A dish at Narisawa – Asia’s inaugural Best Restaurant
With the fifth incarnation of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants being held on February 21st, Chopstix looks back at the launch of the list in 2013:
On Monday evening [February 25th 2013] the best restaurant in Asia will be announced. Whatever your viewpoint on awards and rankings, the winner is certain to be thrust to international fame and a year of being officially referred to as “Asia’s best restaurant” across the media. At least, such is the precedent of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, the creators of which are behind this launch.
Back in 2002, journalists at the UK industry magazine, Restaurant, came up with the idea of running The World’s 50 Best Restaurants as a feature which they knew would ruffle a few feathers and create publicity in the process. They couldn’t have predicted quite how huge their creation would become though.
David Thompson at Long Chim
Awards season is upon us again, not just in the film and music biz; one of our favourite chefs, David Thompson, of Nahm restaurant in Bangkok and Long Chim in Singapore has been awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award 2016. David will be presented with the award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in Bangkok on February 29th. Bravo!
Nahm restaurant at the Metropolitan hotel Bangkok
[UPDATE: David Thompson has been awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement as part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016].
Congratulations to David Thompson who last night scooped Asia’s Best Restaurant 2014 for Nahm in Bangkok. If you ever find yourself in the City of Angels, even for the shortest stay with only time for one meal, I urge you to eat here. The dining room itself is not my favourite – having that slightly self conscious trendy hotel restaurant thing going on – but my god, the food. Heavenly. You will not find better Thai cooking anywhere and since the travesty of the closure of Nahm in London this is the only place to find it.