Bangkok restaurant named best in Asia

This year, restaurant Gaggan was placed at number one in the prestigious list, which included fifty of the continent’s best. The restaurant was opened in the Thai capital in 2010 and is named after its chef Anand Gaggan, who serves various traditional Indian dishes. Previously, it was Bangkok eatery Nahm which took the victory, although this year the restaurant placed in the prestigious list at number seven.

The Gaggan climbs from number three to top spot

Upon discovering his win, he immediately called his mother to tell her of the news, claiming that it was her talent and vision which enabled him to be successful. The chef hoped that the win would have an impact on Indian cuisine, which those in Bangkok on Mekong river cruises can experience by eating at the highly acclaimed restaurant. The two-level white colonial-style restaurant sits on a quiet street in central Bangkok, and items on the menu include bite-size foie gras mousse sandwiches, and scallops with coriander and coconut curry.

The awards were decided by a panel of 300 chefs and food experts from six countries across Asia, who all voted for their favourites. The Gaggan was chosen due to its modern interpretations according to the Bangkok Post, which included ‘contemporary techniques’ and ‘playful’ dishes.

Last year the Gaggan was placed in third position, while Narisawa in Tokyo has claimed the second spot for two years in a row. The 2015 list also saw eight new entries from across the continent, including a restaurant from Cambodia called Wat Damnak. The list is usually dominated by restaurants in China, Singapore and Japan, with these countries scoring 16, 10 and eight respectively.

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