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Hong Kong Secures Seven Entries At Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2017 Awards

February 22, 2017

The most anticipated audience of all region’s and most celebrated chefs, industry VIPs and international media, the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Amber (No.3) in Hong Kong is again named The Best Restaurant in China, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Other Hong Kong restaurants in the 2017 list include longtime favourites Lung King Heen (No.17), Ta Vie (No.33), L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong (No.41) and The Chairman (No.47). Ronin, one of 10 new entries in the 2017 list, debuts in the list at No.45.

Hong Kong’s celebrated Italian chef Umberto Bombana has double reason to celebrate. While his acclaimed restaurant, 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, rises nine places in the list to No.4, he is the 2017 recipient of the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award. Chef-restaurateur May Chow of Hong Kong’s Little Bao was also honoured at the awards ceremony and named Asia’s Best Female Chef.

Individual Region Awards

Gaggan in Bangkok claims the No.1 spot for a third consecutive year and retains the dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Thailand, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

2017 marks the debut of four Bangkok restaurants: Sühring (No.13), The Dining Room at The House on Sathorn (No.36), Le Du (No.37) and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Bangkok (No.40).

Rising one place to No.2, chef André Chiang’s Restaurant André retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Singapore, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

Narisawa (No.6), one of six Tokyo-based entries in the top 20, is named The Best Restaurant in Japan, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, for a fifth successive year.

Maintaining its No.15 ranking, Mingles in Seoul retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Korea while Gallery Vask (No.35) in Manila keeps The Best Restaurant in the Philippines honour.

At No. 30, Indian Accent is awarded The Best Restaurant in India for the third time. The winners’ circle also includes RAW (No.24), winning The Best Restaurant in Taiwan title, Ministry of Crab in Colombo (No.29) securing honours as The Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka.

Individual Awards

Asia’s Best Female Chef Award: May Chow – Hong Kong, Bangkok, Thailand

May Chow has created a simple recipe that has brought her extraordinary success.

Her humility and approachability have made her the perfect icon for women across Asia and she will no doubt use her new position as Asia’s Best Female Chef to inspire and drive positive change.

Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Mekhong: Odette – Singapore

Launched in November 2015, chef-owner Julien Royer’s restaurant at the iconic National Gallery Singapore debuts at No.9, the highest new entry in the history of the list. Serving Asian-inspired modern French cuisine, each dish at Odette is presented with impeccable style and characteristic perfection.

Highest Climber Award: Locavore – Bali, Indonesia

Celebrating Balinese culture and using only sustainably sourced local ingredients, Locavore rises 27 places to No.22, earning the title of The Best Restaurant in Indonesia.

Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Peroni: Dave Pynt, Burnt Ends – Singapore

An apprenticeship at Asador Etxebarri in Spain helped spark Australian-born Dave Pynt’s passion for playing with fire. Since 2013, Pynt has been turning up the heat at Burnt Ends, a gourmet barbecue restaurant in Singapore.

Pynt’s mastery of various cooking techniques from smoking and slow roasting to grilling has earned him the respect of his regional peers. Burnt Ends debuted on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2015 at No.30 and this year Pynt is the recipient of the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Peroni.

The Art of Hospitality in Asia Award: Den – Tokyo, Japan

Rising 26 places to No.11, Den delights in surprising and entertaining its guests, making it a worthy recipient of the inaugural Art of Hospitality Award in Asia. The approach is playful, personable and inventive, reflecting the personality of Den’s chef-owner, Zaiyu Hasegawa.

The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award: 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA | Opera BOMBANA – Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, China, Bejing, China

Umberto Bombana, the renowned Italian chef of 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong, is the 2017 recipient of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Miele One To Watch Award: TocToc – Seoul, Korea

TocToc in Seoul earning the Miele One To Watch Award for its creative use of seasonal Korean ingredients and refined French-influenced menu.

Asia’s Best Pastry Chef: Kazutoshi Narita, Esquisse – Tokyo, Japan

Japanese chef Kazutoshi Narita began his career alongside the ‘Picasso of Pastries’ Pierre Hermé -currently The World’s Best Pastry Chef Award holder – before honing his skills at Joël Robuchon restaurants in New York, Las Vegas and Tokyo. At Esquisse and the recently opened Esquisse Cinq, both in Tokyo, the award-winning pastry specialist combines the delicate artistry of Japanese cuisine with the nuances and creative flair of French pâtisserie.

List of Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017

  1. Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Restaurant André – Singapore
  3. Amber – Hong Kong, China
  4. 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA – Hong Kong, China
  5. Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand
  6. Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan
  7. Nihonryori RyuGin – Tokyo, Japan
  8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet – Shanghai, China
  9. Odette – Singapore
  10. Burnt Ends – Singapore
  11. Den – Tokyo, Japan
  12. L’Effervescence – Tokyo, Japan
  13. Sühring – Bangkok, Thailand
  14. Florilège – Tokyo, Japan
  15. Mingles – Seoul, Korea
  16. Les Amis – Singapore
  17. Lung King Heen – Hong Kong, China
  18. Quintessence – Tokyo, Japan
  19. Bo.Lan – Bangkok, Thailand
  20. Waku Ghin – Singapore
  21. Issaya Siamese Club – Bangkok, Thailand
  22. Locavore – Bali, Indonesia
  23. Corner House – Singapore
  24. Raw – Taipei, Taiwan
  25. Jungsik – Seoul, Korea
  26. Sushi Saito – Tokyo, Japan
  27. Tippling Club – Singapore
  28. Le Moȗt – Taichung, Taiwan
  29. Ministry of Crab – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  30. Indian Accent – New Delhi, India
  31. Eat Me – Bangkok, Thailand
  32. Jade Dragon – Macau, China
  33. Ta Vie – Hong Kong, China
  34. Hajime – Osaka, Japan
  35. Gallery VASK – Manila, Philippines
  36. The Dining Room at The House on Sathorn – Bangkok, Thailand
  37. Le Du – Bangkok, Thailand
  38. La Yeon – Seoul, Korea
  39. The Tasting Room by Galliot – Macau, China
  40. L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
  41. L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China
  42. JAAN – Singapore
  43. MUME – Taipei, Taiwan
  44. Shinji By Kanesaka – Singapore
  45. Ronin – Hong Kong, China
  46. Wasabi by Morimoto – Mumbai, India
  47. The Chairman – Hong Kong, China
  48. Fu He Hui – Shanghai, China
  49. Nihonbashi – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  50. Takazawa – Tokyo, Japan

Main Sponsor: S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna

Diners Club International
– Official credit card partner and sponsor of ” The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award – Asia ”
Miele – Official kitchen appliances partner and sponsor of the ‘Miele One To Watch Award’
Peroni – Official beer partner and sponsor of the ‘Chefs’ Choice Award’
Mekhong – Official spirit partner and sponsor of the ‘Highest New Entry Award’
Lavazza – Official coffee partner
Penfolds – Official wine partner
Aspire Lifestyles – Official concierge partner
W Bangkok – Official hotel and venue partner

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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle Hong Kong & Macau

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