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.
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
- Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
- Restaurant André – Singapore
- Amber – Hong Kong, China
- 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA – Hong Kong, China
- Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand
- Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan
- Nihonryori RyuGin – Tokyo, Japan
- Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet – Shanghai, China
- Odette – Singapore
- Burnt Ends – Singapore
- Den – Tokyo, Japan
- L’Effervescence – Tokyo, Japan
- Sühring – Bangkok, Thailand
- Florilège – Tokyo, Japan
- Mingles – Seoul, Korea
- Les Amis – Singapore
- Lung King Heen – Hong Kong, China
- Quintessence – Tokyo, Japan
- Bo.Lan – Bangkok, Thailand
- Waku Ghin – Singapore
- Issaya Siamese Club – Bangkok, Thailand
- Locavore – Bali, Indonesia
- Corner House – Singapore
- Raw – Taipei, Taiwan
- Jungsik – Seoul, Korea
- Sushi Saito – Tokyo, Japan
- Tippling Club – Singapore
- Le Moȗt – Taichung, Taiwan
- Ministry of Crab – Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Indian Accent – New Delhi, India
- Eat Me – Bangkok, Thailand
- Jade Dragon – Macau, China
- Ta Vie – Hong Kong, China
- Hajime – Osaka, Japan
- Gallery VASK – Manila, Philippines
- The Dining Room at The House on Sathorn – Bangkok, Thailand
- Le Du – Bangkok, Thailand
- La Yeon – Seoul, Korea
- The Tasting Room by Galliot – Macau, China
- L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
- L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China
- JAAN – Singapore
- MUME – Taipei, Taiwan
- Shinji By Kanesaka – Singapore
- Ronin – Hong Kong, China
- Wasabi by Morimoto – Mumbai, India
- The Chairman – Hong Kong, China
- Fu He Hui – Shanghai, China
- Nihonbashi – Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Takazawa – Tokyo, Japan
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
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle Hong Kong & Macau