3 of The World's Best Restaurants Are Right Here in Southeast Asia

The World's Best Restaurants List 2018 is out, and some of them are just a few hours away.
Wednesday 20 June 2018
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World travellers and culinary connoisseurs rejoice – Restaurant magazine has once again released their World’s Best Restaurants list for the year, with a few Southeast Asian restaurants making the cut. Thailand can be proud of their two contributions while Singapore’s Odette is a newcomer to the list.

5. Gaggan, Bangkok (also the best restaurant in Asia)
Helmed by chef Gaggan Anand, Gaggan brings progressive Indian fine dining to the fore with its dishes boasting exquisite and often thematically rooted decor. Anand’s food fuses the cuisine of his Indian heritage with deconstructive techniques, but nonetheless, you can eat 95% of his menu with your hands.

28. Odette, Singapore
A tribute to his grandmother of the same name, head chef Julien Royer serves up timeless French fine dining at Odette, where the beauty in the simplicity of food really shines. Royer’s philosophy and approach to food was influenced strongly by his upbringing in Cantal in the south of France, where his maternal grandmother taught him that “you could cook something very good from the simplest of ingredients.”

49. Nahm, Bangkok
Serving up fine Thai cuisine is Nahm, now led by Thai chef Pim Techamuanvivit, who already has one Michelin star under her belt for her work at Kin Khao, her Thai restaurant in San Francisco. Originally led by Australian chef David Thompson, Techamuanvivit took the reins in April this year and will continue Nahm’s legacy of plating up Thai delicacies that feature rare ingredients from all over Thailand.

Other restaurants in Asia that made it to the list:

17. Den, Tokyo (highest climber, from the 45th spot the previous year)
22. Narisawa, Tokyo
24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai
41. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo

Big wins for the Japanese, but then again, it’s no surprise to us that here in Southeast Asia, we have some of the best food on the planet, Michelin stars or otherwise.

Source: CNN-Wire, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Related: Gaggan is Asia’s Best Restaurant for 4th Consecutive Year