I'm back in Bangkok to attend the awards ceremonies for Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, which is once again held at W Bangkok and the House on Sathorn. I'm pretty excited to be back, as it gives me a chance to catch up with friends - both from within Asia as well as from other parts of the world.
As usual things started with cocktails and food in the courtyard of the House on Sathorn, and I met up with friends and congratulated chefs I knew personally on being included on the list. Knowing that there was a long night ahead, I refrained from imbibing any alcohol, and just took Acqua Panna and the flavoured San Pellegrino sodas instead. It's pretty hot in Bangkok and being in a suit and tie really didn't help... so it didn't take me long to get soaked.
Umberto Bombana getting the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award.
So for the third year in a row, my friend Gaggan's eponymous restaurant in Bangkok took home the title of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. It's a THREE-PEAT!!!
Hmmmm... we'll see about that!
P.S. As I did last year, here's a quick take on the list:
The Best Restaurant in Thailand, also No. 1 on the list, is Gaggan. It doesn't serve Thai food.
The Best Restaurant in Singapore, also No. 2 on the list, is André. It doesn't serve Singaporean or Peranakan food.
The Best Restaurant in China, also No. 3 on the list, is Amber. It doesn't serve Chinese food.
The Best Restaurant in Japan, also No. 6 on the list, is Narisawa. It doesn't serve Japanese food.
Thankfully this year the highest-ranking sushi restaurant on the list is actually Sushi Saito in Japan, which came in at No. 26.