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Gaggan in Bangkok named Asia's best restaurant

For the second year running Bangkok has nabbed regional culinary bragging rights in Asia with Gaggan taking home the coveted number one spot at the San Pellegrino Asia's 50 Best Restaurant Awards.
 
Shortly after accepting the prize at the award ceremony in Singapore, Chef Gaggan Anand called his mother, tears in his eyes, to let her know he'd won.
 
"She's the owner of me," he said. "I have her genes, it's her talent and vision, she told me 'you have to be a chef.' I promise you that my mom cooks better food than me!"
 
Anand opened his eponymous restaurant in the Thai capital in 2010 with a mission and vision to "reinvigorate" Indian cuisine by exploiting contemporary techniques and adding molecular twists to traditional Indian dishes.
 
The 35-year-old was also the first Indian chef to undertake an internship with Ferran Adria's team at the legendary el Bulli restaurant in Spain.
 
Anand said his win would have an impact on Indian cuisine.
 
"It will motivate a lot of chefs -- and it's a proud moment for our country, which has such a rich culinary heritage. The best thing is that someone, some young Indian chef, will now come and overtake me."
 
The 2015 win for Gaggan follows the 2014 victory for rival Bangkok eatery Nahm, which this year dropped to seventh place in the prestigious awards.
 
Securing second spot for the second year running, as well as the award for best restaurant in Japan, was Tokyo's Narisawa.
 
China's best restaurant, Ultraviolet in Shanghai, featuring chef Paul Pairet's "multi-sensory" experience, came in at number three.
 
It was a good night overall for China. It secured 16 of the top 50 restaurants, followed by Singapore and Japan with 10 and eight respectively.
 
The 2015 list also features eight new entries including first timers from the Philippines with Antonio's and Cambodia's Cuisine Wat Damnak.
 
The awards were based on votes from more than 300 chefs, restaurateurs and experts in six countries across Asia.
 
Asia's top 10 restaurants
1. Gaggan (Bangkok)
68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok; +66 2 652 1700
 
2. Narisawa (Tokyo)
Minami Ayoyama 2-6-15, Minato-ku, Tokyo; +81 3 5785 0799
 
3. Ultraviolet (Shanghai)
c/o Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai; +86 21 6323 9898
 
4. Nihonryori Ryugin (Tokyo)
Ground Floor, 7-17-24 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo; +81 3 3423 8006
 
5. Restaurant Andre (Singapore)
41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore; +65 6534 8880
 
6. Amber (Hong Kong)
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2132 0066
 
7. Nahm (Bangkok)
Metropolitan Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek Sathorn, Bangkok; +66 2 625 3333
 
8. Otto e Mezzo (Hong Kong)
Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2537 8859
 
9. Waku Ghin (Singapore)
Level 2-01, Atrium 2, The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore; +65 6688 8507
 
10. Jungsik (Seoul)
11 Seolleungro, 158 Gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; +82 2 517 4654
 
The other 40
 
11. Jaan, Singapore
 
12. L'Effervescence, Tokyo
 
13. Les Amis, Singapore
 
14. Hajime, Osaka, Japan
 
15. Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong
 
16. Fu1015, Shanghai, China
 
17. L'atelier De Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong
 
18. Iggy's, Singapore
 
19. Fu He hui, Shanghai
 
20. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
 
21. Mr and Mrs Bund, Shanghai
 
22. Indian Accent, New Delhi
 
23. Robuchon Au Dôme, Macau, China
 
24. Tenku Ryugin, Hong Kong
 
25. Eat Me, Bangkok, Thailand
 
26. Le Moût, Taichung, Taiwan
 
27. Ryunique, Seoul, Korea
 
28. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
 
29. Wasabi by Morimoto, Mumbai, India
 
30. Burnt Ends, Singapore
 
31. Nihonbashi, Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
32. Shinji By Kanesaka, Singapore
 
33. Takazawa, Tokyo
 
34. 28 Hubin Road, Hangzhou, China
 
35. The Chairman, Hong Kong
 
36. Tippling Club, Singapore
 
37. Bo.Lan, Bangkok
 
38. La Yeon, Seoul, Korea
 
39. Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok, Thailand
 
40. Sushi Saito, Tokyo
 
41. Bukhara, New Delhi
 
42. Caprice, Hong Kong
 
43. Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
44. Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo
 
45. Osteria Mozza, Singapore
 
46. Hakkasan, Shanghai
 
47. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Singapore
 
48. Antonio's, Tagaytay, Philippines
 
49. Quintessence, Tokyo
 
50. Cuisine Wat Damnak, Sien Reap, Cambodia
 
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