Here are the Top 50 Restaurants in Asia for 2018 – Dig In

According “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” roundup published each year by William Reed Business Media, the best restaurant in Asia for the fourth consecutive year is Bangkok-based Indian eatery, Gaggan.

Gaggan, which features a menu illustrated only with emoji symbols, took the top spot while Tokyo-based Den, and Florilege restaurants took the second and third spots.

The list, which was unveiled at a ceremony at Wynn Palace in Macau, is chosen by a panel of more than 300 food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs spanning six geographical regions, with each judge picking 10 restaurants they have eaten at some time within the past 18 months in order of preference.


As to why you should choose Gaggan, the 50 Best Restaurants website says:

“Gaggan Anand’s fertile imagination and culinary wit are played out in a lengthy but always fun tasting menu which balances the soulfulness of Indian street food with hyper-modern cooking techniques to unrivalled effect.”

Sound good.


The Winners

  1. Gaggan, Bangkok
  2. Den, Tokyo
  3. Florilege, Tokyo
  4. Suhring, Bangkok
  5. Odette, Singapore
  6. Narisawa, Tokyo
  7. Amber, Hong Kong
  8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
  9. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo
  10. Nahm, Bangkok
  11. Mingles, Seoul
  12. Burnt Ends, Singapore
  13. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  14. Le Du, Bangkok
  15. Raw, Taipei
  16. Ta Vie, Hong Kong
  17. La Cime, Osaka
  18. Mume, Taipei
  19. Indian Accent, New Delhi
  20. L’Effervescence, Tokyo
  21. Locavore, Bali
  22. The Chairman, Hong Kong
  23. Waku Ghin, Singapore
  24. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
  25. Minstry of Crab, Colombo
  26. Jungsik, Seoul
  27. Sushi Saito, Tokyo
  28. Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin, Tokyo
  29. Les Amis, Singapore
  30. Fu He Hui, Shanghai
  31. Paste, Bangkok
  32. Neighborhood, Hong Kong
  33. Eat Me, Bangkok
  34. Hajime, Osaka
  35. Jade Dragon, Macao
  36. Corner House, Singapore
  37. Bo Lan, Bangkok
  38. Quintessence, Tokyo
  39. Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok
  40. Belon, Hong Kong
  41. Ronin, Hong Kong
  42. TocToc, Seoul
  43. The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn, Bangkok
  44. Jaan, Singapore
  45. Nihonbashi, Colombo
  46. Caprice, Hong Kong
  47. Shoun RyuGin, Taipei
  48. La Masion de la Nature Goh, Fukuoka, Japan
  49. Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai
  50. Whitegrass, Singapore

Highlights for 2018 from William Reed


Den (No.2) earns the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan while La Cime in Osaka debuts at No.17, earning the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles.

Acclaimed Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa is this year’s recipient of the peer-voted Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.

L’Effervescence (No.20) in Tokyo won the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia, presented to the restaurant with the highest environmental rating, as determined by audit partner the Sustainable Restaurant Association.


Singapore claims seven entries on the 2018 list with Odette (No.5) named The Best Restaurant in Singapore.

Greater China

Amber (No.7) in Hong Kong is named The Best Restaurant in Greater China for a third successive year. Hong Kong’s The Chairman (No.22) and Mume in Taipei (No.18) tie for the Highest Climber Award with both restaurants rising 25 places.

Nicolas Lambert of Caprice, Hong Kong is the 2018 recipient of the Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona.

Macao is represented by Jade Dragon (No.35) while Mainland China counts Shanghai restaurants Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (No.8) and Fu He Hui (No.30). Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet is also the 2018 recipient of The Art of Hospitality Award.


Mingles (No.11) in Seoul retains The Best Restaurant in South Korea title. Locavore (No.21) keeps The Best Restaurant in Indonesia honour while Indian Accent is awarded The Best Restaurant in India for the fourth time. Other country and region winners include Raw (No.15), winning The Best Restaurant in Taiwan title for a second year, and Ministry of Crab in Colombo (No.25) named The Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka.

Read more about the winners in detail here.

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