15. Mingles, Seoul: Judges of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards called Mingles the rising star of Seoul. The three-year-old venue has been voted the best restaurant in Korea twice.
14. Florilege, Tokyo: Last year’s “one to watch” award winner, Florilege is home to imaginative modern French cooking.
13. Suhring, Bangkok: Twins Thomas and Mathias Sühring’s modern German menu boasts seasonal ingredients and impressive skill.
12. L’Effervescence, Tokyo: By marrying French cuisine with Japanese spirit, Shinobu Namae’s L’Effervescene came 12th this year. Here’s one of its dishes, featuring bamboo shoot, monkfish liver, wakame, hakusai-cabbage.
11. Den, Tokyo: Leaping from number 37 to 11 this year, Tokyo’s Den wowed the judges of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants with its lighthearted and modern approach towards kaiseki cuisine.
10. Burnt Ends, Singapore: Burnt Ends serves perfectly smoked and grilled dishes with its 600 Celsius wood-fired oven. Chef-owner Dave Pynt also won this year’s Chefs’ Choice Award — voted by other chefs.
9. Odette, Singapore: This new French restaurant by Julien Roye, former chef Singapore’s Jaan, ranked ninth in its debut in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Award, making it the highest new entry this year.
7. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo: Seiji Yamamoto’s Nihonryori Ryugin reflects a modern and seasonal take on Japan’s traditional kaiseki cuisine.
5. Nahm, Bangkok: Australian chef David Thompson dishes out “perfectly balanced” Thai dishes at his Bangkok restaurant Nahm, according to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
4. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong: Umberto Bombana’s celebrated Italian restaurant in Hong Kong is famous for its truffle dishes. Bombana was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
3. Amber, Hong Kong: This Korean abalone with black pepper and vinegar-seasoned tomato compote, braised then crisped oxtail and its jus is one of the dishes to showcase Dutch master Richard Ekkebus’ ability to merge classical French cooking and top-notch Asian ingredients.
2. Restaurant Andre, Singapore: Chef-owner Andre Chiang’s eight-course menu highlights the eight elements that Chiang deems most important for his restaurant and himself, reflecting his upbringing in Taiwan and stints in France, Shanghai and the Seychelles.
1. Gaggan, Bangkok: For the third year in a row, Gaggan Anand’s eponymous restaurant won top prize in 2017’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Award. Gaggan’s food attempts to revolutionize the concept of Indian cuisine.