospitality Award : Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet Shanghai, China

Sustainable Restaurant Award : L’Effervescence Tokyo, Japan

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Published 11th April 2018